The Modernized King’s Indian: Mar del Plata by Milos Pavlovic
The King’s Indian Defense, and the Mar del Plata variation in particular is an outlier among well-established openings in the sense that it gives Black a chance to attack right from an early stage of the game. The history of the line is well known – many big King’s Indian experts used to play it frequently.
It was Gligoric who managed to devise the perfect setup for simultaneous attack and defense, which completely revolutionized the King’s Indian as a whole, not only the Mar del Plata variation. Thanks to that and also to significant theoretical contributions by other legends of the game such as Bronstein and Boleslavsky, and later on Stein, Fischer and Kasparov, the King’s Indian was established as one of the key battlegrounds of opening theory right to this day.
The wealth of possibilities for both sides means that a strong understanding of chess is far more important than knowing how an engine evaluates the position. When the game finally opens up and the tactical fireworks erupt, it is essential that your pieces are correctly positioned for it. This intuition only comes after much study and experience.
The Mar Del Plata is probably the single most comprehensive variation of the King’s Indian in terms of the volume of possibilities and strategic richness
ISBN 9789464201406, Paperback, 243 pages, Thinkers Publishing
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