The King’s Indian Defense: Step by Step | Chess Lesson # 85

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Hello students! It’s time to learn another great Chess opening: The King’s Indian Defense (KID). In this lesson, we will go over the basics including two plans we can use in the classical variation. I have used them both since the beginning of my Chess career and now I want to share them with you. Hope you like it!

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  1. Thank you Bro, i don't have good talent on playing black , i always do hippo def and came up with this pirc idea and saw a perfect channel.

  2. d4 Nf6 c4 g6 Nc3 Bg7 e4 d6 Nf3 0-0 Be2 Na6 0-0 e5 :
    Exchange variation (dxe5) – 10:17
    Lock position (d5) – 23:05
    Ignored (Be3) – 26:54

  3. 16:01 Before pawn to g4, why not h5? Because in this situation, if white takes fxg4 they definitely win material, and our king side attack plan will be more difficult. I kindly request your attention here with a positive solution for black player.

  4. Salute to you.very informative

  5. You are very good chess teacher. Thanks for the chess lessons. I really like the king's indian defense.

  6. I am training but I am going backwards to a large degree. It looks good when you do it. Never happens that way in the game. The knights came rolling in and the queens and rooks back side.

  7. I did the kings indian for black, white put the bishop out even before I put the knight out. It is a pain move. I will let you know how it turns out. But I am now remembering why I do not play the three day move games. I find that people cheat to a very large degree. Shameful. It is what it is. You know the drill. I see you are offering courses on chessable. Please tell them that they should revamp the format of the jpage Very hard to navigate back and forth

  8. Just find you, this is gold. Thank's. Suscribed

  9. When ever I play this system the position brings Bishop and Queen out and attacks me!! No sorry destroys me🤔😫😫

  10. Blah blah blah….
    Too much words… You muddle things sir..
    I love chess.. But with you?..
    I no longer want to play chess!!

  11. Hello Robert, I am just getting back into chess after a 20-year break, and I think your teaching style is terrific. I don't know if you are still checking comments on this video, but I have a question. If white never plays e4 (let's say, sets up with c4, d4, and e3, without first moving the bishop on c1, so not the London system, but more like the Reti), do you still play e6? If so, when? If not, do you do something else like e5? Thank you!

  12. 23:07 please help me! I'm struggling with takes takes and not taking with the Knight but instead leaving me with the bad, blocked Bishop.

  13. Hi
    I'm from Iran
    I love your channel
    Chess is a hobby for me and make it fun
    Thank you dude

  14. No amount of thanks is enough man. Thanks for making these free videos for people who can't afford expensive courses like myself

  15. No videos on when they just push the h pawn all the way down the board haha, happens way more often than any of these variations

  16. Been trying to play KID against 1. d4 for three months. No W has ever played 2. c4 – or in general at any other stage!

  17. Just can't understand how come you only have 131k subscribers O.O Thank you very much for this course it's a great gift to the chess community!!!!!!

  18. This is not classical variant this is Mar der Plata variant made by Svetozar Gligorić

  19. I've been looking for a long time for an opening to fight d4 and I finally found it. This mini course is fantastic. I think KID is the best solution against d4 actually anything it can be played against.

  20. Amazing channel with free content. I'm going insane trying to improve my offense with the pirc…I'm just fending off attacks. Where can I learn how to counter?

  21. Great job. I’ve been trying the Kings Indian and was constantly confused. This is the first video where the theory was actually explained

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