Crushing White with the King’s Indian Defense – FM Alisa Melekhina

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Empire Chess Volume 36

FM Alisa MelekhinaFM Alisa Melekhina provides a comprehensive overview of alternatives to the main line of the KID, demonstrating the opening’s viability.

She uses a clear structure of dividing the alternatives between the typical attacking and more position exd4 lines. Within that structure, she suggests ways to harness the 7. ..Na6 or 7. ..Nbd7 sidelines to adapt to White’s play and choose which of the two modes of the KID to play.

Rather than focusing on rote memorization, the commentary highlights key plans, structures, and themes that are applicable across the various lines. The video provides a roadmap in which to explore which KID line suits your style.

The content is ideal for the intermediate player who is disenchanted with the classical lines of the KID, yet is drawn to its structures and dynamic play. It is also fitting for a player looking to choose a new and simple line against 1. d4.


I. Intro
II. 7…Nc6 Classical/Main Line and Responses (Bayonet Attack)
III. Positional 7. ..exd4 line
IV. Common 7. ..Na6 line
V. Flexible 7. ..Nbd7
VI. Surprising 6. ..Bg4 sidelines
VII. Conclusion

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in
Running time:

3 hours 44 minutes


Standard H.264, .mp4, compatible with all Apple and PC devices.



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4 reviews for Crushing White with the King’s Indian Defense – FM Alisa Melekhina

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calvin Hori

    What-another DVD on the KID? Yes it is, but newcomer FM Alisa Melekhina puts a fresh spin on this highly popular opening. Her lecture is different in that she thoroughly explains alternatives to the main lines which are less highly analyzed. She emphasizes structural themes and strategic concepts rather than memorization of lines which could run well over 20 moves. This cuts down on study time and increases your understanding of this complex opening. Like newcomer GM Naroditsky, I hope FM Melekhina continues to make superb videos like this one for Empire Chess.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Smith

    King’s Indian Defense is one of my favorites and I enjoy every chapter on this DVD. I spent a lot of time reading books and trying to understand some technics, but it wasn’t enough.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Steve Taylor

    I purchased it some days ago and it has fulfilled my expectations. FM Alisa Melekhin made an TERRIFIC job and now I feel my interest in these defense has grown.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    vamanadeva (verified owner)

    This was my first large KID DVD. Alisa did a very thorough job. I found that her presentation helped me learn chess algebra which enormously helps one when using a video to learn chess. The famous E99 or Mar de Plata is presented from black. Her E96 Glek or Na6 variation is also interesting. Roman and Eugene favor this line which is mainly played at club level. I would argue that is not a bad place for someone who does not play the KID to begin. Hopefully you will get some play and not have to incessantly revisit the Exchange Line which makes the opening dull. I bought the DVD years ago and did all the pgns by hand.

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