Line 260 mostly covers the Lasker Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, which starts with 6… O-O 7. e3 Ne4. Black trades early two pairs of minor pieces, and this line is considered to be a very solid option for him. The Teichmann Variation (8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2) is examined as the main line, but the Bernstein Variation (8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. cxd5) and other White’s choices on 9th move (except 9. Rc1, which is covered in our Line 261) also deserve attention.
Apart from the Lasker Variation, there is an interesting 7… Nbd7 8. Rc1 c5!? line that has become Kramnik’s trademark choice with Black pieces, e. g. in his games against Salem in Doha 2014, Wojtaszek in Sochi 2015 and Matlakov in Doha 2015.
[Diagram: Black to Move] The critical position from the key game Topalov – Anand, Nanjing 2010. Anand’s preparation was at an exceptionally high level at the time (and still is). How did he seize a strong initiative in that game?
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