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Letter #34 -  2005

Sub:    Indian openings
Date:   10/12/2005 09:39:21 PM MDT
From:  Desmond


Can you tell me where the term "Indian" comes from, in the Indian openings?


Dear viewer,

The name comes from the slow development common in India at the time, which only allowed a minor piece to advance a single cell, when the Europeans had adopted the “paso doble” (double step) option on the first move of a minor piece.

These defenses usually employ a Bishop fianchetto and slow development. From the Indian games openings, the King's Indian defense is one of the most popular Chess openings.

Being relatively easy to play, this opening is based on solid principles of development and counter attack and at the same time, the complexity of the positions which arise, create spectacular combinations and attacks.


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