The Polgar Method, as applied to the opening, encourages understanding of the major plans for both sides as opposed to merely memorizing a series of moves. This way, when the game inevitably takes a different course, we still know what to aim for, what to avoid and what to watch out for.

The King’s Indian Defense is a powerful attacking opening, and was used by both Kasparov and Fischer throughout their careers. Despite White’s wide choice of approaches, Black has strong responses to all of them. Many of which will catch unprepared opponents by surprise.

In How to Play Black against 1.d4, Susan recommends lines which are easier to learn than some of the more theoretical variations but just as sound and full of resources. You will see recurring themes in each line, such as Knights going to the edge of the board before taking up more aggressive posts; attacking White’s center with …c6 and …f5 and making temporary sacrifices to open the position in your favor.

Watching the model games will let you see the ideas in action and make them stick in your memory. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to play the King’s Indian Defense with confidence and will have a reliable response to 1.d4 (and 1.c4/Nf3) for life.


GM Susan Polgar

is a FIDE Senior trainer and has coached some of the best players in the world. GM Susan Polgar has decades of experience of coaching at the highest level. A former prodigy, she knows what works and what is most useful at the board. The Polgar Method is loaded with lessons and practical advice to increase your  chess understanding and help you find the strongest move at the board.

Course Curriculum

Video Lesson
1. The King’s Indian Defense, instructive games 00:27:00
2. The Main Line (5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2) 00:20:00
3. The Fianchetto Line (4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2) 00:12:00
4. The Samisch Variation (5.f3 0-0 6.Be3) 00:16:00
5. The Four Pawns Attack (5.f4) 00:08:00
6. The Averbakh Variation (6.Bg5) 00:14:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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