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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: 93
Years covered: 1928 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 35.5%
   Black wins 39.8%
   Draws 24.7%

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 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs Colle 1-0251928Match 2E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Reti vs Marshall ½-½691928BerlinE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
3. W Winter vs Colle  ½-½431929MatchE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
4. W Winter vs Colle  1-0351929MatchE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
5. Kmoch vs J van den Bosch  0-1511933AmsterdamE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Euwe vs J van den Bosch 1-0241934MatchE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. S Erdelyi vs M Raizman  1-0281935OlympiadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Fine vs Y Porat  1-0441935OlympiadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Pelikan vs P Frydman  0-1321936Novi SadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
10. W Winter vs C H Alexander ½-½251936NottinghamE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Szabo vs C Kottnauer  1-0311946GroningenE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Puc vs J Ehrat  1-0411949YUG-SUIE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Szabo vs Taimanov 0-1401950Przepiorka MemorialE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Geller vs J Pogats 0-1401950Przepiorka MemorialE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Bronstein vs Szabo 1-0311950Budapest CandidatesE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Najdorf vs A Beni  ½-½521950Dubrovnik olmE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. F J Perez Perez vs J M Fuentes  0-1621951MadridE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
18. H Steiner vs Paolo Millin  ½-½321951Reggio EmiliaE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
19. Stoltz vs Szabo  ½-½471951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
20. F Koberl vs J Pogats  1-0731951HUN-ch 07thE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
21. Tal vs Zwaigzne 1-0421952URSE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Gligoric vs Averbakh 0-1631952Stockholm InterzonalE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
23. Berliner vs Bisguier  ½-½391954USA-chE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
24. Kurt L Loening vs C Henin  0-124195455th US OpenE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. W Morena vs P Trifunovic  0-1491954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-CE27 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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