"Attacking Chess. The King's Indian Volume 1" by David Vigorito, Everyman Chess 2010. (REVIEW by GM Mikhail Golubev).
This fresh book by David Vigorito, who is now responsible for the King's Indian section at the ChessPublishing website, must be a pleasant surprise for the true King's Indian fans. Essentially, it is a very detailed repertoire book for Black which deals with always the most popular system for White, The Classical, and with another very important White's system against the King's Indian, The Saemish. The Bibliography section provides a long list of sources, which occupies more than one page, and he indeed used them as it is clear from the book's content. (Alas, Chess Today is not in his list, which is maybe the most important omission).
Below I will provide some lines, in order to show Vigorito's basic recommendations for Black and will also show a couple of curious long variations. Before that I shall underline that the overall amount of the author's work impresses, and the book must be extremely useful for the Black players who are interested fully or partially in the proposed repertoire by Vigorito. The main drawback of the book is what also its strongest point - it is very detailed! In comparison to a book by Panczyk & Ilczuk "The classical King's Indian uncovered" (Everyman, 2009), which is also very detailed, the presentation of the material in Vigorito's book is more reader-friendly, as I believe.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3
On pages 264-363 the author deals with the Saemisch System 5.f3 against which he suggests the Panno Variation 5...0-0 6.Be3 Nc6. After 7.Qd2 a6 8.Nge2 both 8...Rb8 (historically the main move) and 8...Re8 are examined, but I think it could have been useful to add also 8...Bd7!? which was recently played by Fedorov and Smirin. The Panno is a strategically risky system for Black, it makes sense to show one more option for him. By the way, one possible line 9.g4 Re8!? transposes to Van Beers-Golubev, Leuven 1994 which followed 10.h4 h5 - after that game I had a feeling that 11.g5!? Nh7 and now 12.f4 might be worse for Black, but this position is still to be tested. White always played 11.gxh5 so far.
Another Saemisch remark is about the subline 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Qd2 a6 8.Nge2 Rb8 9.h4 h5 10.Bh6 Bxh6 (the main move, 10...b5 'is the simplest' - Vigorito) 11.Qxh6 e5 12.d5 Nd4 13.0-0-0 c5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Rxd4 Rxb2 (as in Khomyakov-Golubev, Ostrava 1992). Vigorito follows analysis from my 2006 book: 17.c5 Rb8 18.Rxd6 Qa5 19.Kc2 Be6 20.Rxe6 Qa3 21.Rd6 Rb2+ 22.Kd3 Qxc5 and now he gives preference to 23.Qf4 ... Last year, in CT-3581, I returned to this old game of mine: 23...Ne8! (planning ...Ng7-e6) and White cannot convert his extra piece easily, some massive research is needed.
5...0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0
The Classical system is examined on Pages 10-263. Vigorito tends to give clear suggestions for Black what to play at all the basic crossroads. The main exception is the Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 (Pages 238-263) - here he considers many various lines for Black. By the way, not long ago I was interested in the line 9...Na6 (usually considered to be dubious) 10.Nd5 Rd6 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.Bxf6 Rxf6 13.Nxe5 Re6 14.f4 and now 14...Re7!? which is not in Vigorito's book. In other systems, Black is advised to play 7.Be3 Ng4, etc. (Pages 168-201) and 7.d5 a5!, etc. (Pages 202-237).
Vigorito suggests for Black to play this main move, which is discussed on Pages 10-166! There are tons of theoretically important variations; I will limit myself with some remarks about the following line:
8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 b6 15.b4 axb4
This position is examined on Pages 69-75.
After 16.Nb5 Nf6! 17.Be1 g4! 18.Bxb4 g3 (18...Ng6!?) 19.h3 Bxh3 20.gxh3 Qd7 21.Qc2 Vigorito correctly points that the 2003 analysis by Matamoros Franco in New in Chess with 21...Ng6! (Instead of 21...Qxh3 22.Bd1 Ng6 23.Qg2) 22.Rfb1 Qxh3! (etc) was somehow missed by many authors.
Note that another way to the same is 17.Be1 h5 18.Nd3 g4 19.Nb5 Ng6 20.a5 bxa5.
17...h5 18.Nb5 Ng6 19.a5 bxa5 20.Be1 g4
Vigorito mentions also 20...a4.
This is an almost untested, but sensitive position.
This is most likely wrong. Vigorito proposes 21...Bd7 instead, as an improvement. Frankly, I am still curious about the assessment of 21...Rxa5 22.Bxa5 Rf7 23.c5 g3! (briefly analysed by Ponomariov and I in 2000, and later given in my 2006 book) with ideas like 24.Nxd6 Nxd5 or 24.cxd6 Nxe4!?.
22.Nb4 Rb7 23.Nc6 Qe8 24.Ra8 +/- (Kozul-Rogic, Bled open 1997).
Those who wish to know more about the Vigorito book are advised to visit the Everymanchess website (where sample pages from the book are available) and the ChessPublishing forum, where the book is discussed.
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