Quell ’em with the Queen’s Indian

The Queen’s Indian Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6) is known as one of the most solid defences. Seen as a natural partner to the Nimzo-Indian (3.Nc3 Bb4) it has been played by most of the greats in chess history. Besides its solidity it offers ample opportunity to engage in a complex struggle because of the flexibility in Black’s pawn structure.

Many of the greatest players in history have been Queen’s Indian specialists and I picked up this opening (and the Nimzo) on the advice of two time USSR Champion, Lev Psakhis. It took me a while to get to grips with it but once I understood the basics it served me well.

The following game is one of the most famous Queen’s Indian games and is known as the Immortal Zugwang Game. In the final position White is placed in zugzwang, which is about as ‘quelled’ as you can get! After running out of waiting moves he would be forced to decisively worsen his position:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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