A full scale battle out of the opening!
In the video “Live from Las Vegas National Open” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, he begins by talking about a universal opening for White. This means that the opening set-up can be played no matter what Black does.
The reason that White has this universal opening option is because he goes first in chess, something that Black doesn’t have the luxury of doing. The universal opening that Roman describes is the King’s Indian Attack.
The King’s Indian Attack begins with the moves Nf3, g3, Bg2, 0-0 and d3. White’s plan is to continue developing, push his center pawn to e4 and begin to attack Black’s kingside. This opening set-up can be achieved through many different starting moves and orders of moves by both White and Black. But the ideas, plans and resulting positions remain the same across the board.
How can White avoid opening theory and achieve a strong game? What are the middlegame plans for this opening? Watch the video to find out!