f3! Against the Nimzo-Indian – IM Sopiko Guramishvili
Georgian International Master Sopiko Guramishvili shows how to meet the solid Nimzo-Indian Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) with the sharp and aggressive 4.f3, a favorite of attacking players such as Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
To give you a complete white repertoire for 4.f3 against the Nimzo-Indian, so you can confidently put your opponents under pressure right from the start of your own games.
Sopiko introduces the 4.f3 system, a sharp weapon with which to meet one of the most popular defensive setups against 1.d4, the solid Nimzo-Indian Defence.
- 4th move alternatives
Sopiko covers Black’s 4th move alternatives to the most popular continuations 4…0-0, 4…d5 and 4…c5, which will be discussed in the next videos.
- 4…O-O | Sidelines
Sopiko shows you how to meet the natural 4…0-0, against which she recommends immediately grabbing the bishop with 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3. All moves apart from the main 6…c5 are covered in this video.
- 4…0-0 | Mainline
Sopiko looks at the position arising after 4…0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3. The Sämisch variation is very dangerous when Black has already castled.
- 4…d5 | Sidelines
This video deals with the 4th move d5. Sopiko covers both bishop retreats after 5.a3 and the lines after 5…Bxc3+ when Black chooses not to follow up with 6…c5.
- 4…d5, 7…exd5
Sopiko deals with a major tabiya arising after 4…d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3. This is a position that can be reached via various move order
- 4…d5, 7…Nxd5 8.dxc5 f5
In this video, Sopiko deals with an old but still relevant variation used by Kramnik in his World Championship match against Anand back in 2008. The line arises after the moves 4…d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 f5.
- 4…d5, 7…Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4
This video deals with one of the established main lines, the solid system arising after 4…d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5. Here Sopiko deals with the 9…Ne7 and 9….Nc7 retreats after 9.e4, leaving the main move 9…Nf6 for the next video.
- 4…d5, 7…Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4 Nf6
This video deals with one of the established main lines, the solid system arising after 4…d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5. Here Sopiko looks at 9…Nf6, which is one of the most reliable systems for Black against the 4.f3 Nimzo-Indian.
- 4…c5 5.d5 0-0 6.e4 d6 | Part 1
This video is the first part looking at the 4th move c5, which is the modern way of handling our beloved f3 Nimzo. Here Sopiko covers the position after 5.d5 0-0 6.e4 d6 7.Ne2 and Black’s alternatives to the move 7…a6, which is the topic of the next video.
- 4…c5 5.d5 0-0 6.e4 d6 7.Ne2 a6 | Part 2
Sopiko covers a fascinating position arising after 4…c5 5.d5 0-0 6.e4 d6 7.Ne2 a6.
- 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 d6
Sopiko covers an important system that we get after 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 d6!?, which was recommended by Roiz in his relatively new book on the Nimzo Indian. Sopiko offers a few options to challenge this interesting idea.
- 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 0-0 7.Nh3 d6
Sopiko finally deals with what most consider the modern mainline, the position arising after 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 0-0. Sopiko recommends the trendy 7.Nh3 and on this video covers 7…d6, leaving the critical 7…bxc4 for the next video.
- 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 0-0 7.Nh3 bxc4
Here Sopiko deals with likely the most critical test for the whole repertoire series. The position after 4…c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 0-0 7.Nh3 bxc4 is very sharp and requires more practical tests, but if you watch this video carefully you’ll be ready for the theoretical discussion!