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Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5 (E38)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5

Number of games in database: 1794
Years covered: 1915 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 38.9%
   Black wins 27.1%
   Draws 33.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Max Euwe  15 games
Gyozo Forintos  14 games
Alexander Baburin  14 games
Oleg Romanishin  14 games
Ashot Anastasian  14 games
Sergei Tiviakov  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs H Mattison, 1929
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933
Carlsen vs N Ibraev, 2004
Miles vs de Firmian, 1990
G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927
Euwe vs Colle, 1926
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 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,794  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Gruer vs Kostic 0-1361915MatchE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. B Verlinsky vs Bogoljubov 1-0281925USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. Rubinstein vs B Moritz  1-0251925BreslauE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
4. Vidmar vs Alekhine  ½-½171925Hastings 1925/26E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Alexander Afanasievich Sukhov vs V Butalov  1-0291926Odessa chE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
6. Euwe vs Colle 0-1191926AmsterdamE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. K Havasi vs G Nagy  0-1291926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. W Gooding vs Yates  0-11421926British ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. W Gooding vs H Saunders  1-0461926British ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. Rubinstein vs Ahues 1-0311926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
11. Rubinstein vs P List 1-0641926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. Rubinstein vs Saemisch  ½-½921926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. A Smorodsky vs V Goglidze  1-0251927Tbilisi championshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
14. Teslenko vs I Kan  0-1521927Ch Trade Unions (team)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. H Mueller vs B Sarkozy  ½-½661927KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
16. V Vukovic vs J Szekely  1-0501927KecskemetE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
17. Koltanowski vs Reti  ½-½321927London OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
18. A Cheron vs G Stoltz  0-1391927London OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. E Jacobson vs Yates  0-1361927London OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
20. Ahues vs W Schoenmann  1-036192725. DSB KongressE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. G A Thomas vs Marshall 0-1301927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. W Winter vs V Buerger  1-0491927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. G A Thomas vs W Winter 0-1171927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. Menchik vs J Rejfir  1-0321928Hastings /29E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. Belchikov vs Gertzman  1-0311928Match Moscow-Leningrad (VUZ)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  plang: In all the opening books I have 5 dc is the only response mentioned. Is 5 Nf3 unplayable? After 5..Nc6 6 e3 whites position looks solid. I would think it should at least be mentioned as an attempt to avoid mainline theory.
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: ...oe 5 e3 also looks perfectly playable.
Sep-19-08  refutor: i wonder if morozevich's idea v. ponomariov (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.c6?!) in Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2008 would work after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6 (6.c6?!)

any masters who use this idea and are annotating their victory, remember it's "refutor" with an "r" :)

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