[May 16, 2018] Updated Opening Line from Dragan Paunović:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation (incl. Alekhine Variation)

[Line 248 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 without 5. Bg5, 5. cxd5]

In addition to 5. cxd5 (Lines 250-252) and 5. Bg5 (Line 249), White has another two frequently played options in the Ragozin Variation – Alekhine Variation (5. Qa4+) and 5. Qb3.

In response to 5. Qa4+ Black is obliged to play 5… Nc6. The idea behind the Queen check is to prevent Black from playing typical c7-c5, but that comes at the cost of losing a tempo. Black’s plan is usually connected with dxc4, Bd6 and e6-e5. Two common follow-ups are 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. e3 O-O and 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd6, in both cases with even chances.

After 5. Qb3 c5 6. dxc5 both 6… Nc6 and 6… Na6 give Black rather comfortable play.

[Diagram: Black to Move] V. Neverov – A. Moiseenko, Warsaw 2005. White moved almost all of his pieces to the queenside, thus leaving the King unprotected. What is the best way for Black to organize the attack on his opponent’s King?

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