Neo-Indian Attack

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Neo-Indian Attack
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e6 black pawn
f6 black knight
g5 white bishop
c4 white pawn
d4 white pawn
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
e2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Bg5

The Neo-Indian Attack is a chess opening that begins with the 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 City 1922.[1] The opening has been considered possible opening surprise in the Secrets of Opening Surprises series.[2]

The most common responses from Black are:

  • 3...h6 which forces the bishop to move again, and unlike the Trompowsky 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.
  • 3...c5 4.d5
  • 3...Be7

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


  1. ^ "David Janowski vs Edward Lasker". Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. ^ Palliser, Richard. "Nimzo & Benoni July 06 update". Retrieved 1 March 2010.