5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the King's Indian Defense
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5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the King’s Indian Defense

5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the King’s Indian Defense

Today I’d like to share with you the top 5 best chess opening traps from the King’s Indian Defense, which arises after the following moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6. The King’s Indian Defense is one of the most popular and solid chess openings for Black against 1.d4.

Black fianchettoes their kingside bishop with g6-Bg7, allowing White to control the center with their pawns, and then aims to attack them. The main idea for Black is to target the d4-pawn, and there are plenty of ways to achieve that.

Black can develop their queenside knight to c6, targeting the d4-pawn. They can play Bg4, pinning White’s knight that defends the pawn, or even go for the central pawn break by playing e5 at some point.

In addition to learning the opening traps, you will learn the key ideas of this opening, common attacking patterns, and typical mistakes White makes in the opening and how to punish them.

Most importantly, you will learn these concepts across different variations of the King’s Indian Defense, including the Normal variation, Orthodox variation, Four Pawns Attack, Samisch variation, and Makogonov variation.

Below, you can find the traps and variations shown in the video:

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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