GM Dejan Bojkov can’t emphasize enough the power of central passed pawns, so here’s another lesson on this crucial concept.
Learn from two of the best players ever, Kramnik and Shirov, in a game when both were aggressive young chess superstars.
Kramnik creates a deadly advanced central pawn early, and his technique is brilliant in converting the advantage. | Watch video
Sometimes chess is a race, and only the fastest player will survive.
GM Rashad Babaev shows you how to win the race that often emerges in the extra-sharp Mar del Plata King’s Indian.
Learn what you need to know about this cutting edge opening. Be sure to check out GM Smith’s article in the related links. | Watch video
You’ve chosen to play the King’s Indian, but how can you expect your games to proceed?
GM Rashad Babaev shows you some quintessential King’s Indian games so you can familiarize yourself with the ideas and goals of the opening.
Learn the common plans crucial for success in this dynamic opening. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video
What were the best games and most beautiful tactics of 2014?
FM Mike Klein takes you through the most exciting and amazing positions of the year in this fun and easy-to-digest video.
Kick off the new year with a look back at the best chess from the last 12 months — and find out where FM Klein is licensed to be captain of a boat!
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GM Yermo gives a clinic on the h3 variation of the King's Indian Defense, taking us from a half-century ago into modern developments. In week 4 of the USCL, FM Tom Bartell faced the line, but new enough theory to get a promising position that any KID player would relish. He didn't play perfectly, but he used his active pieces to form a mating net in the endgame, beating a GM and winning top honors for the week. | Watch video
Today's King's Indian practitioners have GM Gligoric to thank. Here GM Bojkov shows the birth of the modern-day "Mar del Plata" variation, employed by Gligoric to win several games in the 1950s and later used by Kasparov to annihilate fellow GMs in the 1990s. Gligoric enacts some revenge on the Argentinian GM Najdorf on his home soil, then beats another disbelieving Argentinian GM later in the same tournament. To date, no refutation has been found! | Watch video
Every popular opening today needed an early adopter, and GM Bojkov continues his series on Gligoric by showing how he advanced theory on the sharp King's Indian Defense. Using the stem game against Korchnoi, we see some of the evolution of ideas in the Classical Variation. Gligoric achieves a dream position and trounces Korchnoi with explosive tactics on the kingside. | Watch video
Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn introduces a very original approach to the first stage of chess today, suggesting the idea of building a repertoire around "thematic principles" in the pawn structure, development patterns, and square control. His advice? Go after the dark squares! Eugene starts this new series designed to take you through his opening repertoire, and provide some great example games (a great KID Attack today) along the way! | Watch video
We continue with our second Member Analysis video lecture on the subject of "race positions". Today's video lecture highlights how the details can change when the king's are castled on the same side of the board, the center is closed, and one side has a space advantage. Sound familiar? King's Indian Defense players, take notes and don't forget to memorize the rhyme: Whoever gets to the base (of the structure), wins the race! | Watch video