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The King's Indian - a Complete Black Repertoire

Bologan Viktor

The book is written for chess players of all levels, since the principles of the King’s Indian Defence are equally applicable to the amateurs as well as to the super-grandmasters.

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My relationship with the King's Indian began when I was just a child, during the 1970`s. My first coach, Ivan Jakovlevich Solonar, made a very reasonable decision that he should build up the opening repertoire of his pupils according to Fischer! The King’s Indian Defence was an integral part of the armoury of the eleventh World Champion since more than 10% of his games started with it. The statistical result, as could be expected from Bobby Fischer, was absolutely terrific for him: 66 – 40 in his favour.
Meanwhile, the result of another super-champion and devoted King’s Indian player Garry Kasparov is also superb: 91 – 53 in his favour, with the inclusion of some rapid chess games.
Frankly speaking, I did not remember so well those first lessons, because at that time the opening was not the main focus of my attention.
I simply wanted to learn to play chess well. Still, the foundations remained and later on the process was running smoothly. The Moldavian players were very fond of The King’s Indian Defence. I was coached only for a month by IM Nikolay Popov (presently a famous sports commentator), but I remembered well how to play against the Fianchetto system.
My understanding of the King’s Indian Defence was enriched immensely by the
concepts of the outstanding Moldavian coach Vjacheslav Andreevich Chebanenko. His ideas were entirely different from the contemporary classical axioms and he used to respect the past when, at the dawn of the appearance of the opening, players had preferred to develop the knight to the d7-square. His recommended schemes were a bit passive, perhaps, but they brought us excellent practical results.
Some of them, for example 7...Nbd7 in response to the Gligoric system, are modern even today.
Still, at present, I play the King’s Indian Defence according to the Latvian GM and theoretician Zigurds Lanka. I have tried to recollect everything which he showed me at the beginning of the 90`s and after seeing the notes in the old notebooks and after having compared his variations with what I play now, I see no difference whatsoever. The main lines are all the same. Lanka’s schemes proved to withstand the test of time in an amazing fashion!

We have already come to the subject of the concept of the book. It is understandable that one book cannot include everything which has been introduced and analyzed by numerous generations of players for a period of more than 100 years. I therefore have suggested a repertoire for Black only. I wished to follow Lanka’s example and have tried to reveal to you the true spirit of the King’s Indian Defence – to uncover for you its secrets and to show you its typical resources. The Yugoslavian “Chess Encyclopedia” devotes almost a half of Volume 5 to the K.I.D., with indexes from Е60 up to Е99. However, I did not feel bound by these frames, despite their size, and I have tried to explain to you when Black should direct the fight in the spirit of the Benko Gambit or the Modern Benoni.
In the final part of the book, I have mentioned how to furnish your “King’s Indian Household” in case White acts in the spirit of the King’s Indian English, the King’s Fianchetto without c2-c4 and Nc3, or the Double Fianchetto. I realized that one could never conquer infinity; nevertheless in the process of my work on the book, I wished I did just that!

The King’s Indian Defence is a living entity and is in a state of constant development. The evaluations of its various lines change constantly and sometimes quite dramatically at that. I feel I should warn my readers that the book does not contain all the answers to every question. You can go, however, with this book under your arm to your next tournament with confidence. (This is, of course, an abstract assessment, since if you do accept this advice literally; there might be unwanted consequences…).
The book is written for chess players of all levels, since the principles of the King’s Indian Defence are equally applicable to the amateurs as well as to the super-grandmasters.
Victor Bologan - Moscow 2009


Part 1. Minor Variations
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7

1 4.Bg5
2 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Bg5
3 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Bf4
4 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5
5 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Bd3
6 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Be3
7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Bg5
8 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Nf3
9 4.e4 d6 5.Nge2
10 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3

Part 2. Averbakh Variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5

11 6...Na6
12 6...h6

Part 3. Saemisch Attack
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0

13 6.Nge2
14 6.Bg5
15 6.Be3 c5 7.dc
16 6.Be3 c5 7.d5; 7.Nge2

Part 4. Four Pawns Attack
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5

17 7.Be2; 7.dc
18 7.d5 e6 8.de; 8.Be2 ed 9.cd Bg4
19 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 ed 9.cd Re8

Part 5. Classical Variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5

20 7.de; 7.0-0 Nc6 8.de
21 7.Be3 Ng4
22 7.d5 a5
23 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ng4; 8.d5 Ne7 9.Bg5; 9.Bd2; 9.Be3; 9.a4
24 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5
25 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7
26 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 c6
27 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 a5

Part 6. Fianchetto System

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nc6

28 7.d5; 7.Nc3 a6 without 8.h3, 8.d5, 8.h3
29 7.Nc3 a6 8.h3 Bd7
30 7.Nc3 a6 8.d5 Na5
31 7.Nc3 a6 8.b3 Rb8

Other Fianchetto Systems

Double Fianchetto for White
32 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 d6 5.d4 c5

Fianchetto without c2-c4 and Nc3
33 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6

King`s Indian English
34 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4; 5.0-0


  • Casa editrice Chess Stars
  • Code 5983
  • Anno 2009
  • Pagine p. 356
  • Isbn 9789548782715