Black against Nimzo Larsen

Stressedout64

What is the best way to play against Nimzo Larsen as black? Also, sometimes this guy I play against also double fianchettos. Something like

IMBacon

 

Stressedout64

Thanks Bacon. Is the idea to give up the e pawn to play d4 after the exchange?

kindaspongey

In the 2006 book, Beating Unusual Chess Openings,

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627072813/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen107.pdf

IM Richard Palliser suggested 1 Nf3 d5 2 b3 Bg4.

"An accurate reply, popular amongst grandmasters, which prevents White from smoothly continuing his development with Bb2 and e3. Black intends to capture on f3, before setting up a solid formation, usually with ...e6 and ...g6."

This is one of the games that was mentioned:

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1017742

bong711

 

kindaspongey

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1886932

As possible reactions to 1 Nf3 d5 2 b3, GM Paul van der Sterren (2009) gave 2...c5 and 2...Nf6. As reactions to 2...Nf6 3 Bb2, he referred to 3...c5, 3...e6, 3...g6, 3...Bf5, and 3...Bg4.

bong711
Stressedout64 wrote:

What is the best way to play against Nimzo Larsen as black? Also, sometimes this guy I play against also double fianchettos. Something like

 

 

Base on my short research, the best way to play against the NLA is 1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Bg4 intending 3... BxNf3. Credit belongs to @kindaspongey

inkspirit
Whichever setup you choose — each has its pros and cons — remember to develop your LSB (to g4 or f5) before playing ...e6. If you play ...e6 first, the bishop will be confined to the passive c8-square.
IMBacon
Stressedout64 wrote:

Thanks Bacon. Is the idea to give up the e pawn to play d4 after the exchange?



TwoMove

I wasn't very convinced by your main line, but when checked 7...Qxf6 is good for black. Don't think much wrong with OP's line either.

kindaspongey
IMBacon wrote:

1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 Nc6 4. g3 ...

https://www.365chess.com/game.php?gid=3833251

nighteyes1234

 

And what is the point of this obscure game? To point out 1 Nf3 d5 2 g3 Bg4 ?

Optimissed

It is correct to play e3, not g3, however.

Optimissed

Bb5 not h3.

Stressedout64
kindaspongey wrote:

In the 2006 book, Beating Unusual Chess Openings,

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627072813/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen107.pdf

IM Richard Palliser suggested 1 Nf3 d5 2 b3 Bg4.

"An accurate reply, popular amongst grandmasters, which prevents White from smoothly continuing his development with Bb2 and e3. Black intends to capture on f3, before setting up a solid formation, usually with ...e6 and ...g6."

This is one of the games that was mentioned:

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1017742

What if

Would it be correct to play Bf5 and then follow with f6 e5 against Bb2?

What is the best way to proceed if d4 instead

 

kindaspongey
Stressedout64 wrote:
kindaspongey wrote:

… IM Richard Palliser suggested 1 Nf3 d5 2 b3 Bg4. ...

What if 1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Bg4 3. Ne5

Would it be correct to play Bf5 and then follow with f6 e5 against Bb2?

What is the best way to proceed if [1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Bg4 3. Ne5 Bf5 4. d4] instead

IM Palliser suggested 3...Bf5 as a reaction to 3 Ne5 and commented that Black "is threatening ...f6". He suggested 4...Nd7 as a reaction to 1 Nf3 d5 2 b3 Bg4 3 Ne5 Bf5 4 d4.