Neo-Indian Attack

Neo-Indian Attack

The Neo-Indian Attack is a chess opening defined by the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Bg5. This opening is also known as the Seirawan attack, after top 1980s player Yasser Seirawan.

The pinning of the f6 knight looks similar to the Torre Attack, but while the Torre is fairly common, the Neo-Indian is rarely played. The move order has been used by players such as David Janowski against Edward Lasker in New York 1922.

The most common responses from Black are

  • 3...h6 which forces the bishop to move again, and unlike the Trompowski Attack, 4.Bxf6 will not leave Black with doubled pawns.
  • 3...Bb4+ which can transpose to the Leningrad variation of the Nimzo-Indian Defense after 4.Nc3 or lead to unique variations after 4.Nd2.

Unless the game transposes to another variation, the Neo-Indian is classified as E00 by the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings.

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