Definition of Indian defense in US English:

Indian defense


  • usually with modifier A defense in which Black responds to White's advance of the queen's pawn by moving the king's knight to the f6 square, usually following with a fianchetto.

    ‘King's Indian defense’
    ‘Queen's Indian defense’
    • ‘He began with the King's Indian defence variation which seemed to catch his opponent off guard.’
    • ‘A King's Indian defence turned into another nightmare for the Russian.’
    • ‘He never equalized in the King's Indian defence, and his opponent picked up two black pawns in going to an opposite colored bishops ending.’
    • ‘The sequence could well have trickled into the fourth board but the Ukrainian was lucky to win a drawish game, which arose from the Queen's Indian defence, against his tentative opponent.’