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Re: King's Indian Attack
Reply #3 - 05/03/08 at 20:04:56
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King's Indian Attack offers no theoretical advantage,
but white is not worse in any case,
and the positions are quite dynamic.
Just look up at some games from the european championchip that just finished, and you will find many games from GM's employing that opening sucessfully.
  
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Re: King's Indian Attack
Reply #2 - 12/22/06 at 10:17:14
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I still play the KIA because it's almost never a draw and very interesting. But that's true black has a very wide choiceof good continuations. To limit Black choice you can start by 1.e4 and there is no more King Indian reversed, Bf5 and Bg4 variations. Tha dark side is that we have to study 1.e4 e5 1.e4 c6 and the terrible 1.e4 d5! no King indian attack this way !
  
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Re: King's Indian Attack
Reply #1 - 12/21/06 at 14:22:52
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I've spent the last year weeding the KIA out of my repetoire. There are many good set ups for Black, and being so spoilt for choice one hasn't really emerged as best. I guess it depends on what best fits in with the rest of blacks repetoire.

For me, the systems that put me off the KIA the most were the Sicilan set up with c5/d6/e5/f5/g6/Bg7/Nc6 and Ne7 (although Nf6 is ok too) and the KIA reversed, d5, c5, Nc6, e5 (especially with g6) where it took me a long while to accept that White's extra move in a KID might actually be a liability.

Now it might be thought ok to keep the KIA vs systems where Black has played e6 (ie French and e6 Sicilians), but in the Sicilian system above, Black is still ok playing e5 in two moves, on top of that there is a glut other equalising systems available to a French player. Watson's French book covers 3, the long main line is ok for Black, and lines where Black castles Queenside are ok too, plus the g6/e6/d5 system is available from the French.

And I haven't even go to the London and Keres systems which are ok for Black too! I've also wondered if White has any advantage if Black just mirrors Whites moves, which isn't covered much in the theory books. Plus there's 1. Nf3 Nc6 which is a problem for White if not prepared to go into mainline theory with 2. e4 or 2.d4

Sure, there have been some great games won by KIA players, but I think that was despite the opening, not because of it. KIA books mention Fischer, and sure, Fischer won some great KIA games, but these were in his youth and it's more instructive to look at what openings Fischer stopped playing.

  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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King's Indian Attack
12/21/06 at 08:40:24
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I like to play sometimes the King's Indian Attack and i have almost all the books on the subjet. But i never found serious analysis and maybe the best set up for black : 1.e4 (or 1.g3 or Nf3) c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.d3 e6 7.c3 Nge7. Books gives always the same game : Fischer-Durao 8.d4! 0-0 9.dxc5! dxc5 10.Qe2! += a little incomplete !
  
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