Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - King's Indian Variation


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The King's Indian Variation is a popular defense against the 1. b4 opening. Black plays 1... Nf6 followed by g6 and fianchettoing of the dark-squared bishop.

Sometimes Black starts with 1... e5 2. Bb2 d6 3. c4 Nf6 4. e3 g6 with the following Bg7 which is a transposition into the King's Indian Variation from the Czech Defense.

Many chess players choose this defense against any initial moves by White. In the Sokolsky opening Black's g7 bishop is opposed by White's strong b2 bishop which controls the long diagonal. This defense allows White to push his queenside pawns almost without any hindrance. Black usually gets his counterplay on the kingside.

White has more space on the queenside. Black can attack on the kingside. Possible continuation for White is 8. 0-0 or 8. Nc3.

>>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<<

More about the Sokolsky:
Exchange variation

Czech Defense

Outflank Variation
Main Line

Baltic Defense
German Defense
Ware Defense
Bugayev Advance Variation
Sokolsky Gambit (Accepted)

Sokolsky Gambit (Declined)
Queen's Indian Variation
Dutch Defense

Advance Variation
Birmingham Gambit
Symmetrical Variation
Grigorian Variation