The Nimzo Indian Defense is a chess opening for Black against 1.d4 and occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 (see the diagram on the right).
It was developed by the famous chess master Aaron Nimzowitsch and is a popular opening choice at all levels, a choice of players looking to win with Black against 1.d4.
It has been a reliable setup for Black for many years, and still remains one of the highly trusted options against White’s first move 1.d2-d4. The Nimzo-Indian Defense not only gives a decent game for Black, but also offers high chances for double-edged positions with rich resources for fighting for a victory.
Thus, the Nimzo-Indian Defense is included in the Black repertoires of the greatest chess players ever, such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen and many others.
In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.
The Nimzo Indian Defense: A Surprising Idea For Black Against The Capablanca Variation (4.Qc2)
One of the most testing variations for White against the Nimzo Indian Defense is the move 4.Qc2, known as the Capablanca variation.
With this move, White not only protects the knight on c3 in order to avoid doubled pawns after …Bxc3, but also keeps an eye on the e4-square to seize even more space in the center.
In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned expert on the Nimzo Indian Defense, takes a look at a surprisingly easy-to-learn variation to neutralize White’s pressure. He recommends the relatively rare move 4…Nc6 (4…d5, 4…0-0 and 4…c5 are the main moves).
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After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6, GM Eugene Perelshteyn takes a closer look at all three critical options for White 6.a3, 6.Bg5 and 6.Bd2 (see the diagram on the right).
Eugene Perelshteyn shows that Black does not only have excellent chances to equalize in these lines, but also provides you with several tricky ideas and key concepts to take over the initiative with the Black pieces.
If you’re looking for a good system against the Capablanca Variation of the Nimzo Indian Defense, this video is a must for you.
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