E80-89 King's Indian Samisch

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The King's Indian is a common defense for ambitious and aggressive players. In fact, Black, having allowed White to fully occupy the center, tries to undermine it, creating the conditions for an uncompromising game. 

In the Sämisch after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6, with 5.f3 White achieves a a solid position and creates the conditions for a pawn attack in the kingside.  The drawback of this line is represented by the absence of a Knight in f3, that means less control over the central squares e5 and d4.    As a consequence Black's best strategy to counter the Samish is to put pressure over White's center by means of the c-pawn sacrifice: after 5…0-0 6.Be3 c5, it's difficult for White to look even for a slight opening advantage. 

The above mentioned gambit line is not the only move available to Black: 6 ... e5 leads to the classical variation, in which White can continue with 7.d5, tending to a Benoni type position, or with the waiting move  7. Cge2; 6 ... Nc6 is the Panno variation in which Black remains flexible and waits for White's strategy before choosing how to develop his own counter-play (if White castles long then Black counterattacks on the queenside with a6 and b5, if White is more cautious then Black plays against the center with the e5 break).


King's Indian Samisch

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Last Update

July 2018