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Re: A Question about the h3 variation
Reply #3 - 03/06/08 at 21:45:15
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Beating the Fianchetto defences is an excellent book and Grivas does not hold anything back! I have employed some of his lines in this work with very good results! The book requires a good deal of work but in my opinion it was worth every minute of study. A good friend has a copy of Grivas's other work on the Sicilian and swears by it!
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Re: A Question about the h3 variation
Reply #2 - 12/25/07 at 22:11:22
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Wouldn't one thread be enough?

You posted about the same thing here:
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Re: A Question about the h3 variation
Reply #1 - 12/25/07 at 21:14:07
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Although I am a 1.e4 player Ithink the Makogonov h3 system is very interesting against the KID.  Grivas book Beating the Fianchetto defences has the Makogonov system as his repertoire choice.

Another thing you must study if you decide to play this opening as white.

Mikhail Krasenkows games. The Makogonov system is his feared weapon against the KID. He has scored the fantastic 83% !! with it.

Gallagher joked in his Starting out the KID that he would play the Queens gambit next time he plays black against Krasenkow.

The book offbeat KID has a chapter on the Makogonov system.

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A Question about the h3 variation
08/22/07 at 12:01:20
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Hello, KID Guru's

I have been studying the h3 variation from GM Gallagher's book, Play The Kings Indian. Here is Gallaghers game against Sadler:

[Event "Germany Bundesliga"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2001.??.??"]
[Round "15"]
[White "Sadler, Matthew"]
[Black "Gallagher, Joseph G"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2631"]
[BlackElo "2503"]
[NIC "KI 20.11.5"]
[ECO "E90"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 Na6 8. Bg5 h6 9.
Be3 Nc5 10. Nd2 a5 11. Be2 Bd7 12. h4 c6 13. g4 a4 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 Nh7 16. Rg1
Qa5 17. Qb1 cxd5 18. Nxd5 Rfe8 19. f3 Qd8 20. Qc1 Bc6 21. Nb1 Ne6 22. Nbc3 Nd4 23.
Qd2 Rc8 24. Kf2 Rf8 25. Rg3 Bxd5 26. Nxd5 f5 27. Bxd4 exd4 28. exf5 Rxf5 29. Rag1
Be5 30. f4 Qf8 31. Rf3 d3 32. Bxd3 Bd4  33. Kg2 Rxd5 34. Be4 Bxg1 35. Bxd5  Kh8 36.
Qc3  Qg7 37. Kxg1 Re8 38. Kf2 b6 39. Qxg7  Kxg7 40. Re3 1-0

Now, on p. 166, Gallagher says 'It was better to play 19..Ba6!, when 20. Kf2 is met by 20..Ne6 and 20. Qc2, by 20..b5! 21. Bxd5 22. cxd5 e4, with a mess, from which black is now likely to emerge triumphant'.

Now, here is the latest word on the h3 variation where white plays 17. Qc2, instead of 17. Qb1:

[Event "Port Erin open"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Krasenkow, Michal"]
[Black "Hebden, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2635"]
[BlackElo "2532"]
[NIC "KI 20.11.5"]
[ECO "E60"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. h3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. Bg5 Na6 9.
Be2 Nc5 10. Nd2 h6 11. Be3 Bd7 12. g4 c6 13. h4 a4 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 Nh7 16. Rg1
Qa5 17. Qc2 cxd5 18. Nxd5 Rfe8 19. Qc3 Bc6 20. Bxc5 Qxc5 21. Nc7 Nf8 22. Bg4 Nh7
23. Bh3 Bf8 24. Nxe8 Rxe8 25. b4 axb3 26. axb3 b5 27. Ra6 Bb7 28. Ra5 b4 29. Qa1
Qc7 30. Ra7 Be7 31. Qa4 Rb8 32. Nf3 d5 33. cxd5 Qc3  34. Ke2 Qc2  35. Nd2 Bxg5 36.
Qa2 Qc3 37. Rg3 Qc5 38. Rxb7 Rxb7 39. Qa8  Kg7 40. Qxb7 Bxd2 41. Rxg6  1-0

It appears that black didn't have enough for the exchange, if he indeed intended to sacrifice the exchange at 21. Nc7. Now, was it better for black to go ahead and exchange queens when white played 19. Qc3? I played through this game and I can't see how black can continue satisfactorily after the exchange at 21. Nc7. I'd appreciate some master-level comments about this game and hopefully to see improvements that black could have played. Thanks.
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