Originally posted by nimzo5
I predict Paul is not going to like this thread.. haha.
I'm OK with this. The more people underrate it, the better it is for me. It plays to my advantage sometimes!
I don't know what this means, but my experience cuts both ways, in that I have scored extremely well against higher rated competition OTB (I once beat two 2150 experts in a row with the KIA in an open section, only to be paired up the next day and crushed like a bug), but not as well as I would like sometimes against lower rated players.
The KIA isn't really an opening per se
, so much as it is a collection of lines against various openings and formations. A player who is dogmatic about the KIA will be less successful, in that it is often more productive to take the game in a different direction depending on how black responds.
Even then, KIA players don't really learn or memorize lines most of the time. They tend to learn formations and plans and typical tactics, and adapt according to what black wants to show them.
I could go on and on, but I'll stop!