Mar del Plata Variation is one of the most popular lines in the King’s Indian Defense. Double-edged positions often occur, where White typically opts for queenside advances, while Black attacks on the kingside.
Keeping the tension in the center with 8. Be3, and the Exchange Variation 8. dxe5 are some of the sidelines included in our Line 166. After 8. d5 Ne7 many options for White are covered here, apart from 9. b4 (Lines 168-169) and 9. Ne1 (Line 167), which are covered separately. The main line goes 9. Nd2 a5 10. a3 Nd7 11. Rb1 f5, with plenty of interesting possibilities for both sides.
[Diagram: Black to Move] Black has a neat tactical sequence that will secure him a big advantage. How should he continue?
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