Winning with the King’s Indian and our summer special!

by Arne Kaehler
9/2/2020 – The second-to-last week of our Summer Special has arrived, and we are offering yet another great DVD bundle, this time with Fritztrainers by Victor Bologan. The Moldovan grandmaster teaches us how to win with the King’s Indian attack, an opening which is very popular amongst several titled players. We have also added his DVD “King’s Indian: A modern approach”, where Bologan presents a full repertoire in over seven hours of instruction. To sum the bundle up, you will also get the opening’s 2019 Powerbook and Powerbase DVDs, with over 100,000 games. And finally, we add another signed-DVD raffle to all buyers!

Winning with the King's Indian Attack, King's Indian: A modern approach + Kings Indian Powerbook & Powerbase Winning with the King's Indian Attack, King's Indian: A modern approach + Kings Indian Powerbook & Powerbase

The King’s Indian Attack is full of positional and tactical ideas and often an unpleasant surprise for the opponent.

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Winning with the King’s Indian Attack

Play it like former World Champion Bobby Fischer!

I have always loved the King’s Indian. My trainers, Ion Solonar and Vyacheslav Chebanenko, taught me to play it with Black, and also showed me how play the King’s Indian setup with an extra tempo. An important extra tempo: Black plays the King’s Indian Defence, White plays the King’s Indian Attack! This opening was also a favourite of chess legend and 11th World Champion Bobby Fischer, who is known for his aggressive play and his wish to win every game. With the King’s Indian Attack he scored 8½ out of 9, creating a number of fine model games that teach us how to attack with the setup.

The King’s Indian Attack is mainly reached via the French Defence (1.e4 e6 2.d3) and the Sicilian with 2…e6, but it can also arise from the Reti Opening, when Black plays …e6 and …d5 to reach structures from the Queen’s Gambit Declined. Thirty years ago the King’s Indian Attack was considered to be an interesting and original way to avoid theoretical battles. But today’s theory sees the King’s Indian Attack in line with the modern approach to postpone the fight for the centre to the middlegame. The King’s Indian Attack is full of positional and tactical ideas and is often an unpleasant surprise for the opponent. The opening is easy to prepare but it’s important to remember that the King’s Indian Attack is more about ideas and plans and less about forced and complicated lines. Since my junior days it has been a reliable weapon and it still serves me well today.


• Video running time: 4 h 27 min(English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more than 50 model games
• Including CB Reader


King's Indian: A modern approach

Author Victor Bologan about his DVD: “If chess players are in Iceland, they usually pay tribute to the genius of Bobby Fischer, the 11th World Champion, by visiting his grave in Selfoss in Reykjavik. With this DVD I also want to express my gratitude to Fischer: for his great contribution to chess in general and because he helped to make the King’s Indian more popular in particular. As a junior, when I was ten years old, my coach advised me to study the openings of Fischer and I discovered the King’s Indian. Later I learned about the different approaches Black has in the King’s Indian. He can keep his structure flexible and put his pawns on d6 and c6; he can play the sharp and principled Nc6 in the classical lines and in some sidelines he can sacrifice a pawn with …b5 as in the Benko.

Top players such as Geller, Smirin, Kasparov, Radjabov, Nakamura and Ding Liren all played and play the King’s Indian and they all have a different style, a different approach. When preparing the material for this DVD I studied the games of these experts, checked analyses with modern engines and used a lot of material from correspondence databases. Every day my King’s Indian vocabulary got better, richer, and more varied. At the same time my confidence and my belief in the King’s Indian also got bigger. If you study this DVD carefully and solve the interactive exercises you will also enrich your chess vocabulary, your King’s Indian vocabulary, build up confidence in the King’s Indian and your chess and win more games.”

• Video running time: 7 hours 14 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Database with more than 50 instructive games, extensive analysis of the theory shown on this DVD
• Including CB 12 Reader

King’s Indian Powerbook 2019

If you want to play for a win with Black against 1.d4, 1.c4 or 1.Nf3, the King’s Indian remains a good choice. Of course the risk is correspondingly somewhat higher. That was recognized even by Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov who for years had the King’s Indian opening in their repertoire, but did not employ it in their WCh matches. Our powerbook gives you the chance to make valuable discoveries: variations which are above averagely successful for White as well as secret weapons for Black.

The Kings Indian Powerbook 2019 is based above all on 252 000 games from the engine room of playchess.com, supplemented by 99 000 games played by human beings. Setting the threshold average Elo of both players at 2375 guarantees the high quality of the statistics. But what makes the Powerbook so valuable is that it is possible to find lovely secret variations for both sides with only a minimum of searching.

King’s Indian Powerbase 2019

The 754 selected annotated games offer an incredible amount of material for study. Top players such as Carlsen (1 annotated game), Caruana (1), Ding Liren (2), Giri (4), Mamedyarov (1), Anand (1), Aronian (1), So (2), Radjabov (6), Kramnik (1), have analysed their own games, with in addition King’s Indian experts like Hazai (221), Stohl (101), Krasenkow (100). There is a total of 9780 games, where the average rating of the players was 2575.

The database shows the games list. With a double click on a game, the game is loaded. By clicking on the tab Players you can sort the list by frequency. By doing this you can examine the games of Kramnik or Aronian further who have played the opening a lot.

Games can be replayed and examined with an engine or likewise with a powerbook.


Winning with the King's Indian Attack, King's Indian: A modern approach + Kings Indian Powerbook & Powerbase

The King’s Indian Attack is full of positional and tactical ideas and often an unpleasant surprise for the opponent.


Win an autographed DVD!

Two chess grandmasters who both reached a rating of over 2800 have signed our chess engines Fritz 16 + 17. While Fabiano Caruana signed the Fritz 16 DVD, Garry Kasparov autographed Fritz 17. Anybody who buys the King’s Indian Attack bundle will get a chance to win either one of these signed DVDs. Good luck!

The signed DVD winners from the last two weeks

Whoever bought our bundles Summer Special - The power of the Nimzo IndianPlay the Najdorf with the help of Garry or Sommer Spezial I - Französischer Reichtum had the chance to win a signed DVD by either Kasparov, Sarin or Gukesh!

With the big help of our cats, we found our four lucky winners. Congratulations!



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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.
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