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

Number of games in database: 9469
Years covered: 1906 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 32.8%
   Black wins 33.7%
   Draws 33.4%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vladimir Malaniuk  93 games
Vladimir Kovacevic  66 games
Gata Kamsky  65 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  47 games
Ian Nepomniachtchi  43 games
Mark Hebden  33 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929
Capablanca vs Yates, 1924
Capablanca vs Reti, 1922
Keres vs Fischer, 1959
F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Capablanca, 1925
C Guimard vs Fischer, 1960
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 page 1 of 379; games 1-25 of 9,469 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Fahrni vs Chigorin  0-146190615th DSB Congress, NurembergA48 King's Indian
2. G Wainwright vs H Voigt  0-127190911th Anglo-American Cable MatchA48 King's Indian
3. A Speijer vs H E Price  1-0391920BCF-ch Major OpenA48 King's Indian
4. W Schlage vs S Gruber 1-064192222nd DSB KongressA48 King's Indian
5. C G M Watson vs Euwe 0-1291922LondonA48 King's Indian
6. J S Morrison vs Euwe 1-0361922LondonA48 King's Indian
7. J S Morrison vs Reti 0-1361922LondonA48 King's Indian
8. H E Atkins vs Euwe 0-1391922LondonA48 King's Indian
9. Capablanca vs Reti 1-0391922LondonA48 King's Indian
10. Rubinstein vs Euwe 1-0421922LondonA48 King's Indian
11. V L Wahltuch vs Euwe 0-1541922LondonA48 King's Indian
12. Tartakower vs V L Wahltuch 1-0321922LondonA48 King's Indian
13. G Fontein vs Euwe 0-1261923SSS CupA48 King's Indian
14. A Speijer vs Euwe  0-1391923AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
15. B van Trotsenburg vs Euwe  0-1521923AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
16. J Addicks vs Euwe ½-½591923AmsterdamA48 King's Indian
17. Lasker / Haalebos vs Reti / Oskam ½-½291923Consultation gameA48 King's Indian
18. V L Wahltuch vs G A Thomas  0-1261923LiverpoolA48 King's Indian
19. E E Colman vs Reti  0-1451923MargateA48 King's Indian
20. H Holmes vs Maroczy  0-1481923NCCC PremierA48 King's Indian
21. Lasker vs Euwe 1-0651923Maehrisch-OstrauA48 King's Indian
22. Colle vs Euwe 1-0291923ScheveningenA48 King's Indian
23. W Gooding vs G A Thomas  0-1351923British ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
24. G Patay vs A Becker  ½-½541923ViennaA48 King's Indian
25. V Fernandez Coria vs Reti  0-14219243rd Argentine National TournamentA48 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  refutor: <dudley> you really think that King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4 (A49) is complex? i think it's a great line v. the're fianchettoed bishop is just as strong as black's and it takes away the thematic kingside attacks that black uses in the KID.
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  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.

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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