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Wojtaszek - Alekseev, New Delhi 2012 (1-0) was an interesting attack for White in the line 7.Bg5 Nbd7 8.f3 e5 9.e4 that happened soon after this video was posted. Maybe 9.e4 is an improvement for White, but there are not many games from strong masters yet. I looked at database statistics and the position after 8...e5 has scored excellently for Black (60.5% in Black's favor on Chessbase online database).
7.f3 is an important move to consider for anyone adopting this line with Black. It has been played by Kramnik and Kasparov and was recommended in Kaufman's repertoire book, a common source for many White players. Also after 7.Bg5 Nbd7, 8.e3 is by far the most popular move, when Black typically transposes to another mainline with 8...b6, but 8...e5 is an independent approach to consider.
Very instructive. Thanks a lot!
in response to tkneeland, who suggested that in the b4 line white can play Bxh5, this fails to Qh4. Check it out yourself - black gets active play as the R on e8 pins the pawn on e3 and so the N is hanging. You must castle to avoid these tactics.
Best lecture series I have watched. Very nice job Mark.
I just got to play my first Nimzo game after watching this series.
At our level of course both of us made mistakes throughout the game, but what I like is the idea of playing energetically. It is surprisingly easy for white to get into trouble. I had tactics available pretty quickly but missed a couple of them. I can tell that this defense is going to be a lot more fun with some of these new ideas in mind.
Thanks again for the great series...I'm sure I'll have to watch all of the videos several times!
@Redman Maybe we can get a part 4 of this great series on e3. Although with such a high drawing percentage, it sounds like that should be a good line for black too (after all, white is playing for an advantage out of the opening, especially a gambit opening, not a high drawing likelihood, right?).
Contrary to pevious comments I was disappointed by IM Ginsburg's complete omission of white's main continuation on his eighth move which is e3. According to the Chess.com database this is the response in 182 of the 285 games covered and shows a success rate of 25.3% for white, 28.0% for black with 46.7% of the games resulting in a draw.
I believe for this series to be considered authoritative IM Ginsburg needs to devote a lecture to suggested continuations resulting from this move.
Very articulate speaker, and I like the variation recommended(6...d6).
Qh4-Nf2 and Nd4 with better game
My guess would be Qh4, and if Qe2 then Black gets active with his knights.
In the b4 variation (at 5:13), black advances h5, potentially sacrificing his pawn to the white bishop for no apparent reason I can see. But then white castles, allowing black's advance h4, "forcing" white to advance h3 to protect the kingside. Am I missing why white just didn't initially capture the free pawn on h5 instead of allowing this whole line to become a threat?
Mark does it matter whether black plays h6 prior to Nc5 or a5?
Thanks for video.
Epic lecture!! I play the Nimzo a lot and I'm practicing for a tournament next month and hopefully will deploy a few ideas shown here
Thank you for the video. I'm definitely looking forward to your series.
I prefer your suggestions to Dzindi's and thanks for the lecture!
@ riswang: you can't download them. They are available to diamond members on the site, though
by IM Mark Ginsburg
Our second featured author for the month of December is International Master Mark Ginsburg. Today he begins a new series, targeted towards Intermediate-Advanced level players looking to strengthen their openings repertoire's in the Nimzo Indian. He provides solid analysis, recommending his approach 5... 0-0 with 6... d6 against the Main Line Classical Nimzo with 5.a3. He also gives good general advice on how to deal with an imbalance like the Bishop Pair.
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Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)
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IM Mark Ginsburg
Mark learned chess at age 6 but only at age 13 was he informed that tournaments existed! He received the International Master title at age 22 and had a peak USCF rating of 2578 in 1993. Mark has twice been the Manhattan Chess Club Champion, and has also played quite a bit overseas in Belgium, Holland, England, and Switzerland. Mark has a PhD in Information Systems from NYU. Mark currently resides in Tucson, AZ and has been Co-State Champion of Arizona twice. Chess is a difficult proposition to teach because it combines logic and imagination, but Mark believes that if logic is applied then imaginative ideas work better. This belief comes through in his teaching style and practices...
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