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King's Indian Defence

272 pages, paperback, Quality, 1. edition 2019.

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The King’s Indian Defence is a popular opening at all levels. Fischer, Kasparov, Bronstein, Nunn, Radjabov and Nakamura are just a few of the many leading GMs who have played it successfully.

Opening Simulator is a new and innovative approach to studying the opening, based on the Deliberate Practice concept, similar to The Woodpecker Method from Axel Smith and Hans Tikkanen. Rather than presenting moves and variations, the authors offer a 'read, solve and play' approach which is designed to replicate a real game more closely than other opening books. First, a thorough Introduction discusses the main variations, pawn structures and themes. Then, after working through the 400 carefully chosen exercises, the reader will benefit from enhanced tactical and problem-solving ability.

Unlike a normal puzzle book, the exercises all stem from the King’s Indian, making this book the ideal resource for King’s Indian players of all abilities to hone their skills.

Andreas Skytte Hagen is a Danish IM with one GM norm, and an experienced King’s Indian player who came up with the Opening Simulator concept.

Esben Lund is a Danish IM and a respected author and trainer. He is a 1.d4 player with extensive experience playing against the King’s Indian, thus both sides are represented in this book.

Language English
Author Hagen, Andreas Skytte
Lund, Esben
Publisher Quality
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 500 g
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Pages 272
ISBN-13 978-1-78483-081-6
Year of Publication 2019
Binding paperback

005 Key to symbols used

005 Bibliography

007 Preface

009 1. Introduction to the book

011 2. Introduction to the King’s Indian Defence

011 2.1 The ECO classification system

012 2.2 What is the King’s Indian?

013 2.3 King’s Indian Variations

014 2.3.1 The Classical Variation

014 Classical with ...e5

017 The Immediate Release of the Central Tension

017 Black Releases the Tension

018 The Exchange Variation

019 The Petrosian Variation

021 Mar del Plata Variation

022 The Aronin-Taimanov Variation

028 The Bayonet Attack

030 Classical King’s Indian with 6...c5

031 The Benoni Centre

031 The Maroczy Centre

035 2.3.2 The Averbakh Variation

039 2.3.3 The Four Pawns Attack

042 2.3.4 Lines with h2-h3

042 Black plays ...c5 against h2-h3 lines

045 Black plays ...e5 against h2-h3 lines

045 The Makogonov Variation

047 The Karpov Variation

049 2.3.5 The Sämisch Variation

049 White keeps the central tension after ...c5

050 Black plays ...e5 against the Sämisch

052 Move-order considerations in the Sämisch

054 Bronstein’s queen sacrifice

054 Main Line with 6.Be3 e5

056 Universal set-up with ...Nc6, ...a6 & ...Rb8 (Panno Variation)

059 Sämisch Benoni

061 2.3.6. The Fianchetto Variation

062 Black plays ...Nc6 against the Fianchetto

062 The Panno Variation

065 The Uhlmann Variation

068 Black plays ...Nbd7 against the Fianchetto

068 The Gallagher Variation

071 Classical Variation with 8...c6 against the Fianchetto

073 2.3.7 Other lines

073 Black plays on the queenside with ...a6, ...c6 and ...b5

074 The Smyslov System with Bg5 and e2-e3

076 The Czech Benoni

077 2.4. Other King’s Indian considerations

077 2.4.1 The King’s Indian set-up with ...e5 and ...c5

084 2.4.2 The c5-d6-e5 structure with the knight on d7 (Kozul’s pet line)

087 2.4.3 The impact of space in the King’s Indian

088 2.4.4 Is the King’s Indian a strategically suspect opening?

089 2.5 Move orders: 4...d6 or 4...0– 0

090 2.5.1 The Classical Variation (it usually doesn’t work!)

091 2.5.2 Other lines (move-order tricks can pay off!)

094 3. Exercises

098 3.1 Level 1 exercises

108 3.2 Level 2 exercises

123 3.3 Level 3 exercises

140 3.4 Level 4 exercises

155 3.5 Level 5 exercises

4. Solutions to Exercises

165 4.1 Solutions to Level 1

071 4.2 Solutions to Level 2

184 4.3 Solutions to Level 3

204 4.4 Solutions to Level 4

234 4.5 Solutions to Level 5

263 5. Name Index


King's Indian Defence