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Wassup Ben, it's Jimmy, hitting IM this year. Thanks for the video!
Ben, Thanks for the video. I am finding more and more often that I like the lines that you suggest. I have struggled against the Nimzo in the past and tried: 4.e3 4.a3 4.f3 and not found anything I felt comfortable with and so started going the 3. Nf3 route only to find I hate the Bogo about as much as the nimzo!
You inspired me take a look at the Qc2 lines (against which I had been unfairly predjuiced against for no reason I can do think of) but I do have a question:
After 4...0-0 you said you used to play 5. Bg5 but were "cured of that", making it sound like something is wrong with that line. When I started to look at those lines I like them. Is there some positional drawback some where?
Again, thanks for the video series! I really apprciate it these and you should do one on my personal Nemesis, the Dutch.
Thanks! Very instructive!
Nice rook play!
thats why pencils have erasers :)
Instructive. I´ll incorporate the system to my repertoire
I play the exact same lines as you do Ben. Thank you, because I always have trouble with the Nimzo.
Well done Ben! Keep up the good work.
you attacking style is so straight forward and clear; but i'm glad you explained your opponents' tricks. DeFirmian is a formidable opponent and you handled that game nicely!
Lol I see now Ben. You both don't have any games together. Carlson know who to play and who to avoid. Lol
Fun and instructive games, Ben. Thanks for sharing!
I keep up on all Finegold action. O, I'm sorry this lectures not being conducted by Spencer, nevermind... Jk. Hope all is well!!!
Very nice attacking chess; definitely instructive. Thanks for the video!
Excellent video, thanks!
I always thought that in the Qc2 variation, which I play myself, white is behind in development. It's funny that this is isn't really reflected in your games. I can see that you refrain from playing a3 in both games, which could be a partial explanation (it saves you at least a tempo).
@DrunkenDeceiver -- No, Magnus has been ducking me for years....
Rock and roll pops.thank you
by GM Ben Finegold
Things that make GM Finegold happy: 1) Active pieces; 2) The Qc2 Variation of the Nimzo-Indian; 3) Killer rooks that move so many times you forget which rook started on which side of the board. Watch him beat two strong GMs with 4. Qc2. You'll learn about which pawn structures are conducive to endgames, you'll see innovative queen sorties, and in the second game you'll be reminded of "Tron" as Finegold's rooks maneuver all around the board.
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)
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GM Ben Finegold
A true "Chess Professional", Grandmaster Ben Finegold has been competing on the highest levels of chess for nearly 25 years. As a player Ben has won numerous major open events, including the 1994 and 2007 U.S. Opens, the 2002 World Open, and the 2005 and 2008 National Open Championships in Las Vegas. He has competed in 8 U.S. Closed Championships and was the first "GM in Residence" at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. His laid back, humorous teaching style is his trademark and he is excited to join the Chess.com Video Author Team!
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