[January 12, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Boris Avrukh:
King’s Indian Defense, Glek Defense without 8. Be3

[Line 164 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Na6 without 8. Be3]

The Glek Defense is a positional approach to the Orthodox Variation of the King’s Indian Defense. As opposed to the Mar del Plata Defense, Black is not trying to provoke d4-d5 (which typically leads to double-edged positions), but develops his Knight on a6 instead, thus opting to keep the tension in the center.

Line 164 covers all White’s 8th move responses, other than 8. Be3, which is covered in our Line 165.

If White plays early d4-d5, Black will have a good outpost for his Knight on c5. Apart form 8. Be3, White usually plays 8. Re1, where Black has two good options – he can either capture on d4 (followed by Nc5: 8… exd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. f3 Nh5!), or keep the tension in the center by playing 8… c6.

[Diagram: Black to Move] This one is easy, but cute – Black to play and win!

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