Kotronias on the King's Indian Vol 1 to 5 - Vassilios Kotronias (5 books)
The King's Indian Defence is one of Black's most dynamic and aggressive responses to 1.d4. A favourite weapon of both Fischer and Kasparov, it is a popular choice at all levels of play. In Kotronias on the King's Indian, Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias places this bold system under the microscope and provides a world-class repertoire for Black.
Kotronias on the King's Indian Volume 1: Fianchetto Systems
In this, the first volume of the series, Kotronias examines all the major set-ups featuring an early g2-g3. These fianchetto systems are considered by many King's Indian players to be awkward to meet, as they aim to exert positional pressure while thwarting Black's traditional kingside attack. With a repertoire based on ...Nbd7 and ...e5, Kotronias shows how Black can obtain middle game positions that are both theoretically sound, and rich in tactical and counterattacking resources.
Kotronias on the King's Indian Volume 2: Mar del Plata I
In this, the second volume of the Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias turns his attention to the main line of the famous Mar del Plata variation, which arises after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1. This leads to some of the most complicated and theoretically challenging positions in the King’s Indian, but Kotronias provides a world-class repertoire for Black, including a wealth of original ideas and analysis.
Kotronias on the King's Indian Volume 3: Mar del Plata II
In this, the third volume of the Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias presents the second part of his world-class repertoire against the famous Mar del Plata variation, starting from the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7, with the focus on 9.b4, 9.Nd2 and all other sensible alternatives to 9.Ne1. Once again, Kotronias provides a turbo-charged repertoire for Black, with a plethora of novelties and original analysis.
Kotronias on the King's Indian Volume 4: Classical Systems
In this, the fourth volume of the epic Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias tackles a variety of White’s attempts to challenge his favourite opening, starting with the sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6. The all-time greats Petrosian and Gligoric lend their names to systems examined after the further 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5, with 7.d5 and 7.Be3 respectively, while the dreaded Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 is also discussed and dismantled. Dynamic coverage of Makogonov’s 5.Nf3/6.h3, Karpov’s 5.h3/6.Be3, Larsen’s 5.Nf3/6.Be3 and Averbakh’s 5.Be2 completes this extensive work.
Kotronias on the King's Indian Volume 5: Saemisch & the Rest
In this, the fifth and final volume of the epic Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias completes his masterpiece by tackling all major variations after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 which were not covered in the previous volumes. Starting with 3.f3 and working through numerous set-ups including the Smyslov, Sokolov and Seirawan Systems, followed by the Four Pawns Attack and culminating in the mighty Sämisch System, Kotronias has produced perhaps the finest book of his career.
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