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King's Indian (E92)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 O-O 6 Be2 e5

Number of games in database: 6938
Years covered: 1923 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 38.3%
   Black wins 25.0%
   Draws 36.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Sergei Shipov  65 games
Yury Shulman  65 games
Sergey Volkov  53 games
Ilia Smirin  49 games
Joseph G Gallagher  47 games
Mark Hebden  45 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs Chiburdanidze, 1980
Petrosian vs J Yuchtman, 1959
Petrosian vs Lutikov, 1959
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994
Krogius vs Stein, 1960
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012
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 page 1 of 278; games 1-25 of 6,938 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Grondman vs Euwe 0-1361923AmsterdamE92 King's Indian
2. J Graafland vs Euwe  ½-½481925S.S.S. CupE92 King's Indian
3. E Straat vs Euwe 0-1261925AmsterdamE92 King's Indian
4. W Weil vs H Herrmann  0-1321938German ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
5. Flohr vs Aronin ½-½351948USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
6. Lilienthal vs Geller 1-0431949USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
7. Flohr vs Geller 0-1611949USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
8. A Kevitz vs B Milic  ½-½221950USA - Yugoslavia Radio MatchE92 King's Indian
9. Flohr vs Bronstein ½-½201950Budapest CandidatesE92 King's Indian
10. Szabo vs Boleslavsky 0-1461950Budapest CandidatesE92 King's Indian
11. I Branicki vs Geller  0-1551950Przepiorka MemorialE92 King's Indian
12. E Arlamowski vs Szabo  0-1351950Przepiorka MemorialE92 King's Indian
13. P Devos vs L Prins  ½-½261950Dubrovnik OlympiadE92 King's Indian
14. G Primavera vs M Kupferstich  1-0401950Dubrovnik OlympiadE92 King's Indian
15. J Kapu vs Benko 0-1261951Hungarian ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
16. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½231951USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
17. M Pasman vs Tal 1-0641952RigaE92 King's Indian
18. E Lundin vs B Rabar  ½-½351952Helsinki Olympiad qual-2E92 King's Indian
19. L A Sanchez vs Geller 0-1451952Stockholm InterzonalE92 King's Indian
20. B Sandor vs J Ban  ½-½301952Hungarian ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
21. S Krivec vs Gligoric  0-1501952Yugoslav ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
22. R Shocron vs Najdorf  0-1391953Mar del PlataE92 King's Indian
23. M Neibults vs Tal 0-1291954Latvian ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
24. R Levit vs Kholmov 0-1561954URS-ch sf LeningradE92 King's Indian
25. Lisitsin vs Ragozin 1-0441954USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-02-03  babakova: Difficult opening for black, though dynamism makes it clearly playable
Dec-02-03  Benjamin Lau: I used to think the KID was completely unsound, but in recent times, I've reassessed my evaluation and it seems to me that the opening is sound, but only for players with a certain style, like Fischer and Kasparov. If you look at the statistics for practically any other player though, you'll notice that he/she tends to get slaughtered.
Dec-06-03  babakova: True, I myself often get tied down as black when playing the KID, but anyway its fun
Apr-29-05  chessboyhaha: I think that KID is playable I've play KID many times and I won 20 I drawned 3 and I lose just 5
Apr-29-05  tanginamo: same here chessboyhaha. i like the KID. black plays for a win.
May-01-05  chessboyhaha: The variation here is very complex. An error and you are bad
Jun-14-05  ArturoRivera: If i had just a wish, and i could elminate an opening from the earth, it sure would be the kings indian.
Jul-30-05  Dudley: Btw Fischer never had a chance to defeat Karpov or Kasparov although he could have in his prime, and was certainly not afraid of any player.
Sep-18-05  BaranDuin: I don't know why white should be afraid of the KID.
Sep-18-05  aw1988: Because, while White can be very good and make it not dangerous, he normally attacks with full force on the queenside. But at the same time, Black attacks on the opposite wing: the kingside, which ends up in many spectacular mates.
Dec-02-05  daromott: The KID is one of the most widely studied and popular opening systems. Use if fearlessly and anticipate an exciting game.
Jan-11-06  e4Newman: Anyone experienced with the following line?

7.O-O Na6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nxe4! 11.Nxe4 f5 12.Nfd2 fxe4 13.Nxe4 Bf5

Jan-26-06  e4Newman: The complete game (correspondence):

[Event "P-4064"]
[Site "IECC"]
[Date "2006.01.08"]
[White "anon."]
[Black "Newman, Ben"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Nf3 e5 7.d5 c5 8.O-O Na6 9.h3 Nc7 10.a4 a5 11.b3 h6 12.Bd3? Nh5 13.Be2 f5 14.Ne1 Qe8 15.Bxh5 gxh5 16.f3 Qg6 17.Nd3 Bd7 18.Bd2 h4 19.Be3 f4! 20.Bf2 Bxh3 0-1

It appears as though my opponent was trying to play very defensively, and finally blundered by allowing the loss of material. I certainly didn't want to end up with such a closed game.

Jun-26-07  get Reti: What do you guys think about the exchange variation? (7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5) Even though it has a low win percentage with white, I've had good success against it with Jester (Computer) and it stops black from attacking white's kingside.
Aug-14-08  Cactus: <Reti> Ever since reading its endorsement in From the Opening to the Endgames, thats my sole responce against the KID, and it's very underestimated, especcially since KID players want crazy complications and mating attacks, and you take them out of 'their game'.
Aug-14-08  ughaibu: What does "practitioners" mean?
Smirin 33 games, Geller 71 wins:
Aug-14-08  ganstaman: <ughaibu: What does "practitioners" mean? >

It's for this particular ECO code, and nothing more.

Aug-15-08  ughaibu: I see. Thanks.
Feb-01-09  Minty: <get Reti> 7. dxe5 is a coward's move, used only by those who are content to play for a draw with the white pieces. White gets no advantage at all, and in fact I'd say black has the slight plus of an outpost on d4, while white does not have the same on d5 because black can still play ...c6.
Jul-15-09  condor: I played 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Bg5 and won a tactical game. What should black play?
Jul-16-09  KamikazeAttack: There is a silent, cold war brewing between the giant KI killer Kramnik and the world's foremost exponent of the KI Radjabov.

I notice Kramnik has been avoiding Radja's KI with 1. e4 of late. I have no doubt that he has been working on busrting that unbreakable KI of Radja's.

Both players have each other in their sights and they know this.

A show down is looming soon!!!

Kramnik has had time to work on his openings and I predict that he would take on Radja's KI when next he plays white.

For me, this is the opening showdown of the year, and the most eagerly awaited.

Oct-06-10  vyskol: From what I've read, white is not supposed to take 7.dxe5. But I don't understand why not.

7.dxe5 dxe5 8. Nxe5 ... and white is ahead in material. Even the exchange variation mentioned above doesn't recapture the pawn on e5, but instead exchanges queens...

I feel like I must be missing something....

Oct-06-10  Blunderdome: 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5 is playable, but 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Nxe5 Qxd1+ 9. Bxd1 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 Bxe5 and black has equalized or may even stand a little better.
Oct-06-10  vyskol: Ah! I see it now. Thank you Blunderdome.
Feb-19-11  Roger Krueger: E92 earned black 4.5/5 at Aeroflot 2011.

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