The King's Indian Defense (or "KID") is a semi-closed opening starting with 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d6. Black develops with Bg7 and O-O and then either e5 or c5 depending on white's setup. The KID often leads to unbalanced positions: white attacks on the queenside and black attacks on the ...

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King's indian defense plans

I'm working with my kid on playing KID (he's about 1300 USCF, I was peak 2000 years ago). I'm not too interested in learning exact lines (and I think that's beyond him right now anyway). I think we ...
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King's Indian c5 against Samisch

I'm a 2000 Fide player and I played an interesting opening game last sunday. It was a King's Indian Samisch (I was playing white) and my opponent played the c5 gambit. That was the first time I saw ...
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Is e5 an usual move in positions like this in the King's Indian?

I have played a game this morning where I reached the following position: [fen "r1bq1rk1/1p1nppbp/p2p1np1/2pP4/2P1P3/2N1BN2/PP2BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"] I was playing with White. In this position my ...
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Why is 2…e6 the most common move after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4, but not after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3?

This is the case on the Chesstempo database, and the Chessbase database. I don't understand why. Wouldn't people who favour Nimzo-type setups play 2...e6 against both moves, and people who favour ...
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What are the latest ideas for Black against the Samisch King's Indian Defense?

I am always afraid of the Samisch variation of the King's Indian. It's the main reason why I switched to Chebanenko Slav (or ..a6 Slav, or Kamsky's Slav). But my opponents seem to be always prepared ...
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Soundness of the King's Indian Defence

It is rarely seen at top level nowadays, but in the times of Fischer and Kasparov vs. Karpov matches, it was a very popular opening for Black. I heard that Kramnik made Kasparov stop playing KID and ...
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What are some stronger moves I can play next time in the King's Indian Defense?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. b4 Nf6 14. c5 Ng6 15. cxd6 cxd6 16. Rc1 Rf7 17. Nb5 a6 18. Nc3 ...
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For White, which variation of the King's Indian Defence tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet and closed positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the King's Indian Defence: 1...Nf6 2...g6 ...
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Has the King's Indian Defense been refuted at the Grandmaster level?

I know about b4 in the bayonet and the Kramnik-Kasparov games of course. I also know that Mr. Radjabov has been unhealthy (hope he gets better soon) lately. Thanks in advance, your site is awesome, ...
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Pawn structure in king's indian or grünfeld

I'm trying out kings indian against d4 openings but there is one problem... I get mated. I can't defend after castling under the h7 g6 f7 pawn structure. Somehow it works as an opening with an ...
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Does playing the King's Indian against the Benko put black at a foreseeable disadvantage?

I am currently in a turn based game where white opened with 1.g3. I clearly see that white probably (at least white should) will fiancetto his king's bishop on the next move, aiming to control the ...
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Castling long in the King's Indian Defence (for white)

When does white do it? Why does white do it? What kind of strategies should both sides adopt in such games? What kinds of games does it give rise to (i.e. positional or tactical)? Which players are ...
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What influenced the development of the King's Indian Defense?

The King's Indian Defense is characterized by the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6. (As opposed to 2. . .e6, with the intention of developing the Bishop to the Queen-side.) Black aims for a strong King-side ...