King's Indian Defense as a Plan in the Middlegame
Not just a a shield, the King's Indian Defense is also a sword...
In one of my recent games, I took Black in an Italian Game, and in the middle game, I needed a plan - so I chose a King's Indian Defense-style attack, with the thematic f-pawn push.
Although it wasn't absolute best move in this situation, it was a clear plan, and I followed my chosen plan to a win.
Suffice to say, my opponent was taken by surprise. The position became very sharp, and in the end I had a very powerful attack.
Even if you don't commit to a certain kind of opening, like the King's Indian Defense moves or move order in the opening, the middlegame ideas of those openings can be useful to you if you use a less commital opening. This has both the element of surprise, and judgement - you can assess the situation and see which approach will be the most effective. It turned out that White was wide-open to a King's Indian Defense-style attack by Black.
Game with annotations: