The 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 .