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Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense, by GM Dejan Bojkov

Metropolitan Chess has just released its first book title: Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense by GM Dejan Bojkov.

This book is a full repertoire (from Black’s perspective) for the King’s Indian Defense. By using a variety of theoretical games from recent Grandmaster practice (as well as a number of classical examples), Bojkov covers every major line in depth, with due coverage to all sidelines as well. The reader will also become familiarized with many strategic ideas, thematic tactics, and the abundance of imaginative possibilities the King’s Indian Defense is famous for.

GM Bojkov does an excellent job of sharing his childhood enthusiasm for the opening (which has clearly bled into his professional career), and instills a profound understanding of the various structures that may occur in this rich and complex opening. Not only does this book provide full theoretical coverage, at the end of each chapter are memory markers — chess diagrams reminding the reader of the most important motifs throughout the chapter, as well as practical exercises for solving and internalizing the material. After reading this book one will feel as though they will be able to play the KID for the rest of their life!

Dejan Bojkov KID

IM John Donaldson: “Bojkov has written a book that should appeal to a wide audience. Players in the 1800-2200 range will find the ever present explanatory prose and exercises helpful. Diagrams highlighting key concepts are found throughout the book. Higher-rated readers will appreciate the deep analysis and many new ideas.”

IM Jack Peters: “This book stands out from other books about openings because of the author’s infectious enthusiasm. Bojkov continually advocates counterattack rather than defense. His recommended variations seem fresh, and not merely because the illustrative games are all recent.”

The following lines are covered in great theoretical detail through the use of recent games:

Chapter 1 The Classical Variation
– 1a Flexibility in the Classical Variation
– 1b The Gligoric System
– 1c The Exchange System
– 1d The Petrosian System
Chapter 2 The Sämisch Variation
Chapter 3 The Four Pawns Attack
Chapter 4 The Averbakh System
Chapter 5 The Bagirov Line
Chapter 6 The Fianchetto System

About the Author:
GM Dejan Bojkov was born in 1977 in Bulgaria and earned his Grandmaster title in 2008. He is a prolific chess trainer, who has worked with former Women’s World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova.

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