Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Nimzo-Indian Defense!
In today’s video, we go over the Nimzo-Indian Defense, (also called the Nimzo-Indian Defence) which was popularized by Aaron Nimzowitsch in the 20th century. It is characterized by the following moves:
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
Black will then usually continue to play an eventually b6 followed by Bb7, although other chess moves, chess ideas, and chess theory are covered in this video. In this video we cover the Saemisch Variation, Normal Line, Three Knights Variation, Classical Variation, and Leningrad Variation. We wanted to give you a full opening repertoire, so here are the time stamps for these variations coming out of the Nimzo-Indian Defense:
2:03 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation
5:37 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: Normal Line
6:50 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: 5. Bd2 (This opening doesn’t appear to have a name! Correct me in the comment section if I am mistaken!)
9:28 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation
12:56 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: Classical Variation
17:38 – Nimzo- Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation
In this video we will analyze the Nimzo-Indian response is a strong response to 1. d4 which highlights sound chess opening theory, chess opening moves, chess opening ideas, chess opening strategy, chess opening principles, and chess opening variations. Popularized by Aaron Nimzowitsch, the Nimzo has been utlizied by top chess grandmasters such as Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand, Bobby Fischer, Mikhail Tal, Anatoly Karpov, Levon Aronian, Jose Raul Capablanca, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Alekhine, Ding Liren, and many more!
Whether you area chess beginner, or a chess grandmaster, the Nimzo-Indian might be for you! It gives black a sound position, as well as a chance to fight for the win. We hope you enjoy learning how to play the Nimzo-Indian Defense!
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