[December 26, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Trajko Nedev:
King’s Indian Defense, Makagonov Variation

[Line 152 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 with 5. h3, 5. Bd3]

Line 152 deals with two substantially different systems: the Makagonov Variation (5. h3) and the 5. Bd3 setup, typically followed by 6. Nge2.

In the Makagonov Variation, after 5. h3 O-O White develops his dark-squared Bishop either to g5 or e3, while 6. Nf3 transposes to our Line 157. Against both previously mentioned Bishop moves, Black has a choice between the e7-e5 or the c7-c5 central push that both lead to satisfactory positions for him.

On the other hand, after 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nge2 we recommend either 6… Nc6 7. O-O e5 8. d5 Nd4, or a Benoni-like setup 6… c5 7. d5 e6, again with good play for the players of Black.

[Diagram: Black to Move] M. Șuba – W. Schmidt, Polanica-Zdrój 1976. In the original game grandmaster Schmidt missed his chance to get a tangible advantage. Can you find it?

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