Jun 17, 2010

King's Indian 101: Saemisch Variation--6.Nge2

There's no better player to study than Radjabov when it comes to the King's Indian.  First, he's played the KI 122 times in Mega 2010, which is an enormous number.  Second, he's scored well enough with the opening that it's a feat of courage to even roll out the moves d4, c4, Nc3 against him.  Prior to yesterday, he had a winning percentage in every variation of the KI except the Sämisch.  Today he has a winning record in that variation, too.  The first move to consider is Ponomariov's 6.Nge2.  This is a distinct second-line move, as 6.Be3 is far more often played.