We continue our analysis of typical attacking ideas in the King's Indian Attack (KIA).
The trade of the 'd' pawns.
Many inexperienced chessplayers facing the KIA for the first time try to open the center by playing d5xe4. Generally it is a good idea to open up the center when you are facing a King's side attack, but in this particular opening it has a serious drawback. The white pieces get more space for their maneuvers and after an eventual e4-e5 push, the 'e4' square becomes especially important! Meanwhile the open 'd' file is not particularly useful for Black since all the potential penetration squares are securely covered by White pieces. The next game illustrates the point very well. Even though only the Knight and the Queen were staying on the 'e4' square during the actual game, in many variations the White Rook and the Bishop could use this 'magic' square to join the attack too.