[December 02, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Vadim Zvjaginsev:
Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Variation – Noa Variation with 5. cxd5

[Line 176 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5]

Line 176 covers the Noa Variation of the Nimzo-Indian with 5. cxd5 exd5, while our Line 177 deals with 5… Qxd5, which is another popular continuation.

After 5… exd5 White usually develops his dark-squared Bishop to g5, after which Black typically reacts with h6 and c5, followed by g5, Ne4 and Qa5. Black willingly weakens his kingside to get compensation in active piece play, which makes this line well-suited for tactically-minded players. That being said, the critical position occurs after 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8. dxc5 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. e3 Qa5 11. Nge2 Bf5, and it demands precise play from both sides.

[Diagram: Black to Move] White King is already in a precarious position, so Black only needs to find a good way to use his rooks and launch the decisive attack.

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