[August 19, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Bogo-Indian/Catalan Hybrid with 5. Bd2 Be7

[Line 231 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7]

After the usual 6. Bg2, opting for 6… c6, followed by Nbd7 and either b7-b6 or d5xc4, is our recommendation for club level players. More common is 6… O-O 7. O-O c6, where the main 8. Bf4 is covered in our Lines 232-234. White has many alternatives on the 8th move and among them 8. Qc2 and 8. Qb3 are the most frequently played.

If White plays 8. Qc2 Black has a choice between 8… b6 and 8… Nbd7, in both cases with roughly even chances.

Black has the same possibilities after 8. Qb3, for example 8… b6 7. Nc3 Nbd7 8. Rac1 Bb7, with equality.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black’s pieces are entangled, which allows White to gain an edge with a nice blow. How should he proceed?

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