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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 (E47)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Bd3

Number of games in database: 630
Years covered: 1921 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 37.8%
   Black wins 25.4%
   Draws 36.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  15 games
Anton Korobov  9 games
Dimitri Gurevich  7 games
Boris Spassky  7 games
Bent Larsen  6 games
Sergei Zhigalko  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969
Sajtar vs Pachman, 1943
A Hahn vs R Kaufman, 2000
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951
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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 630  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov ½-½51 1921 Alekhine - BogoljubovE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
2. P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch 0-140 1926 DresdenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. V Vukovic vs Colle  0-173 1927 KecskemetE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
4. P F Johner vs Capablanca 0-148 1929 KarlsbadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. W Winter vs E Steiner 1-023 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
6. Sultan Khan vs R P Michell 1-025 1930 Hastings 1930/31E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
7. Bogoljubov vs H Johner  1-032 1931 Prague ol (Men)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
8. S Erdelyi vs H Johner  1-027 1931 Prague ol (Men)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
9. E Eliskases vs W Henneberger 0-127 1934 Bad LiebwerdaE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
10. Reshevsky vs Denker ½-½55 1934 Western CongressE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
11. J Nielsen vs Szabo  ½-½69 1935 WarsawE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
12. V Vukovic vs L Endzelins  1-033 1936 olm finalE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
13. L Kremer vs K S Ojanen  1-021 1936 Munich OlympiadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
14. V Petrov vs Erik Andersen ½-½69 1936 Munich OlympiadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
15. W Ernst vs Bogoljubov  1-039 1937 Bad SaarowE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
16. G Barcza vs Albert Becker ½-½48 1937 Correspondence OlympiadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
17. S Gotthilf vs Chekhover  ½-½56 1938 URS-ch sfE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
18. S Landau vs P F Schmidt 1-052 1938 NoordwijkE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
19. Reshevsky vs Keres ½-½47 1938 AVROE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. Gligoric vs B Rabar 1-028 1939 ZagrebE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
21. Alatortsev vs Smyslov 0-140 1939 Leningrad/Moscow trainingE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
22. L Engels vs Szily  1-036 1939 StuttgartE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
23. Lokvenc vs Mross  1-033 1941 Cracow/Warsaw POLE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. K Junge vs Mross 1-033 1941 Cracow/Warsaw POLE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
25. Sajtar vs Pachman 1-023 1943 UJCS-17.KongressE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-03-05  akashic: 4... 0-0 is way too passive. 4... c5 is much better in my opinion.
Feb-03-05  dragon40: <akashic> I do not know if 4..c5 is better, but it is certainly more forcing! 4...0-0 is a good, flexible move for the black pieces. I guess it is all in the way that you wish to play your set-up. the Nimzo is so full of transpositions and well-rehearsed variations that it is very important that no matter what your preference that you understand why you like it and what to expect as far as typical positions and set-ups coming from that opening. I am a D pawn player as White, and I have faced far more 4...0-0 against the Nimzo, but again, I like to play the Classical variation of this opening, 4. Qc2 as a rule; unless I plan to use the setup with 4. E3, and 5. Ne2 instead. All a matter of preference! :)
Feb-03-05  Poisonpawns: I like 4.Bg5 as white!
Mar-11-05  dragon40: <poisonpawns> That is a very sharp variation, and you are in good company. Boris Spassky really worked it into a system, and Jan Timman had been using it in his prime as well! These days, at least at the GM level, it is not too popular, having been "de-fanged" as it were, and most players of the black pieces know the way to equality. At the lower levels though, it can be a very useful weapon, especially if Black treats it lightly and is not paying attention!
Jun-01-09  Amarande: 4 ... 0-0 seems more flexible indeed. It allows ... c5 to be delayed to a point when the Nimzo branching is more definitely established, and the relative usefulness of having played this move early is determined.

Particularly, in terms of Pawn structure, it seems Nimzo lines tend to fall into two categories, which depend on Black's early pawn moves and the circumstances around ... Bxc3 (which is usually all but forced at some point):

a) Where Black eschews ... d5, AND White must recapture at c3 with the pawn.

b) Where Black plays ... d5, and/or White can recapture at c3 with a piece.

In lines that end up in the a) type, an early ... c5 is virtually mandatory. Black's chief advantage in such variations is the weak White pawn at c4, and were this pawn allowed to advance, that advantage would *greatly* decrease (possibly vanishing altogether). However, it can usually be played after making the exchange on c3 (even if this leaves Pc5 unguarded, dxc5 is generally really a bad idea for White).

On the other hand, variations of the b) type seem to have a tendency to adopt a more QGD-like formation. (Given the significant advantage White usually gets in the QGD, one might even suspect these variations of being outright *bad* for Black, though I have not heard of them being directly refuted.) Here Black normally needs to play ... c5 eventually, to avoid being crushed in the center - but as Black also does not have a significant positional advantage that would be in immediate danger of vanishing if he did not play ... c5 immediately, he can afford to delay the move until completing his development rather than using an early opening tempo to do so.

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