[April 11, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation with 5. cxd5

[Line 250 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5]

The Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined is a mainstream opening and it’s a part of the opening repertoire of many top players. Move 5. cxd5 is the main preference of the players of White, and after 5… exd5 an interesting bishop move 6. Bf4 has been tested lately by Svidler, Eljanov and several other strong grandmasters.

Against 6. Bg5, variation 6… Nbd7 is covered in our Lines 251-252, and apart from that, Black has two other promising options: 6… h6 and 6… O-O.

After 6… O-O 7. e3 h6 8. Bh4 players of Black have recently found a promising continuation in 8… Bf5 9. Qb3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Nbd7, which was seen in the key game Ding Liren – P. Leko, Danzhou 2016.

Black can postpone castling by playing 6… h6 7. Bh4, where two options deserve serious attention: 7… g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 and 7… c5 8. dxc5 Nbd7.

[Diagram: White to Move] White would be very pleased to open the h-file for his rook, but after h2-h4 Black would react with g5-g4, keeping the kingside closed. How can White outwit his opponent?

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