Openings According to Me #1: 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian - 5.e4 Line Part One
The Nimzo-Indian is a highly respected opening used by many grandmasters, today I will look at one of the most critical lines. Here is the variation I will look at:
This variation is very sharp and one should know this variation very well if one wants to play the Nimzo.
Before we get into theory, let me talk about the 4.Qc2 Nimzo. The point behind Qc2 is two-fold - sometimes white will play for a big center with e4 at some point. Black will attempt to chop up the big center with either a d5 or c5 pawn push (or sometimes d6 followed by e5). The other point behind Qc2 is that sometimes white will decide he wants the bishop pair without getting a damaged pawn structure; in that case black can grab hold of the e4 square and stop white from getting a big center:
How should black meet 5.e4 though? Like I said, the big center is vunerable to d5 and c5 breaks:
Black's plan now will be simple - take on d4 and then tie down white to the defense of the pawn; after white defends it, black will have two different philosophic options to handle the position:
Now lets look at black's other plan:
So that is 10...Ndc5; overall it is a very good variation for black with straightforward plans. That is all I will show for Part One. Part Two will focus on 10...Qh4 instead of 10...Ndc5.