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Here is a recent game from the candidates where white manages to cope with doubled pawns.
Already in the 30's Botvinnik was playing games were made positive use of the doubled pawns.
Thank you all for posting intresting comments :)
I vote for 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3!?
The Kasparov variation or the Flexible variation as it was labeled by GM Svetozar Gligoric.
One reason is that black players dont play against it as often as the two big main lines and you will play on "your backyard".And it is also fully playable and sound.GM Eric Bacrot is a specialist in this line with a great score.
It can also be reached via the QID (3.Nf3) move order if you would like to flexibly avoid the Bogo-Indian (blocking the check with 3.Nc3). But maybe more to study in that case as you have to play vs BOTH the Nimzo and the QID. You can also play 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 and vs 4...Bb7 you can play 5.a3 the Petrosian system of the Queens Indian or vs 4...Bb4 you can enter the Seirawan system with 6.Qb3!? which is also very playable.
This combination of the knights going to either f3 or c3 on either move 3 or 4 leads to many interesting different positions and interesting ways you can construct your white repertoire.
Sources on the Kasparov variation :
1. nimzo-indian kasparov variation by Chris Ward Everymanchess
2. Guide to the Bogo-Indian by Steffen Pedersen Gambit
3. Starting out the Nimzo-Indian by Chris Ward Everymanchess
4. The Nimzo Indian (20 pages) By Svetozar Gligoric Cadogan Pergamon
5. The New Bogo-Indian (19 pages) by Shaun Taulbut Cadogan chess
Players : GM E.Bacrot, GM Alexander Moiseenko,SGM Kasparov,
Yes...4.a3 The Sämisch is very interesting. A good conceptual choice where you learn a lot about how to play with the double pawns. I think every white player who choose to face the Nimzo would benefit from playing this variation as white for a while (if not permanently).
I think John Watson has made a video or two on the Sämisch right ?
...does not exist.
Unless he changed his first name recently, that is.
Another line against the Nimzo (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) is 4.f3 which is a straight-forward attempt at playing e4.
...does not exist.
You are correct:
"Reykjavik Open, Round 8 | Commentary by FM Ingvar Johannesson & Fiona Steil-Antoni"
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