A Smooth Win Against the King’s Indian by FM Dennis Monokroussos
The King's Indian Defense tends to be an exciting opening where Black has lots of tricks, tactical possibilities, and attacking options. Azeri super-GM Teimour Radjabov thrives in such positions and has won plenty of great games with the King’s Indian over the years, but in this game with Hungarian GM Tamas Banusz he got none of that. White played the Fianchetto Variation against the King's Indian, and after 6…Nc6 7.Nc3 e5 played 8.dxe5. This is very safe, but it also has its drop of poison. White was able to play risk-free chess with good play in the center and on the queenside. White won material and easily neutralized all of Black's attempts at counterplay. If you're looking for a low-risk anti-King's Indian line, this game looks promising for a repertoire based on the Fianchetto System, though it must be remembered that Black can vary on moves 6 and 7.