[February 06, 2019] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Queen’s Gambit Declined with 4… Nbd7 (incl. Saemisch Variation)

[Line 244 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7]

The main point of interest of this opening line is the Saemisch Variation, arising after 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bf4. If Black opts for active play on the queenside with 6… Bb4 7. e3 c5, White gets a preferable position after 8. Bd3 c4 9. Bc2 O-O 10. O-O. More promising plan for Black is 6… c6, preparing to disturb the active white Bishop on f4 with Nh5. Against 7. h3 Black gets even chances with 7… Nb6, followed by Bf5 and Bd6, while after 7. Qc2 Black can generally equalize without difficulties with 7… Nh5 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. e3 Nb6.

Among the other popular options for White are 5. Bf4, 5. Bg5, 5. Qc2, and 5. e3. All of them lead to rich strategical battle, with mutual play.

[Diagram: White to Move] R. Raijmaekers – I. Cipka, corr. 2008. White’s ideal setup would most likely include doubling his Rooks along the f-file. What is the best way to do that?

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