Yerk ’em with the Yugoslav

Before anyone asks, yerk is a real word and its meaning can be found here. As for Yugoslav I already covered the Yugoslav Attack against the Dragon under its other name, the Rauzer Attack, so this time I will look at the Yugoslav System against the fianchetto King’s Indian in which Black plays …c7-c5 instead of …e7-e5. The moves are 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 c5 and now Black meets 7.d5 with 7…Na6 (intending …Nc7 followed by playing for …b7-b5) and 7.Nc3 with 7…Nc6.

This system got its name thanks to the efforts of Yugoslav players and analysts, most notably Svetsovar Gligoric. Gligoric was an outstanding specialist in the King’s Indian and contributed numerous new and dynamic ideas, but it was perhaps in this system that his influence was the greatest. Here is a flowing example in which he annihilates one of the top American players:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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