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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System (E49)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Bd3 d5 6 a3 Bxc3+
7 bxc3

Number of games in database: 279
Years covered: 1931 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 39.4%
   Black wins 28.7%
   Draws 31.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vadim Milov  16 games
Boris Gulko  10 games
Ivan Sokolov  7 games
Judit Polgar  4 games
Eric Lobron  4 games
Herman Steiner  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs H Steiner, 1946
Keene vs Purdy, 1979
Granda Zuniga vs A Ivanov, 2003
I Sokolov vs Judit Polgar, 2006
Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky, 1936
Gulko vs Adams, 2000
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 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 279  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Erdelyi vs H K Mattison  1-0321931Prague ol (Men)E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
2. Lilienthal vs R P Michell 1-0391934Hastings 1934/35E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
3. Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky 0-1721936NottinghamE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
4. Vladimir Petrov vs E Steiner ½-½661937KemeriE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
5. A Olivera vs L Zavala 1-0281939Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
6. Fine vs H Steiner  1-039194041st US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
7. R Palme vs H Mueller  ½-½181941GER-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
8. J Dobias vs K Prucha  0-1511943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
9. J Dobias vs Pachman  ½-½661943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
10. Denker vs Pinkus  1-0551944USA-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
11. V Mikenas vs Ragozin 1-0521944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
12. Kotov vs Lilienthal 1-0331944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. J Fajer vs B Kazic  1-0661945YUG-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
14. Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0271946Interclub MatchE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
15. Euwe vs H Steiner 1-0381946GroningenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
16. Gligoric vs F Zita  0-1831946PragueE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
17. Kashdan vs H Steiner  1-0421946USA-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
18. Reshevsky vs H Steiner  1-0301946USA-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
19. A Bozic vs B Simonovic  1-0341946YUG-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
20. Jacobo Bolbochan vs J Pizzi  0-1541947Mar del Plata ARGE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
21. O Bain vs H C Underwood  1-031194849th US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
22. F Nuernberg vs G Stein  1-0421948Essen West German chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
23. H Steiner vs Kashdan  0-1601948New YorkE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
24. C Kottnauer vs Szabo  0-1341949VeniceE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
25. E Arlamowski vs J Pogats  1-0491950Przepiorka MemorialE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-05  AlexanderMorphy: i prefer the Rubinstein variation/main line....
Nov-18-05  RookFile: Well, we all go through phases, play
what you like best. For a while I
preferred 4. Bg5. Botvinnik's system,
and the Saemisch, immediately secure
the 2 bishops, at a cost to the pawn

In the end, the better player will win.

Nov-18-05  CapablancaFan: I personally prefer the standard "kings indian defence". To me it is a more solid set up and makes it hard for white to break through unless you are playing carelessly. This system (Botvinnik) exchanges off the dark squared bishop early in exchange for rapid development in hopes of siezing the initiative. I'm not debating which opening is better as I said it's "my preference". If one chooses to go with this line at least have 3 or 4 variations worked out in case your opponent dosen't respond the way you expect.
Nov-25-05  AlexanderMorphy: <rookfile> it's not about playing what you like's about playing the line which will give you the biggest advantage.
Nov-25-05  RookFile: Well, in that case, the correct move is 4. Qc2. Capablanca was sure with every ounce of his being that 4.Qc2 is the best move on the board.

A guy like Reshevsky made a living winning with White in the Nimzo, playing his own systems, and playing them well. As a general rule, if you played the Nimzo as black against Reshevsky, you were asking for trouble.

Nov-25-05  KingG: Yes, even if you were Fischer. Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1965
Nov-25-05  RookFile: This one started as a QGD, but transposed into the Nimzo, and Reshevsky smashed him:

Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961

Reshevsky beat a bunch of other guys
as white in the Nimzo, of course....

Nov-25-05  Dudley: On the other hand, what would have been the appropriate thing to play against Reshesky? He was murder in the QG exchange line and I suspect he didn't treat the King's Indian too kindly either. I think the Nimzo is maybe more difficult to learn than the King's Indian, but basically more sound for the average player.
Dec-16-05  ipk89: hi
Dec-21-05  AlexanderMorphy: which is the Saemisch variation?
Dec-21-05  misguidedaggression: 4.a3 = Saemisch (Usually followed by f3 and e4)
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