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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation (E39)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5 5 dxc5 O-O

Number of games in database: 1016
Years covered: 1934 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 31.3%
   Black wins 26.5%
   Draws 42.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Andrew Whiteley  15 games
Milorad Knezevic  11 games
Ivan Sokolov  10 games
Bartlomiej Macieja  20 games
Alexei Barsov  12 games
Sarunas Sulskis  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs V Chuchelov, 2003
Seirawan vs Portisch, 1983
Tal vs Andersson, 1983
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970
Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974
J Eriksson vs J Hellsten, 2006
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 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,016  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Belavenets vs Lisitsin  ½-½211934USSR Championship 1934/35E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
2. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin ½-½1071935MoscowE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
3. P Frydman vs Marshall  ½-½361935Warsaw OlympiadE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Lilienthal vs Lisitsin  ½-½351936Trade Unions ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
5. Stahlberg vs E Steiner  1-0631937KemeriE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
6. S Vukovic vs E Steiner  0-1501937Stockholm OlympiadE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
7. P Frydman vs E Steiner  ½-½401937Stockholm OlympiadE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
8. V A Vasiliev vs Novotelnov  1-031194015th Ch LeningradE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
9. Foltys vs G Barcza 1-0311942MunichE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
10. W H Sandifort vs Szabo  0-1491946Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon)E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
11. Pirc vs Bondarevsky  ½-½411948Saltsjobaden InterzonalE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
12. Kholmov vs Bondarevsky  ½-½311948USSR ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
13. T D van Scheltinga vs Gligoric  0-1311949YUG-NEDE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
14. Flohr vs G Barcza  ½-½411949Budapest-MoscowE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
15. O'Kelly vs Pachman  ½-½141949Reti MemorialE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
16. B H Wood vs Euwe  ½-½371949Hastings 1949/50E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. A Fuderer vs S Nedeljkovic  1-0341950Serbia-VojvodinaE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
18. E Keller-Herrmann vs F Heemskerk  1-0711950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
19. Flohr vs Najdorf ½-½141950Budapest CandidatesE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
20. Boleslavsky vs Lilienthal 1-0421950Budapest CandidatesE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. C B van den Berg vs Ivkov  0-1331950NED-YUGE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. O'Kelly vs A Beni  ½-½201950Dubrovnik OlympiadE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
23. Reshevsky vs Euwe ½-½391950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
24. Reshevsky vs Rossolimo 1-0601950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
25. T D van Scheltinga vs O'Kelly  ½-½181950AmsterdamE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-06-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: I don't understand the appeal of the classical NI for white. He gets the two bishops but at the expense of very slow development. I have seen a lot of quick black victories.
Jun-26-14  solskytz: It seems that white has resources... he doesn't just get butchered every game

I also don't really understand this variation. It is really complex, with a lot of piece play and tons of possible ideas...

Provides for a rich game in any level, I guess, where the better player has good chances to get his understanding of the position to prevail.

(so what if you asked this 8 years ago - you still deserve an answer - or at least your progeny does...)

Jun-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <solskytz> Took up 4.Qc2 by the late 1990s and have long admired the elegance and energy displayed by the winner in Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974.
Jun-26-14  solskytz: The game is indeed remarkable. So many daring and original ideas packed into just 24 moves.

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