Opening disaster

by Oliver Reeh
2/9/2018 – The diagram shows a position from a rare Nimzo-Indian line (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Be7 6.e4 dxe4 7.fxe4 c5!?) in which Black can immediately start making pressure. White commits a single mistake and only seven moves later is plain lost.

Meet the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2 Meet the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2

Rustam Kasimdzhanov, the FIDE World Champion in 2004, is pre-destined to deal with the subject of the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2, since he has been extremely successful with this opening both with White and with Black. The Usbek grandmaster has also gathered valuable experience on the subject when working as a second to world champion Anand. Right from his introduction, Kasimdzhanov emphasises that the Nimzo-Indian has a lot of advantages and that White is often left with a ruined pawn structure; that is precisely what the queen move avoids. Of course in his investigations the author offers much deeper insights into the opening. In over 4 hours of video Rustam Kasimdzhanov explains all the important ideas, strategies and tricks helped by sample games in which the white side is represented, e.g., by Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik and Ivanchuk as well as the author himself. Video running time: 3 hours 28 min.

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Un-Nimzo

I recently talked to GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who was recording a Nimzo-Indian repertoire DVD for Black in our studio, and asked him whether he believed Aaron Nimzowich himself would appreciate the way his opening was interpreted in modern chess. Smiling, he just answered: "I guess not."

 

ChessBase Magazine 182

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (London, Grand Prix Palma, European Teams) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.

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Oliver Reeh in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by tactic expert Oliver Reeh in ChessBase Magazine, where you will also find openings articles and surveys, endgames, and of course annotations by the world's top grandmasters.

ChessBase Magazine #182

The editor’s top ten: 

  1. Sharp attack on move 7: the Russian top-player Ian Nepomniachtchi shows you how he surprised former World Champion Vishy Anand at the London Chess Classic.
  2. An important step to the title: Radjabov explains his strategic win against Movsesian at the European Team Championship on Crete.
  3. Castling queenside to make short shrift: join Simon Williams and follow the attack in Morozevich-Ponomariov move by move!
  4. "A funky line": share the enthusiasm of IM Lawrence Trent for the rare 7.Nbd2 in the Classical Italian!
  5. Important update: Michal Krasenkow presents new ideas and trends in the popular King's Indian with 6.h3.
  6. An exciting game in the Scotch: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the fantastic encounter Nakamura-Carlsen!
  7. "Natural moves": how are they linked to our positional understanding? Strategy expert Mihail Marin offers valuable practical tips!
  8. Petroff Defence without risk: without risk: Dennis Breder shows how 8.Nbd2 is a guarantee to get a comfortable position.
  9. Nobody saw it: trap expert Rainer Knaak presents an impressive collection of "missed chances“ in current tournament practice.
  10. "Troizky line and Henry’s side-check": let Karsten Müller show you what is important when checkmating with two knights vs pawn!

Bonus: Wesley So has annotated his win against Viswanathan Anand at the London Chess Classic!

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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royce campbell royce campbell 2/9/2018 07:39
Compliments to Mr Reeh for the judicious use of the parenthesis, unlike other columnists on this site.
psamant psamant 2/9/2018 06:13
Wow... nice game! Black was enterprising... or was this homework?
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