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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation (E34)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5

Number of games in database: 906
Years covered: 1924 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 29.7%
   Black wins 22.3%
   Draws 48.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alexey Dreev  26 games
Loek van Wely  16 games
Salomon Flohr  14 games
Michael Adams  18 games
Mikhail Botvinnik  16 games
Nigel Short  16 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Anand vs Kramnik, 2008
Kasparov vs Short, 1993
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1941
Dao Thien Hai vs Kasparov, 2001
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
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 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 906  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs G Fontein  1-040 1924 DD - ASCE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Euwe vs Alekhine  ½-½41 1926 Alekhine - Euwe Training MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. Rubinstein vs O Antze  1-027 1926 HannoverE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. Nimzowitsch vs Marshall 0-130 1927 LondonE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
5. Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch ½-½39 1928 Bad KissingenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch ½-½15 1928 BerlinE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Flohr vs E Richter  1-041 1928 Kautsky mem 5thE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. G Norman vs Colle  0-129 1928 Hastings 1928/29E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
9. R P Michell vs G Norman  1-026 1928 Hastings 1928/29E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
10. Anderson / Stockwell vs Alekhine 0-135 1929 St LouisE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. Rubinstein vs Colle 0-146 1929 BudapestE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. A Becker vs Yates  1-035 1929 KarlsbadE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Nimzowitsch vs E Canal ½-½49 1929 KarlsbadE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. Rubinstein vs Przepiorka  ½-½33 1929 BudapestE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
15. Rubinstein vs G A Thomas  1-033 1929 BudapestE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
16. K Havasi vs Capablanca 0-133 1929 BudapestE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
17. J van den Bosch vs Olland  1-052 1929 NED-chE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. G Norman vs S Takacs  0-163 1929 Hastings 1928/29E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Przepiorka vs Capablanca  ½-½32 1929 BudapestE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
20. R Cintron vs Kevitz  0-142 1929 Bradley BeachE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. Kmoch vs M Monticelli 0-143 1930 San RemoE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. Capablanca vs Colle 1-039 1930 Hastings 1930/31E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
23. E Eliskases vs I Rahm  1-040 1930 HamburgE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
24. A Pokorny vs H Mueller  ½-½42 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. Rauzer vs S Von Freymann  1-052 1930 TournamentE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: This variation has become a little more popular in recent years. I adopted it because I couldn't stand watching white play 4. e4 after 4. Qc2 o-o in the classical Nimzo. After all, the whole stategy of the Nimzo is prophylaxis on the e4 square, so why would anyone let white play it so easily? Anyway, going bad to my previous statement, this version has gotten more popular because of the following line:

4. Qc2 d5. 5. cxd5 Qxd5!? (a move that lets the black queen come into the center without being subject to easy harassment due to the pinned knight, but means that if the pin is threatened via a3, black must cede the bishop advantage.) 6. Nf3 Qf5!? (if white exchanges queens with 7. Qxf5, he loses a lot of attacking chances and opens up both the e and d files for black, giving black free piece play. 7. Qb3 instead means that white loses a tempo and allows the black queen to occupy the deadly spot on which she sits.)

Oct-27-03  Bears092: Wouldn't this lead to an inferior version of the QGD Exchange (ie. the Bishop at b4)?

In the exchange, and the positional line (Qc2), the bishop should stay home on the Kingside.

Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: Bears092, I don't see any reason why the bishop is better at e6 for example than at b4. Why must the bishop stay home on the kingside when it can do so much more on the queenside? I don't play the QGD exchange anymore, so maybe I'm missing something, but I can't seem to comprehend your post.
Oct-27-03  Bears092: Opening Explorer

Not a single case of the bishop swinging queenside.

Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: <Bears092>

So that means it must be bad- just because it never gets played? With that kind of mentality, it's a surprise that new lines are ever invented at all. Anyway, I think that Bb4 is simply not thematic in the variation of QGD which you are discussing. I don't think it is necessarily bad. Also, you still haven't proved that Bb4 is bad or that the bishop should stay on the kingside, just letting you know.

Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: It's also worth noting that in the example you cite, the pawn structure is quite different as well, and thus, the play is not the same as in the Nimzo. There are a few other differences, but this is the main one.
Oct-27-03  Bears092: <So that means it must be bad- just because it never gets played?>

You'd think if it was good someone of GM strength would play it quite regularly by now.

Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: <Bears092>

Two main points:
(1) First, you still have not managed to prove it is inferior, neither through concrete variations nor through positional analysis and evaluation. Instead, you rely on the tired, old, and utterly lethargic argument of authority. Can't you come up with something better than that? If we blindly did only the things that players better than us did, where would we be now?

(2) Even the example you cite to show this variation of the Nimzo might be inferior doesn't resemble the variation enough to matter.

By the way, Kasparov and Kramnik recently began testing out this variation for their repertoire, so it can't be too bad.

Oct-28-03  Diggitydawg: : <BL> I admire the spirit of experimenting with a new opening. This question can only be resolved with OTB play, so please let us know how you progress with it.
Oct-28-03  Benjamin Lau: As I said before, the line I mentioned is not new at all, it's just gotten more popular lately. I've been doing pretty well with it, considering that I switched over from 4. Qc2 o-o a while ago.
Oct-29-03  Open Defence: In fact after cxd5 exd5 Bg5 h6 the game can become very sharp and complicated, look at the Kasparov-Short match for example, no doubt Gary is an absolutely fabulous player so he won (though I haven't checked out the games in a long time so if he didnt .. oops)

The Qxd5 line was used by Anand sucessfully in the Kasparov-Anand match and Kasparov played e4 then on as he wasnt making headway against the Nimzo, in fact many recommend the d5 line in the classical variation as it has less "book" than c5 or 0-0 (correct me if I am wrong)

Jan-05-06
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  Sneaky: I agree that one ought not spend too much time analyzing the product of blitz games, but I played one today that is worth a second look.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 <Very few games feature this move. Normal is ...exd5 or even ...Qxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3


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7...Qxd4!? <This move took my by surprise. Have I fallen for some trap?>

8.Qa4+! <As far as I can tell, this is the only way to preserve an advantage> Nc6 9.Qxb4! Nxb4 10.cxd4 Nc2+ 11.Ke1 <Kd2 might have been better> Nxa1 12.Bb2


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and I went on to win in 20 more moves. I'll spare you the moves, but an interesting nuance of my play was that I left the knight on a1 for a long time before bothering to recapture it.

Anyhow, is White really better here? Did I have stronger moves earlier in the game? What is the consensus for 5...Nxd5?

See Opening Explorer for more info.

Jul-12-09  RoseJunkie: I realize the argument was years ago, but <bears092> Bb4 in the QGD exchange is not really played in conjunction with c6 but more often with c5. So obviously you won't find very many games in the variation you posted (since you've already inserted c6).

I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006

is a pretty neat example of play.

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