[October 24, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Variation – Keres Defense with 7. Bg5

[Line 184 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5]

The Keres Defense, starting with 6… b6, is one of the main lines in the Nimzo-Indian. Except for 7… Bb7 8. e3, which can be seen in our Line 185, Line 184 covers all other lines beginning with 7. Bg5. Most positions in these variations are typically quiet, and the main line 7… Bb7 8. f3 h6 9. Bh4 d5 10. e3 Nbd7 11. cxd5 often leads straight to endgame after 11… Nxd5 12. Bxd8 Nxc3, where White has a bishop pair, but Black’s advantage in development gives him good chances to equalize.

[Diagram: White to Move] If White retreats his Bishop with 13. Bf2, Black will play 13… Nxd5, followed by Nc6 and very quick development. However, it’s White’s turn to move, and he has a promising chance to exploit the fact that black King is a bit exposed.

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