Hi,

Please consider a few questions I have on this topic and my recent game:

What Palliser book is being referred to regarding the Queen's Indian with 4.e3?

I recently won a game featuring this opening against a long time master at our club. Black's 6...d5, which I thought seemed premature, was once used by Nigel Short, but isn't in any of my books and is rarely played. The issue of move order with ...c5, ...d5, and where white should place his b1 knight comes into question.

[Event ""]

[Site ""]

[Date "2010.4.8"]

[Round ""]

[White "Mario Amodeo"]

[Black "Tood Smith"]

[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 b6 5.O-O Bb7 6.c4 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.b3

Be7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.Nbd2 Nc6 11.Ne5 Rc8 12.Ndf3 Nb4 13.Bb1 c4 14.a3 Na6

15.bxc4 dxc4 16.Bc3 b5 17.Nh4 Be4 18.Nf5 g6 19.Nxe7+ Qxe7 20.f3 Bxb1

21.Qxb1 Rb8 22.e4 Qb7 23.Qb2 Nd7 24.d5 Nxe5 25.Bxe5 Qb6+ 26.Bd4 Nc5

27.Qf2 Rbc8 28.Kh1 Qd6 29.Ra2 a6 30.Bc3 Nd3 31.Qd4 f6 32.Rd1 Qc5 33.Qxc5

Nxc5 34.Bb4 Rfd8 35.Bxc5 Rxc5 36.Kg1 Kf7 37.Kf2 Ke7 38.Ke3 Kd6 39.Rc2 a5

40.Kd4 Rdc8 41.Rdc1 Rb8 42.f4 Re8 43.Rc3 Rc7 44.Re3 Rec8 45.e5+ fxe5+

46.fxe5+ Kd7 47.Rf3 b4 48.Rcf1 Re8 49.Rf7+ Kd8 50.axb4 axb4 51.e6 c3

52.Rxc7 Kxc7 53.Kc5 c2 54.d6+ Kd8 55.Kd5 Rh8 56.Ra1 Kc8 57.Kc6 Kb8 58.d7

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After 6...d5:

10.Nc3, by transposition, seems more common than my 10.Nbd2. Perhaps the idea is Ne2-Nf4 to pressure d5, as mentioned in an earlier post?

After 11.Ne5:

Would 11...Nb4 have perhaps been a way for black to simplify? Not that my higher rated opponent wanted a draw at this point.

Black's 17...Be4 let me get active with 18.Nf5. I guess he didn't want to weaken his king with 17...g6.

After 18.Nf5:

The white center pawns are about to roll forward.

Thank you.