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Queen's Indian Defense Guide

Queen's Indian Defense Guide

The Queen’s Indian Defense is a chess opening for black that starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6. It is a solid opening that black can choose to play if they want a game with less risks and more positional play. This is a hypermodern opening, and a great choice for black to play against the Queen´s Gambit.

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Main Ideas in the Queen’s Indian Defense

The main idea of the Queen’s indian Defense is to try to control the center, and specifically the e4 and d5 squares, with the bishop placed in b7.

Black can also play their queen bishop to a6 first, creating pressure on the c4 pawn. This is in fact the most common plan for black.

White can play g3 and Bg2 to fight for the h1-a8 diagonal as well.

Most Played Moves in the Queen’s Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Black has decided to play the Queen’s Indian Defense.

4.g3 Ba6

Queen's Indian Defense moves

White decided to fianchetto their light-squared bishop as well. Black goes for pressure on the c4 pawn rather than a direct fight on the h1-a8 diagonal.

5.b3 Bb4

Queen's Indian Defense moves

White defends the c4 pawn and prepares a second fianchetto at the same time. Black develops their dark-squared bishop naturally to b4.

6.Bd2 Be7

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Black avoids the exchange of bishops.

7.Bg2 c6

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Black prepares the d5 move.

8.Bc3 d5

Queen's Indian Defense moves

White places their other bishop in the other diagonal, and black establishes a strong center with d5.

9.Ne5 Nfd7

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Ne5 is annoying for black because of the pressure on c6 and d5, so black immediately tries to exchange it.

10.Nxd7 Nxd7

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Main Line in the Queen’s Indian Defense

The main line of the Queen’s Indian Defense is, as we just saw, white playing 4.g3.

Apart from 4…Ba6, black can also play the natural 4…Bb7.

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Play can continue with 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O

Queen's Indian Defense moves

7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4

Queen's Indian Defense moves

9.Ne1 Bxg2 10.Nxg2 d5

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Petrosian Variation

In the Petrosian Variation of the Queen’s Indian Defense, white plays an early 4.a3 to prevent black’s dark-squared bishop from pinning the knight on c3.

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Play can continue with 4…Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7.

Spassky System

In the Spassky System, white simply plays 4.e3 to try to develop naturally and castle early.

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Play can continue with 4…Bb7 5.Bd3 d5 6.O-O Bd6.

Miles System

Here white plays 4.Bf4

Queen's Indian Defense moves

Play can continue with 4…Bb7 5.e3 Be7 6.h3 c5.

Kasparov Variation

In the Kasparov Variation of the Queen’s Indian Defense, white plays 4.Nc3.

Queen's Indian Defense moves

If black plays 4…Bb4, it’s a mixture between the Queen’s Indian and the Nimzo-Indian.

Model Games

Related Chess Courses

Queen’s Indian Defense with IM Marcin Sieciechowicz

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Overview

Games on Database: 50846
Last Played: Jul 2024
Overall score:
33.1% 42.3% 24.6%

Played frequently by:

White  
Ivan Farago 208 games
Loek Van Wely 169 games
Aleksey Dreev 169 games
Black  
Ivan Farago 207 games
Anatoly Karpov 204 games
Eduardas Rozentalis 171 games

Possible continuations:

4. g3  27247
31.4 % 45.9 % 22.6 %
4. a3  10179
36.6 % 38 % 25.4 %
4. Nc3  7935
34.2 % 38.4 % 27.4 %
4. e3  3654
33.4 % 40.3 % 26.2 %
4. Bg5  907
30.2 % 31.8 % 38 %
4. Bf4  856
37.1 % 37.1 % 25.7 %
4. Nbd2  34
38.2 % 50 %
4. Qc2  17
35.3 % 35.3 % 29.4 %
4. b3  9
77.8 %
4. g4  2
50 % 50 %
4. h3  2
50 % 50 %