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Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation (E22)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qb3

Number of games in database: 218
Years covered: 1882 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 30.7%
   Black wins 36.2%
   Draws 33.0%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gideon Stahlberg  10 games
Jeroen Piket  7 games
Max Euwe  7 games
Salomon Flohr  4 games
Paul Keres  4 games
Alexander Alekhine  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs Colle, 1929
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929
Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1936
I Nowak vs Karpov, 1966
Tolush vs Keres, 1939
Stahlberg vs Keres, 1938
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 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 218  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs Englisch  ½-½201882ViennaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
2. Rubinstein vs Teichmann 1-0631922Teplitz-SchönauE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
3. Gruenfeld vs Saemisch  1-0561922ViennaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
4. H Wolf vs Maroczy ½-½571922ViennaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
5. I Rabinovich vs N Zubarev 1-0311925MoscowE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
6. L Furlani vs J Gabrovsek  1-0191927YugoslaviaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
7. Hilse vs Bogoljubov  0-1221927BremenE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
8. Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch ½-½681928Bad KissingenE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
9. Tartakower vs Reti  ½-½731928BerlinE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
10. Popov vs Riumin 0-1301929MoskouE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
11. J Dobias vs Flohr  0-1311929Kautsky mem 6thE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
12. Euwe vs E Canal 1-0321929KarlsbadE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
13. Pirc vs Flohr  0-1521929Rogaska SlatinaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
14. Capablanca vs Colle 1-0111929BudapestE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
15. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 1-0381929Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
16. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 1-0481929Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
17. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 1-0491929Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
18. Pirc vs Flohr 0-1331930Stubnanske TepliceE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
19. I Pleci vs R Grau  1-0571930ARG-ch mE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
20. I Pleci vs R Grau  ½-½821930ARG-ch mE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
21. Pirc vs P List  0-1641930FrankfurtE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
22. J Dobias vs Flohr  0-1671930Prague-chE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
23. Botvinnik vs S B Gotthilf 1-0391930LeningradE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
24. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  1-0441930HastingsE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
25. Koltanowski vs Flohr  0-1261930AntwerpE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-02-04  EnglishOpeningc4: WOW i thought that this variation was good for white, but i guess not
Apr-15-05  drukenknight: I got a very nice Spielmann var. a few moments ago, I was able to pull that B/N battery vs. the Q; it doesnt win here but it's a good pattern to remember for the nimzoindian. THe last time I saw that, the N was able to give check and kill the Q; but I forgot the moves to that one! I wonder if it's that Qb3 move that allows black to gain tempo on the Q?

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. Qb3 Nc6
5. Nf3 a5 (I figured this pawn could smack the Q if whites a-pawn got aggressive)

6. a3 a4
7. Qc2 Bxc3+
8. Qxc3 two games in the data base got this far including Van der Tol v Kramer 1946

8...Ne4 (the novelty as it turns out, my reasoning: I wanted to smack the Q, why not?)

9. Qd3 d5
10. e3 e5!?
11. dxe5 Bf5
12. Qxd5 Qe7
13. Be2

the crap pc says pretty close to even and black has some very sharp play.

Sep-17-06  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from the E22 Spielmann miniatures:
Sep-17-06  Kean: hey thats a nice avatar; the puzzles are cool
Apr-15-07  coolbob: I simply don't get it, Qb3 seems better than qc2, avoiding doubled c pawns while attacking the bishop?
Apr-15-07  whiskeyrebel: it's certainly very playable, but on b3 the Queen doesn't exert pressure on the key Nimzo e4 square.
Apr-30-08  SPOONY: Qc2 helps the bishops on the diagonal attack and threatens a pawn push
Jan-31-09  Kaspykov: I studied a lot this opening.

At first look Qb3 look like a good square for the Queen but with Nc6-Na5 chasing the queen... Qb3 is useless.

Qc2 is a better move.

Aug-30-10  apexin: I have found an interesting move, let me know what you think of this - while playing my fritz 7 i came up with a queen sacrifice in 4.Qb3 variation-

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4. Qb3 c5
5.dxc5 Na6 6.Bd2 Qe7 7.Nf3 Nxc5 8.Qxb4!?
Nd3+ 9.exd3 Qxb4 10.Nb5
10..Qc5 seems to lead to a draw
10..Qe7 is better for white
can somene with a better engine analize this? :)

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  Sastre: Firebird main line after 8.Qxb4 - <8... Nd3+ 9. exd3 Qxb4 10. Nb5 Qe7 11. Nc7+ Kf8 12.Nxa8 Qd6 13. Be3 Qb8 14. Nb6 axb6 15. Bxb6 g6 16. Be2 e5 (-0.32/19)>.
Oct-06-10  apexin: thanks <Sestre)
does anyone knoe Is there any 2000+ games in that line?
Mar-04-11  parisattack: <Kaspykov: I studied a lot this opening.

At first look Qb3 look like a good square for the Queen but with Nc6-Na5 chasing the queen... Qb3 is useless.

Qc2 is a better move.

I played it twice and that was two times too many.

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day :
Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation (E22)
1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.♕b3
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  Penguincw: Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929

I guess Efim Bogoljubov has had some good results with this opening.

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
1. d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.♕b3

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Oct-09-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qb3

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