The Sämisch Variation of the King’s Indian Defense begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3. (See the diagram.)
This is the opening that gave Bobby Fischer problems – five of his losses were against this variation, and there came a time when he would avoid playing the King’s Indian Defense if he thought he would have to face this variation.
This is a critical challenge from White against the King’s Indian Defense, and you should be familiar with how to play against it as Black in order to avoid getting into trouble early on!
GM Damian Lemos has been a regular player of the King’s Indian and as such, is the perfect choice to teach you how to face this daunting variation. This is part 2 of a series on the Sämisch Variation. If you haven’t seen Part 1, you can check it out here.
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