The Queen’s Indian usually starts 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 and Black has a couple of options:
1. Fianchetto the bishop and put pressure on White’s center.
2.Play the bishop to a6 and attack the c4 and e2 pawns.
You’ve immediately got two ways of playing and both contain a lot of dangerous tactics.
There are also some ideas that most players don’t expect – even strong GMs have lost in under 20 moves to the combinations IM Hans Niemann reveals in this course.
Queen’s Indian Defense Chess Tactics
Let’s take a look at the first tactic IM Hans Niemann explores in the video.
After a standard opening sequence, we arrive at this position:
Everything looks pretty standard for both sides, right? In fact, White has made an error with 1.dxc5, partly down to the fact he previously played the completely normal-looking move, Qc2.
Can you find the tactical resource available for Black?
Somewhat surprisingly, White’s queen would be much better placed on b2 – Black can now play 1..Qf6.
As the queen threatens the rook, the knight on b1 needs to move. If 2.Nbe2, then 2..Nc3, attacking the rook and the e2 pawn.
After 3.Re1, 3..Nb4 comes. White is in a world of pain. If 4.Qb2 then 4..Nxe2+ wins the queen. If 4.Qc1 then 4..Nxe2+ 5.Rxe2 Bxe2 winning the exchange. All this mainly down to the fact White played the natural-looking Qc2 earlier – this is a great example that shows how it is very easy for your opponent to go wrong in this opening.
80/20 Tactics Multiplier: Queen’s Indian Defense
This video is an exclusive free preview of Hans new 9-hour 80/20 Tactics Multiplier course on the Queen’s Indian Defense.
IM Niemann has collected nearly 40 top games full of instructive QID tactics (some of which you can see in this preview!). You’ll be asked to pause the video and find the winning move. Don’t worry if you don’t find it – some are tough but Hans analyzes them in-depth, helping you learn the key patterns.
Once you have mastered the tactical side, Hans then goes through some of his own games, and the games of Queen’s Indian Defense experts Richard Rapport and David Navara to learn the more subtle positional ideas too.