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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5 (E38)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5

Number of games in database: 1082
Years covered: 1915 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 39.2%
   Black wins 27.3%
   Draws 33.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Max Euwe  15 games
Alexander Baburin  14 games
Evgeny Bareev  10 games
Lajos Portisch  12 games
Harry Golombek  10 games
Oleg Romanishin  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933
Carlsen vs N Ibraev, 2004
Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990
G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927
A Asgeirsson vs W Fairhurst, 1933
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 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,082  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E W Gruer vs B Kostic  0-136 1915 MatchE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. B Verlinsky vs Bogoljubov 1-028 1925 USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. Rubinstein vs B Moritz  1-025 1925 BreslauE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
4. Vidmar vs Alekhine  ½-½17 1925 Hastings 1925/26E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Euwe vs Colle 0-119 1926 AmsterdamE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
6. K Havasi vs G Nagy  0-129 1926 BudapestE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Rubinstein vs Ahues 1-031 1926 BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. Rubinstein vs P List 1-064 1926 BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. Rubinstein vs Saemisch  ½-½92 1926 BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. Ahues vs W Schoenmann  1-036 1927 25. DSB KongressE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
11. H Mueller vs B Sarkozy  ½-½66 1927 KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. V Vukovic vs J Szekely  1-050 1927 KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. Koltanowski vs Reti  ½-½32 1927 1st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
14. A Cheron vs Stoltz  0-139 1927 1st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. E Jacobson vs Yates  0-136 1927 1st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
16. G A Thomas vs Marshall 0-130 1927 LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
17. W Winter vs V Berger  1-049 1927 LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
18. G A Thomas vs W Winter 0-117 1927 LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. Koltanowski vs W Schoenmann 1-027 1928 den HaagE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
20. Saemisch vs P F Johner 1-028 1928 Dortmund GERE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. Stoltz vs Saemisch 0-129 1928 It BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. M Walter vs Marshall  ½-½39 1928 BrnoE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. P List vs P F Johner  1-039 1928 It Cafe KoenigE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. Euwe vs Colle 1-040 1928 Match 1E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. P F Johner vs Stoltz  ½-½51 1928 It BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-25-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: In all the opening books I have 5 dc is the only response mentioned. Is 5 Nf3 unplayable? After 5..Nc6 6 e3 whites position looks solid. I would think it should at least be mentioned as an attempt to avoid mainline theory.
Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: ...oe 5 e3 also looks perfectly playable.
Sep-19-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i wonder if morozevich's idea v. ponomariov (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.c6?!) in Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2008 would work after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6 (6.c6?!)

any masters who use this idea and are annotating their victory, remember it's "refutor" with an "r" :)

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