Chess Tactics in The Queen’s Indian Defense – IM Hans Niemann
16-year-old prodigy IM Hans Niemann presents this 9-hour course on the Queen’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6!), one of the most flexible and dynamic ways of meeting 1.d4.
Right from the start, Black directs the play, developing the bishop to either b7 or a6 – each giving White a different set of problems.
As well as being perfectly sound positionally, the Queen’s Indian is full of tricks and traps which can wrap up the points for Black early on. Even 2600-rated GMs have lost in under 20 moves to some of these!
In this course, IM Niemann shows you nearly 40 winning tactical ideas taken from real games in the Queen’s Indian, showing you how they came about and what makes them work.
Once you have mastered the tactical side, Hans reveals the advanced positional themes by analyzing the games of QID experts Richard Rapport and David Navara.
The final section shows you how to prepare and learn openings using chess software – an essential skill for all serious players.
About the author:
Hans Niemann was born in California in 2003 and learned how to play chess when living in the Netherlands at 8 years old. He moved back to California at the end of 2012 and his rating quickly jumped from 1000 to 2200 in his two years there. He became the youngest-ever player to win the long-standing Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club Tuesday Night Marathon (oldest US Chess Club founded in 1855). Hans now lives in Connecticut. He achieved his FM title in early 2016, tied for first in the U18 category of the 2016 North American Youth Championship, won clear first at Super Nationals 2017 in the K-8 category, and earned his IM title and first GM norm in the summer of 2018.
How is this course going to help me?
80/20 Tactics Multiplier: The Queen’s Indian Defense features IM Hans Niemann in 9 hours of action-packed lessons revealing everything you need to be sniffing tactics from the get-go.
Enjoy the youth and energetic approach of IM Niemann in this often forgotten opening.
What you will learn:
Unleash the Power of your Bb7!
Sometimes the Bishop on b7 can be undervalued and easily forgotten, in positions like the one in the diagram, one could think that white is much better thanks to the harmony of his pieces, but as IM Niemann says: if you look further…you’ll see that white can collapse at any moment…
Is black able to capture on e5? If so, which piece should take first? Work this example out and see that you are about to have one of the best training sessions ever!
If White overextends…crack him!
There will be times when White’s pieces are pushing just a bit too much, next time you will be alert and odd-looking moves like f5! Will sprung on the board!
This move could definitely win a contest of the ugliest-looking move in the position but beware of the sting! The Black pawns will be like a steamroller in the Kingside.
There are 38 tactical videos for you to start earning your wings, and 15 Model games reviewed on video PLUS a video reviewing the positional side of the Queen’s Indian and Hans’ personal recommendation to create an Opening File (You don’t get that every day!).
And you know when you get an iChess course, you also receive a summary that will serve as a studying reference, puzzle exercises, and a PGN file.