[February 09, 2019] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Queen’s Indian Defense, Kasparov-Petrosian Variation (incl. Murey Variation)

[Line 212 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Qc2]

Move 7… c5 transposes to Line 208, while after 7… Be7 White has, apart from 8. e4 Nxc3 9. bxc3, another popular possibility in 8. Bd2 (Line 210).

The most frequently played option is 7… Nxc3, where 8. Qxc3 is a line more suitable for club level players.

White gets a strong pawn center in the Murey Variation (8. bxc3), where Black’s usual plan is to exert pressure along d- and c-files with c7-c5, Qc7(8), Nd7(c6) and Rd8. An illustrative continuation could be 8… Be7 9. e4 O-O 10. Bd3 c5 11. O-O Qc7 12. Qe2. Here both 12… Nd7 and 12… Nc6 lead to positions with roughly equal chances.

[Diagram: White to Move] It looks like Black has just enough counterplay on the queenside. However, White can still obtain a big edge and launch a strong attack on the poorly-protected black King. Any thoughts?

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