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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trends in the 4.e3-11.Bb2 Nimzo-Indian(E59)

The following position is well known to Nimzo-Indian theory.

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0–0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nc6 9.a3 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Qc7 11.Bb2

The Strategic Nimzo-Indian by GM Ivan Sokolov(New in Chess 2012) gives some deep insights into this position and to the 4.e3 Rubinstein Variationl.

GM Ivan Sokolov

Member of  the Team
  • Best World ranking on the FIDE ELO list 12th (several times).
  • Won many GM top events out which most important are Hastings, Sarajevo, Selfoss, Reykjavik, Hoogeveen, Lost Boys, Staunton memorial, etc.
  • With Chess Club Bosna won European Clubs 4 times.
  • Participated in 10 Chess Olympiads and 6 European National Team Championships.
  • 1988: Yugoslav Champion.
  • 1995, 1998 : Dutch Champion.
  • 1994 : Won with Bosnian team silver medal on OL Moscow.
  • 2005 : Won with a Dutch team gold on European teams 2005 in Gothenburg. 

Now it is time to see how recent practice responds. Let us examine a key recent game to follow the recent trends.

Hracek,Z (2619) - Swiercz,D (2594) [E59]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (10.5), 07.09.2012

Critical Position 1
White has just played Bxc6. How do you recapture? This is a question of understanding and taste, not tactics. What is white up to? What plan(s) are available to black? These are the key considerations in picking a move. How do you play?

Black to play

Critical Position 2
The position is complicated. White has a big decision to make but the situation on the board is not so clear cut. Is it even? Is one side better? Is black threatening something? What is the plan? Attack? Defend? Maneuuver? How do you play?

White to play

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