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In fact, the reputation of the Nimzo is so high that some players prefer simply to avoid it and give up all hopes of an opening advantage. American International Master David Vigorito shows that this negative approach is unnecessary.
There is sufficient detail for the reader to build a dangerous repertoire with either colour. How this book came to be In the late s I was primarily a 1. I preferred many of the most principled opening lines, such as the 4. Qc2 Nimzo-Indian, the 8.
Information was not as readily available back then, however, and as I was not keeping up with theoretical developments, I soon made a switch. Vladimir Kramnik was frequently playing 1. Nf3 in those days, and I realized I could still play many 1. Nf3 worked quite well against certain players. Essentially, I was able to achieve my IM title with very little study by employing 1.
Nf3 against untitled players. In early the deficiencies of 1. Nf3 started to sink in. Nf3 has left White with limited options. There are also many lines of the Symmetrical English that are quite satisfactory for Black. Not surprisingly, strong players were hardly taken aback by 1.
Nf3 and they would often respond After 2. Nc3 Nf6 4. So what does all this have to do with the 4. Qc2 Nimzo-Indian? Well, if you want to play 1. Nf3 then Black will have several solid options, such as Black can also play Nc3 exd5 6. I am well aware that most Nimzo-Indian players are happy to see 3. The same could be said about 3. For a while it seemed to me that White should not allow Black to play their favourite systems.
Then it occurred to me that the Nimzo-Indian is popular because it is a dynamic and rich opening. Why would I want to avoid that? If I have White, I should strive for the maximum advantage out of the opening. Please allow me to return once again to Nf3 in favour of 1. In the summer I qualified to play in the U. Closed Championship and I was determined to not only play 1. I did not have such a great tournament, but I did achieve my humble goals.
I felt that by playing 1. Nf3 against grandmasters I was already conceding my chances for not only an advantage, but an interesting game.
I am aware that this is a bit of an overstatement, but I do feel that by only playing 1. Nf3 I was missing out on a lot of interesting chess. Once I had decided that I must return to 1. Qc2 had always been my favourite line. White avoids doubled pawns and prepares 5. Qc2 has also been a consistent choice of grandmasters for two decades. There are many typical themes in the 4. Instead of writing a long introduction demonstrating these themes, I have decided to let the games within the book illustrate the themes.
I have also chosen not to dwell on the history of the line. This has all been covered before, and although 4. If a player wants to study the 4. Qc2 Nimzo-Indian, he should look at the modern experts on the line.
Actually, the only elite grandmasters who have not employed 4. Qc2 are "1. I have a reasonable chess library, so I started to scan my bookshelves looking for a recent work on 4. To my surprise, there was very little to look at. Dlugy and Ivan Sokolov are both strong grandmasters and big experts on 4. Qc2 and they both wrote books on the opening. Despite their value, these books were clearly dated.
It is still useful, especially for old lines that have seen few developments. Unfortunately this book has zero prose, in addition to being rather out of date. The most recent book I could find was from and it was written by Lalic. This book had some good things in it as well, but it really only covered lines that were fashionable and it ignored some major variations completely. By , the lines it covered were not so fashionable, so I had very little to go on. The bulk of what had been written in the last few years on 4.
Qc2 had actually been written for Black. The Nimzo-Indian is a very popular opening, so in a way this was not so surprising. Although many of these books were quite good, they were of limited use to me because they only covered certain variations and were often biased towards Black.
Many modern professionals do not use chess books too much, especially the younger generation. They have been raised on computers and prefer to use large databases for their research. I, for one, have always loved chess books. The information has been sorted, there are explanations, and I can study chess almost anywhere. Honestly, I was very surprised that there was so little current literature on 4. Qc2, especially considering that it is the most popular variation against the most popular Black defence to 1.
Once I realized that I would have to do my 4. Qc2 Nimzo-Indian study "on my own", it occurred to me that I might want to write it all down. In the autumn of , I was talking to Jacob Aagaard and I told him about my project. I was basically writing this book for myself, but because of the lack of 4. Qc2 literature on the market, I thought there may be others like me who may want to learn more about this interesting opening.
The result is this book.
Challenging the Nimzo-Indian by David Vigorito
Challenging the Nimzo-Indian