Old Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6

The Old Indian was the original version of the King's Indian. Unlike the classical defenses to 1.d4, Black does not block the d-pawn, but instead prepares ...e5, attacking that pawn. Compared to the King's Indian, Black does not fianchetto the king's bishop in the Old Indian, preferring instead ...Be7.


  • More solid than the King's Indian
  • The bishop on e7 keeps d6 well guarded
  • Attacks d4 earlier, thus precluding the Saemisch and other variations


  • More passive than the King's Indian
  • The king's bishop is usually less active
  • Less flexible than the King's Indian

Learn The Old Indian Defense

Learn the main lines and key ideas for both sides in the Old Indian Defense.
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