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Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein (B29)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 962
Years covered: 1911 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 45.2%
   Black wins 24.7%
   Draws 30.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vlastimil Jansa  9 games
Ratmir Kholmov  8 games
Fred Dewhurst Yates  7 games
Aleksandr Rakhmanov  25 games
Josef Pribyl  20 games
Savielly Tartakower  19 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Keres vs W Winter, 1935
Seidman vs Santasiere, 1939
Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970
Reti vs Rubinstein, 1920
Euwe vs Rubinstein, 1921
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
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 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 962  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 0-146 1911 San SebastianB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. J Perlis vs Nimzowitsch 0-141 1911 KarlsbadB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
3. Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch ½-½79 1912 San SebastianB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. Alapin vs Rubinstein 1-028 1912 Vilnius All-Russian MastersB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
5. Euwe vs G Fontein  1-046 1920 ScheveningenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. Reti vs Rubinstein 0-148 1920 GothenburgB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Spielmann vs Rubinstein 0-152 1920 GothenburgB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
8. H E Price vs B Kostic 0-136 1921 Hastings 2122B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. J O'Hanlon vs B Kostic  0-123 1921 Hastings 2122B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. T Gruber vs Gruenfeld  1-034 1921 ViennaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
11. Euwe vs Rubinstein 0-133 1921 The HagueB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
12. Yates vs Rubinstein 0-159 1921 The HagueB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
13. G Marco vs Tartakower 0-151 1921 The HagueB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
14. Maroczy vs Tartakower  ½-½41 1921 The HagueB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. D Marotti vs H E Atkins 0-129 1922 LondonB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. Alekhine vs D Saunders 0-132 1923 Simul, 37bB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. M Romi vs A G Conde ½-½62 1925 Scarborough-AB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. R P Michell vs Nimzowitsch 0-140 1925 MarienbadB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
19. M C Palmer vs H Steiner  1-032 1925 Western ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. Spielmann vs Tartakower ½-½21 1926 12, MeranB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
21. Yates vs Tartakower  0-162 1927 KecskemetB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
22. A Chepurnov vs Hromadka  1-033 1927 1st olm finalB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. L Steiner vs B Kostic  ½-½52 1927 Bad Niendorf GERB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. Yates vs Tartakower  0-146 1927 LondonB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. Yates vs Nimzowitsch 0-141 1927 LondonB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-16-03  ksadler: AgentRgent, and anyone else who plays the Alekhine, is transposing into this Sicilian line after 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. Nf3 and then playing .. c5 an option. I suppose the only other option is 3. .. d6 hoping for 4. d4 going back into theory. Or is there a better alternative than either .. c5 or .. d6 to refute your opponents' move order. I've taken this up recently with good results, but that's probably due to me having at least a little theory behind me and my opponent's having none.
Jul-10-03  AgentRgent: Don't know how I missed this back in Feb...

But after 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. Nf3 I always play 3...d6 since the Larsen Variation is one of my specialties in the Alekhine's. However I don't see any disadvantage to play c5 since it's generally a great move to play and you've avoided the dangers of the c5- four pawns attack.

Jul-10-03  ksadler: I play 3. .. d6 from time to time, but I enjoy the .. c5 and will stick with it. When I asked this question in February, I believe that it was after I tried to refute the 3. ♘f3 move by playing 3. .. ♘c6? which after 4. d4 d6 goes into a bad line for Black. So to answer my own question then probably only d6 and c5 are the moves?
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  Resool Uut: The Sicilian line after 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. Nf3 and then playing .. c5 is inferior after 4. gs. In my opinion the white game plays itself with much freedom. The black game shows few perspective. Resool Uut
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  WannaBe: This, has to be one of the strangest position I've seen chess Opening Explorer

Besides my own games, which often looks stranger than that. Regular member may not be able to access the link, due to the depth of the moves.

Nov-27-06  suenteus po 147: <WannaBe> You've played against this opening more than once ;)
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  WannaBe: <suenteus po 147> I try to forget my (numerous) losses to you. =(
Apr-15-07  Archives: <WannaBe: This, has to be one of the strangest position I've seen chess Opening Explorer

Besides my own games, which often looks stranger than that.>

Reminds me of a game I played ages ago when I first started playing chess.

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nf4 4.d4 Ne6 5. d5 Nc5 6.Be3 Ne4 7.Bd3 Nxf2 8.Bxf2

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I was White.

It was against my flatmate, and the funny thing is, my other flatmate (who knew next to nothing about chess) came along and looked at the board and said something along the lines of, "Oh my god, how the hell did that happen"

Sep-29-11  Bengambit: Archives,i had that happened to me.I was trying, i believe it was the Lasker Opening,and i was nuts for trying that opening without studying it first.Lost my knight from the "Bell",first round knock-out.................
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 ♘f6

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Dec-03-11  qqdos: Have a look at this 30-year-old landmark (B89) game F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981 and see recent contributions by both participants! Also, what about this Yifan Hou vs M Romanko, 2010 as a response by a current World Champion when confronted with 2...Nf6. Gaining (or losing) time by the tame retreat 3.Ng1 shows a degree of respect (or indecision) about whether to advance her e-pawn. And how about Black's failure to punish White by snapping-off her e-pawn?
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