Nimzo Indian defense: Part 2; Rubinstein variation
In part one, we learnt Nimzo Indian defense; Saemisch variation. Today we shall learn Rubinstein variation.
Nimzo Indian Attack might be a better name for this opening; it represents a determined attempt by Black to seize the initiative at an early stage. Nimzovich did the spadework-his pioneering efforts won a multitude of converts among those who were not content with the duller prospects offered by the orthodox defense to the Queen's Gambit. The Nimzo Indian has become the most important opening in modern chess theory, and must be studied carefully by anyone entering present-day tournament competition.
4.e3 is the key move of Rubinstein variation.
Conclusion: White gas several factors in his favour- a strong, practically unassailable post for a Knight at d4, a Black weakness at b5 and a feeable Black Queen Pawn.