King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2

In the Orthodox Variation against the King's Indian, White creates a three-pawn center and develops his kingside naturally. Generally after a later ...e5 White will create a pawn wedge with d4-d5, followed by queenside play. The opposing pawn chains create spheres of influence on opposite sides of the board.


  • Sound play
  • Gives White a space advantage
  • White can get a strong attack on the queenside


  • The white king can come under great attack
  • Very theoretical

Learn the King's Indian Defense

Learn the essentials of the King's Indian Defense with an educational video on move order, pawn structures, and key themes to know.
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