[September 14, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Petrosian Variation

[Line 259 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 without 6. Bh4]

Move 6. Bh4 is covered in our Lines 260-264, while this opening line deals with 6. Bxf6, a move of about the same strength. After 6… Bxf6, moves 7. Qb3 and 7. Qc2 deserve attention, though 7. e3 is much more common. The game usually proceeds with 7. e3 O-O, where 8. Qb3 is the main alternative to 8. Rc1. In the position arising after 8. Rc1 c6, in addition to the classical continuation 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. O-O, White has an interesting 9. h4 at his disposal. Black’s position is fine in all these lines, but precise play is required for reaching the equality.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black Queen is misplaced, and White is able to trap it. How can he reach a winning position?

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