[October 04, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Bogo-Indian Defense with 4. Bd2 (incl. Nimzowitsch Variation)

[Line 201 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 with 4… a5, 4… Qe7]

In the Nimzowitsch Variation (4… Qe7) Black delays trading of the dark-squared Bishops. When White continues with 5. Nc3, Black often captures on c3, followed by Ne4 and exchanging another pair of pieces. White usually opts for 5. g3, where after 5… Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 Black’s best option is 6… Nc6, with the idea of playing Ne4 and Qb4+. The alternative 5… Nc6 allows White to gain a small edge after 6. Nc3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Ne4 8. Rc1 O-O 9. Bg2 d6 10. d5.

The other variation covered in this opening line is 4… a5. Two common follow-ups are 5. g3 d5 6. Qc2 c5 and 5. Nc3 b6 6. e3 Bb7 with a roughly equal game.

[Diagram: White to Move] White has more than sufficient compensation for a pawn, and he can even make a decisive advantage with aggressive play. How should he continue?

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