Crush with the King’s Indian Defense
If you want to rapidly increase our rating, you need to be winning games with both colors. Most people prefer to have the White pieces as they feel they can dictate play, start attacks and are more likely to win.
However, choose the right openings and you can create sharp, unbalanced positions which give you great chances of winning with Black too. Against 1.e4 the Sicilian Defense is the obvious choice. Against 1.d4 the stand-out opening is the King’s Indian Defense.
The King’s Indian Defense is the choice of champions. Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer were devotees of the opening because they understood its complexities better than their opponents. Kasparov even used to great effect in this year’s Ultimate Blitz event against Caruana, Nakamura and Wesley So!
However, this is one opening you need to understand deeply if you want to do well. White is allowed to get a big pawn center and loads of space. Black operates in cramped quarters on the Kingside. If you don’t know how to maneuver your pieces with maximum efficiency, which pawn breaks to make and all they key sacrifices you’ll get run off the board.
Learn these critical ideas and you’ll be having the most fun you’ve ever had at the chessboard, winning games you’ll always remember.
The lecture covers:
- Why putting a Knight on the rim (a6) is a very good idea in the King’s Indian.
- The move you must play when White closes the center with d5 – and how to time it correctly.
- The long-term advantage Black has if White exchanges Queens early on.
The goal of the lecture is to help you win many games as Black plus teach you a ton of important strategic ideas.