The Classical Variation Alternatives to

White Plays 7 d5 The Petrosian System 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 (Diagram 1) The Classical Variation Black stakes a claim In The Classical Variation White just concentrates on developing his pieces to sensible squares. 6 Be2 makes more sense than 6 Bd3 as the latter interferes with the protection of the weakest point in the white camp, the d4-square. NOTE The d4-square is slightly weak because having played e4 and c4 this square can no longer be protected by pawns. In...

Illustrative Games

I d4 NflS 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nge2 0-0 6 Ng3 e5 7 d5 a5 8 h4 h5 8 c6 or 8 Na6 are alternatives with play likely to transpose to the theoretical section above. Black would have liked to play 10 Qe8 or 10 Nbd7 but in both cases White takes on c6 and plays Qxd6. II Nxd5 Be6 12 Bxh5 Diagram 7 The thematic sacrifice A decisive deflection The Chinese grandmaster playing Black pays the price for his sloppy opening play and allows White his thematic sacrifice. 12 Bxd5 13 cxd5 gxh5 Black should...

The Classical with Nc Alternatives to Ne

The Bayonet 9 b4 Alternatives to 10 Re1 . The Bayonet 9 b4 The Main Line 10 Re1 White Plays 9 Nd2 The Bayonet 9 b4 Alternatives to 1lORel 1 d4 Nfl6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 e5 7 0-0 Nc6 8 d5 Ne7 9 b4 Nh5 Diagram 1 Over the last six or seven years the Bayonet Attack has been one of White's main success stories in the King's Indian. Prior to this 9 b4 was generally thought to be a poor relation to 9 Nel and 9 Nd2. It was rarely ever seen in top class chess. Strange, you may...

Other Systems

This chapter contains three other variations in the King's Indian that occur from time to time. They are not necessarily worse than any of the other lines, just less fashionable. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Bd3 Diagram 1 Seirawan's favourite Retreat or advance Some strong grandmasters play this system quite regularly and its main supporter over the years has been the former American Champion Yasser Seirawan.

The Smyslov Variation

We shall now look at the Smyslov system where White plays an early Bg5. Play starts 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 Nf3 d6 0-0 5 Bg5 and now White will follow up with e2-e3 Diagram 11 . This can be quite a dangerous line for Black. In my early days as a King's Indian player I struggled a bit playing with e7-e5. The turning point for me came when I suddenly noticed a game where Smyslov was playing Black against his own system. He played with c7-c5 and won really easily. I copied him and my results...