[January 25, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
King’s Indian Defense, Aronin-Taimanov/Mar del Plata Defense – Bayonet Attack with 9… Nh5

[Line 169 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5]

The Bayonet Attack of the Mar del Plata Defense is one of the sharpest lines in the King’s Indian Defense, and 9… Nh5 is the most common reaction to it.

Besides the main 9. Re1, White has two alternatives that deserve serious attention – 9. g3 and 9. c5.

After 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6, White has a choice between occupying the f3-square with his bishop or with  a pawn – both leading to equally interesting positions.

[Diagram: White to Move] K. Holroyd – V. Ivanov, corr. 2012. White has enough material to compensate for the queen, but he can even get a big advantage. How should he continue?

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