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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 (E53)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Nf3 d5 6 Bd3 c5

Number of games in database: 751
Years covered: 1873 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 30.0%
   Black wins 24.9%
   Draws 45.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  34 games
Jan Hein Donner  11 games
Anton Korobov  10 games
Anatoly Karpov  9 games
Evgeny Alekseev  9 games
Tolush  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000
Tal vs Tolush, 1958
Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1978
E Vladimirov vs Kasparov, 2001
I Sokolov vs Leko, 2013
Letelier vs Smyslov, 1967
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 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 751  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. C G Heydon vs J S Stanley ½-½54 1873 New South Wales v Victoria; Telegraph MatchE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. P F Johner vs A Staehelin  1-042 1932 BerneE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
3. E R Lundin vs Fine 0-129 1937 Stockholm it, SWEE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
4. E Eliskases vs P F Schmidt  1-043 1938 NoordwijkE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. S Landau vs Pirc  0-166 1939 Hastings 1938/39E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. Szabo vs E Melngailis  1-061 1939 KemeriE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
7. Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson 1-074 1939 Women's World ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
8. Alatortsev vs Levenfish  ½-½51 1940 Leningrad (Russia)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. C Vlagsma vs Kmoch  ½-½35 1940 Rotterdam KBE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Lilienthal vs Boleslavsky  0-139 1942 10 Kuibyshev ,HCL 32E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. Ravinsky vs Ragozin  0-140 1942 Ch MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Pachman vs K Prucha  ½-½45 1943 ZlinE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. B Ratner vs Ragozin  ½-½58 1945 USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. Smyslov vs Averbakh 1-068 1946 MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. Lilienthal vs Averbakh ½-½28 1946 RUSE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½37 1946 Ch MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. M Raizman vs G Abrahams  0-151 1947 Hastings 1946/47E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. G S Gudmundsson vs G Abrahams  ½-½20 1947 Hastings 1946/47E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Pachman vs Ragozin  ½-½57 1947 MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. Taimanov vs Tolush  ½-½37 1948 USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Levenfish vs Bondarevsky 1-034 1948 USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
22. Levenfish vs Taimanov  0-140 1948 USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Ragozin vs Bondarevsky  0-164 1948 USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. Alatortsev vs A Poliak  ½-½20 1949 URS-ch sfE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Kotov vs T Florian  1-036 1949 Match \\E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-05  dac1990: Opening question, or debate: after 7.0-0, which is better, 7. ...Nc6, or 7. ...dxc4? I'm trying to add the Nimzo to my repetoire, but I don't know which to use, and what kind of game both lead to.
Mar-31-05  Helloween: It depends on what type of middlegame position you are aiming for. 7...dxc4 followed by 8...Nbd7 leads to more open positions, Black often playing b7-b6 and fianchettoing his Light Bishop or putting it on e6 - Kramnik vs Anand, 2001

7...Nc6 is the ultimate main line which leads to more closed positions with the centre often blocked. The Light Bishop often goes on f5. White has more choices in this line, especially at move 11, and if he can can open the position he will usually have a big advantage as in Kramnik vs Tiviakov, 2001. Here is an example of Black exploiting the closed centre in this line - Cherepkov vs Tseshkovsky, 1968. Notice the ineffectiveness of White's Dark Bishop locked behind the pawn chain.

Here is an example of Black exploiting the closed centre in this line. Notice the ineffectiveness of White's Dark Bishop locked behind the pawn chain.

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