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The King’s Indian Defense is a chess opening for Black against 1.d4 and occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7.
It is is a popular opening choice at all levels and the choice of players looking to win as Black against 1.d4.
The reason for this is that many positions in the King’s Indian Defense promise Black more active play than in most other openings. Black is able to avoid early simplifications and can enter unbalanced positions, which allows him to play for more than equality.
From club players to Super-GMs like Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov or Garry Kasparov, you regularly see this opening arising on the chess board. Kasparov even used it to great effect in the 2017 Ultimate Blitz event against Caruana, Nakamura, and Wesley So!
In general, we can classify the King’s Indian as a modern approach to chess openings, where Black allows White to occupy the center with his pawns.
Later, Black tries to challenge to center with the pawn moves …e5 or …c5. In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.
To put it into a simple formula: Black first leaves the center to White and then tries to conquer it back due to his better development.
If you’re looking for an opening with Black against 1.d4 which leads to sharp positions, the King’s Indian Defense might be an interesting choice for you.
If you choose to play the King’s Indian Defense, you have several opening experts you can follow.
Nowadays, the biggest expert in the King’s Indian Defense is most probably Teimour Radjabov, who frequently plays it against all the best players in the world.
Other strong players to follow are Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk and Damian Lemos. On top of that, you can also study the games Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer played in the King’s Indian.
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