A queenside sacrifice to beat the King’s Indian

The King’s Indian is one of the most complicated openings in chess. White focuses his attention on the queenside, trying to advance his pawns and create dangerous outposts for his pieces. Black on the other hand tries the exactly same thing – but on the kingside, where both the black and white king resides.

It’s a question of getting there first. If white can get a grip on the queenside, he can use that play to disrupt black’s attack on the other flank. If white doesn’t manage to create any threats and good ideas, he will be at the mercy of black’s formidable attacking scheme.


In my last blog, I showed a game in which I (with the white pieces) pushed all my queenside pawns, creating a great initiative on that flank, before surprisingly winning the game on the other flank, trapping a bishop.


If you missed that post, catch up on it here!


Today I want to show how black can try to hinder white’s plans by attempting to do a pre-emptive block of the position, with the move c5. Then we typically get this pawn structure:


The plans remain the same; White will try to attack on the queenside (with b4 and a4-a5) and black will pin his hopes on the kingside (with g5-g4).

In an earlier blog post, I showed a fantastic game I played on the chess.com live server. I sacrificed a total of a whole rook for two mere pawns – but they were very fantastic pawns! I ended up losing the game, as I made a huge mistake – essentially checkmating myself. But the sacrifice in itself was decent, and I could have won the game if I had found the right way.


See my blog post about that amazing King’s Indian game.


That game started out with a knight sacrifice for two pawns, which is what will be the subject of this blog: Beating the King’s Indian by sacrificing a knight on the queenside, in order to create extremely strong passed pawns.


As it turns out, in these three games I got 0.5/3 points, but I had a winning position every single one of them. It is a testament to the sacrifice being risky, but also that even if you get a great position, you still have to keep a sharp eye: As usual black has lots of tricks with his potential attack.



  • 4 years ago


    you are great tallent jon i will like you

  • 4 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @wisezard08 I'm sorry, I can't go through every single possible position. But if it's any consolation, black rarely takes on d4. He usually wants a closed center and attack on the kingside.

    In other news, I got to sacrifice my knight for pawns once again! http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=359087737 

  • 4 years ago


    Sir what if early on the opening the e pawn takes white d pawn.. how will white proceed from that? i mean the chain pawn will be broken, can u sir please post one match that the enemy takes the d pawn.  just wanna learn different circumstances that my enemies always use. thanks sir n more power!

  • 4 years ago


    hello sir can u put more.. very instructive.. especially for me that loves to use this kind of opening for white. ^^,

  • 4 years ago



    thats graet idia

  • 4 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings


    dxc6 is definitely a viable move, but I'm concerned about the affect it has on white's center. Starting out, white has a good pawn on d5 which gives him a nice space advantage. Space is useful for maneuovering pieces - you have more options.

    After dxc6 bxc6, black would reinforce his center, and will continue with Nf6 and Be6 and then d5, blasting the center open. I think black will manage to do this before white gets pressure on the pawn.

    Of course, some positions will have exceptions, but as a general rule I feel white should stick to his strategy of b4 and putting pressure on the new pawn formation.

  • 4 years ago


    Is dxc6 not an option for white on ...c5? Opening the d file and going after the backward pawn?

    Or is that ruled out as soon as f3 is played? It seems more plausible in the first game with white castled and the bishop guarding the a7-g1 diagonal, but to en passant in the second game would obviously be suicidal.

  • 4 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    The blog is now updated with two annotated games. The third game is SultanOfKings-tac49, which can be found annotated in a seperate blogpost.

  • 4 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings


    Seeing as how the Greece is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, I think it's fair to say I was not entirely serious. I was merely trying to explain why I posted this without the games.

    I think you will find that I often try to be funny, and tongue-in-cheek comments is a part of that. Obviously I failed this time, but I'll continue to try - and once - some time in the future - I'll get it right.

  • 4 years ago


    With all the respect, I think that it is a little inappropriate to judge a whole country because of an unacceptable internet connection. I also believe that the comment  "I'll add them when I get back to a more modern civilization" was made unintentionally, particularly for a country so proud for their civilization. I wish to GM Jon Ludvig all the best and i would like to plead with him to reconsider and revise his comment.

    A greek chess fan

  • 4 years ago


    Your blog is quite good and your analysis too.But you have made an unfair comment.

    Ok,you are right ,there were some problems in the SPECIFIC HOTEL-including the bad internet connection.Such things are surely annoying,but  CAN happen EVERYWHERE.

    However this does not mean that you were in an..."uncivilized" country as you said.You were in a modern european country ,which respected you as a personality and as a great chess talent, so it made you the honor to accept you here to play in its high leveled league.Dont you respect this??

    You were in a country whose culture is well known to all civilized world for its offer to humanity!!!Don;t you know this???Study a little ancient and modern history to understand which country you speak so ironically for.

    A Grande Maitre like you is expected to think a little more and speak in a most sensible and polite manner instead .

    Friendly and all best for the next challenges on chess boards and in life...

  • 4 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    As I wrote on the bottom, I couldn't get the board uploaded with the internet connection I had. I'll fix it when I get back to Norway tomorrow.

    Best wishes,
    Jon Ludvig 

  • 4 years ago


    when you said"

    "Today I want to show how black can try to hinder white’s plans by attempting to do a pre-emptive block of the position, with the move c5. Then we typically get this pawn structure:" there is no board so i don't what position your talking about

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