[April 16, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Trajko Nedev:
King’s Indian Defense, Sämisch Variation – Normal Defense without 6… c5

[Line 154 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 without 6… c5]

Against 6. Be3 in the Sämisch Variation of KID, Black has a choice among various popular setups that are covered in this opening line, apart from 6… c5, which is covered in our Line 155.

In our opinion, the most promising alternative to 6… c5 is 6… Nc6, followed by a7-a6, Rb8 and b7-b5. White could fight it with 7. Qd2 a6 8. Nge2, with the idea to meet 8… Rb8 with 9. Rc1. However, Black has an interesting option in 8… Na5 9. Nc1 Nd7 10. Nb3 c5, with decent play.

The other heavily explored variation is 6… e5, where White can choose between 7. Nge2 and 7. d5. Though Black has a few ways to fight for counterplay, White should be able to gain a slight edge if he plays accurately.

For those who want to avoid lengthy theoretical discussions we recommend 6… a6, with the intention to proceed with c7-c6 and b7-b5.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Zhang Zhiyang – Li Shilong, Xinghua Jiangsu 2011. Black’s Queen is trapped, but he has a hidden possibility to even secure a big advantage. How should he continue?

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