2016-02-20 - Update Line 219[September 30, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
Queen’s Indian Defense, Nimzowitsch Variation, Timman’s Line

[Line 219 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 without 5. Nbd2, 5. Qc2, 5.Qa4, 5. b3]

This opening line covers the variation with 6. Qb3, named after famous Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman. It’s probably not as ambitious as some other choices, but Black still needs to be careful. For instance, in the game Vachier-Lagrave – Karjakin, Tashkent 2014 Black got into serious trouble straight from the opening.

6. Qb3 Nc6 7. Nbd2 Na5 is the most frequently played line, though both 7…Bb7 and 7… d5 seem to offer Black quite decent chances, too.

[Diagram: White to Move] Van Wely – Dao Thien Hai, Mallorca 2014. Timman’s compatriot missed an excellent opportunity to gain a significant advantage. What is the best way to proceed as White?

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