Originally posted by aljoge
Got a voucher for the prize of 1 chessbook: and really like to study kings indian attack. But there are 2 available, both from everymanchess. Which one?
by John Emms, 2005 or
Neil McDonald 2013
I own and have read both books. They are both great, but I would recommend the McDonald book for two reasons:
1) McDonald's book is a very modern treatment, showing lines, ideas, and finesses that have only come to the forefront in the last few years. I have played the KIA for 20 years, but he introduced nuances I have never seen before.
2) Emms' book is superb, but it is older, so you can probably find it at a discount if you scour the internet a bit.
Ideally, I would recommend reading the Emms book first, as it has a better historical perspective, and then read McDonald's book. The Emms book has more "classic" KIA themes that show up in amateur games all the time, and provides a broader base from which to learn the opening.