The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#3 – The King’s Indian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The King’s Indian Defense is a popular opening choice at all levels and is the choice of players looking to win as Black against 1.d4.
The reason for this is that many positions in the King’s Indian Defense promise Black more active play than in most other openings. Black is able to avoid early simplifications and can enter unbalanced positions, which allows him to play for more than equality.
From club players to Super-GMs like Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov or Garry Kasparov, you regularly see this opening arising on the chessboard.
About the Author: GM Damian Lemos
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
How is this course going to help me?
You will learn all the subtleties of the KID, playing against the Four Pawns, the Averbakh, and the Sämisch Variations!
My recommendations for black:
- Challenge White’s center with …c5! This gambit smashes open the position in our favor – suddenly our Bg7 is breathing FIRE down the long diagonal, our queen is pressuring c3, all our pieces jump into position, and we’re ready to attack the uncastled king.
- Play on both sides of the board. White attacks on the queenside, Black on the kingside, right? Get better results by taking on White directly on the queenside while staying ready to pounce on the kingside.
- Trusted setup. Keep things simple by sticking to similar setups against every variation. By learning this system inside-out, you will develop your intuitive feel for any position you end up in. Of course, you need to learn the exceptions too – and they are covered in the lessons.
- Easy development.
- Safe kingside.
- BIG surprise factor. (What would you play here? Bd3? Be2? c4? The killer moves, incredibly, is b4!!)
- A lethal queenside attack that 90% of your opponents will have no idea how to stop!
Bear in mind that most players will try their trusted King’s Indian setups (…d6 instead of …d5, for example). This plays right into our hands.
All the lessons will prove invaluable no matter which side of the King’s Indian you’re on.
Every move, every line, has been checked by the engine and tested in practice.