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Nimzo Indian: Beat The Saemisch Variation (4.a3) with Black – GM Eugene Perelshteyn (

nimzo indian defenseThe 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 most 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.

The Nimzo-Indian Defense has been 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: Beat The Saemisch Variation (4.a3) with Black

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned Nimzo expert who has often played the opening with Black throughout his career, has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Nimzo Indian Defense.

  • Did you miss the first part of GM Perelshteyn’s series where he covered the latest trends in the Capablanca Variation after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2. Click here to watch the video and read the corresponding article.
  • Did you miss the second part of GM Perelshteyn’s series where he covered a trendy and effective weapon against the 4.f3 Variation after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3. Click here to watch the video and read the corresponding article.

Another interesting variation for White against the Nimzo Indian Defense is the 4.a3 Variation. It is one of the oldest variations White has used to fight against the Nimzo Indian. It occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3.

White immediately challenges the Black bishop on e4. After Black captures on c3 (4…Bxc3+ 5.bxc3), there is already a major imbalance in the position.

White has the bishop pair but is left with a damaged pawn structure. In the video, GM Eugene Perelshteyn explains how to make use of the imbalance in the position with the Black pieces. 

In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Eugene Perelshteyn takes a look at a surprisingly easy-to-learn variation to neutralize White’s pressure.

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If you’re looking for a good system against the Saemisch Variation of the Nimzo Indian Defense, this video is a must for you.

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