Book review – Opening simulator kings Indian defence

Author Of Book – Esben Lund and Andreas Skytte Hagen.

Publishing Date – 31st July 2019

Published By – Quality Chess


When I first saw the book name, I thought this book is about full opening theory similar like Grandmaster Repertoire series but it is completely different. This book is mainly aiming at positions. It is the first book ever that give problems for solving only for this particular opening. Andreas idea about this book was to solve a vast number of exercises in the kings Indian defence and then repeat this exact same exercise over and over again. The title of the book- opening simulator was coined by Andreas and it sums up the concept very well, the training you get from studying this book is close to a practical game as a book can get.

Content of this book

In the first half section of this book, the author explained kings Indian defence variations. Then in the last half of the book total of 400 puzzles and their solutions are given. Puzzles are categorized as level 1 to level 5. Level 1 is easiest and level 5 is difficult.

What to expect?

As I said in the first paragraph this is a first book aiming for particular opening puzzles. If you complete this book by solving all 400 positions, you will improve your understanding, tactical skills very much. The author has covered almost all variation puzzles. Level 1 and level 2 is comparatively easy. Level 3 and 4 are moderately difficult but level 5 is insane.

How to use this book during tournaments?

The author has explained this in the book, here I will explain briefly about this. If you expect kings Indian defence, spend a 15 -20 minute before the game solving exercises from this book. Only choose exercises from level 1 and level 2. When you finish these exercises, start again with 1st problem, i.e. you have to solve only the first 2 levels like woodpecker method.

The uniqueness about this book

This book is not focused very much on opening theory. It’s a new approach to prepare the opening. This book has pretty interesting positions. The first part i.e. opening theory is not too deep and If anyone wants to just understand the basic structure of this opening then its perfect book to him.

Who can read this book?

This book is fully about kings Indian defence. Those who love to play can read this book. Those who want some serious improvement in kings Indian defence should defiantly purchase this book. If we took rating into consideration then it is perfect from anyone who wants to learn the basics of this opening to professional level players also.

What did I like about this book?

Kings Indian defence is my personal favourite opening. I was playing Hoogeveen chess festival at Netherland in 2019, I purchased this book. I got decent knowledge from this book. Though I have played kings Indian defence since last 8-10 years this book is not very much effective for me. But overall I liked the selection of problems by authors.

From where you can buy this book?

You can purchase this book form quality chess website or new in chess website or Amazon. I have attached link, you can directly purchase from there also. –

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About the author

Esben Lund – Esben is well-known to coach and trainer. He have international experience from many European and World Youth Championships, both as a coach for the Scottish delegation (2004-2007), the best Danish junior players (Antalya 2009) and the Danish Olympic Women team (Turin 2006), among others.

Andreas Hagen – Andreas is an International Master with 1 Grandmaster norm. He got a big breakthrough by jumping from around 2270 to 2454 within less than 1 year when he was 29 years old. This book idea is come up with Andreas Hagen.

About the publisher

Quality chess is a UK based company. This was founded by GM Jacob Aagaard, GM John Shaw, and IM Ari Ziegler. Quality chess is currently dominating the chess market and currently one of the top publications in the chess world. Most of the books from quality chess are very famous. The page quality, binding quality is also excellent.