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Poll Question: Who was the greatest Nimzo Indian (black) player ever?
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Karpov    
  45 (68.2%)
Botvinnik    
  1 (1.5%)
Alekhine    
  1 (1.5%)
Keres    
  5 (7.6%)
Korchnoi    
  2 (3.0%)
Smyslov    
  2 (3.0%)
Petrosian    
  3 (4.5%)
Fischer    
  1 (1.5%)
Someone else, not a world champ    
  4 (6.1%)
Someone else, world champ    
  2 (3.0%)




Total votes: 66
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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #8 - 10/07/09 at 15:12:09
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One of my candidates isn't even listed.  When I think of how the Nimzo-Indian evolved from the 1950s one name stands out:  Boris Spassky.

He doesn't have the gawdy stats that Farago, Karpov or Keres has, but his theoretical contributions have been just as important and he played both sides in critical, famous games.
  
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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #7 - 09/01/09 at 11:52:27
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@LeeRoth:
Are you Iván Faragó?

Is he a great French Defense-player, too?

LeeRoth wrote on 09/01/09 at 04:07:46:
The answer is Paul Keres, who scored a phenomenal 63% on the Black side of the Nimzo against world-class opposition.   

Karpov's record is also impressive but lags a little behind.  He's on 60% after a similar number of games.

Someone you might not think of, Ivan Farago, is also on 60% and has played more games on the Black side of the Nimzo than either Keres or Karpov.






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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #6 - 09/01/09 at 11:02:45
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I think Alekhine deserves the credit of playing the Nimzo without previous theory, that is, he created theory himself. Therefore my vote goes to him.
  
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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #5 - 09/01/09 at 04:07:46
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The answer is Paul Keres, who scored a phenomenal 63% on the Black side of the Nimzo against world-class opposition.   

Karpov's record is also impressive but lags a little behind.  He's on 60% after a similar number of games.

Someone you might not think of, Ivan Farago, is also on 60% and has played more games on the Black side of the Nimzo than either Keres or Karpov.





  
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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #4 - 08/31/09 at 13:56:43
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Bogojump wrote on 08/29/09 at 10:52:40:
I voted for Karpov. When I think about Nimzo-Indian...Karpov comes to my mind immediately. There is a magic harmony between Karpov and the Nimzo-Indian. His playing style is made for The Nimzo-Indian.


Actually when I think about Karpov QID comes to my mind! I guess the problem was that he was so good with NID that people stopped allowing it.
  
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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #3 - 08/29/09 at 10:52:40
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I voted for Karpov. When I think about Nimzo-Indian...Karpov comes to my mind immediately. There is a magic harmony between Karpov and the Nimzo-Indian. His playing style is made for The Nimzo-Indian.
  

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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #2 - 08/25/09 at 11:54:45
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Karpov seems to have been one of the greatest specialists in this opening.
Looking at the stats I am quite amazed to constatate the Tal could also be considered as an hero of the Nimzo.
Among today's players, it seems that Macieja is growing to a potential hero.
  

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Re: Nimzo Indian
Reply #1 - 03/28/04 at 09:21:08
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Has to be Karpov, he's played it about a zillion times
  

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03/12/04 at 02:39:11
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Who was the greatest Nimzo Indian (black) player of them all?   Smiley
  
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