2016-02-27 - Update Line 042[October 03, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
English Opening, Nimzo-English (The Zvjaginsev-Krasenkow Attack) & Queen’s Indian Formation

[Line 042 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3]

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This line deals with a variation that occurs when White, by delaying the otherwise topical move d2-d4, wants to avoid both the Nimzo-Indian and the Queen’s Indian Defenses. There are four principal choices for Black: playing the Nimzo-English Variation after 3… Bb4, choosing the Queen’s Indian formation with 3… b6, offering transposition to the Queen’s Gambit with 3… d5, or to the Symmetrical English with 3… c5. Generally speaking, Black’s pick mostly depends on his preferred choice against White’s central setup with d4 and c4.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Position from the World Championship match Kasparov – Anand, New York (m/4) 1995.  White is a pawn up and has a bishop pair, so Black urgently needs something to counterbalance it. Anand managed to draw the game, but here he missed a strong resource to achieve a long term initiative. What was the move that Black should have played?

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