Rock Solid with the Queen's Indian Defence

The Queen’s Indian Defence is a well-known opening for black and has remained popular and mainstream at the top level for well over a century. It has the reputation of being solid and was used as a main weapon against 1.d4 by many strong players during the 1970s, including the ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Openings like the Queen’s Indian will never be refuted and can be used throughout one’s chess career. Personally, I have had great results with the Queen’s Indian and I continue to use it often.

Reading sample - Intro

Reading sample - Sidelines 4.e3/Bg5

In this video course we’ll have a look at the Queen’s Indian after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6. We’ll explore the ins and outs of the possible White setups against this rock-solid opening. Instead of learning forcing lines, the Queen’s Indian is about plans and ideas which make it easy to remember. Let’s deep dive into what I consider to be the most solid lines, and be prepared to play The Queen’s Indian in your own games!

  • Video running time: 4 hours 20 minutes (English)
  • World-class analyses
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Introduction
  • 4th move alternatives
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6
  • 4.e3 & 4.Bg5
  • 4.Nc3
  • 4.Bf4
  • 4.a3
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7
  • 5th move alternatives
  • 5.Nc3 d5 - 6th move alternatives
  • 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 - Main Line
  • 4.g3
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6
  • 5.Qb3
  • 5.Nbd2
  • 5.Qa4
  • 5.Qc2 - solid lines
  • 5.Qc2 - pawn sacrifice
  • 5.b3
  • Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Repertoire Training
  • Description
  • Sidelines
  • Sidelines - 4.Nc3
  • Sidelines - 4.Bf4
  • 4.a3 - 5th move Sidelines
  • 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 - 6th move Sidelines
  • 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qb3
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 Bb7
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 - pawn sacrifice
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 - solid lines
  • 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3
  • Practice Positions
  • Description
  • Position 1 - Sidelines
  • Position 2 - Sidelines
  • Position 3 - Sidelines
  • Position 4 - 4.a3
  • Position 5 - 4.a3
  • Position 6 - 4.a3
  • Position 7 - 4.g3
  • Position 8 - 4.g3
  • Position 9 - 4.g3
  • Position 10 - 4.g3
  • Position 11 - 4.g3
  • Bonus
  • Analysis
  • Model Games

Queen's Indian Defence

White very often avoids the pinning of his queen’s knight by first developing his king’s knight after 2...e6 with 3.Nf3. After that the move 3...b6 leads to the starting position for the Queen’s Indian, which has received its name because of the fianchetto of the bishop on the queenside. The Bb7 and the ¤f6 together intend to control the central squares d5 and e4, and how the c- and d-pawns will be deployed in the centre remains open.

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