Understand the King's Indian - Typical Middlegame Ideas
GM Dejan Bojkov
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Ever since I was a kid I was always encountering the same old problem: “How to optimally build my repertoire and learn new opening for life”?
Back then the only source of information was the “Opening Encyclopedia.” We were not spoiled by the interactive online classes. Or videos. Or quality chess streaming. The lines were presented in a dry, grey way, not leaving us any scope for imagination. The evaluations were the old standard graphic ones- no words involved, no text, no explanations. Just a sign which is supposed to teach you how good your position is. But what to do after? That was a completely different question! It often happened that one of the players would enter a favourable position (at least according to the encyclopedia) and then quickly blow it away.
It happens now too. A common case with the younger players is that they complain of lack of theory, just to demonstrate lengthy twenty-move lines that they memorized and which they blew away with a simple blunder. Blame the blunder to the opening!
How complicated an opening preparation can be? Is not it just memorization of a bunch of moves, and a few assessments?
Not really! The quality preparation is about knowing the key ideas, the key methods in the various pawn structures, as well as the typical tricks and traps and of course-the common endgames.
For the quality, preparation demands a bridge between all the stages of the game and orientation in everything that you are about to do after the memorization ends.
The fundamental knowledge answers key questions like which pawn structures to aim for, and which to avoid; which pieces to trade and which to keep; how to bring the problematic pieces in the game;
should we trade queens or not. The list can be prolonged, but you get the point.
My credo has always been that the opening prep should not be something shallow and boring, but rather in-depth orientated towards the further challenges of the game.
Therefore I build this new product which features one of my beloved openings- the King's Indian Defence. I have played this defence all my life, I often failed, but I was also successful in many games. But that is not the point.
With this new mini-video series I tried to bring in life my methodology of an in-depth preparation and help you build the bridge yourselves.
Because the better you understand the middlegame, the easier the transition between the chess phases will be, the quicker you will make your decisions and the better your play will become. You will never drift after the opening and will always know what to look for.