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King's Indian (A48)
1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6

Number of games in database: 4537
Years covered: 1906 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 32.3%
   Black wins 34.0%
   Draws 33.7%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Mark Hebden  57 games
Vladimir Kovacevic  56 games
Jan Plachetka  46 games
Mark Hebden  25 games
John Nunn  25 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  22 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929
Capablanca vs Yates, 1924
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1922
Keres vs Fischer, 1959
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952
Yusupov vs Shirov, 2012
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 page 1 of 182; games 1-25 of 4,537  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Fahrni vs Chigorin  0-146 1906 15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)A48 King's Indian
2. G Wainwright vs H Voigt  0-127 1909 11th Anglo-American Cable MatchA48 King's Indian
3. A E Post vs Mieses 1-023 1914 MannheimA48 King's Indian
4. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-050 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
5. C Watson vs Euwe 0-129 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
6. J S Morrison vs Euwe 1-036 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
7. H E Atkins vs Euwe  0-139 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
8. Rubinstein vs Euwe 1-042 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
9. V L Wahltuch vs Euwe  0-154 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
10. J S Morrison vs Reti 0-136 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
11. Capablanca vs Reti 1-039 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
12. Tartakower vs V L Wahltuch 1-032 1922 LondonA48 King's Indian
13. W Schlage vs S Gruber  1-064 1922 22. DSB KongressA48 King's Indian
14. J Von Patay vs A Becker  ½-½54 1923 ViennaA48 King's Indian
15. Colle vs Euwe 1-029 1923 Scheveningen ,HCL 39A48 King's Indian
16. G Fontein vs Euwe 0-126 1923 ?A48 King's Indian
17. J Addicks vs Euwe ½-½59 1923 AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
18. A Speijer vs Euwe  0-139 1923 AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
19. B J van Trotsenburg vs Euwe  0-152 1923 AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
20. Lasker vs Euwe 1-065 1923 Maehrisch - OstrauA48 King's Indian
21. Lasker vs Reti ½-½29 1923 Rotterdam consA48 King's Indian
22. V L Wahltuch vs G A Thomas  0-126 1923 LiverpoolA48 King's Indian
23. Reti vs Alekhine 1-031 1924 New YorkA48 King's Indian
24. Lasker vs Alekhine ½-½30 1924 New YorkA48 King's Indian
25. Botvinnik vs I Folga 1-037 1924 LeningradA48 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-04  Dudley: This ECO code covers the Torre attack against the KID, which is also reached in the modern defense. Does anyone have any opinions on the effectiveness of the Torre vs. the KID? I am looking for a "non theoretical" way of playing against the KID, because my opening system for white involves an early Nf3, which rules out the more aggressive ways of playing such as the Sameisch or Four Pawns. I have cosidered the fianchetto variation for white but it seems too complex.
Sep-18-04  raymond patosa: just play chessgame
Sep-18-04  raymond patosa: i want to play chess
Sep-18-04  Lawrence: <raymond patosa>, in the Frequently Asked Questions section precisely number 4 is "I want to play chess." There's a great list of places where you can play. Here on chessgames, on the contrary, we analyze games, solve the world's problems, and contemplate our navels.
Oct-30-04  aw1988: Lawrence, I disagree. Perhaps for some unintellectual individual such as yourself you might find that interesting but... hey look, lint!
Oct-30-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: <dudley> you really think that King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4 (A49) is complex? i think it's a great line v. the KID...you're fianchettoed bishop is just as strong as black's and it takes away the thematic kingside attacks that black uses in the KID.
Oct-30-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: Dudley, I understand your problem. The main lines require a pile of memorizing and a ton of study. The trouble with White's main lines is that there is a good reason for their "main-ness;" these are the lines which grant the first player the best chances for maintaining the initiative which comes with having the first move.

Having said that, if you feel comfortable with the early development of the QB to g5, you should take a look at lines where White plays 5.Bg5 or 6.Bg5, such as 1.d4,Nf6; 2.Nf3,g6; 3.c4,Bg7; 4.Nc3,0-0; 5.Bg5 followed by 6.e3, or 5.e4,d6; 6.Bg5. They are sound and aggressive.

Nov-17-04  Dudley: Thank you, <refutor> and <An Englishman> for your comments. I meant the fianchetto variation with c4 which after I looked at it some more doesn't seem so complex, at least not compared to a lot of other lines. The Bg5 with c4, possibly throwing in d5 1st also looks good enough. The King's Indian seems to have gone out of fashion recently at high levels. Btw, I happened to see the new Pal Benko book "My Life, Games and Compositions" and checked it out of the library. A great story with tons of chess games. Benko had better luck against Fischer than just about anyone, and gave up his spot in the interzonals to Fischer which led to the world championship. A real character and an interesting chess life. Lots of asides about other players of the day.
Feb-14-05  crumpy: I thought this was called the barry attack
May-31-09  YuanTi: The Barry Attack Occurs after 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 (Bg7 or d6 transposes to the Pirc after e4) 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2 , and is a fine aggressive way to bring a King's Indian Player out of their main lines.

Other lines are also covered in this ECO though.

Jan-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: What is the reason behind 3.b4 and a queenside fianchetto by White, instead of 3.b3?
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