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Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation (E55)
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 Nbd7

Number of games in database: 638
Years covered: 1948 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 26.8%
   Black wins 21.2%
   Draws 52.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  33 games
Jan Hein Donner  14 games
Alexander G Beliavsky  12 games
Ratmir Kholmov  25 games
Wolfgang Unzicker  16 games
Bruno Parma  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970
Portisch vs Karpov, 1972
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2008
A Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961
Gligoric vs Keres, 1963
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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 638  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Lisitsin  1-0421948USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
2. Udovcic vs N Karaklajic  1-0441955ZagrebE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
3. N Minev vs N Karaklajic  ½-½171955ZagrebE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Gligoric vs Unzicker ½-½251956YUG-GERE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. S Dittmann vs N Karaklajic  ½-½401956KrynicaE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. Zamikhovsky vs J Klavins  ½-½621956URS-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. G Ilivitsky vs Pachman  ½-½181956Prague Candidates Reserve PlayoffE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
8. Bronstein vs Smyslov  ½-½241956Amsterdam CandidatesE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
9. Petrosian vs B Djurasevic ½-½211956YUG-URSE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
10. Smyslov vs N Karaklajic  ½-½291956YUG-URSE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
11. R G Wade vs I Balanel  ½-½671956Steinitz MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
12. A Stenborg vs Smyslov  ½-½411956Moscow Olympiad qual-1E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
13. O Pla vs E Weichselbaumer  ½-½471956Moscow Olympiad qual-1E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
14. Ian Middleton vs N Karaklajic  0-1291956Moscow Olympiad qual-2E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
15. Taimanov vs E Weichselbaumer  1-0411956Moscow Olympiad qual-1E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
16. A Niemela vs L Ljungquist  0-1401956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
17. Bronstein vs J Jezek 1-0191956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
18. Najdorf vs Unzicker  ½-½191956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. R G Wade vs Ivkov  ½-½241956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
20. Najdorf vs N Padevsky  ½-½351956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. Ivkov vs Benko 0-1311956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
22. Gligoric vs Smyslov  ½-½231956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
23. Gligoric vs Unzicker 1-0411956Alekhine MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. R Cardoso vs C Purdy 1-028195627th Australian chE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
25. O Sarapu vs C Purdy  1-057195727th Australian chE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-18-05  Madman99X: Is this variation considered to be sound for black? I'm not the strongest player in the world, but I played: as white

9. Qe2 b6 10. d5 Bxc3 11. dxe6 Ba5?! 12. exd7 Bxd7

in a recent game and this seemed a weak position for black (a dubious 11th move notwithstanding). I recall bumbling the game to a draw, but it seemed I had good winning chances. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Feb-14-08  Open Defence: Not much kibitzing for this important variation, I guess most prefer 4.Qc2 ? or from Black's point of view maybe 8...Nc6 ?
Sep-04-08  Chesstalesfan: Madman99X: Is this variation considered to be sound for black? I'm not the strongest player in the world, but I played: as white 9. Qe2 b6 10. d5 Bxc3 11. dxe6 Ba5?! 12. exd7 Bxd7
in a recent game and this seemed a weak position for black (a dubious 11th move notwithstanding). I recall bumbling the game to a draw, but it seemed I had good winning chances. Anybody have any thoughts on this

My opinion is, strenghtened by statistics, that this variant goes equal for both sides for many moves until the midgame. In a recent (more or less) game Beljavsky played against Karpov 9.Ne2 and he has succumbed to Karpovs superiority in the middle game. Tal as a black against Geller could draw in his excellent style , after a piece sacrifice and perpetual check. It seems it is a good option for black in the case he or she wants a draw. Now I did some analysis for your game: Black can try save the pair of the bishops by 13..b5 14..Bc7. If 13 Bd2 again the black plays 13..b5 and if 14.Bxa5 Qxa5. It seems drawlike to me anyway or the strategies in the middlegame will decide.

Feb-01-09  gauer: Jonathan Berry, an editor for the Globe & Mail, names the line the Parma variation, but there is a 1970s game of his with a switch to 8 ... Nc6. Regarding the line concerning this page, 9 Qe2 b6 10 d5 (Note also the popularity of this vs 10 Rfd1 or 10 a3) Bxc3 11 dxe6, Lesiege won with 11 ... Ne5 vs Bolduc, the subject of that week's column. Further details to be found in the archives of the paper or local library.

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