[April 21, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Queen’s Indian Defense, Kasparov Variation with 4… Bb4 5. Bg5

[Line 205 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5]

Though Black can opt for 5… h6 or even 5… Bxc3+, the most common choice is definitely 5… Bb7. Now, there are three recommendable options for White: 6. e3, 6. Nd2 and 6. Qc2.

In case of 6. e3, Black usually replies with 6… h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4. Black’s kingside gets a bit weakened, but White remains with doubled c-pawns when Black plays Bxc3. For example, 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 d6 11. Bd3 f5, with mutual play.

Also, after 6. Nd2 h6 7. Bh4 Black gets a comfortable position in a couple of ways. One of the options is 7… Be7 8. e4 O-O 9. Bg3 d5, and this position is roughly balanced.

Black may play a similar plan even after 6. Qc2. For example 6… h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. Nd2 Bxc3 10. bxc3 Nxg3 11. hxg3 Qe7, often followed by d7-d6, Nd7 and O-O-O.

[Diagram: White to Move] If Black manages to castle long, he would get a satisfactory position. How should White continue to seize the initiative?

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