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I have recently won a funny game (as white) in a well-known theoretical line of the Qc2 Nimzoindian. White's pawn sacrifice is quite dangerous, and after a couple of inaccuracies Black ended up resigning in a position where he is in a zugzwang situation. However, I think white has nothing if Black opts for the less well known, but safer 14...Nd7 (instead of 14...Bd6).
Haha nice game!
@Irontiger, that's funny because I find the Qc2 and e3 lines much easier to play than the f3/a3 lines!
I don't think I am going to try playing c5/d5 against the f3 line because I don't really think I understand the positions very well. I think I'll prefer piling up on the c4 pawn.
@pfren 4...c5 5.a3 Ba5 looks very interesting, I think I will have to look into it a bit more later
I'm not too sure on 4...O-O 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Nh5, I think after 7.Nh3 white has a large central presence and I'm not sure what Black should do with his lead in development, becuase white is just going to play e4-Be2 and O-O
Anyway what of the 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Be7!? variation? Here is Anands game with it
Either you are much more experienced than I am with it, or much less.
Guess what I'm thinking ?
I did not like tiviakovs cd's to much .. it is like move move move black is equal but no reasons of explanations. Sometimes i dont understand why
I am curious if anybody has some inside information on the cd from bogolan about the Nimzo I do like his catalan cd
Haha I wonder... Seriously though for me I feel much more 'at home' in the positions particularly after 4.e3. I guess most people play the Nimzo for the positions after Black doubles the pawns whereas I don't..
Well, the doubled pawns are something concrete you can build an attack on.
Whereas the lead in development after 4.Qc2 is much a win-or-die situation. If you have been slowly crushed by a pair of bishop before, you know what it means.
The best source to learn playing the Nimzo is the old landmark book by Gligoric, no matter how outdated the included theory is. If you can find a copy anywhere, just grab it. It is probably the best opening book ever written: The great Glika was always extremely objective in his evaluations (always playing against pieces, not opponents, and this just shows everywhere in the book.
Okay, I will look out for that!
I just won a game as Black in the aforementioned 4.f3 variation.
It was a "lucky" win (if you can call a win in a correspondence game as lucky!), factly I was stunned when my opponent sacrificed his knight, when 23.Nb4 would be flat equal (factly everything up to there has been played before in another correspondence game). In the post mortem, my opponent explained that when analysing, he had mistakenly put the other rook on b8!
Study the typical pawn structures... I suggest to you the idea of playing Bb4 and play with d6, Qe7 and later e5 the idea is to exchange the Dark Square Bishop and put the pawn on the dark squares because all your remaining minor pieces should be very good. I personally doesnt like the variation used by pfren not because its bad a lot of top players use it but its a matter of tastes.
Do you mean a Huebner variation?
I really don't think I fully understand the positions after c5 and d5. Interesting game though pfren
Interesting? Hmmm, I find it slightly dull.
After the accurate 15...Na6! Black has zero problems, but he could easily fall in the positional trap 15...Be6? 16.Nd4! and white has fantastic strategical compensation if Black takes the piece (although he has nothing better than that).
Typical theme of that variation! 16.Nd4!! Moskalenko write a book about opening and talk a lot about the Nimzoindian more specifically that variation.
I like 4...b6 against 4.e3 and 4.Nf6. It also helps to learn the QID with this as transpositions often occur. I like Dearing's Play the Nimzo Indian and Greet's Play the Queen's Indian.
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