[July 09, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Dragan Barlov:
Nimzo-Indian Defense, Rubinstein Variation with 5. Nge2

[Line 188 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Nge2]

The Rubinstein Variation with 5. Nge2 is the logical response to the 4… c5 line: White wants to play a2-a3, without having to play with doubled pawns after Bxc3+. Moreover, since black pawn is on c5, he can no longer return his Bishop to e7.

Move 5… b6 gives White the opportunity to obtain a promising position with 6. a3 Ba5 7. Rb1 Na6 8. Ng3.

The best reaction from Black is probably 5… cxd4 6. exd4 O-O 7. a3 Be7. White now has two main options of approximately the same strength: 8. Nf4 and 8. d5. Though Black needs to play precisely, he should be able to equalize.

[Diagram: White to Move] One of the critical positions of this opening line: White seizes the initiative with energetic play!

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