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  1. 31 Jan '06 23:43
    Hey everyone,

    I've been playing some KIA recently, but of course it never goes like the books say it should. By far the most common line I face (well over half my games) is 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6. This is barely mentioned in KIA books. Statistically, white scores exceptionally well in this position if he postpones Bg2 and stakes his claim in the center with 3.d4. This makes sense to me, but I'm not sure where to look for this opening. I've seen it called a reversed Grunfeld or some type of Catalan variation. Anyway, I'd like to figure out what white is striving for in this position after playing 3.d4, but I'm not sure where to hunt for the info. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Scott
  2. 31 Jan '06 23:59
    Originally posted by smrex13
    Hey everyone,

    I've been playing some KIA recently, but of course it never goes like the books say it should. By far the most common line I face (well over half my games) is 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6. This is barely mentioned in KIA books. Statistically, white scores exceptionally well in this position if he postpones Bg2 and stakes his claim in the center with ...[text shortened]... er playing 3.d4, but I'm not sure where to hunt for the info. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Scott
    Possibly you can play d4, then follow up with c4 at some point to transpose into a Chigorin defence of some sort.
  3. 01 Feb '06 00:34
    Go to chessgames.com. Click on Opening of the Day. Click on New Line. Select the opening moves you have indicated in your post, and chessgames.com will spit out the possible openings such moves point to, which are:
    A07: King's Indian Attack (107)
    D02: Queen's Pawn Game (3)
    A04: Reti Opening (2)
    This is a great site!
  4. 01 Feb '06 01:33
    It's not covered in KIA books because when black plays this setup, he transposes into a different opening. KIA books only cover the standard KIA lines.
  5. 01 Feb '06 03:16
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    It's not covered in KIA books because when black plays this setup, he transposes into a different opening. KIA books only cover the standard KIA lines.
    Actually, White decides whether it's a KIA. If he continues with Bg2, 0-0, e3, etc., it's still a KIA. It's just that Black doesn't usually play an early Nc6. I believe that Dunnington covers the line 1...Nc6 with one game in his KIA book. The d4 lines score very well for white, so it's probably best for him to deviate from the KIA when Black goes for an early Nc6.

    Scott
  6. Standard member buffalobill
    Major Bone
    01 Feb '06 11:58
    Originally posted by smrex13
    Actually, White decides whether it's a KIA. If he continues with Bg2, 0-0, e3, etc., it's still a KIA.
    Surely d3 - not a3?