The Queen´s Indian Defense Part 2 by GM Arun and GM Magesh

The Queen´s Indian Defense Part 2 by GM Arun and GM Magesh‎

GM thamizhan
10 | Opening Theory

Welcome back to the continuation of our study of the latest developments in the Queen's Indian defense pawn sacrifice variation. Last week we saw white bulldozing his way through black's defenses with this newly found pawn sacrifice idea. Now it is time for us to listen to the other side of the story, When a fresh idea is revealed to the top players, it gets latched on to their analysis engines (by which we mean their minds too :P )  and we start seeing that particular opening in increasing frequency with more and more interesting novelties surfacing at the top level tournaments. As a group of players are trying to improve on the new idea, naturally there is also another set of players trying to refute this new idea. An opening variation fades out of existence when a particular group here runs out of ideas, but it can always be brought back to life with a fresh idea and there goes the cycle again....




This week we will start out by taking a look at a game from the prodigious Philippine Grand Master So Wesley at work. He comes with an improvement over the Topolov-Anand Game that we saw last week.









The variation with 10.Qe4 was tried extensively in the early phase of this opening experiment. Our next game is a fantastic display of defensive skills from the young Sergey Kariakin against Peter Svidler, and this game has been one of the reasons on why this particular move from white is not popular anymore.








The last game for today is a subtle improvement from the Ukranian Super Grand Master Vassily Ivanchuk. After 10.Rd1 the most popular continuation as we had mentioned previous week was 10...Qc8. However Ivanchuk tries out a rather simple yet powerful defensive idea for black with good success.






Hopefully with a complete view (from both White and Black's perspective) of this variation our readers will be able to appreciate the potential of this refreshingly new idea. We have been working on most of the main lines in our past articles and next week for a change we will discuss the King's Gambit. Though it has not attracted many top Grand Masters, it has nevertheless been a good surprise weapon and its sharp continuations have created problems for practical play.
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