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

Number of games in database: 1169
Years covered: 1931 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 30.0%
   Black wins 28.2%
   Draws 41.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
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 1,169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs L Hanssen  1-0431931Prague ol (Men)E41 Nimzo-Indian
2. Rubinstein vs E Sapira  1-0371931AntwerpE41 Nimzo-Indian
3. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0371932New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
4. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0431932Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
5. Alatortsev vs V A Vasiliev  1-0341938Trade UnionsE41 Nimzo-Indian
6. S B Gotthilf vs A Budo  ½-½35193811th USSR Championship SemifinalE41 Nimzo-Indian
7. B Tot vs D Avirovic  ½-½731945YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Lilienthal vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½211947USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. V Castaldi vs K Plater  ½-½301947Hilversum ZonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
10. G Kramer vs O Ulvestad  1-061194748th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
11. Keres vs C Kottnauer  1-0411947MoscowE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. D Djaja vs B Simonovic  ½-½311948YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. Pirc vs D Djaja  1-0371948YUG-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
14. C Vlagsma vs F Henneberke  0-1611948NED-ch14E41 Nimzo-Indian
15. R H Steinmeyer vs O Ulvestad  0-126194849th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. G Kramer vs A Mengarini  1-036194849th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. Stoltz vs Ragozin  1-0571948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. Kotov vs Furman  ½-½581948USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. Julio Bolbochan vs Najdorf  0-1611949ARG-ch MatchE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. Sajtar vs H Mueller  1-0391949CSR-AUTE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. M Katetov vs K Galia  1-0421949CSR-AUTE41 Nimzo-Indian
22. K S Ojanen vs O'Kelly ½-½541949Reti MemorialE41 Nimzo-Indian
23. Furman vs Sokolsky  ½-½251949USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
24. G Goldberg vs Taimanov  0-1411949USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. Levenfish vs A Sidorov  0-1391950Ch URS (1/2 final)E41 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.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

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: http://www.wtharvey.com/e41.html
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