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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation (E55)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Nf3 d5 6 Bd3 c5
7 O-O dxc4 8 Bxc4 Nbd7

Number of games in database: 547
Years covered: 1948 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 26.7%
   Black wins 21.2%
   Draws 52.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  33 games
Jan Hein Donner  13 games
Alexander Beliavsky  11 games
Ratmir Kholmov  25 games
Wolfgang Unzicker  13 games
Ulf Andersson  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2008
Aronian vs Leko, 2009
Gligoric vs C W Pritchett, 1967
A Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961
Lautier vs Carlsen, 2005
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 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 547  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Lisitsin  1-042 1948 USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
2. N Minev vs N Karaklajic  ½-½17 1955 ZagrebE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
3. W Dittmann vs N Karaklajic  ½-½40 1956 KrynicaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Smyslov vs N Karaklajic  ½-½29 1956 BelgradeE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. Zamikhovsky vs J Klavins  ½-½62 1956 URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Gligoric vs Unzicker  ½-½25 1956 YUG-GERE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. Petrosian vs B Djurasevic ½-½21 1956 BelgradE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
8. G Ilivitsky vs Pachman  ½-½18 1956 Prague Candidates Reserve PlayoffE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
9. Bronstein vs Smyslov  ½-½24 1956 Amsterdam CandidatesE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
10. Bronstein vs J Jezek 1-019 1956 OlympiadE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
11. Najdorf vs N Padevsky  ½-½35 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
12. Ivkov vs Benko 0-131 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
13. Wade vs Ivkov  ½-½24 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
14. Najdorf vs Unzicker  ½-½19 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
15. A Stenborg vs Smyslov  ½-½41 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
16. Taimanov vs E Weichselbaumer  1-041 1956 MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
17. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½23 1956 Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
18. Gligoric vs Unzicker 1-041 1956 Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. A Niemela vs Sliwa  ½-½28 1957 Zonal tournament, SofiaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
20. R Fuchs vs N Karaklajic  ½-½64 1957 Zonal tournament, SofiaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. H Luik vs Boleslavsky 0-133 1957 Minsk ztE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
22. Geller vs Boleslavsky  ½-½19 1957 Kiev URS sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
23. Lutikov vs Kholmov  ½-½56 1957 URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. Lutikov vs Gipslis  ½-½20 1957 URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
25. T Prokhorovich vs Kholmov 0-156 1957 URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-18-05  Madman99X: Is this variation considered to be sound for black? I'm not the strongest player in the world, but I played: as white

9. Qe2 b6 10. d5 Bxc3 11. dxe6 Ba5?! 12. exd7 Bxd7

in a recent game and this seemed a weak position for black (a dubious 11th move notwithstanding). I recall bumbling the game to a draw, but it seemed I had good winning chances. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Feb-14-08  Open Defence: Not much kibitzing for this important variation, I guess most prefer 4.Qc2 ? or from Black's point of view maybe 8...Nc6 ?
Sep-04-08  Chesstalesfan: Madman99X: Is this variation considered to be sound for black? I'm not the strongest player in the world, but I played: as white 9. Qe2 b6 10. d5 Bxc3 11. dxe6 Ba5?! 12. exd7 Bxd7
in a recent game and this seemed a weak position for black (a dubious 11th move notwithstanding). I recall bumbling the game to a draw, but it seemed I had good winning chances. Anybody have any thoughts on this

My opinion is, strenghtened by statistics, that this variant goes equal for both sides for many moves until the midgame. In a recent (more or less) game Beljavsky played against Karpov 9.Ne2 and he has succumbed to Karpovs superiority in the middle game. Tal as a black against Geller could draw in his excellent style , after a piece sacrifice and perpetual check. It seems it is a good option for black in the case he or she wants a draw. Now I did some analysis for your game: Black can try save the pair of the bishops by 13..b5 14..Bc7. If 13 Bd2 again the black plays 13..b5 and if 14.Bxa5 Qxa5. It seems drawlike to me anyway or the strategies in the middlegame will decide.

Feb-01-09  gauer: Jonathan Berry, an editor for the Globe & Mail, names the line the Parma variation, but there is a 1970s game of his with a switch to 8 ... Nc6. Regarding the line concerning this page, 9 Qe2 b6 10 d5 (Note also the popularity of this vs 10 Rfd1 or 10 a3) Bxc3 11 dxe6, Lesiege won with 11 ... Ne5 vs Bolduc, the subject of that week's column. Further details to be found in the archives of the paper or local library.
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