In the Saemisch King's Indian

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 

It seems current (2017) literature and practice promotes Black's play 6...c5. What I am wondering is there something wrong with the Panno (6...Nc6 with a6, Rb8, b5) that got players to move to 6...c5 or is it just the current trend?

  • Are you asking about the Saemisch or about the Panno variation? They are two different lines, in particular the latter arises from the fianchetto against the King's Indian, whereas the former doesn't.
    – gented
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:13
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    @GennaroTedesco no there is a Panno variation against the Saemisch System and also against the fianchetto variation
    – Don
    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:02
  • @GennaroTedesco The idea Nc6, a6, Rb8, b5 can also be played against the Sämisch. See chess.stackexchange.com/questions/9659/…
    – Maxwell86
    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:02
  • I wonder, is this question a possible duplicate of chess.stackexchange.com/questions/9659/…?
    – Maxwell86
    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:13
  • @Maxwell86 Of course you can technically play Nc6, a6, Rb8, b5 against anything in the world, that doesn't award it the name of "Panno variation" though.
    – gented
    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:52

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The Panno is a sharp line that has received a lot of attention lately, particularly the variation below where White opens the centre favourably. The variation isn't refuted by any means, but Black players have found this variation to be uncomfortable.

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[StartPly "12"]

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nc3 Bg7
4. e4 d6
5. f3 O-O
6. Be3 Nc6
7. Nge2 a6
8. Qd2 Rb8
9. h4 h5
10. O-O-O b5
11. Bh6 Bh6
12. Qxh6 e5
13. dxe5

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