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King's Indian (E61)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3

Number of games in database: 1602
Years covered: 1850 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 41.5%
   Black wins 29.4%
   Draws 29.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Varuzhan Akobian  27 games
Vasily Smyslov  19 games
Jiri Lechtynsky  15 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  13 games
Efim Geller  11 games
Yury Shulman  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Glek vs Z Lanka, 1997
Keres vs Petrosian, 1953
Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2015
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002
Bareev vs Kasparov, 1991
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959
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 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,602  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Cochrane vs Mohishunder 1-018 1850 CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
2. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-049 1855 CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
3. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-051 1855 CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
4. W Paulsen vs F Riemann 0-141 1880 WSB-13.KongressE61 King's Indian
5. J Sturm vs Euwe 0-139 1923 AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
6. A Speijer vs Colle ½-½52 1923 Scheveningen NEDE61 King's Indian
7. G Abramovic vs Botvinnik 0-132 1924 Leningrad jrE61 King's Indian
8. Koltanowski vs K Sterk  1-065 1924 ol final BE61 King's Indian
9. G Fontein vs Euwe  0-141 1925 ?E61 King's Indian
10. Nenarokov vs A Rabinovich  0-142 1925 USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
11. J A Seitz vs A Vajda 1-055 1925 DebrecenE61 King's Indian
12. H E Price vs H Saunders  0-133 1925 British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
13. Weenink vs Euwe  0-149 1925 AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
14. Saemisch vs Yates 0-146 1925 MoscowE61 King's Indian
15. G Norman vs Vidmar 0-119 1925 Hastings 1925/26E61 King's Indian
16. M Sonnenberg vs Euwe  0-131 1927 AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
17. R P Michell vs Reti  0-133 1927 Hastings 1926/27E61 King's Indian
18. V Vukovic vs K Kullberg  0-144 1927 KecskemetE61 King's Indian
19. A C Sacconi vs H E Atkins  1-025 1927 1st olm finalE61 King's Indian
20. G A Thomas vs Tylor  1-033 1930 Hastings 1930/31E61 King's Indian
21. Kashdan vs Bogoljubov 0-130 1931 BledE61 King's Indian
22. Pirc vs Bogoljubov  1-046 1932 Bad SliacE61 King's Indian
23. J H Hoetabarat vs W F Wertheim  ½-½37 1932 Schaakmat-Satoer BatakE61 King's Indian
24. A Y Model vs Alatortsev  1-058 1932 Leningrad ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
25. Ragozin vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-039 1933 Leningrad-Moscow MatchE61 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-03  Sarimanok: If you want total war, play the King's Indian.
Mar-31-03  GregorMendel: I love the KID. I play it almost all the time with Black against 1. d4. I have mixed results, but I always get a good game.
May-25-04  tacticsjokerxxx: Do any King's Indian fans care to share their opinion on whether the C5, D5 or E5 pawn-thrust is best for black? and which line is the most popular in the king's indian today?
May-25-04  Dudley: The d5 pawn move early in the opening is a Grunfeld, not a KI. Fischer played it for important games but it's really quite different than the KID and very sharp. So that leaves c5, which transposes into Benoni type positions, and I have seen it recommended as a way of limiting the options of the first player. Personally, I have tried it and don't think much of it. I wanted it to work but the positions are too cramped because white moves d5 early in the opening. So, e5 is the line if you want to learn the real themes of the King's Indian, imho.
May-25-04  Dudley: Oh, and according to popularity in the database the classical line for white is the most common line. Black responds with Nc6 or exd5 but I don't know which one is more popular today.
Jul-13-04  tomh72000: ..c5 is usually only played by black against the Averbakh System, .d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 and here black sometimes plays 6...c5. Sometimes ...c5 is played in the four pawns attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3) where one of black's best moves is 6...c5.
Jul-13-04  ThePurplePimpernel: In the Averbakh system, and some lines of the Petrosian, the early movement of White's QBishop can leave squares like b2 vulnerable to black's KBishop. If white responds to ...c5 by playing d5, it opens the diagonal for the bishop, rather than closing it ala ...e5.
Feb-05-07  Tacticstudent: I'm a beginner and I want to play the KID against 1. d4, but I need some comments of more experienced players. Can anyone help me?
Feb-05-07  Jafar219: <Tacticstudent> Learn from Radjabov!-http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Feb-08-07  Tacticstudent: <Jafar219> Thank you a lot, man!
May-01-07  Rajiv Herman Kramer: Is playing e3 instead of e4 a good alternative for white in this particular opening.
May-01-07  MaxxLange: <Rajiv Herman Kramer> No. Playing e3 is, if not outright bad, insipid, and it puts no pressure on Black.
May-01-07  e4Newman: if white played e3, i'd transpose right into a grunfeld
Jun-02-09  joakimvitriol: What options black have after 3...Bg7 and 4.Bg5? Is standard 4...d6 good or there is better continuation lke c5 for instance?
Mar-29-12
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

King's Indian
1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 g6 3.♘c3 ♗g7


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< joakimvitriol: What options black have after 3...Bg7 and 4.Bg5? Is standard 4...d6 good or there is better continuation lke c5 for instance? >

According to the Opening Explorer, white fares better with 4...d6.

Oct-17-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

King's Indian
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7


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