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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: 937
Years covered: 1925 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 24.5%
   Black wins 15.2%
   Draws 60.3%

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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 38; games 1-25 of 937  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Asztalos vs Tartakower  ½-½501925DebrecenE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
2. Gilg vs M Bluemich  1-0711926DSV KongressE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
3. Gilg vs W Michel  ½-½271926SemmeringE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
4. Gilg vs Kmoch  ½-½311926SemmeringE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
5. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-0351927Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
6. S Takacs vs L Asztalos  0-1301927KecskemetE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
7. Przepiorka vs Ahues 0-1311927KecskemetE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
8. Reti vs S Landau  1-0371927Rotterdam mE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. V Makogonov vs Botvinnik 0-1241927USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
10. S Von Freymann vs Botvinnik 1-0471927USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
11. Gilg vs Euwe  ½-½311929KarlsbadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
12. Przepiorka vs Gruenfeld  1-0601929Rogaska SlatinaE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
13. Vidmar vs Colle 1-0331930San RemoE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
14. H Mueller vs S Landau  1-0501930Hamburg OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld 1-0471932MatchE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
16. F Herzog vs Duchamp  0-1401933IFSB BundesmeisterchaftE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. P Frydman vs E Eliskases  0-1481934UjpestE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
18. Riumin vs Alatortsev  ½-½321934LeningradE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
19. S Belavenets vs V Makogonov  ½-½371934USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. Chekhover vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½371934USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kan  1-0761934USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
22. Najdorf vs I Aloni  1-0351935POL-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. Opocensky vs Lilienthal  0-1591935Warsaw OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
24. M Monticelli vs Najdorf 0-1351935Warsaw OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. D May vs V Paroulek  ½-½251936UJCS-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  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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