My First Journey with the Queen's Indian Defence

My First Journey with the Queen's Indian Defence

Jan 19, 2016, 5:31 AM |

My first outing with the Queen's Indian Defence ended in a peaceful draw. Playing Black against CM Thanh Tu Tran, I found this a very strategic game without direct conflict. 

My internal questions from this game focus around the centre, plans around weak/strong squares, good Knight versus bad Bishop. Very little calculation was needed.

My Game Annotations and Analysis


Self Questions arising from the Game

1) This is the first time I've played the Queen's Indian as Black and I have never studied it before. Must seek best resources to learn about this opening, model games and players.

2) Was 11. ... bc or 11. ... dc strategically best for Black?

3) What should be the plans for both sides after 14. h3

4) Was 16. f4 good or bad for White, and is there any way for Black to exploit it?

5) What is Black's best course after 17. Nef3

6) How should Black be thinking after 22. Nxf3, as I felt this was an important moment to plan the type of pawn structure I want

7) Was 28. ... e5 best for Black?

8) Was 30. Bc3 an improvement for White, and after this can he play Nd5 eventually. What can Black do against this plan?

9) Is there any way either side can improve after the agreed draw at move 40