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
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