Isolated Queen Pawn Nimzo Indian Defense

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The handling of an IQP (Isolated Queen Pawn) position in chess is quite the challenge from either side of the chess board. The following position was reached in a rapid chess game at the Internet Chess Club with White to move.

If Black can survive the middle game, then he will usually stand better in all endings. White’s chances lie in the middle game where a king side attack and/or the tactical pawn to d5 advance are thematic.

In the following position that arose from a Nimzo Indian defense, White’s best try appears to be Qe2 when Bxf3 does not work due to the hanging Black Rook at a8. Black is a little behind in development as a result of the time consuming b6, Bb7 fianchetto.

Qe2 connects White’s rooks with the f rook likely moving to d1 and the other rook to c1. Also Qd3 combined with Bc2 threatening mate and forcing the weakening g6 is another idea in this IQP.

Isolated Queen Pawn Nimzo Indian Defense
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  1. Does anybody hear much from Prolsen at ICC? This is what happened last time I played him. I think he is a bit of a hot head, but a good fellow. prolsen disconnected and forfeits} 1-0