The Dzindzi-Indian is a chess opening for Black against 1.d4 that has an incredible winning percentage. It’s easy-to-learn yet a powerful and incredibly effective weapon you can employ with Black as early as move five against “Queen’s Pawn” players. The Dzindi Indian is an amazing opening for a number of reasons. It is one of the very few openings in chess where tournament results actually favor Black! This is not a skewed perception but is grounded in statistical fact.
The Dzindzi-Indian is named after GM Roman Dzindzichasvili, a well-known opening theoretician, coach, and player. He is known for his strategic style and particularly for his play with knights against pawn weaknesses.
Among his students are 3-time US Chess Champion and former FIDE World Championship Challenger, GM Gata Kamsky and GM Eugene Perelshteyn.
Roman also worked as an analyst at various times with both the Twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov and the Thirteenth World Champion Garry Kasparov and had private blitz sessions with the American Legend Bobby Fischer.
In this video, GM Ron W Henley takes a look at the Dzindzi-Indian and introduces you to its opening moves and general ideas. It’s a preview of his brand new 7-hour course, Dominate 1.d4 Players with the Dzindzi-Indian – click here you get your copy for 50% off for a limited time.
Introduction to the Dzindzi-Indian
The Dzindzi-Indian begins with 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3 5.bxc3+ f5, which you can see in the position on the left.
In this opening, Black creates an immediate strategic imbalance by surrendering his fianchetto bishop to inflict doubled c-pawns on the White position.
Play then centers around Black keeping the position barricaded and looking to exploit White’s weak points, while White looks to blast open the position for his bishop pair and develop an attack on Black’s king.
In many ways, the play and strategy for both sides are very reminiscent of the much more popular and highly respected Nimzo-Indian Defense.
Part of the effectiveness of the Dzindzi-Indian in practical play is that Queen Pawn players face it far less often than the more popular defenses. Therefore they are faced with the “double whammy” of a powerful psychological impact combined with being thrown on their own at a very early stage in a dynamically unbalanced situation.
Many times, White players often lose their footing and simply don’t appreciate the danger in allowing Black to achieve his goals.
At the 1998 US Amateur Team Championships in Somerset New Jersey, sat next to GM Ron Henley on board #1, was the Twelfth World Champion, Anatoly Karpov.
Imagine Ron’s and Anatoly’s surprise when a USCF Rated 1900 player whipped out the Dzindzi Indian against Karpov! Being a true Champion, Karpov went into a deep think (a world champ spending so much time against a 1900-rated player!) and then proceeded to win a very tough double-edged game.
A few days later over breakfast, Grandmasters Dzindzichashvili and Henley were discussing the game. Roman demonstrated how Black could have held the position and even achieved excellent counterplay.
Be sure to watch the full video for GM Ron Henley’s introduction to this powerful opening that will surely boost your win rate with Black against 1.d4 players.
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