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Crush the King’s Indian Defense – IM Nazi Paikidze

The King‘s Indian Defense is a popular and ambitious chess opening for Black against 1.d4 and occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7.

From club players to Super-GMs like Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov or Garry Kasparov, you regularly see this opening arising on the chess board. The great Garry Kasparov even used it in last year’s Ultimate Blitz event against Caruana, Nakamura, and Wesley So.

Many 1.d4 players don’t like facing the King’s Indian Defense because of its complex and counterattacking character. No worries – help is at hand! The 2018 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion IM Nazi Paikidze (peak Rating 2455) is here to show you how to deal with the King’s Indian Defense from White’s point of view.

King’s Indian Defense Four Pawns Attack

4 Pawns Attack against the KIDIn this video, IM Paikidze takes a look at the four-pawns attack. It’s the most aggressive setup for White against the King’s Indian Defense. It occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 (see the position on the left).

With 5.f4, White builds up a massive pawn center. In return, however, White falls behind in development.

Generally speaking, the Four Pawns Attack leads to sharp tactical play and wild positions. It suits White players who like to play aggressively and go for the full point at all costs. Positional players who like calm, maneuvering play should probably stick to another variation against the King’s Indian Defense.

After 5…0-0 6.Nf3, White needs to be ready to meet two main Black moves – 6…Na6 and 6…c5.

King's Indian Defense Benoni StructureThe latter move is by far Black’s most common choice against the Four Pawns Attack. Against this main move 6…c5, IM Nazi Paikidze recommends the move 7.d5 (be sure to watch the video for her recommendations against 6…Na6 too!).

White opts for a large center and space advantage. After 7…e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5, the position resembles a Benoni Defense (diagram on the right).

Four Pawns Attack King's Indian DefenseWhite’s main idea is to go for an early pawn break in the center with e4-e5. One of the main lines continues 9…Re8 (attacking the e4-pawn) 10.e5! dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4 12.e6 fxe6 13.d6 (see the diagram to the left).

We’ve reached a very unbalanced position. White is a pawn down, but he has a strong passer on d6. Moreover, Black’s queenside pieces are still on their initial squares. White can also try to launch an attack down the f-file. The position is an interesting possibility to play against the King’s Indian Defense.

Beating the King’s Indian Defense

In her full course on the King’s Indian Defense, IM Paikidze analyzes the best ways to counter this dynamic opening, providing you with several easy-to-learn and effective setups to crush those King’s Indian players!

By diving deep into 5 different variations for White, ranging from the super-solid Fianchetto System to the wildly complicated Classical Variation, IM Paikidze helps you choose the ideal setup for your playing style, the tournament situation, and other personal preferences.

Studying these five variations will give you a complete understanding of battling the King’s Indian Defense and IM Paikidze trains you in all the typical recurring tactical and positional patterns for both sides. Click here to get your copy with 35% off!

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