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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5 (E38)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5

Number of games in database: 1153
Years covered: 1915 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 39.2%
   Black wins 27.5%
   Draws 33.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Max Euwe  15 games
Alexander Baburin  14 games
Evgeny Bareev  10 games
Lajos Portisch  12 games
Harry Golombek  10 games
Oleg Romanishin  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933
Carlsen vs N Ibraev, 2004
Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990
G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927
A Asgeirsson vs W Fairhurst, 1933
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 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E W Gruer vs B Kostic  0-1361915MatchE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. B Verlinsky vs Bogoljubov 1-0281925USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. Rubinstein vs B Moritz  1-0251925BreslauE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
4. Vidmar vs Alekhine  ½-½171925Hastings 1925/26E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Euwe vs Colle 0-1191926AmsterdamE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
6. K Havasi vs G Nagy  0-1291926BudapestE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Rubinstein vs Ahues 1-0311926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. Rubinstein vs P List 1-0641926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. Rubinstein vs Saemisch  ½-½921926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. H Mueller vs B Sarkozy  ½-½661927KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
11. V Vukovic vs J Szekely  1-0501927KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. Koltanowski vs Reti  ½-½3219271st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. A Cheron vs Stoltz  0-13919271st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
14. E Jacobson vs Yates  0-13619271st olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. Ahues vs W Schoenmann  1-036192725. DSB KongressE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
16. G A Thomas vs Marshall 0-1301927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
17. W Winter vs V Berger  1-0491927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
18. G A Thomas vs W Winter 0-1171927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. Euwe vs Colle 1-0401928Match 1E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
20. Stoltz vs Saemisch 0-1291928It BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. P F Johner vs Stoltz  ½-½511928It BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. S Landau vs Colle  ½-½581928MatchE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  ½-½431928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. Koltanowski vs W Schoenmann 1-0271928OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. J Rejfir vs A Muffang 0-1291928OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  plang: In all the opening books I have 5 dc is the only response mentioned. Is 5 Nf3 unplayable? After 5..Nc6 6 e3 whites position looks solid. I would think it should at least be mentioned as an attempt to avoid mainline theory.
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  plang: ...oe 5 e3 also looks perfectly playable.
Sep-19-08  refutor: i wonder if morozevich's idea v. ponomariov (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.c6?!) in Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2008 would work after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6 (6.c6?!)

any masters who use this idea and are annotating their victory, remember it's "refutor" with an "r" :)

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