Fischer's King's Indian Attack

  • GM arunabi
  • | Jan 13, 2011

 by GM Magesh and GM Arun

This week we shall see the King's Indian Attack by Robert James Fischer, who is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. Fischer employed the King's Indian Defence with the black side frequently and tried the reverse structure once in a while. But to study the KIA it is important to study the games of Fischer. 


KIA is a basic structure which can be used with White against many of Black's systems like Sicilian, Caro-Kann, French etc. White launches an attack on the Kingside by holding the queenside as long as possible and directly goes for the KING!


Today's game is Fischer,R-Panno,O Buenos Aires 1970. In this game White managed to initiate an attack on the Kingside and mated him before Black could even start an attack on the Queenside. White's exchange plan went well as he kept enough pieces to attack and checkmate the king.




This game is a clean model example of White's play. He just stopped Black's activity on the Queen side and launched an attack on the King side. Black wasted a few moves and those moves proved to be the vital factor to decide the outcome of the game. Since Black did not manage to create any counter play for himself and was left in a purely defensive role which was pretty difficult in practical play, the situation was simply impossible against the mighty Fischer. Readers who prefer original play instead of long opening lines can use this system.


  • 3 years ago


    Anyone interested in playing this opening with group discussions in Vote Chess please apply to join...

  • 3 years ago


    question.. In move 26. why a6 instead of Nf3 to g5

  • 3 years ago


    I like this opening b/c of it's a system rather than a move order, much like the Nimzo-Larsen Attack (Nf3, b3, Bb2, preferably in that order), which I love 2 play. I'll go toe-2-toe w/ some1 on ruy Lopez theory, but the KIA and Nimzo-Larsen make it so you're just playing chess and whoever out-plays the other person is going to win. They take the game from a contest of who knows more theory to who is the better chess player

  • 5 years ago


    i will try this opening.,

  • 5 years ago


    After 28...Qe7? instead of 29.Nxh7 Fischer could have played Nf5!! which wins the game more conviscingly. It is a very difficult move to spot (computer found the move for me) but it highlights the multiple weaknesses in blacks camp. There is no point reaching these positions if one cannot find these tactical motifs. How many players under 2000 reach such positions and do not find the right moves to finish off the game. I certainly have had several such experiences.

  • 5 years ago


    Fischer is remarkable; good opening.

  • 5 years ago


    good.........made the point

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    Thank you for showing Fischers game.

  • 6 years ago


    Nice playing
  • 6 years ago


    I've been playing the KIA often.   Since it's only 2 tables and 3 pages in the MCO - I decided it was a good opening to play.  There are of course different ways to go about things.  You can play positional and soak up black pressure on the queenside, or try to be Fischer and go for the throat on the kingside (Black will have to be passive for this to happen).

    If black gets an attack on the queenside, it's best to counter through the center, as the fianchetto bishop and the king's knight can punish the important central squares.

  • 6 years ago


    zbolinger, I played it out on the analysis board a couple of different ways and black loses because white brings up the Knight.

    28 be4         dxe4
    29 N3xe4      Ne7
    30 Nf6+        Kh8
    31 Nxf7++

    28 be4          dxe4
    29 N3xe4      f6
    30 Nxe6        Qe7
    31 Nxf8        Qxf8
    32 Nxf6+       Kh8
    33 Qxh7++

    There may be other variations that I didn't see, but black is pretty much hopeless by move 28

  • 6 years ago


    great game by Fischer..

  • 6 years ago


    that was a great game. thx

  • 6 years ago


    MindWalk, You are right, but that does not change my point .

  • 6 years ago


    gestor:  Fischer's 6-0 wins were not against former world champions, although they were against strong grandmasters.  He beat Soviet GM Mark Taimanov and then Danish GM Bent Larsen 6-0 each, and then took the first game against Soviet GM (and former world champion, 1963-1969) Tigran Petrosian before losing the second game, ending his string of twenty consecutive victories.  They drew the next three games before Fischer won the last four to take the match 6 1/2-2 1/2.  After that, of course, came Spassky.

  • 6 years ago

    NM BMcC333

    Hi  kiernanmc,

    I have heard this criticism before and of course Paul did not play 2700s every round but he did lose to a player in the 1st US congress, that he later beat in a knights oddss match. What modern player could do that? Most 2700s dont play anyone under 2500.

    A more telling point is that Morphy did beat Adolf Anderssen by a quite convincing score, while a young Steinitz was only able to beat a much older Anderssen 8-6. No one would say Stenitz did not play strong opposition. This link to the modern era prove Morphy was the real deal and would likely have trashed Stenitz, Lasker, Alekine and Capa, the same way he did Anderssen.

    1858 Morphy-Anderssen (+7 -2 =2) 1866 Steinitz-Anderssen (+8 -6 =0)
  • 6 years ago


    Fischer is the greatest ever.. Hello chess world where is Bobby Fischer memorial tournment? it should be biggest of all with largest category and prize fund

  • 6 years ago


    Perhaps a dumb question, more of an observation...  After Black's move #11, Black has better development, correct?  Isn't development what you want to do more quickly than your opponent?  Or do Fishers "initiative" and "space" trump his lack of development at this point in the game. 

  • 6 years ago


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