[August 07, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Nimzo-Indian Defense, Rubinstein Variation – Normal Variation (Bernstein Variation)

[Line 194 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O Nc6]

White has recently found the way to pose the problems to his opponent with 8. cxd5 exd5 9. dxc5. Black remains with the isolated d-pawn, where after 9… Bxc5 move 10. h3, not allowing 10… Bg4, gives White small but durable advantage.

The old main line is 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3. Black’s main option is  9… Qc7, where White’s common responses are 10. Bb2, 10. Qc2 and 10. cxd5. In any case, Black is generally able to get comfortable positions.

[Diagram: White to Move] Move Bxh7+ seems like an obvious choice, but can you see the consequences of the Bishop sacrifice?

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