[December 23, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation; Vienna & Westphalian Variations

[Line 249 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5]

The Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined often leads to very dynamic positions. It is very popular among the top grandmasters, and often employed by the likes of Carlsen, Aronian and Giri, just to name a few.

If Black chooses the Vienna Variation 5… dxc4, White’s only way to fight for advantage is to go for 6. e4, which is covered in Line 246, albeit from a different move order.

The Westphalian Variation 5… Nbd7 6. e3 c5 is another promising line for Black.

The main variation in Line 249 goes: 5… h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5. Black has to know several critical continuations, which would help him equalize rather comfortably.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black King’s is completely without protection. How should White finish his decisive attack?

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