Fight against White’s strong center with the King’s Indian Defense!
In the video “The King’s Indian Defense” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we see different variations of the King’s Indian Defense opening, where White does not play e4 or g3. This means that in these variations he will be playing Bf4 or Bg5 combined with the move e3. This move reinforces White’s d4 pawn a bit more and steers the game into a bit different type of position because Black’s counterattacks in the center are not as strong anymore. Black needs to know what to do against this set-up or he may find himself lost without a plan because of the differences he is not used to.
After seeing the basic set-up, we are shown some things that Black can try. This includes his attempt at chasing down White’s dark square bishop and also pawn pushes in the center of the board. These pawn pushes open lines for his pieces, specifically his dark square bishop, which is Black’s strongest piece.
How can Black fight against White’s center despite White’s reinforcement? What can Black do to activate his pieces in these variations? Watch the video to find out!