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King's Indian, Fianchetto (E62)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 Nf3 d6 5 g3

Number of games in database: 5678
Years covered: 1917 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 39.8%
   Black wins 25.8%
   Draws 34.4%

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Jan Smejkal  35 games
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Keith Arkell  33 games
Vlastimil Jansa  42 games
Ilia Smirin  36 games
Miroslav Markovic  33 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Alekhine vs N E Schwartz, 1926
Alekhine vs Reti, 1924
Keene vs C Micheli, 1973
Alekhine vs Yates, 1923
Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1962
Najdorf vs Geller, 1953
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vidmar vs Tartakower  1-0501917ViennaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. Rubinstein vs Reti ½-½321919StockholmE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Alekhine vs Yates 0-1501923KarlsbadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. J Bernstein vs Yates  1-0891923KarlsbadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. J Bernstein vs G A Thomas  1-0451923KarlsbadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Alekhine vs F H Stirling ½-½331923Simul, 37bE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Alekhine vs Reti 1-0441924New YorkE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. Colle vs K Behting  1-0481924Paris Unofficial Olympiad prel-4E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. N Zubarev vs A Rabinovich  1-0311925USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. A G Conde vs J H Morrison  1-0481925Scarborough-01 Premier AE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. G A Thomas vs Yates ½-½671925MarienbadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. G Fontein vs Euwe  0-1501925ASC-DDE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Alekhine vs N E Schwartz 1-0541926Simul, 28bE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Gruenfeld vs Gilg  1-0461926SemmeringE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Gruenfeld vs Yates  1-0741926SemmeringE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Rubinstein vs M Bluemich 1-0801926DresdenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. M Monticelli vs Yates 1-0511926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Reti vs Yates  0-1391927Hastings 1926/27E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Gruenfeld vs K Kullberg  1-0371927KecskemetE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. K Ruben vs J W te Kolste  0-1361927London OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. S Landau vs Reti  0-1321927MatchE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. B Lichtenstein vs Kmoch  ½-½291928ViennaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. J Rejfir vs A Vajda  0-1301928The Hague OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. A Muffang vs Giulio De Nardo  1-0331928The Hague OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. L Abramavicius vs A Simonson  0-1371933Folkestone OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-04  Bartleby: I study the gambit lines of the Four Pawns Attack for slash-and-burn complications, but for pure solidity, I regularly fall back on this white setup vs. the King's Indian (also known as the Russian variation). Nice opening of the day choice.
Dec-24-08  MontyChesson: MCO gives the classical main line of the king's indian fianchetto variation to be: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 Nf3 d6 5 g3 0-0 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3. However, there is no explanation. Can someone please explain to me why Black plays 8...c6? Doesn't it just weaken the d6 pawn? Wouldn't Re8 or a6 be better? Thanks.
Dec-25-08  blacksburg: 1. MCO is garbage. if you want to play a line as sharp as the KID, you need a specialist's book.

2. note that 9.h3 stops ...Ng4 in preparation for Be3.

3. Tal's comment on 8...c6, from game 6 of the 1960 match - "This is the most flexible. Black does not object to the blockading of the center, since, in this case, his knight will get a comfortable post on c5 and besides that, if there is a closed center, he is free to develop play on the kingside by withdrawing his knight from f6 to e8 or h5. The immediate capture on d4 gives white a well known edge and more freedom of play in the center and on the kingside."

<Doesn't it just weaken the d6 pawn?> yes, and black should be prepared to sac this pawn in some lines. i think kasparov said that you shouldn't play the KID unless you're comfortable being down a pawn.

<Wouldn't Re8 or a6 be better?>

Re8 makes it more beneficial for white to close the center. after d5, black's rook wishes it was on f8 to support ...f5 break.

a6 is an idea in some KID lines, but i don't think it accomplishes anything here, unless you have a specific idea.

Dec-25-08  blacksburg: also, note that in this system, if black plays ...Nc5 as Tal describes above, black also usually wants to play ...a5 to stop b4, so ...a6 would be a wasted tempo.
Dec-25-08  MontyChesson: <blacksburg>
Thanks, that was very helpful.

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