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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: 488
Years covered: 1930 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 34.8%
   Black wins 31.1%
   Draws 33.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vadim Milov  18 games
Boris Gulko  10 games
Jonathan Levitt  8 games
Wolfgang Unzicker  5 games
M Parligras  4 games
Judit Polgar  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs H Steiner, 1946
Granda Zuniga vs A Ivanov, 2003
Reshevsky vs H Steiner, 1946
I Sokolov vs Polgar, 2006
Gulko vs Adams, 2000
Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky, 1936
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 488  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E 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. G Holtey vs B H Villegas  0-1391934Mar del PlataE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
4. Lilienthal vs R P Michell 1-0391934Hastings 1934/35E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
5. Bogoljubov vs Reshevsky 0-1721936NottinghamE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
6. Petrov vs E Steiner ½-½661937KemeriE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
7. A Olivera vs L Zavala 1-0281939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
8. Fine vs H Steiner  1-039194041st US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
9. Stahlberg vs J Bolbochan  1-0411941Mar del PlataE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
10. R Palme vs H Mueller  ½-½181941GER-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
11. J Dobias vs K Prucha  0-1511943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
12. J Dobias vs Pachman  ½-½661943UJCS-17.KongressE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. Denker vs A Pinkus  1-0551944USA-chE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
14. V Mikenas vs Ragozin 1-0521944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
15. Kotov vs Lilienthal 1-0331944USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
16. Lilienthal vs I Aramanovich  1-0411945Moscow Championship 1944/45E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
17. J Fajer vs B Kazic  1-0661945Yugoslav ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
18. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0271946Interclub MatchE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
19. Euwe vs H Steiner 1-0381946GroningenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
20. Gligoric vs F Zita  0-1831946PragueE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
21. Kashdan vs H Steiner  1-0421946United States ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
22. Reshevsky vs H Steiner  1-0301946United States ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
23. A Bozic vs B Simonovic  1-0341946Yugoslav ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
24. J Bolbochan vs J Pizzi  0-1541947Mar del PlataE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
25. P Tautvaisas vs Unzicker  ½-½351947Kasseler Zeitung internationalE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-05  AlexanderMorphy: i prefer the Rubinstein variation/main line....
Nov-18-05  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
structure.

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 best...it's about playing the line which will give you the biggest advantage.
Nov-25-05  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
Nov-25-05  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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