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Nimzo-Indian (E41)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 c5

Number of games in database: 1165
Years covered: 1931 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 30.0%
   Black wins 28.2%
   Draws 41.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  35 games
Jan Hein Donner  30 games
Artur Yusupov  20 games
Jan Timman  19 games
Ulf Andersson  16 games
John van der Wiel  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955
Kamsky vs Short, 1994
Gligoric vs Keres, 1958
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
Bareev vs Akopian, 2000
Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996
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 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,165  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs L Hanssen  1-043 1931 Prague ol (Men)E41 Nimzo-Indian
2. Rubinstein vs E Sapira  1-037 1931 Scheveningen-SystemE41 Nimzo-Indian
3. Fine vs H Steiner  1-037 1932 New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
4. Fine vs H Steiner  1-043 1932 Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
5. Alatortsev vs V A Vasiliev  1-034 1938 Trade UnionsE41 Nimzo-Indian
6. S Gotthilf vs A Budo  ½-½35 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalE41 Nimzo-Indian
7. B Tot vs D Avirovic  ½-½73 1945 YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Lilienthal vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½21 1947 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. V Castaldi vs K Plater  ½-½30 1947 ZonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
10. G Kramer vs O Ulvestad  1-061 1947 US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
11. Keres vs C Kottnauer  1-041 1947 MoscowE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. D Djaja vs B Simonovic  ½-½31 1948 YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. Pirc vs D Djaja  1-037 1948 YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
14. C Vlagsma vs F Henneberke  0-161 1948 NED-ch14E41 Nimzo-Indian
15. R H Steinmeyer vs O Ulvestad  0-126 1948 49th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. G Kramer vs A Mengarini  1-036 1948 49th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. Stoltz vs Ragozin  1-057 1948 Saltsj÷baden InterzonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. Kotov vs Furman  ½-½58 1948 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. Sajtar vs H Mueller  1-039 1949 CZE-AUTE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. M Katetov vs K Galia  1-042 1949 CZE-AUTE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. K S Ojanen vs O'Kelly ½-½54 1949 Tr.TepliceE41 Nimzo-Indian
22. Julio Bolbochan vs Najdorf  0-161 1949 Ch Argentina (match)E41 Nimzo-Indian
23. Furman vs Sokolsky  ½-½25 1949 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
24. G Goldberg vs Taimanov  0-141 1949 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. H Enevoldsen vs Unzicker 0-128 1950 Dubrovnik olmE41 Nimzo-Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-03  Kenkaku: My favorite system against 4. e3, the Classical, and the Leningrad as black is to meet them with 4...c5. Are there any other proponents of this system on here? It's fairly universal in the Nimzo-Indian, and strong as well.
Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: Against 4. e3, ...c5 is very strong, perhaps the strongest move (I think ...b6 is another good candidate). Black can usually equalize with it. Against the classical 4. Qc2, 4... c5?! is considered a little suspect at top levels these days, but has not been refuted and likely never will be. At lower levels, I think that it might be classified as ...c5 rather than c5?!. The point is that it often leaves black with a very difficult to defend backward d pawn, worst of all, it's on an open file (as in the classical Pirc variation 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5). ...c5 is a very good move in the Leningrad. Statistics show that it at least equalizes, but more often brings black a slight advantage with best play from both sides.
Oct-27-03  Benjamin Lau: Romanishin, Portisch, Korchnoi, and some others practice the ...c5 classical, though not very frequently.

are some games with ...c5 against the Leningrad.

Oct-28-03  Open Defence: Andras Adorjan had some very interesting ideas against the Ne2 variation after Black plays c5
Jun-14-07  WTHarvey: Here are some traps n zaps in Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 c5 miniatures:
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