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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 (E48)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Bd3 d5

Number of games in database: 650
Years covered: 1870 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.2%
   Black wins 26.9%
   Draws 39.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksej Aleksandrov  20 games
Dimitri Gurevich  14 games
Ivan Sokolov  11 games
Mikhail Tal  12 games
Ratmir Kholmov  7 games
Andrei Sokolov  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs Tal, 1987
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002
M Stolberg vs Botvinnik, 1940
Furman vs Kholmov, 1963
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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 650  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Minckwitz vs Winawer 0-1451870Baden-BadenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
2. Steinitz vs J Mortimer 1-0371883LondonE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
3. Maroczy vs Chigorin  1-0331905OstendE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
4. K Helling vs Ahues  1-053193127. DSB KongressE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
5. Bogoljubov vs Colle 1-0341931BledE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
6. E Eliskases vs Opocensky  ½-½351935Bad NauheimE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
7. L Engels vs Stahlberg  ½-½271936DresdenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. Jung vs Saemisch 0-1261936Munich OlympiadE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
9. L Steiner vs P F Johner  1-0331936Munich OlympiadE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
10. S Landau vs Kmoch  1-0401936AmsterdamE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
11. E Eliskases vs Gilg  ½-½361937PragueE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
12. Reshevsky vs Tartakower  ½-½511937KemeriE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
13. I Appel vs Pirc 0-1251938LodzE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
14. I Rabinovich vs Goglidze 1-0231939Leningrad/Moscow trainingE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
15. B Friend vs Yanofsky  0-153193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
16. M Stolberg vs Botvinnik 0-1411940USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
17. B Schneidermann vs E Eliskases  ½-½351941Aguas de Sao PedroE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
18. E Weinitschke vs H Kranki  ½-½631941GER-chE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
19. K Rahn vs H Kranki  1-0361941GER-chE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
20. E Weinitschke vs H Mueller  ½-½521941GER-chE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
21. K Junge vs Oeser  1-0761942DresdenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
22. C Kottnauer vs J Holas 1-0301943ZlinE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
23. V Stulik vs Sajtar  0-1461943ZlinE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
24. Sajtar vs K Prucha  ½-½411943UJCS-17.KongressE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. Najdorf vs R Garcia Vera  1-0251944Mar del PlataE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-23-05  azaris: Let's play "Refute the Variation":

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. cxd5 Qxd5?!, what should White play to achieve advantage?

Sep-24-05  Bartleby: You'll pardon the four-month delay in response, won't you azaris?

Anyway, without looking at a book or on the internet or on this site, my instinct vouches for the simple 7) Nf3. Then it seems like the obvious attempt to increase pressure, 7) ... Ne4, fails to 8) Qc2 Nxc3 9) bxc3 Ba5 10) O-O when a space gaining c4 or e4 is coming up, with the two bishops I might add. Then I looked at 7) ... c5, which seems to be refuted by 8) Bd2! when black's queen is hanging. 8) ... Bxc3 9) bxc3 and black has nothing. White will castle with a fine game.

Jun-01-09  Amarande: As this variation has had little discussion, here's a major talking point: What advantage, if any, does Black hope to derive by playing 5 ... d5 here? After going out of his way to avoid the Queen's Gambit by playing the Nimzo in the first place, Black essentially transposes straight back into it - in a position where, moreover, it seems he stood to gain a static long-term positional advantage by instead playing 5 ... c5, or 5 ... Bxc3+ followed by 6 ... c5, then taking advantage of the weak pawn at c4.

Perhaps there is a slight psychological purpose to transposing this way sometimes, but is there a practical one? Especially as the QGD normally tends to have "significant White advantage" written all over it?

Jun-01-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: It seems to me that after ...d5 the position is very reminiscent of the Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation (D38) except that the White dark square bishop is caught behind the pawn chain, instead of on Bg5 where it seems to be serving more of a purpose.
Jun-01-09  WhiteRook48: interesting that the first three notable games where White wins are all against Tal.
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