The Kings Indian Defense Lecture by GM Ben Finegold

Check out Ben’s Chessable courses here! GM Ben Finegold discusses the King’s Indian Defense. The most aggressive and dangerous (yet creative) chess opening.

REUPLOAD FOR CHANNEL CONSOLIDATION: Originally posted on the CCSCATL Channel on June 8th, 2021. Yes. You’ve probably seen this before.

This lecture was recorded May 19, 2021, at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta (CCSCATL) in Roswell, Georgia.

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Intro and concluding music: “Da Jazz Blues,” by Doug Maxwell;

Thank you Doug!

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  1. How far into the video did u get before u realized u’ve seen it before? 🤣🙏

  2. Broooooo just in time!!
    I just sit down to eat

  3. I really enjoy your videos. I do watch most of them. Except the ones that promote political stuff, those you could leave out. I try to ignore those and still watch.

  4. Lost all respect for u after ur crazy Twitch rant u don’t deserve to be a grand master

  5. Don’t forget just bc ur good at something doesn’t mean ur a good person

  6. Ben I just want you to know that watching these reuploads is helping me sleep

  7. the random kid asking "is it f5?" when that had nothing to do with the joke got me rolling

  8. Max Euwe had a great influence on this opening.

  9. Not sure if it’s an issue with the recording or my headphones but to me it sounds like Ben has a lisp the entire video

  10. isnt the leningrad dutch just better then the kings indian defense? I mean, regarding, you want to play f5 in the KiD anyway. So you dont lose that time with the knight jumps in the leningrad. Or is that to simplified of a view?If yes, why? Thanks in advance 😀

  11. 12:35 9…c6 is considered to be fine, 10.Nxe5 Re8 11.f4 !? (11.0-0-0 +=) h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.fxg5 hxg5 14.Bg3 Nbd7+= (or 14… Na6 with more forcing crazy stuff).

  12. the only thing better than one gm ben finegold is the two gm ben finegolds during that sweep around @0:55

  13. I thought it might be f5 as well except for one thing.

  14. Somebody just yelled in my ear ya that’s right lmfao he’s so funny

  15. Hi Ben, great lecture. Thanks. I love the KID. But I am one of those that you mentioned in the lecture. I do both "plays all the same moves no matter what white plays" and "only knows it so far then just plays legal moves". LOL. Clearly, I am not very good at it and my record with it is not very good but I hope to start figuring out the different lines.

    There is a great young NM that has a youtube channel, Robert Ramirez, that loves the KID/PIRC and has many videos on it.


  16. 'im grand master ben finegold and you are not' lmfao

  17. If you think Ben is talking funny, and you notice carefully, half of his upper lip seemed to be not moving like it was numb. I wonder if he went to the dentist that day. The tooth hurts!

  18. What do you do against the Pirc defense as white?

  19. I came here due to chessbrah and good lord this is very different and useful in other ways. 👍

  20. Do these lectures have an associated pgn anywhere?

  21. AT 43.27 the best move is d5, right!?….( I was genuinely waiting for this confirmation when that kid suggests the ethereal move f5 lol ffs)…

  22. enseignement chaotique et non structuré… donc inutile

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