How do I break the 4 for 5 obsession? B for R?


As I said above, the Bc8-d7-c6 maneuver is BOOK in that specific position, played thousands of times. It's the most popular choice in that particular position, and has been for years now.

But in a generic position, either "Block 1" or "Block 2" would be much more common.

The choice between those two (develop on b7 or develop on the c8-h3 diagonal) depends on the position. There is no way to claim that one will be uniformly better than the other.


"There is no way to claim that one will be uniformly better than the other."

Ok, let's pose the question another way. People often say to study KID later on. If you were to teach a low level club player how to play as black, would you recommend getting the LSB or leave it be like in this game.





That game is again dominated by specific considerations, so it's not really suitable as a general example.

Black developed his Bishop c8-g4-e2-d3 because it was a very "bad" Bishop (look at all those Pawns on light squares!) and by entrenching it on d3 he could more-or-less force White to trade off his "good" g2-Bishop for it.

Typically as Black in the King's Indian Defense (an opening that I do in fact play with Black) I develop my c8-Bishop to a relatively modest square and bide my time with it. I might even leave it on c8 for most of the opening.

I should note that I'm not a big fan of "cosmetic" development... of moving pieces off their starting squares simply because "they look better" on a new square. 

In the King's Indian Defense, the Black c8-Bishop can often play an important role without moving from its original square.

Example: Korchnoi vs Fischer, Herceg Novi 1970



Alright, thanks for the help. I am going to lie down now.