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

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. This is the best channel for chess learners, period. No drama, no know-it-all or condescending attitude, just sincere teaching to help us learn.

  2. I am not exaggerating when I say this an absolutely exceptional channel. Did not expect you to cover London, 4 pawns, Samisch etc. all on your channel. This is the quality of paid content! I play Caro against e4 and know a lot of theory, but was always more shaky with my kings Indian theory so I will watch this and the rest of your videos diligently. Instant sub!

  3. I’m finally number 1! Thanks for the great job GM!

  4. Always love your videos, Robert.
    Keep them coming

  5. A video I was eagerly waiting for. 😁 Thank you.
    Well I don't think you have to make all the deep KID opening theory right now as the general ideas for every variations will do just great at this level. I heard that this is one of the largest theoretical opening.😵 You can save it for later if you wish sir.
    Oh I liked the new color combination of the chess board and pieces…😁

  6. 25:28 What if white gets to push b4 as he was planning all along? Move the knight to b7 I guess?

  7. Yet again great video. I'm just waiting for your new videos to come.

  8. Robert thanks. You were right yesterday.. it will come back.. and I dont know why, but I played on Saturday for a few hours when I was really relaxed and won 11 in a row and got back over 1000 again. I really enjoy your teaching style. One of the things the gets me and need help with in the PIRC or KID is when they get the bishops out on C4 and they plop their Knight down on G5 I have also struggled with getitng forked alot with the knight getting down on the queen side and forking my rook. So that NA6 seems like a good plan. I hate losing my rooks.

  9. Great video, Robert! Please make it a series as you did with Pirc….so when you’re pushing pawns in front of your king and if white decides to take (g5 to g4 or f5 to f4), you just take an push forward? Thanks, looking forward to the next KID video! Take care!😀👍

  10. Please go into all these variations !That video was so great, I find many ideas from your Pirc videos (which are just amazing too). I did as you suggest, doing a study on Lichess. It's hard to keep track of the ideas you explain clearly in the study, but it's really helpful.

    Massive thanks, although I'm low rated I'm taking so much fun learning the theory with your videos !

  11. Fantastic video, very helpful! Please, more on the KID for black!

  12. Great and right on time!! I have decided that the first two openings for black I will concentrate on is the Pirc and King's Indian Defense. Plus I am following your great advice to create those studies over at liChess that map out the various lines and such. So this one will have 5 chapters — one for each white offense. I haven't done the Pirc yet, so maybe I should go back and do that one first. I have heard you pronounce Pirc as "perk" for so long now that I am having a tough time with the correct pronunciation!

    For white I am trying to learn the London system as my first non e4 opening. The London is going OK, but I do get trapped a lot behind my own pieces. But it is still in the very beginning stages.

  13. Perfect amount of information, well delivered. Brilliant teacher. I love the way he resets the board. Please go over all the variations !! Chess has never been as exciting as it is today!!! 💥💪🏼👍🏼👏

  14. Great video and i am loving the mid/late ideas you are explaning

  15. Hi Robert,
    just wanted to say thank you for sharing this with us! Quality content and well communicated ideas!
    Would be awesome if you could do a similar series on the London-System afterwards! 🙂

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