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New: Leon Luke Mendonca: Rock Solid with the Queenʼs Indian Defence

by ChessBase Shop - 06/05/2024

The Queen's Indian Defense is one of the most solid defenses against 1.d4. From a rock-solid position, the black player can pursue many ideas and plans without having to worry about coming under quick pressure. In this video course, the young Indian Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca presents the most solid black responses in various variations. The teenage attests that he has had great results with this opening and continues to use it often. So grab this Fritztrainer, enrich your knowledge and strengthen your opening repertoire. Fritztrainers are now also available in ChessBase Books format. You can use the same code to study it in ChessBase Books format here. So buy now and study whichever way you want. Photo: ChessBase

Rock Solid with the Queen's Indian Defence

By Leon Luke Mendonca

The Queen’s Indian Defence is a well-known opening for black and has remained popular and mainstream at the top level for well over a century. It has the reputation of being solid and was used as a main weapon against 1.d4 by many strong players during the 1970s, including the ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Openings like the Queen’s Indian will never be refuted and can be used throughout one’s chess career. Personally, I have had great results with the Queen’s Indian and I continue to use it often.

In this video course we’ll have a look at the Queen’s Indian after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6. We’ll explore the ins and outs of the possible White setups against this rock-solid opening. Instead of learning forcing lines, the Queen’s Indian is about plans and ideas which make it easy to remember. Let’s deep dive into what I consider to be the most solid lines, and be prepared to play The Queen’s Indian in your own games!

• Video running time: 4 hours 20 minutes (English)

• World-class analyses

• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels

System requirements


Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX 11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation.



PC Intel Core i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX 11 graphics card with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX 10 compatible soundcard, Windows Media Player 11 and internet connection for program activation.


Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10


Desktop, Laptop, Mobile phones, iPad and Tablet

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About Leon Luke Mendonca

Leon Luke Mendonca (born 2006) is one of many astonishing young talents from India who achieved the Grandmaster title at just 14 years old. During the pandemic, he gained over 150 Elo points and achieved 3 GM norms. Resilience is his great strength. Recently, at only 17 years old, he surpassed the 2600 Elo rating. His opening ideas are not just theoretical; he tests them in practice against strong opponents. He is also the brand ambassador of GENO pharmaceuticals and Microsense.

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