As an intermediate-level KID player, I'm starting to face Catalan-style setups with d4 / c4 / g3 more often:
[FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5
I often struggle to find plans for Black after pushing e5. White's position just seems so solid and without a lot of weaknesses; meanwhile, Black's is cramped and it's hard to develop pieces like the d7 knight / the c8 bishop. I've read that it's also not as easy for Black to create a kingside attack, since White does not close the center and has an extra defender near their king.
Here is the typical way I go about these positions:
- Play c6 to prevent hops from the c3 knight / block out the g2 bishop
- Play Re8 and Nf8
- Try to develop the light-squared bishop somewhere if possible
- Remaneuver the knight to e6
What other strategic plans are available to Black? Is it possible to play more aggressively against this variation?