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King's Indian Defense

The King's Indian Defense is one of the most popular openings for black against 1. d4. It's considered very sharp in most lines. In the King's Indian Defense, sometimes referred to as KID, black plays a quick c5 or e5 (or both) and leaves the centre to white. Both sides usually castle short. White takes space on the queenside and tries to break there. Black usually tries to attack on the kingside by putting most of the pieces on this side of the board and banking on a effective pawn storm after a rather early f5. Due to it's imbalance and many tactical opportunities the King's Indian is considered a very dynamic and complex opening, that best suits attacking players. World champions Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal played the KID with great success. Nowadays attacking players Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren use it on a regular basis if they are up for a real fight. If you like to learn this opening with the black pieces there are some real experts e.g. Vasilios Kotronias, Ilya Smirin and Victor Bologan. As a d4-player it is no unnecessary luxury to have a concrete plan against the King's Indian. Chess authors Boris Avrukh, Eric Montany and Damian Lemos amongst others can help you on your way. So if you're up for a real fight, try the King's Indian.



The King's Indian Defence: Move By Move - Sam Collins
2017 Everyman Chess The King's Indian Defence: Move By Move-Sam Collins

Why play the King’s Indian? In the introduction of this book author Sam Collins explains why he’s a true KKID-adept. He points out that black plays for three results. In general white d4-players tend to be more on the solid side, and therefore usually don’t like wild, attacking games. Of course there are systems within this opening where white can play with less risks, but these normally don’t pose a threat for the second player. On top of that, the KID is an universal opening.
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King's Indian Warfare - Ilya Smirin
2016 Quality Chess King's Indian Warfare-Ilya Smirin

The King’s Indian player is a fighter, a tactical player who doesn’t appear at the board for a quick draw. In other words, the black player is ready for some warfare over the board. This opening is simply warfare, as the title indicates. The book is a highly personal publication from Ilya Smirin about his approach to the King’s Indian, containing his games and his tips and tricks, as well as personal advices how to approach games and how to handle certain situations.
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Bologan's King's Indian - Victor Bologan
2017 New In Chess Bologan's King's Indian-Victor Bologan

Since the 1940’s the King’s Indian is a popular opening which constantly develops his theory and strategic approach. Many top players have adopted the opening, and also on club level the love for this particular opening is long lasting. The KID is a living organism, according to the author, and theory on both sides is constantly moving forward. Victor Bologan made a practical guide, not forgetting about the objectively less serious lines, where the surprise value plays an important role.
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Starting Out: King's Indian (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Joe Gallagher
2002 Everyman Chess Starting Out: King's Indian (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Joe Gallagher

If somebody only knows the rules of chess and this person asks you to show a nice game, chances are high you will show him a King’s Indian-game. This opening offers everything that makes the game beautiful: attacking chances for both sides on both flanks, strategic and tactical motives; fire on the board. Normally pieces stay at the board for a long time, and both colours play for three results. That’s why many players that are new to the game choose to play the KID.
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Opening Repertoire: The Fianchetto System: Weapons For White Against The King's Indian And Grünfeld (everyman Chess) - Damian Lemos
2014 Everyman Chess Opening Repertoire: The Fianchetto System: Weapons For White Against The King's Indian And Grünfeld (everyman Chess)-Damian Lemos

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1.d4: King’s Indian & Grunfeld (grandmaster Repertoire) - Boris Avrukh
2018 Quality Chess 1.d4: King’s Indian & Grunfeld (grandmaster Repertoire)-Boris Avrukh

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Offbeat King's Indian: Lesser Known Tries To Counter This Most Popular Of Defences - Krzysztof Panczyk, Jacek Ilczuk
2004 Everyman Chess Offbeat King's Indian: Lesser Known Tries To Counter This Most Popular Of Defences-Krzysztof Panczyk Jacek Ilczuk

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Kotronias On The King's Indian: Classical Systems (volume 4) - Vassilios Kotronias
2016 Quality Chess Kotronias On The King's Indian: Classical Systems (volume 4)-Vassilios Kotronias

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Kotronias On The King's Indian: Mar Del Plata I - Vassilios Kotronias
2015 Quality Chess Kotronias On The King's Indian: Mar Del Plata I-Vassilios Kotronias

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Kotronias On The King's Indian: Saemisch & The Rest (volume 5) - Vassilios Kotronias
2017 Quality Chess Kotronias On The King's Indian: Saemisch & The Rest (volume 5)-Vassilios Kotronias

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Play The King's Indian: A Complete Repertoire For Black In This Most Dynamic Of Openings - Joe Gallagher
2004 Everyman Chess Play The King's Indian: A Complete Repertoire For Black In This Most Dynamic Of Openings-Joe Gallagher

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King's Indian Defense E60-99: 837 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Bill Harvey
2017 Independent King's Indian Defense E60-99: 837 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Bill Harvey

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Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White, Vol. 2 (volume 2) - Dean Ippolito, Jonathan Hilton
2011 Mongoose Press Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White, Vol. 2 (volume 2)-Dean Ippolito Jonathan Hilton

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Beating The King's Indian And Grünfeld (everyman Chess) - Timothy Taylor
2006 Everyman Chess Beating The King's Indian And Grünfeld (everyman Chess)-Timothy Taylor

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Kotronias On The King's Indian: Mar Del Plata Ii - Vassilios Kotronias
2015 Quality Chess Kotronias On The King's Indian: Mar Del Plata Ii-Vassilios Kotronias

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Classical King's Indian Uncovered - Krzysztof Panczyk, Jacek Ilczuk
2009 Everyman Chess Classical King's Indian Uncovered-Krzysztof Panczyk Jacek Ilczuk

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Kotronias On The King's Indian: Fianchetto Systems (volume 1) - Vassilios Kotronias
2013 Quality Chess Kotronias On The King's Indian: Fianchetto Systems (volume 1)-Vassilios Kotronias

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Opening Repertoire: The Modern Sämisch: Combating The King’s Indian And Benoni With 6 Bg5! - Eric Montany
2017 Everyman Chess Opening Repertoire: The Modern Sämisch: Combating The King’s Indian And Benoni With 6 Bg5!-Eric Montany

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Fighting The Anti-king's Indians: How To Handle White's Tricky Ways Of Avoiding The Main Lines (everyman Chess) - Yelena Dembo
2008 Everyman Chess Fighting The Anti-king's Indians: How To Handle White's Tricky Ways Of Avoiding The Main Lines (everyman Chess)-Yelena Dembo

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Sämisch King's Indian Uncovered (everyman Chess) - Alexander Cherniaev
2008 Everyman Chess Sämisch King's Indian Uncovered (everyman Chess)-Alexander Cherniaev

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Attacking Chess: The King's Indian (everyman Chess) (volume 2) - David Vigorito
2011 Everyman Chess Attacking Chess: The King's Indian (everyman Chess) (volume 2)-David Vigorito

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Dangerous Weapons: The King's Indian: Dazzle Your Opponents! (everyman Chess) - Glenn Flear, Richard Palliser, Yelena Dembo
2009 Everyman Chess Dangerous Weapons: The King's Indian: Dazzle Your Opponents! (everyman Chess)-Glenn Flear Richard Palliser Yelena Dembo

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Winning Pawn Play In The Indian Defenses - Henrique Marinho
2012 Mongoose Press Winning Pawn Play In The Indian Defenses-Henrique Marinho

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Starting Out: The King's Indian - Joe Gallagher
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The King's Indian-Joe Gallagher

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How To Play The King's Indian Defence - David N. L. Levy
2009 Ishi Press How To Play The King's Indian Defence-David N. L. Levy

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The Unconventional King's Indian - John Watson
2004 Hardinge The Unconventional King's Indian-John Watson

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The Complete King's Indian (hardinge Simpole Chess Classics) - Raymond Keene, Byron Jacobs
2003 Hardinge The Complete King's Indian (hardinge Simpole Chess Classics)-Raymond Keene Byron Jacobs

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