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Question in the Fianchetto King's Indian
09/25/17 at 15:42:23
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My preference against the Fianchetto King's Indian has always been the Kavalek System (6...c6 7.O-O Qa5 intending 8...Qh5 if White doesn't play 8.h3 or 8.e4, and against 8.h3, play 8...Be6 with the Rook sac line against 9.d5 where you take on d5 and again on c4, allowing Bxa8, while against 8.e4, playing 8...Bg4 with the idea of 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 e5).

That said, at the amateur level, I tend to face a lot of 9.Qb3 after 8.e4 Bg4.  A move that I have never seen covered in any book or mentioned on Chess Publishing in the 8.e4 line, and White's crude idea of 10.Qxb7 and taking the Rook if given the opportunity is obvious.

Is there something specifically wrong with 9.Qb3?  Is there some way to trap the Queen if he takes on a8 without giving up boatloads of material?  For example, I wouldn't call giving up a Knight, Two Rooks, and a Pawn for the Queen (14 for 9) with no compensation a successful trapping of the Queen.   Should Black play 9...b6 and risk getting the Queen trapped in front of the pawn chain?  Should Black immediately retreat with 9...Qc7 or 9...Qb6 (or trade first and then do that as I did in the game below), which seems to directly contradict the idea that this line is meant to be for those looking for active pieces and an active game?

I had the following game in Charlottesville the weekend after the New Hampshire Open, and feel like I should have lost via 34.a3 Qxa3 35.b4, but somehow he missed it and I got a draw.  Even after what looks to be an improvement, 33...Ba5, stopping the 35.b4 idea, I feel like I'm on the wrong end of what might be a drawable position.  For a move never mentioned anywhere that seems common at the lower level, I'd be shocked if the following game is truly the best Black has.  The game below is one of at least 5 or 6 (combining online and over the board) that I've faced this 9th move this year alone and still don't quite know what to do against it.  Help would be great.  Thanks.

2017 Charlottesville Open, Round 1

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O c6 7.d4 Qa5 8.e4 Bg4 9.Qb3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Qc7 11.Be3 e5 12.d5 Na6 13.Rac1 Nd7 14.Qa3 c5 15.Nb5 Qb6 16.Bd2 Nb4 17.Bxb4 cxb4 18.Qxb4 Nc5 19.Qd2 a6 20.Nc3 f5 21.Bg2 Rf6 22.Kh1 f4 23.Qe2 Raf8 24.Bf3 g5 25.g4 R8f7 26.Kg2 h5 27.h3 h4 28.Qc2 Kh7 29.Rb1 Qb4 30.Qe2 Bf8 31.Rfc1 Be7 32.b3 Bd8 33.Rc2 Kh6 34.Rcc1 1/2-1/2
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