Empire Chess Volume 36
FM Alisa Melekhina provides a comprehensive overview of alternatives to the main line of the King’s Indian Defense, 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.
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