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    How did the King`s Indian Defense get its name?

    I always curious as to how the King`s Indian Defense got its name; nobody seems to know.

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    Then ask nobody!

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    The indian defences, like Kings Indian, Nimzo Indian etc, were the start of hypermodern chess. Instead of traditionally occupying the center in the first moves, in hypermodern chess moves were done on one of the wings to later have influence in the centre. This idea was in those times so new and strange that they called them "Indian Defences". Indian in the sence of "coming from far away".

    The Kings Indian is called like that because of the bishop fiancetto on the king side.

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