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King's Indian, Petrosian System (E93)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 O-O 6 Be2 e5
7 d5 Nbd7

Number of games in database: 236
Years covered: 1949 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 45.8%
   Black wins 22.9%
   Draws 31.4%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vlastimil Hort  5 games
Petrosian  5 games
Borislav Ivkov  5 games
Svetozar Gligoric  12 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  8 games
Robert James Fischer  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994
Tal vs Fischer, 1959
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1959
J H Donner vs Gligoric, 1968
B Wexler vs Fischer, 1960
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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 236  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov 0-1501949USSR ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
2. Szabo vs Najdorf 0-1301950Budapest CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
3. Tolush vs Keres 1-042195313.08.53E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
4. Petrosian vs Suetin 1-0611958USSR ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
5. B De Greiff vs Petrosian  ½-½301958Portoroz InterzonalE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
6. O Neikirch vs Tal ½-½271958Portoroz InterzonalE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
7. S Kwiatkowski vs Savon  ½-½201959UKR-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
8. Portisch vs S Dittmann  1-0411959World Student Team ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
9. N Radev vs E Karastoichev  ½-½621959BUL-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
10. L A Sanchez vs Fischer ½-½411959Mar del PlataE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
11. Matulovic vs J Stupica  1-0381959YUG-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
12. Matulovic vs Gligoric  0-1891959YUG-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
13. F Olafsson vs Fischer 0-1401959ZurichE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
14. R Biever vs Gilles Tcherniak  ½-½351959World U20 ch final CE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
15. Tal vs Fischer 1-0411959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
16. Smyslov vs Benko 1-0531959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
17. Tal vs Fischer 1-0341959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
18. F Olafsson vs Gligoric 1-0701959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
19. Petrosian vs Gligoric 1-0451959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
20. Tal vs W Pietzsch 1-0301959RigaE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
21. Szabo vs Gligoric  ½-½271960HUN-YUGE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
22. Tolush vs Bronstein  0-1391960Moscow-Leningrad mE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
23. T van Scheltinga vs Tan Hoan Liong  ½-½451960HoogovensE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
24. J Vesely vs Jansa 0-1311960CSR-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
25. B Wexler vs Fischer 0-1401960Mar del PlataE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-09-03  Dustin J.: I like and play the White Opening & Black Defense. But countering the White openinging is easy playing Na6 and opening up the Queenside while holding onto your King Indian's Bishop. The kingside is rock solid for Black and the center soon becomes compromised for White. Thats my take on it anyway, heh.
Apr-04-04  Bears092: anyone know of good books on this (preferably from the white side)?
Jul-13-04  tomh72000: 7...a5! is usually preferable in this variation, I thought?
Jul-13-04  notyetagm: The great KID expert Joe Gallagher has a book due out in September 2004 titled <"Play The King's Indian">. From the Everyman Chess book publisher, it is supposed to be a repertoire book for Black in the KID. I am sure it will answer this question you have about 7 ... a5! in the Petrosian system. Personally I am curious what he will recommend against the dreaded Bayonet Attack (9 b4 and 10 Re1 in the Classical system).
Jul-14-04  tomh72000: Yes, the Bayonet made Kasparov give up the KID I think.
Jan-24-05  cuendillar: Not a book on it, but a video from on how to beat the King's Indian with the Petrosian system. Hope it can help out a little.
Oct-09-05  Dudley: There is large section on this opening for White in "Play 1.d4" by the English player Richard Palliser. This is packed with dense analysis and seems comprehensive. One of the games is the Kramnik-Bologan game covered in the link above, which unfortunately doesn't seem to work anymore.
Oct-09-05  Dudley: I feel sorry for your students.
Jul-27-06  soughzin: I don't understand why 7...a5 is the main move here. Is it just to prevent b4? What is black's plan to undermine white's imposing locked in center? All I can think of is c6 and f5 sometime. Can a KID guy(or gal) help me out here?
Jul-27-06  ganstaman: From my limited experience and understanding of the KID: black wants to expand and put all his pieces on the kingside, while white gets the center and queenside. Black definitely wants to move his N from f6, play f7-f5, and then probably put the knight back. He will then continue to pawn storm the kingside, supported from behind by his pieces.

I think c6 is too risky for black, since opening the queenside gives white a way in. Once white does open the queenside, his heavy artillery will make its way to the back few ranks, distracting the black pieces from their kingside attack. Then white is calling all the shots and wil win.

I'm pretty sure ...a5 is to prevent (or at least slow down) a b4 push from white. If white gets in b2-b4, his queenside presence is awe-inspiring, and perhaps winning. Therefore, black must take a few defensive measures before claiming the kingside. I've read somewhere (maybe here?) that the Bayonet Attack (which features b4 from white) gives black the most trouble in the KID. I haven't played it nearly enough to verify this, but it sounds like it could be true.

Jul-27-06  ganstaman: Hmmm, had I read a few posts above mine, I would have seen: <tomh72000: Yes, the Bayonet made Kasparov give up the KID I think.>
Jul-27-06  soughzin: I guess that makes sense but it still seems bad to fianchetto the bishop and then it gets so little scope. Maybe a design flaw you have to accept when the KID also brings imbalances and kingside chances?
Jul-28-06  Cecil Brown: <soughzin> I'm currently playing through Starting Out:The King's Indian by Joseph G Gallagher .

He gives this game (which I have just submited via the PGN upload utility) as a model game against the Petrosian system.

[Event "Mendrisio op"]
[Site "Mendrisio"]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Mariano,Elia"]
[Black "Cvitan,Ognjen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "E92"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Na6 10.Nd2 Qe8 11.0-0 Nh7 12.a3 Bd7 13.b3 h5 14.f3 Bh6 15.Bf2 Qe7 16.Qc2 h4 17.Rab1 Bf4 18.Rfd1 Qg5 19.Kh1 Nf6 20.Bf1 Nh5 21.Ne2 Ng3+ 22.Bxg3 hxg3 23.Nxf4 Qxf4 24.h3 Kg7 25.b4 b6 26.bxa5 Nc5 27.Re1 Rxa5 28.Qc3 Rh8 29.Qe3 g5 30.Qxf4 gxf4 31.Ra1 Rha8 32.Nb1 f5 0-1

7...a5 is played to restrain b4 by white and therefore secure the c5 square for the black queen's knight.

8...h6 pushes the bishop off the c1-h4 diagonal which black will later occupy with his own bishop (14..Bh6).

The move ..Qe8 breaks the pin on the kings knight and also covers the a4 square, where black may push the a pawn to further restrain any attempts by white to play on the queenside.

11...Nh7 frees the f pawn to advance, but it also introduces the possibility of trapping the h4 bishop by playing ..h5,..g5 and ..h4. The ..h5 push that is part of this plan frees h6 for the g7 bishop, with the intention of playing ..Be3 if allowed to.

The way Gallagher writes all the elements of blacks plan seem fit together very well, I recommend his book. If you are over ~1800 or know the KID quite well already then I suspect his other book 'Play the King's Indian: A complete repetoire in this most dynamic of defences' is a better buy.

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  kdogphs: the move Nbd7 takes up three chapters in "Dangerous Weapons: The King's Indian" by Palliser, Dembo, and Flear but only after White castles. I have played this variation three times on and I have a 66% score as Black... so far so good!!!
Jun-10-13  xombie: Well I am going to buy this book. I am a devotee of the KID Petrosian as white - the game unfolds beautifully. Although Gallagher wrote his book as a 'repertoire' book for black, I am hoping that it will help understand the formations in a general sense.
Jun-10-13  parisattack: In the book 'Petrosian's Legacy' there is a nice chapter on how he came to his fondness for Bg5 in the QP openings.
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