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Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3 (E19)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 b6 4 g3 Bb7 5 Bg2 Be7 6 O-O O-O
7 Nc3 Ne4 8 Qc2 Nxc3

Number of games in database: 866
Years covered: 1925 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 24.8%
   Black wins 14.2%
   Draws 61.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Borislav Ivkov  33 games
Ulf Andersson  20 games
Miguel Najdorf  13 games
Anatoly Karpov  25 games
Miguel Najdorf  18 games
Viktor Korchnoi  17 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
Y Stepak vs Y Mashian, 1980
Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940
Euwe vs Keres, 1940
Przepiorka vs Ahues, 1927
Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1977
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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 866  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Asztalos vs Tartakower  ½-½50 1925 DebrecenE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
2. Gilg vs M Bluemich  1-071 1926 DSV KongressE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
3. Gilg vs W Michel  ½-½27 1926 SemmeringE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
4. Gilg vs Kmoch  ½-½31 1926 SemmeringE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
5. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-035 1927 Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
6. S Takacs vs L Asztalos  0-130 1927 KecskemetE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
7. Przepiorka vs Ahues 0-131 1927 KecskemetE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
8. Reti vs S Landau  1-037 1927 Rotterdam mE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. V Makogonov vs Botvinnik 0-124 1927 USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
10. S Von Freymann vs Botvinnik 1-047 1927 USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
11. Przepiorka vs Gruenfeld  1-060 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
12. Gilg vs Euwe  ½-½31 1929 KarlsbadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
13. Vidmar vs Colle 1-033 1930 San RemoE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
14. H Mueller vs S Landau  1-050 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld  1-047 1932 MatchE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
16. F Herzog vs Duchamp  0-140 1933 IFSB BundesmeisterchaftE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kan  1-076 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
18. S Belavenets vs V Makogonov  ½-½37 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
19. Chekhover vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½37 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. P Frydman vs E Eliskases  0-148 1934 UjpestE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. Riumin vs Alatortsev  ½-½32 1934 LeningradE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
22. Najdorf vs I Aloni  1-035 1935 POL-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. M Monticelli vs Najdorf 0-135 1935 Warsaw ol ;HCL 36E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
24. Opocensky vs Lilienthal  0-159 1935 OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. D May vs V Paroulek  ½-½25 1936 UJCS-14.KongressE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-31-03  Benjamin Lau: Quite possibly the most solid opening in the game, but also quite possibly the most boring, rivaling even the four knights defense (sorry practitioners of the 4 Knights Defense). ;-)
Oct-31-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i think korchnoi played it to win http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...(E19)+as+Black+ i find it much more exciting than the four knights defense, but that's probably just because i recently picked up the queen's indian, so the novelty hasn't worn off ;)
Nov-01-03  Benjamin Lau: <refutor>

I play the Queen's Indian defense as black too, so I was kind of joking earlier. ;-) What I don't like is how white fianchettos in response all the time the QID and makes the resulting middlegame positions so exchangeable. On the other hand though, in games where white doesn't fianchetto his own bishop, the middlegame positions can actually become pretty sharp and exciting, with black's fianchetto leading an aggressive counterattack against the white king. Unfortunately, these games tend to be uncommon.

May-02-09  nummerzwei: Apparently this line has completely gone out of fashion which is why there is so little kibitzing about it. In spite of that, it seems to be quite interesting (but thoroughly analysed of course) judging from Geller's 1987 monograph (has it also appeared in English?).

Which of Black's three main moves (those are 6...Be4, 6...f5 and 6...c5; Geller considered 6...d6 inferior but I think it's not that bad) is nowadays considered best?

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