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

Number of games in database: 2984
Years covered: 1850 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 40.2%
   Black wins 29.5%
   Draws 30.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Varuzhan Akobian  30 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  23 games
Vasily Smyslov  20 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  13 games
Wolfgang Uhlmann  13 games
Zdenko Kozul  12 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Keres vs Petrosian, 1953
Glek vs Lanka, 1997
V Akobian vs I Foygel, 2003
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002
Bareev vs Kasparov, 1991
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959
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 page 1 of 120; games 1-25 of 2,984  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Cochrane vs Mohishunder 1-0181850CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
2. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0491855CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
3. Cochrane vs Mohishunder 1-0511855CalcuttaE61 King's Indian
4. W Paulsen vs F Riemann 0-1411880WSB-13.KongressE61 King's Indian
5. J Sturm vs Euwe 0-1391923AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
6. A Speijer vs Colle ½-½521923ScheveningenE61 King's Indian
7. R H Scott vs Yates  0-1421923British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
8. M Szebarszin vs V Sozin  0-1261923Demonstration tournamentE61 King's Indian
9. G Abramovic vs Botvinnik 0-1321924Leningrad jrE61 King's Indian
10. Koltanowski vs K Sterk  1-0651924Paris Unofficial OlympiadE61 King's Indian
11. J W Moncur vs M Fox  0-1371924Canadian ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
12. R P Michell vs H Saunders  1-0541924British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
13. J A Seitz vs A Vajda 1-0551925DebrecenE61 King's Indian
14. G Fontein vs Euwe  0-1411925?E61 King's Indian
15. V Nenarokov vs A Rabinovich  0-1421925USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
16. H E Price vs H Saunders  0-1331925British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
17. H Weenink vs Euwe  0-1491925AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
18. Saemisch vs Yates 0-1461925MoscowE61 King's Indian
19. G Norman vs Vidmar 0-1191925Hastings 1925/26E61 King's Indian
20. M Sonnenberg vs Euwe  0-1311927AmsterdamE61 King's Indian
21. R P Michell vs Reti 0-1331927Hastings 1926/27E61 King's Indian
22. V Vukovic vs K Kullberg  0-1441927KecskemetE61 King's Indian
23. A Sacconi vs H E Atkins  1-0251927London OlympiadE61 King's Indian
24. P Lebedev vs S Slonim  0-1421929Ch Moscow (Trade Unions)E61 King's Indian
25. G A Thomas vs T H Tylor  1-0331930Hastings 1930/31E61 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!-
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?
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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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