Let me start by saying this: I don’t understand the KID and I’m terrible at endgames.
The King’s Indian Defence is one of those openings I’ve never understood. I mean, I get the basics. Black gives up the centre so he can counter-attack with pieces and pawn breaks later. When I play it as White, no matter how well I play, Black always ends up with active counterplay. When I play it as Black, I lose in 12 moves.
The KID appeals to aggressive players, but it’s a high-risk opening. What’s the worst possible scenario? You don’t get to attack and you get stuck in an endgame. I’m not the best endgame player, but if I can end up in a no-risk position with decent winning chances, I take it every time. That’s what happened here.
My opponent played much stronger than his rating, and this game was quite intense. Let’s take a look. Continue reading