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.
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?
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