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Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation (E27)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 a3 Bxc3+ 5 bxc3 O-O

Number of games in database: 86
Years covered: 1928 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 34.9%
   Black wins 39.5%
   Draws 25.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
William Winter  3 games
Arthur Bisguier  3 games
Edgar Colle  3 games
Mark Taimanov  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961
Tal vs Zwaigzne, 1952
Bronstein vs Szabo, 1950
Zadneprovsky vs Karpov, 1961
Gligoric vs Averbakh, 1952
Szabo vs Taimanov, 1950
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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 86  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs Colle 1-025 1928 Match 2E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Reti vs Marshall  ½-½69 1928 BerlinE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
3. W Winter vs Colle  1-035 1929 MatchE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
4. W Winter vs Colle  ½-½43 1929 MatchE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
5. Kmoch vs J van den Bosch  0-151 1933 AmsterdamE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Euwe vs J van den Bosch 1-024 1934 ?E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. S Erdelyi vs M Raizman  1-028 1935 OlympiadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Fine vs Y Porat  1-044 1935 Olympiad, Warsaw (Poland)E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Pelikan vs P Frydman  0-132 1936 Novi SadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
10. W Winter vs C H Alexander ½-½25 1936 NottinghamE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Szabo vs C Kottnauer  1-031 1946 GroningenE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Puc vs J Ehrat  1-041 1949 YUG-SUI mE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Szabo vs Taimanov 0-140 1950 Schiavno ZdrojE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Geller vs J Pogats 0-140 1950 Schiavno ZdrojE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Najdorf vs A Beni  ½-½52 1950 DubrovnikE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Bronstein vs Szabo 1-031 1950 Budapest CandidatesE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Stoltz vs Szabo  ½-½47 1951 Marianske Lazne PrahE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
18. F Koberl vs J Pogats  1-073 1951 HUN-ch 07thE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
19. Tal vs Zwaigzne 1-042 1952 URSE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
20. Gligoric vs Averbakh 0-163 1952 Stockholm InterzonalE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
21. Berliner vs Bisguier  ½-½39 1954 U.S. ChampionshipE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Kurt L Loening vs C Henin  0-124 1954 55th US OpenE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
23. W Morena vs P Trifunovic  0-149 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
24. R Beyen vs G Forintos  0-128 1958 13th olm final BE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. Polugaevsky vs V Liberzon  ½-½47 1960 USSR ChampionshipE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-11-09  fref: It seems that it's not worth playing this variation as White since statistically (using Chessgames Database), Black is doing better.
Nov-09-09  Anwulf: Another source of (209) games employing this opening has the stats Black win 35.89%; White win 40.19%; Draw 23.92%. Regardless of the exact variation, 4. a3 does apparently result in games in Black's favour overall. Thus White is, obviously, going to avoid such a move, preferring either 4. Qc2 or 4. e3 (in nearly equal measure according to one database; another places 4. e3 ahead of 4. Qc2 in frequency; either way, such moves seem to benefit White more often than Black).
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