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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: 553
Years covered: 1948 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 26.9%
   Black wins 21.0%
   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 23; games 1-25 of 553  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Lisitsin  1-0421948USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
2. N Minev vs N Karaklajic  ½-½171955ZagrebE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
3. Zamikhovsky vs J Klavins  ½-½621956URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. W Dittmann vs N Karaklajic  ½-½401956KrynicaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. Gligoric vs Unzicker  ½-½251956YUG-GERE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Petrosian vs B Djurasevic ½-½211956BelgradE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. Smyslov vs N Karaklajic  ½-½291956BelgradeE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
8. G Ilivitsky vs Pachman  ½-½181956Prague Candidates Reserve PlayoffE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
9. Bronstein vs Smyslov  ½-½241956Amsterdam CandidatesE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
10. Bronstein vs J Jezek 1-0191956OlympiadE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
11. Najdorf vs Unzicker  ½-½191956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
12. Wade vs Ivkov  ½-½241956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
13. Ivkov vs Benko 0-1311956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
14. Najdorf vs N Padevsky  ½-½351956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
15. A Stenborg vs Smyslov  ½-½411956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
16. Taimanov vs E Weichselbaumer  1-0411956MoscowE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
17. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
18. Gligoric vs Unzicker 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. Geller vs Boleslavsky  ½-½191957Kiev URS sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
20. H Luik vs Boleslavsky 0-1331957Minsk ztE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. Lutikov vs Kholmov  ½-½561957URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
22. T Prokhorovich vs Kholmov 0-1561957URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
23. Lutikov vs Gipslis  ½-½201957URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. A Roizman vs Gipslis 0-1561957Ch URS (1/4 final)E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
25. Suetin vs H Luik  1-0471957Ch URS (1/4 final)E55 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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