The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation

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The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation


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The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation

Above all, the Averbakh is a very rewarding opening. White’s piece development follows classical principles. In general, White is not lagging in development. Even without the theoretical knowledge of certain variations, he should be able to find his way. Best of all, the Averbakh promises you a head-start at the end of the opening, without the mess our KID opponents love to create on the board! Jan Boekelman.

– ISBN 9789464201376

– 400 pages.

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The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation Welcome to the wonderful world of the

Averbakh Variation against the King’s Indian Defense (KID). Who would not want to have a variation

against the KID that keeps White’s position completely  under control, that is positional in nature

and that stays away from dark and murky waters or messy  tactical situations? Many players like to

play a variation against the KID that bears the hallmark of  strong grandmasters and has stood the

test of time. This book examines such a variation with a  repertoire for White and an in-depth

analysis of all of Black’s responses.


The Averbakh is a solid and respectable variation against the KID. It bears the name of the well-

known Soviet grandmaster, theorist, and endgame specialist Yuri Lvovich Averbakh. He is the oldest

living grandmaster who recently celebrated his 99th birthday in Moscow on 8 February. In the early

1950s, Averbakh was one of the first grandmasters to play the variation more than once. He

contributed greatly to the development of its theory. Averbakh used the variation for several years,

then changed course to other variations to fight the KID. Occasionally, he returned to his old love

that by then bore his name.


The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation


The Averbakh Variation represents a shift in White’s approach to the fight against the KID. Rather

than focusing solely on the queenside while accepting a certain danger of being checkmated on the

other side of the board, as happens in the KID in many lines, White uses a strategy of positional

control, in which he uses the KID in a calm, positional way. Initially, the character of the battle is

indeed relatively calm and positional, but not too calm to land in near-equal positions immediately.

White’s development schedules follow strategic logic. In the following parts of the game, White

generally retains his first mover advantage, in positions where he retains control.

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