Magnus Carlsen’s Bogo-Indian – GM Damian Lemos (iChess Club)

The Bogo-Indian chess opening is a great alternative to the Queen’s Indian Defense when White plays 3.Nf3.


The Bogo-Indian is a chess opening for Black that occurs after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ (diagram).

Black delays placing his pawns in the center in favor of developing the kingside rapidly. Although seen at all levels of chess, it’s a particularly good opening for club players because it is flexible, sound, and doesn’t require learning a lot of theory. Together with the Nimzo-Indian, this can offer a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4.

In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Damian Lemos takes a look at this chess opening for Black, and in particular explores what we can learn from how the World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, has played this opening.

If you’d like to learn more about the Bogo-Indian, make sure you check out GM Eugene Perelshteyn’s 3-part series for the iChess Club. Watch Part 1 here (the mainline with 4.Bd2), Part 2 here (when White plays an early Nc3), and Part 3 here (White plays 4.Nbd2).

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