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KIA rules
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Games of interest in learning the King's Indian Attack (KIA) system.

Position after 14 ... b6:


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"Starting Out: King's Indian Attack", GM John Emms, page 155: <White's play in the game G.Keller-K.Litz, correspondence 2000 is worth studying, as he gradually builds up pressure on the kingside by manoeuvring his pieces around: 15 Nh4!? Nd5 16 Be4! Re8 17 Qf3 Rc8 18 Bd2 Bf8 19 Nc1! Nce7 20 Ne2 Qd7 21 Kh2 a6 22 Rg1 Be6 23 Rad1 b5 24 Ng3 b4 25 Nh5 when White had the makings of a powerful kingside attack. This certainly looks more promising than what happens in the game.>

Position after 25 ♘h4:


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Fischer vs Ivkov, 1966

White to play: 8 ?


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8 ♘f3-h4!


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8 ♘f3-h4! was Fischer's strong novelty for playing the KIA against the ... ♗f8-d6/ ... ♘g8-e7 setup by Black.

Black's pieces are arranged to prevent the thematic pawn thrust e4-e5 by White. Fischer's novelty 8 ♘f3-h4! intends f2-f4, forcing through e4-e5.

Gazza's KIA demolition of a simul opponent
Kasparov vs M Van Beurden, 2003 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

White plays Ne1/f4 to fight for center after ... f5 exf6ep gxf6
Nijboer vs F Tejero Royo, 2005
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

2450-rated KIA player totally outplays his unrated opponent
D Pikula vs A C Doudin, 2001 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

White goes down in flames for not playing e4-e5 after ... d5-d4
Ljubojevic vs Kasparov, 1983 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Another Kasparov Qe2 Chigorin KIA against the French
Kasparov vs P Albalate, 1997 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 15 moves, 1-0

White plays b3/Bb2 against the ... Bg4 system
A Minasian vs M Grabarczyk, 2005
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Tal provides model Black play in the ... Bg4 b3/Bb2 KIA
Ribli vs Tal, 1985 
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik's historic KIA kingside attack against the French
Botvinnik vs Uhlmann, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

R Gonzalez vs Stripunsky, 2006 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Ciocaltea puts on a clinic in demolishing the French with KIA
V Ciocaltea vs J Kozma, 1963 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky defangs the KIA by trading off both pairs of knights
V Ciocaltea vs Spassky, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yurtaev vs Wang Hao, 2005
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Aronian turns the KIA into a Reversed Grunfeld
Aronian vs B Einarsson, 1995 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

32 Qf6+!! trades in the queen for a killer f6-pawn and mate
E Vladimirov vs A V Kharitonov, 1977 
(A06) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

KIA does not work when you make tactical oversights (duh!)
E Vladimirov vs Hydra, 2004 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 23 moves, 0-1

Stein vs Hort, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs B Lindberg, 2003
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Vaganian's novelty 9 Ne5!? against the ... d5 / ... Bf5 system
Vaganian vs Sveshnikov, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Yet another lethal KIA kingside attack against the French
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

L Javakhishvili vs L Gretarsdottir, 2006 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

Fischer playing the KIA
Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Black plays a Reversed KIA with 6 ... Bg4 and 7 ... Nfd7
C Baginskaite vs A C Calotescu, 2006 
(E91) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Tiviakov beats Dreev in the KIA versus the Caro-Kann
Tiviakov vs A Dreev, 2005 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 49 moves, 1-0

Stein wins a brilliant game in the KIA versus the Caro-Kann
Stein vs Birbrager, 1966 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

Fischer plays Reversed KID
Fischer vs Seidman, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Stein plays the Reversed KID
Stein vs L Zinn, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

6 Bg5 Be7 7 Nfd2!? against the Reversed KID
S Martinovic vs H Messing, 1980
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs V Chuchelov, 2005 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Even Kamsky loses to the KIA
Damljanovic vs Kamsky, 1991 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Bronstein shows you how to play the KIA
Bronstein vs O'Kelly, 1963 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Tal's KIA defeats Dutch Leningrad, watches for f-file tricks
Tal vs H Pohla, 1977 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Movsesian vs Z Gyimesi, 2001 
(A06) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Capablanca plays King's Indian Attack: Sicilian Variation
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1924 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

J P Haapasalo vs G Bue, 2006 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

KIA defeated by standard hack attack
Vaganian vs Yusupov, 2000 
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Tigrano plays the double fianchetto against the ... Bf5 system
T L Petrosian vs J M Lopez Martinez, 2005
(A06) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

Petrosian plays simple chess to win KIA at Stockholm Interzonal
Petrosian vs Teschner, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Tigrano's crushing KIA victory against the French
T L Petrosian vs Y Drozdovskij, 2004 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Kramnik beats Beliavsky in just 18 moves!
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

KIA against the 2 ... e6 Sicilian, smothered mate in 28 moves!
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Morozevich beats Euro ch. Tkachiev in 29 moves with deadly pin
Morozevich vs Tkachiev, 2007 
(A06) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

Morozevich plays a textbook KIA attack at the Turin Olympiad
Morozevich vs S Azarov, 2006 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

8 Nf3-h4! Fischer's novelty against the ... Bd6/... Nge7 system
Fischer vs Ivkov, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Incredible piece activity compensates Q sac for R+N
I Foygel vs R Vasquez Schroeder, 2005 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Fischer soundly defeats ... Bf8-d6, ... Ng8-e7 anti-KIA system
Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Larsen plays KIA so of course both rook pawns reach R6 early
Larsen vs Gligoric, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

Stein crushes Golombek with his favorite KIA versus the Caro
Stein vs Golombek, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A05) Reti Opening, 72 moves, 1-0

Fischer gives virtuoso performance in the KIA versus Caro Kann
Fischer vs I Ibrahimoglu, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Fischer wins his most famous KIA game against the French
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

24 Qh2xh7+! leads to crushing KIA miniature victory at WYCC
A Stukopin vs B Hasenohr, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Zeitnot prevents Radjabov from winning a *brilliant* game
Radjabov vs J Smeets, 2009 
(A06) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Radjabov, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

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