Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Queen’s Indian Defense!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Queen’s Indian Defense!

Few chess openings offer fighting chances like the Queen’s Indian Defense. The Queen’s Indian Defense looks to put immediate pressure on white and take the opponent out of their comfort zone. The Queen’s Indian Defense is hypermodern in that it doesn’t immediately fight for the center of the board. Instead it targets the pawn on c4 and looks to gain attacking chances right out of the opening. The Queen’s Indian Defense starts with the following moves:

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nf3 b6

By playing b6, black is looking to fianchetto the bishop, but in an abnormal way! We aren’t necessarily forcing the bishop to b7, but instead to a6 in some lines and variations. This can easily make the game awkward for the d4 player and can possibly lead them to losing the exchange. The Queen’s Indian Defense is a top tier chess opening because of the chess moves, chess strategy, chess tactics, chess ideas, chess theory, chess tricks, chess traps, and chess principles that have made it a common occurrence at the master and grandmaster level. The Queen’s Indian is an awesome chess opening for beginner chess players as it teaches you how to play chess and how to win at chess. It is a strong chess opening system for black against d4, easily one of the best and strongest replies. It has long-term goals with possible short-term rewards. The Queen’s Indian can help you improve at chess fast and win games quickly. We hope you enjoy learning how to play this amazing chess opening which gives black a fighting chance against d4!

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21 Comments

  1. your not up a peice for a pawn at 4.28 its even material. Good videos nonetheless.

  2. Wow! I've searched a good tutorial for Queen's Indian for so long and this simply blew me away. Thank you so much for making this! Subscribed!

  3. Thanks for another great opening video, Solomon. You've been a huge influence in my ability to defend against D4 with your Nimzo-Indian video and now this Queens-Indian video. 🙌

  4. I just found your channel, and I love it! Keep going and thanks for the videos!

  5. Just wanted to let you know in the description it says the Queen’s Gambit starts with (the following moves) instead of QID

  6. god bless you for this amazing video, much appreciation

  7. Thank you for this amazing introduction to QID. I never get bored while watching your videos.

    Could you do me a little favor?
    I'm really not able to decide which opening to play against d4.
    In your opinion which of these opening theories is easier to learn?
    KID
    NID + QID
    Modern Benoni
    Dutch defense

    All these are interesting to me but precise play is required to have a winning chance. So I want to pick one and master it. I personally love the aggressive nature of KID but the theory is vast and I don't have much time to study.

  8. Great, great video. I've been trying to learn QID by running through analysis and this gave me a lot more insight than reading random stockfish lines. Thank you!

  9. Binging a lot of your opening videos and I gotta say you do a very good job at explaining openings for the intermediate player who is working towards advanced and expert. Thanks and keep up the good work

  10. Seriously, how do you only have only 16.8k subscribers? Your videos are fantastic. Thank you!

  11. Wow, lots of information here in a very concise 23 minutes. Learning the Queens Indian now as black (I've played against it many times as white), hadn't seen some of this analysis before such as the f5 idea to prevent e4 and give black a good stonewall setup. Would be interested to hear your analysis against 4) g3 Ba6 5) Qc2. Do you recommend Bb7 or an immediate c5 (or something else)?

  12. Ur videos r incredible and help me so much thank u

  13. 2:25 g3 Ba6 b3 Bb4+ Nbd2
    4:39 g3 Ba6 b3 Bb4+ Bd2 (b5 idea or stonewall)
    10:38 g3 Ba6 Qa4 without taking on c5 (Queen fianchetto)
    14:13 g3 Ba6 Qa4 taking on c5
    16:27 Petrosian variation with e3
    17:22 Petrosian variation with Qc2
    20:46 Kasparov variation
    22:19 Spassky system

  14. At 3:54, the knight on d4 is almost trapped. You can play A6 and C5, which attacks the trapped knight, but saving the bishop is the better choice If the opponent doesn't make escape squares for the knight, you can simply win it by playing A6 first and then C5

  15. can you tell me the checkmate pattern??

  16. 10:45 can you explain the point of Ba6 if we’re just gonna play Bb7 after Qa4 or Qc2? Isn’t the queen just better there than on d1, so why not Bb7 in the first place?

    Great video btw <3

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