This month we examine a variation from the Classical Nimzo-Indian Defense, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6, for Olivier Mathieu of France, who after a thirty year absence from chess wants to know whether it is still playable. He writes,
"Indeed, after 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Qxc3 Nxc5 8.b4 Nce4 9.Qb2 Black's position looks difficult. Is there any hope with 9...Nd6 or should I forget the 5...Na6 move?"
I am grateful for the request because the variation leads to very interesting positions ...
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