Kings Indian Defence

The Kings Indian Defence against d4 with a focus on the Four Pawns Attack.


The four pawns attack can be handled effectively by the well prepared black player. The example games by Nunn and Kasparov in this technical white paper serve as model games which experience can be built on.

The three main white moves looked at against the recommended system of c5 are 7 d5 7 Be2 and 7 dxc5. Each of these moves steers the game into a different nature which the prepared black players needs to know a few stem games to have more confidence in handling these. However even the prepared black player may have a frightening time, for example the Vaiser Kasparov game, where Vaiser hxg4 was not even covered by ECO at that time!

Further Reading

The New Classical King's Indian
John Nunn, et al / Paperback / Published 1997
The Fianchetto King's Indian
Colin McNab / Paperback / Published 1996
Miguel Najdorf: King of the King's Indian Defense
Nikolay Minev / Paperback / Published 1997
King's Indian Defence : Averbakh Variation (Cadogan Chess Books)
Margeir Petursson / Paperback / Published 1996
Secrets of the King's Indian
Eduard Gufeld, Eric Schiller / Paperback / Published 1999