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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System (E54)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 O-O 5 Nf3 d5 6 Bd3 c5
7 O-O dxc4 8 Bxc4

Number of games in database: 2209
Years covered: 1908 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 28.7%
   Black wins 26.1%
   Draws 45.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  44 games
Lajos Portisch  30 games
Jan Hein Donner  26 games
Anatoly Karpov  37 games
Jonathan Speelman  21 games
Lev Polugaevsky  21 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960
Nepomniachtchi vs Kharitonov, 2009
Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996
Taimanov vs Karpov, 1973
Portisch vs Karpov, 1978
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 page 1 of 89; games 1-25 of 2,209  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F G Jacob vs H Suechting  ½-½30190816th DSB KongressE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. Euwe vs K Kullberg 1-0371920Gothenburg BE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
3. P F Johner vs K Kullberg  1-0481920Gothenburg BE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
4. Alekhine vs Baratz 1-0381933ParisE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. Opocensky vs A Donegan  1-0331936Trebitsch MemorialE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
6. A Kevitz vs Marshall 0-1251937Metropolitan Chess LeagueE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
7. S Landau vs E Steiner 0-1251937KemeriE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
8. Ragozin vs Bastrikov 1-0241938Trade UnionsE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
9. S Landau vs C H Alexander  ½-½401938ENG-NEDE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
10. Eliskases vs H Kranki  ½-½411938German ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
11. Keres vs F Villard 1-0261939corrE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
12. Reshevsky vs Fine  ½-½271939ACF-chE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Alatortsev vs Levenfish  0-1541940MatchE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
14. Pinkus vs Santasiere  ½-½271944Ventnor CityE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
15. J Fajer vs B Rabar  ½-½171945Yugoslav ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin 0-1531948USSR ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
17. Levenfish vs Lisitsin  1-0391949URS-ch sfE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. C Kottnauer vs Rossolimo  ½-½201949VeniceE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
19. Foltys vs G Stalda  1-0391949VeniceE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
20. F Heemskerk vs E Bykova  0-1581950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
21. Najdorf vs Reshevsky  ½-½371952Reshevsky - NajdorfE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
22. Szabo vs H Steiner  ½-½411952Stockholm InterzonalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
23. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov  ½-½421953Training TournamentE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
24. Botvinnik vs Kan 1-0401953Training GameE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
25. Botvinnik vs Kan  ½-½571953Training GameE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-21-05  themindset: Well, i play this system from both sides of the board (although d4 is not a very frequent opening). But I never see 7...dxc4, nor do I play it.

Does anyone have thoughts on this? Is it considered inferior?

Feb-24-05  akashic: 7.dxc4 is indeed not an inferior move. After 8.Bxc4, 8.cxd4 9.exd4 an IQP position arises. After 9. b6 it is called the Karpov varation and it scores very well for black.
Mar-15-05  e4Newman: i started fumbling through some caro-kann lines in the opening explorer, and i noticed e54 was listed as a possible transposition after 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5. what's up with this? i play the nimzo and it doesn't seem possible to end up in an e3 gligoric after the line i mentioned.
Dec-24-05  Jap: I love it; E54 is the Gligoric system, and he's played it 54 times!
Dec-24-05  refutor: <e4newman> it is very possible. later on in the line Black plays ...cxd4 and then white plays exd4 it exchanges off black's c-pawn for white's e-pawn, similar to many lines of the panov-botwinnik (except white captures first). this is where the transposition takes place.

e.g. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 O-O 9.O-O transposes to

1.d4 nf6 2.c4 e6 3.nc3 bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.O-O dxc4 8.Bxc4 cxd4 9.exd4

Dec-15-11
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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.e3 O-O 5.♘f3 d5 6.♗d3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8.♗xc4


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