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Ara Minasian vs Tigran Vaanovic Nalbandian
Armenian Championship (2008), Yerevan ARM, rd 3, Jan-10
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Kavalek Defense (E62)  ·  1-0


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Jan-12-08  waustad: How does white keep the king out of h8? He can more into the "square" of the advancing pawn. Was this on time?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <waustad> The king doesn't make it to the corner: 65...Ke5 66.h6 Kf6 and now either 67.Bh5 controlling both f7 and g6 or 67.h5 Kf7 68.Bc4+ will easily bring home the point.
Jan-12-08  waustad: Yeah. I looked a little more and was about to post an oops.
Jan-12-08  SniperOnG7: The Fianchetto Variation against the KID is a rather dangerous beast. White can patiently and calmly increase territory control. Once the setup is complete, in comes the central breaks/pawn marches, overwhelming Black's position. Playing the Black side of this variation requires lots of creativity in order to wrest the initiative. Problem is, White can often just parry back Black's threats before continuing the buildup. GM Joe Gallagher in his highly-recommended book, Play the King's Indian, said that whenever White moved that g-pawn in the opening, he felt like resigning straight away.
Jan-12-08  notyetagm: <SniperOnG7: ... GM Joe Gallagher in his highly-recommended book, Play the King's Indian, said that whenever White moved that g-pawn in the opening, he felt like resigning straight away.>

Until he invented the Gallagher System against the Fianchetto Variation. :-)

Jan-13-08  SniperOnG7: <notyetagm> Indeed. But the imaginative Gallagher System has its share of problems once White realizes what Black's plan is. This again goes back to the problem of White having a solid territorial advantage with virtually no weaknesses. Quite a pain really, since I love the KID so much.
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