The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#2 – The Nimzo-Indian Defense – GM Perelshteyn and GM Damian Lemos
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.
About the Authors:
GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.
Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.
He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.
In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.
GM Damian Lemos
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
How is this course going to help me?
You will learn GM secrets to play the Nimzo-Indian like a true professional along 8 great lessons from expert Grandmasters.
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.
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.
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).
The Nimzo Indian Defense: Win Against The 4.f3 Variation
Another interesting variation for White against the Nimzo Indian Defense is the 4.f3 Variation. With the move 4.f3, White tries to get control over the central square e4 with drastic measures. He neglects his development in order to push a pawn at all costs.
Yet, the opening strategy is definitely worth considering as Black’s whole setup in the Nimzo Indian aims at the control of the e4-square. Hence, Black needs to find a good way to counter White’s approach.
In this video, GM Eugene Perelshteyn takes a look at a surprisingly easy-to-learn variation to neutralize White’s pressure.
The Nimzo Indian Defense: Beat The Saemisch Variation (4.a3) with Black
Another 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.
Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein Variation with 5.Bd3/5.Nf3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
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.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his exploration of this opening, this time focussing on the Rubinstein Variation (4.e3), and how Black can proceed against either 5.Nf3 or 5.Bd3, the main lines.
And many other variations are covered in this great work!
Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein Variation with 4.e3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Nimzo-Indian Fianchetto Variation 4.g3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
And last but not least, iChess’ own Damian Lemos treats you to a stunning choice while playing the Nimzo-Indian, the surprising gambit line 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 bxc3 6.Qxc3 b5! Better known as the Adorjan Gambit, this is a sharp and dangerous weapon that you will love to unleash against your rivals!