My Pet King’s Indian, Na6 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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The Pet Line versus the KID. 5…Na6 or 5…castles: which is best?

This game features the King’s Indian Defense classical main line, with Eugene’s favorite 5…Na6 (is 5…0-0 then 6…Na6 better?) Focus quickly shifts to how the knight on the rim can quickly come to a better square, commonly c5, where it puts direct pressure on e4 and d3. The main move of 8.Be3 is examined along with Black’s plan of 8…Ng4, attacking the bishop. Eugene is keen on 9. Bg5 with …Qe8, which sets White some problems at e4. Of course Na6 defends c7. Eugene’s enthusiasm for …f6 attacking a Bishop at g5 is instructive for players with any level of chess ability.

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