King’s Indian Attack – An Introduction

King’s Indian Attack – An Introduction

Do you have the time to study countless hours (per day!) to get your complete opening repertoire? No matter if you play 1.d4 or 1.e4, Black has many good options to choose…

GM Damian Lemos comes to the rescue with a new series of FREE instructional videos! Get a complete and coherent repertoire, with the White and the Black pieces, with this new video series!

In the first part, Damian will teach you a powerful system with the white pieces: the King’s Indian Attack. The KIA is a great opening choice, for various reasons:

  • It had the seal of approval of one of the greatest chess players in history: Bobby Fischer.
  • It can be played against any Black first move.
  • It fits incredible well with Damian’s opening choices with Black (you will have to wait to know them…)

All-in-all, a great system to improve, expand or renew your opening repertoire!

In this first video, Damian explains you the main ideas of the King’s Indian Attack and how to get advantage of some typical mistakes Black usually makes.

The King's Indian Attack 1For example, in this position it’s White to play. What would you do?

The logical move would be 5.Bg2, developing your king’s bishop to be ready to castle. Although there is nothing wrong with this move, which will surely transpose to some main line, you aren’t punishing your opponent for his move-order!

In fact, Black is in serious trouble after 5.Bg5! 5…Ne7 6.Bf6 is not an option for Black, who loses his right to castle. But 5…Be7 allows the exchange of bishops, when all the black’s dark-squares get weakened. Just look the Black pawns on light squares!

So, in the game, Black move his queen: 5…Qb6.

Now it’s your turn again. What’s the more active continuation?

Surely, 6.Qc1 is a good move. White defends the b2 pawn and prepares to play Bh6 after Black castles short, to exchange the powerful Bg7 and start and attack.

But, as Damian always says, the initiative is key to get a better position. It’s even more important than material! So, the best move is 6.Nd2!, to answer 6…Qxb2 with 7.Nc4. After 7…Qc3+ 8.Bd2 Qg7 9.Bg2 we reach the second diagram:

The King's Indian Attack 2Just look the position. Whose pieces are the more active? White’s or Black’s?

White has almost finished his development, while Black has many problems to coordinate his pieces. What on earth is doing the queen on g7?! Black can’t properly develop his pieces!

White, instead, has clear plans at his disposal. For example, he can open the game with d3-d4, or he can clamp Black’s position even more with e4-e5.

You will have to watch the complete video to discover how White converted his clearly superior position!

Do you want a complete repertoire with the King’s Indian Attack, with all the lines analyzed? You have to get King’s Indian Attack Easily Explained, by IM Andrew Martin, with a special discount.

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