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How did the King`s Indian Defense get its name?
A friend thought it had something to do with the British occupation of India and the English observing how the Indians played Chess.
Thanks for the reply! This was driving me slightly nuts.
You never thought to use wikipedia in six months?
The term "Indian Defense" came into being because players from India tended to use the Nf3 or Nf6 opening, whereas in Europe the custom was to advance center pawns early. The various "Indian" openings themselves didn't get their names or theory from the subcontinent originally, though.
"King's" and "Queen's" Indians only referred to the side of the board where the Bishop was fianchettoed. The "Nimzoindian" followed Nimzowitsch's concept of ...Bb4 to undermine White's center, and the "Bogo-Indian" was a favorite of Bogoljubov for a time.
Perhaps I should have tried Wikipedia to get the answer. Now I`m getting a floodgate of answers! All good, guys! Thanks.
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