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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System (E49)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Bd3 d5 6 a3 Bxc3+
7 bxc3

Number of games in database: 343
Years covered: 1930 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 37.0%
   Black wins 29.7%
   Draws 32.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vadim Milov  17 games
Boris Gulko  10 games
Ivan Sokolov  7 games
Herman Steiner  4 games
Eric Lobron  4 games
Murray Chandler  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs H Steiner, 1946
Granda Zuniga vs A Ivanov, 2003
Keene vs C Purdy, 1979
I Sokolov vs J Polgar, 2006
Gulko vs Adams, 2000
Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky, 1936
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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 343  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Erik Andersen vs A Ribera Arnal  1-0591930Hamburg OlympiadE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
2. S Erdelyi vs H Mattison  1-0321931Prague OlympiadE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
3. Lilienthal vs R P Michell 1-0391934Hastings 1934/35E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
4. Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky 0-1721936NottinghamE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
5. Petrov vs E Steiner ½-½661937KemeriE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
6. A Olivera vs L Zavala 1-0281939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
7. Fine vs H Steiner  1-039194041st US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
8. Stahlberg vs Jacobo Bolbochan  1-0411941Mar del PlataE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
9. R Palme vs H Mueller  ½-½181941GER-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
10. J Dobias vs K Prucha  0-1511943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
11. J Dobias vs Pachman  ½-½661943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
12. Denker vs Pinkus  1-0551944USA-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. V Mikenas vs Ragozin 1-0521944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
14. Kotov vs Lilienthal 1-0331944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
15. J Fajer vs B Kazic  1-0661945Yugoslav ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
16. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0271946Interclub MatchE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
17. Euwe vs H Steiner 1-0381946GroningenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
18. Gligoric vs F Zita  0-1831946PragueE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
19. Kashdan vs H Steiner  1-0421946US ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
20. Reshevsky vs H Steiner  1-0301946US ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
21. A Bozic vs B Simonovic  1-0341946Yugoslav ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
22. Jacobo Bolbochan vs J Pizzi  0-1541947Mar del PlataE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
23. P Tautvaisas vs Unzicker  ½-½351947Kasseler Zeitung internationalE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
24. O Bain vs H C Underwood  1-031194849th US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
25. F Nuernberg vs G Stein  1-0421948Essen West German chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-05  AlexanderMorphy: i prefer the Rubinstein variation/main line....
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Well, we all go through phases, play
what you like best. For a while I
preferred 4. Bg5. Botvinnik's system,
and the Saemisch, immediately secure
the 2 bishops, at a cost to the pawn

In the end, the better player will win.

Nov-18-05  CapablancaFan: I personally prefer the standard "kings indian defence". To me it is a more solid set up and makes it hard for white to break through unless you are playing carelessly. This system (Botvinnik) exchanges off the dark squared bishop early in exchange for rapid development in hopes of siezing the initiative. I'm not debating which opening is better as I said it's "my preference". If one chooses to go with this line at least have 3 or 4 variations worked out in case your opponent dosen't respond the way you expect.
Nov-25-05  AlexanderMorphy: <rookfile> it's not about playing what you like's about playing the line which will give you the biggest advantage.
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Well, in that case, the correct move is 4. Qc2. Capablanca was sure with every ounce of his being that 4.Qc2 is the best move on the board.

A guy like Reshevsky made a living winning with White in the Nimzo, playing his own systems, and playing them well. As a general rule, if you played the Nimzo as black against Reshevsky, you were asking for trouble.

Nov-25-05  KingG: Yes, even if you were Fischer. Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1965
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: This one started as a QGD, but transposed into the Nimzo, and Reshevsky smashed him:

Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961

Reshevsky beat a bunch of other guys
as white in the Nimzo, of course....

Nov-25-05  Dudley: On the other hand, what would have been the appropriate thing to play against Reshesky? He was murder in the QG exchange line and I suspect he didn't treat the King's Indian too kindly either. I think the Nimzo is maybe more difficult to learn than the King's Indian, but basically more sound for the average player.
Dec-16-05  ipk89: hi
Dec-21-05  AlexanderMorphy: which is the Saemisch variation?
Dec-21-05  misguidedaggression: 4.a3 = Saemisch (Usually followed by f3 and e4)

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