[December 29, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
Queen’s Indian Defense, Classical Variation with 7… Ne4 8. Bd2

[Line 218 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Bd2]

Line 218 covers the main line of the Classical Variation of the Queen’s Indian Defense. In our opinion, Black has several ways to reach satisfactory positions.

For club level players we recommend either 8… c5 or 8… d6. 8… f5 generally leads to more complex positions, though Black should be able to equalize with a few accurate moves.

The main line is 8… Bf6, followed by d7-d6 and Nd7. White can fight against that plan with 9. Ne5, for instance like in a recent game B. Grachev – D. Khismatullin, Kazan 2014, where Black experienced some problems reaching equality.

[Diagram: Black to Move] It looks like Black is in big problems, but there is a way to escape all the difficulties. What should he do?

Click here to see the line in our viewer…

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