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Re: Hübner Variation: 10.Rb1 Ne8
Reply #3 - 10/01/17 at 19:43:20
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Inasmuch as 10...Ne8 might be thematic, I think 11.f4 is the most principled response. White is okay with opening the position as quickly as possible. I remember thinking that 13.e4 made sense, but then Black does seem fine. 14.f5 looks like a nuisance. I'll need to look at that more carefully.
  

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Re: Hübner Variation: 10.Rb1 Ne8
Reply #2 - 10/01/17 at 14:34:03
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I may well be looking at one of your games here, but I think the critical line might be 11.f4, trying to blast open the position.

I couldn't find an example of what I believe might be the critical line in my (admittedly slim) database.

  
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Re: Hübner Variation: 10.Rb1 Ne8
Reply #1 - 10/01/17 at 10:11:07
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Its a relatively thematic move in a closed position. Bound to be at least plausibly reasonable Smiley

Look at the nonsense people get up to in the French!
  
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Hübner Variation: 10.Rb1 Ne8
10/01/17 at 05:20:52
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About ten years ago, I was playing the Nimzo-Indian fairly regularly, and I encountered the following variation no less than three times:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.Nd2 e5 10.Rb1 Ne8

This is all a mystery to me: I can't for the life of me find my move 10...Ne8 in any of the literature—either recommended or otherwise. Christof Sielecki doesn't mention it. And I don't think Carsten Hansen does in his older book on 4.e3.

I don't pretend to argue that the move is especially good, but it doesn't strike me as bad. While a bit crude, it forces White's hand in the centre, as Black wants to expedite the ...f5 push. My results weren't too bad: +1, =1, -1, the draw and the loss coming against stronger opposition. I was comfortable in the draw, and managed to come completely off the rails in the loss. But does the move have any merit? Worth further investigation?
  

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