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King's Indian Structures - Black Releases the Tension in the Centre - Part 2

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 King's Indian Structures - Black Releases the Tension in the Centre - Part 2

GM Petar Arnaudov


Dear readers of Modern chess,

As I have promised you in my previous article, we will continue our investigation of the KID structures. In this issue, you will find the open centre positions when Black toakes on d4 and then play c7-c6, instead of Nc6 which was covered in the previous article. The main position of my survey arises after the moves:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6


I will try to explain all the details concerning this position. The most important thing that you should notice is that White has a space advantage and should try to avoid exchanges. Now, let's see the main ideas for both sides. 


Ideas for White

1) Avoid exchanges

2) Put pressure on d6

3) Try to win space and restrict Black's pieces by playing b2-b4 or g2-g4

4) Try to prevent the d6-d5 break

5) If it is not possible to win the pawn on d6, then prepare c4-c5 break. In this way, he wants to deflect the d6-pawn and later on occupy the center by means of f3-f4 followed by e4-e5

Ideas for Black

1) exchange minor pieces. especially knights

2) d6-d5 is Black's main idea and should be considered even when this is a sacrifice.

3) Playing on the dark squares - Be5, Nh5, Qh4, sometimes f7-f5-f4

4) Provoking f3-f4 and then attack the e4- pawn.

5) Use c5 and e5-squares for the knights.

6) Attacking the c4-pawn. This is very important since Black wants to provoke the b2-b3 advance after which he could play a5-a4 in order to open the a-file. Now we will discuss all the main moves here.

 Now we will discuss all the main moves at our starting position:

10.Be3 is analyzed in Gustafsson - Kramnik

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