Loek van Wely is an expert in this line of the King’s Indian and introduces a strange looking novelty the subtlety of which his opponent fails to appreciate.

L. Van Wely – S. Dyachkov
Russian Team Championship
Dagomys King’s Indian Classical

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0–0 5.Be2 d6 6.Nf3 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.g3 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.b5 (This move looks pointless but it is designed against the move c7-c6 by Black which he will want to play after the moves Ng5-e6 Bxe6 dxe6 when the d5 square beckons for a white knight)

13…fxg3 14.hxg3 Nh5 15.Kf2!?

A new idea, previously the king went to g2 after which a move of the black queen to g5 is check. This is important in the skirmish that follows. White is ready for Rh1 when he might even attack on the kingside himself

15…Nf4 16.gxf4 exf4 17.Qd3 (If the White king were on g2 now then Nc6 would win for Black but here it is harmless)

17…h6 18.Ne6 Bxe6 19.dxe6 Nc6 20.Rh1 (winning, not 20.bxc6 Qh4+ 21.Kg2 Qg3+ 22.Kh1 Qh3+ 23.Kg1 Qg3+ =)

20…Ne5 21.Qd2 Qg5 22.Rh3! White cleans up easily 22…Qf6 23.Nd5 Qxe6 24.Kg2 Qf7 25.Qxf4 Qd7 26.Qg3 1-0

Analysis by IM Malcolm Pein for the Telegraph

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