[February 14, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
King’s Indian Defense, Gligorić-Taimanov Variation with 7… Ng4

[Line 161 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Ng4]

7… Ng4 is the main reaction to the Gligorić-Taimanov Variation of the King’s Indian Defense. After 8. Bg5 f6, White has a choice between 9. Bc1 and 9. Bh4.

Against the first option, Black has a couple of satisfying continuations: 9… Nc6 10. O-O f5 leads to a complex middlegame, while after 9… exd4 10. Nxd4 f5 11. h3 Nh6 position gets a bit simplified.

After the more frequently employed 9. Bh4 Black’s best response is 9… Nc6 10. d5 Ne7, where after 11. Nd211… f5 seems like an interesting alternative to the main 11… Nh6.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Black’s pieces are aiming at White’s King, and a small tactical resource can give Black a huge advantage!

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