Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Nimzo-Indian Defense!

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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  1. This is very good opening and good explanation. ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. What should you do in the b6 Bb7 line where white plays Nge2? This is in the "normal line or main line. You covered bishop to d3 but was curious about Nge2 bc i see that way more often

  3. Funny enough in the Leningrad variation (4.Bg5) the position after the 9…g5 line is something I commonly get in the snake Benoni. Thanks for a new opening ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ’ฏ

  4. what about the kmoch? I think kmoch is one of the best lines

  5. This is great, but supposing white plays 2.f3, going for a Blackmar-Diemer. Can it be avoided somehow? Your lessons are brilliant.

  6. Thanks for the video ! Was waiting eagerly ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I have a request for you, plz make an opening series on kings indian attack. An opening which is used many times by fischer by white.

  8. Very nice explanation of the Nimzo-Indian. I used to think this opening required a huge amount of study in order to play it. Now I believe it is possible to start playing it immediately after watching this video a couple of times.

  9. Seeing your video for the first time.
    I was looking for nimzo indian.
    Very impressive and nicely done.
    Can u do your take on
    Vampires gambit
    Beef eater etc… From gotham chess…. Plz try n test em n play against ur subscribers to make it informative to us noobs.
    Great video

  10. Solomon: … and then win…
    Me: ok cool, winning sounds good.
    Solomon: …the pawn on c4.
    Me: hm, ok, I will blunder it later, but anyway…

  11. Probably the best video on the nimzo I've seen on youtube! Good job man keep it up!

  12. This is really good stuff Solomon! Looks like this is one of those watch multiple times video!

  13. Broo keep it up You're doing great job! I've improved my game by watching your videos!!โค๏ธ

  14. Good content but way too fast to follow with a chess board

  15. i like your explanation about Nimzo Indian.

  16. Amazing video man. Just the type of chess I wanna play.

  17. I like your style of teaching a chess opening! Any chance you would give your thoughts in the near future about the Pirc Austrian attack as an off road weapon in blitz games or some ideas on the black lion? Greetings

  18. Unfortunately another video with far too much information in it .for me personally I'd rather you go slower with less variations or split in into 2 videos I don't know why most chess youtubers put far too much information into each video for us mere mortal to comprehend.

  19. Bro please make a video on Ragozin. I couldn't find anything on it

  20. Thank you for this amazing coverage of the Nimzo-Indian defense!

    Can you please consider doing a similar video on the Mikenas defense (Nc6) as a response to 1. d4 ?

    And a video on the Nimzowitsch defense (Nc6) as a response to 1. e4 ?

    Thanks again !

  21. #54th

  22. Awesome video. Can you do a video of the Scotch Gambit?

  23. I'm a bit late to the party but I've been trying to learn the Nimzo-Indian through this book and I found what was missing was exactly what you provided in this video; Plans that are well explained.
    The video also makes me realize the strength of this opening through its flexibility…i can see why it's so popular at higher levels.

  24. Nimzo Indian is Capablancaโ€™s favourite opening!

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