chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Nimzo-Indian, Classical (E33)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 Nc6

Number of games in database: 690
Years covered: 1931 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 39.0%
   Black wins 26.7%
   Draws 34.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

Explore this opening  |  Search for sacrifices in this opening.
PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Salomon Flohr  12 games
Max Euwe  10 games
Paul Keres  8 games
Milner-Barry  10 games
Samuel Reshevsky  9 games
Haije Kramer  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Keres vs Euwe, 1940
Lokvenc vs Pachman, 1943
Capablanca vs V Mikenas, 1939
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939
M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957
L L Gonzalez vs G H Perrine, 1943
<< previous chapter next chapter >>

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 690  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Nimzowitsch 0-164 1931 BledE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Flohr vs C H Alexander ½-½69 1932 Hastings 3233E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Flohr vs Milner-Barry 1-025 1932 LondonE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Sultan Khan vs Milner-Barry 1-056 1932 CambridgeE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. Menchik vs Milner-Barry 1-031 1932 CambridgeE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. A Staehelin vs H Johner  ½-½41 1932 BerneE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. G Goldberg vs G Miasoedov  1-025 1932 Leningrad ChampionshipE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Chodera vs Pelikan  1-041 1934 Kautsky mem 9thE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. S Belavenets vs Ragozin 1-039 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Lilienthal vs Milner-Barry 1-030 1934 Hastings 1933/34E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch  0-150 1934 Nordisk SkakforbundE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Capablanca vs Milner-Barry 1-051 1934 Hastings 1934/35E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Alekhine vs Makarczyk / Najdorf ½-½48 1935 WarsawE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. V Mikenas vs Tartakower  0-142 1935 LodzE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Flohr vs P Romanovsky 1-069 1935 MoscowE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Spielmann vs P Romanovsky  1-076 1935 MoscowE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Reshevsky vs Milner-Barry  ½-½61 1935 MargateE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½18 1935 Alekhine - Euwe World Championship MatchE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-026 1936 Training GameE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Spielmann vs E Eliskases  ½-½37 1936 MatchE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. G Goldberg vs Ragozin  0-140 1936 Leningrad-chE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Spielmann vs A Wojciechowski  0-139 1936 WarsawE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. P Trifunovic vs B Kostic  1-046 1936 Novi SadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. Botvinnik vs Kan  1-040 1936 MoscowE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. Ragozin vs Riumin ½-½18 1936 MoscowE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 690  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  
 

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i imagine the popularity of this line has dropped immensely because modern players aren't so quick to block their c-pawn in queen's pawn openings?
Dec-04-03  Benjamin Lau: Yes, that's probably one big reason. The main exception to this rule though in the Nimzo Indian (when it is OK to block your c-pawn) is when your opponent plays 4. Qb3. Then modern theory suggests 4...Nc6 to protect the bishop instead of 4...c5, which gives black a problematic backward pawn. But in spite of this, ...c5 is still the more common move and even Reuben Fine who condemned ...c5 in his book Ideas Behind the Chess Openings played it occasionally so it's probably not that much worse.
Dec-25-04  bensoni: Also, remember that a many players are not getting to this position via the specified move order anymore. Benjamin, Yermolinsky among others are getting here via the Black Knights Tango, e.g., 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Qc2 Bb4 or 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qc2 d6 and so on, instead of a move order involving 4...Nc6.
Aug-20-05  Dudley: This is the line featured in a repertoire book Chess Openings for Black Explained by Alburt, Dzindzichashvili, etc. The idea seems to be to choose similar lines to the Bogo Indian which is the sister opening in case of 3. Nf3.
Sep-13-11  ProjectR: When i see any chess video's on youtube,the 4.Qc2 move is always described as "Kasparovs pet move" or something similar.. And how come all the greats have moves/gambits/openings etc..named after them,yet im unaware of any named after Kasparov..And the popularity graph shows a steep decline in this opening played by top GM's...why ?? I dont mind this opening at all,iv had some really good games with it...
Sep-13-11  nummerzwei: <ProjectR: When i see any chess video's on youtube,the 4.Qc2 move is always described as "Kasparovs pet move" or something similar.. And how come all the greats have moves/gambits/openings etc..named after them,yet im unaware of any named after Kasparov..And the popularity graph shows a steep decline in this opening played by top GM's...why ?? I dont mind this opening at all,iv had some really good games with it...>

Note that this ECO code is for 4.Qc2 Nc6 only. Other lines after 4.Qc2 are more popular today.

As regards opening lines named after Kasparov, the reason is simply that he's a relatively modern player. When he was active, a lot of variations had already been named after other people.

Sep-15-11  ProjectR: <nummerzwei> thanks for you above post and help
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific opening and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC