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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 (E53)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Nf3 d5 6 Bd3 c5

Number of games in database: 854
Years covered: 1873 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 29.7%
   Black wins 25.4%
   Draws 44.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  34 games
Jan Hein Donner  11 games
Anton Korobov  10 games
Anatoly Karpov  9 games
Evgeny Alekseev  9 games
Tolush  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000
Tal vs Tolush, 1958
Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1978
E Vladimirov vs Kasparov, 2001
I Sokolov vs Leko, 2013
Letelier vs Smyslov, 1967
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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 854  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C G Heydon vs J S Stanley ½-½541873New South Wales v Victoria; Telegraph MatchE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. P F Johner vs A Staehelin  1-0421932BerneE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
3. E R Lundin vs Fine 0-1291937StockholmE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
4. L Laurine vs Koblents  ½-½301938Match 1st Riga - Tallinn Chess clubsE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. E Eliskases vs P F Schmidt 1-0431938NoordwijkE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. S Landau vs Pirc  0-1661939Hastings 1938/39E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
7. Szabo vs T Melngailis 1-0611939KemeriE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
8. Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson 1-0741939Wch (Women)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. Alatortsev vs Levenfish  ½-½511940MatchE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Alatortsev vs Levenfish ½-½371940MatchE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. C Vlagsma vs Kmoch  ½-½351940Kamstra CupE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Ravinsky vs Ragozin  0-1401942Moscow-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. Lilienthal vs Boleslavsky  0-1391942KuybyshevE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. Pachman vs K Prucha  ½-½451943ZlinE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. B Ratner vs Ragozin  ½-½581945USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. Lilienthal vs Averbakh ½-½281946RUSE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. Smyslov vs Averbakh 1-0681946Moscow ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½371946Moscow ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. M Raizman vs G Abrahams  0-1511947Hastings 1946/47E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. G S Gudmundsson vs G Abrahams  ½-½201947Hastings 1946/47E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Pachman vs Ragozin  ½-½571947MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
22. Taimanov vs Tolush  ½-½371948USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Levenfish vs Bondarevsky 1-0341948USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. Levenfish vs Taimanov  0-1401948USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Ragozin vs Bondarevsky  0-1641948USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-05  dac1990: Opening question, or debate: after 7.0-0, which is better, 7. ...Nc6, or 7. ...dxc4? I'm trying to add the Nimzo to my repetoire, but I don't know which to use, and what kind of game both lead to.
Mar-31-05  Helloween: It depends on what type of middlegame position you are aiming for. 7...dxc4 followed by 8...Nbd7 leads to more open positions, Black often playing b7-b6 and fianchettoing his Light Bishop or putting it on e6 - Kramnik vs Anand, 2001

7...Nc6 is the ultimate main line which leads to more closed positions with the centre often blocked. The Light Bishop often goes on f5. White has more choices in this line, especially at move 11, and if he can can open the position he will usually have a big advantage as in Kramnik vs Tiviakov, 2001. Here is an example of Black exploiting the closed centre in this line - Cherepkov vs Tseshkovsky, 1968. Notice the ineffectiveness of White's Dark Bishop locked behind the pawn chain.

Here is an example of Black exploiting the closed centre in this line. Notice the ineffectiveness of White's Dark Bishop locked behind the pawn chain.

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