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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation (E39)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5 5 dxc5 O-O

Number of games in database: 879
Years covered: 1934 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 31.1%
   Black wins 25.9%
   Draws 43.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
A J Whiteley  15 games
Ivan Sokolov  10 games
Milorad Knezevic  9 games
Bartlomiej Macieja  18 games
Alexei Barsov  12 games
Sarunas Sulskis  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs V Chuchelov, 2003
Tal vs Ulf Andersson, 1983
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970
Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974
J Eriksson vs J Hellsten, 2006
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 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 879  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Belavenets vs Lisitsin  ½-½211934USSR Championship 1934/35E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
2. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin ½-½1071935MoscowE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
3. P Frydman vs Marshall  ½-½361935OlympiadE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Stahlberg vs E Steiner  1-0631937KemeriE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
5. S Vukovic vs E Steiner  0-15019377th olm finalE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
6. P Frydman vs E Steiner  ½-½4019377th olm finalE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
7. Foltys vs G Barcza 1-0311942MunichE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
8. W H Sandifort vs Szabo  0-1491946Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon)E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
9. Pirc vs Bondarevsky  ½-½411948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
10. Kholmov vs Bondarevsky  ½-½311948USSR ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
11. T van Scheltinga vs Gligoric  0-1311949YUG-NEDE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
12. Flohr vs G Barcza  ½-½411949Budapest-MoscowE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
13. O'Kelly vs Pachman  ½-½141949Reti MemorialE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
14. B H Wood vs Euwe  ½-½371949Hastings 1949/50E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
15. A Fuderer vs S Nedeljkovic  1-0341950Serbia-Vojvodina matchE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
16. Keller-Hermann vs F Heemskerk  1-0711950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. Flohr vs Najdorf ½-½141950Budapest CandidatesE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
18. Boleslavsky vs Lilienthal 1-0421950Budapest CandidatesE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
19. C B van den Berg vs Ivkov  0-1331950NED-YUGE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
20. O'Kelly vs A Beni  ½-½201950Dubrovnik olmE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. Reshevsky vs Euwe ½-½391950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. Reshevsky vs Rossolimo 1-0601950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
23. T van Scheltinga vs O'Kelly  ½-½181950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
24. Golombek vs Pirc 0-1271950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
25. F Steneberg vs J W Kluever  0-1251951cr-gameE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  plang: I don't understand the appeal of the classical NI for white. He gets the two bishops but at the expense of very slow development. I have seen a lot of quick black victories.
Jun-26-14  solskytz: It seems that white has resources... he doesn't just get butchered every game

I also don't really understand this variation. It is really complex, with a lot of piece play and tons of possible ideas...

Provides for a rich game in any level, I guess, where the better player has good chances to get his understanding of the position to prevail.

(so what if you asked this 8 years ago - you still deserve an answer - or at least your progeny does...)

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <solskytz> Took up 4.Qc2 by the late 1990s and have long admired the elegance and energy displayed by the winner in Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974.
Jun-26-14  solskytz: The game is indeed remarkable. So many daring and original ideas packed into just 24 moves.
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