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FM Alisa Melekhina Explains the King’s Indian Defense

FM Alisa Melekhina US Open

FM Alisa Melekhina US OpenThe King’s Indian Defense is one of black’s most aggressive openings against 1. d4 as it nearly always leads to double-edged play and decisive results. The underlying themes and plans in the opening and middlegame are very consistent and clear – white tries to gain space in the center and open up play by attacking on the queenside, while black responds by gaining space on the kingside and pursuing a deadly attack against white’s king. This chess video is an excerpt from the 4 hour Empire Chess DVD ¨Crushing White with the King’s Indian Defense¨ by FM Alisa Melekhina.

Alisa Melekhina is a FIDE master with one International Master Norm. She started playing at age 5 and entered her first tournament at age 7. In less than three years, she was winning prestigious international tournaments and has competed 4 times for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship. Alisa is currently entering her third and final year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. You can “follow” Alisa at and .

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