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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #12 - 10/20/05 at 02:46:51
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Its not that difficult to present or learn a cutting-edge repertoire: see Beating the Indian Defences, where the number of pages in it on Petrosian QID is not much more than Palliser's 4. e3. imho there is not much need to study theory at all if you want to play a move like 4. e3.
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #11 - 10/20/05 at 02:34:41
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Palliser, as far as I understand, produced a “value for money” product. It is not a designer made luxury like Khalifman’s or a run of the mill trash like Raymond Keene’s. So he uses line which are not very fashionable, retains a minor pull and is not easy for the opponent and is aimed at strong club players. He has largely succeeded in his mission.

Further, this is my guess, he narrowed the choice further to avoid certain type of pawn structures. For example IQP.
  

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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #10 - 10/19/05 at 21:12:22
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I think the answer is rather more practical; in order to present a coherent repertoire for White in one book, it was necessary to avoid advocating the most theoretical lines.
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #9 - 10/19/05 at 17:44:28
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I should much appreciate it if someone could explain to me why Richard Palliser's book 1.d4! does not even deal with the 3Nc3 response to 1...Nf6 and 2...e6. Nor does he seem to regard 3Nc3 as sufficiently viable in the Slav to have any treatment of it.

Is this just a personal preference for the early Nf3, avoiding the Nimzo and playing a more orthodox game against the Slav, or is there something fundamentally wrong with the Nc3 lines in these two openings?
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #8 - 04/05/05 at 21:00:19
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obviously not! Tongue  It's just that the nimzo is part of my repertoire with black, so it is not difficult for me to play a wide variety of moves against it as white.
  
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Reply #7 - 04/05/05 at 20:46:52
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300+ posts and Inn2 seems to be cured from his favourite move 4.f3. Is this a sign of spiritual grow?
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #6 - 04/05/05 at 06:22:37
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Lol! Inn2 that is actually the line I recommend in my new Nimzo book! I love playing the Black side; the positions are quite unbalanced and nobody with White ever feels comfortable handling the positions.

As regards the Rubinstein/Classical dilemma, I feel that 4.e3 is the way to go until you hit about 2000-2200, if only because the Classical is such a difficult line to handle well and developing a good feel for it requires time and experience.
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #5 - 04/05/05 at 05:20:36
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king: it's a matter of prioritising. More study = more chances for an advantage. 4. Qc2 demands very exacting moves from White to gain any semblance of an advantage, especially after 4... d5. And sometimes I feel one wrong move and black turns the tables!

4. e3 is also a decent try for the advantage (but less than 4. Qc2). But it is the only line that has survived the most important test: of time! White can also make some allowance for a few inaccuracies and he might still have a nice position (surely not the case with 4. Qc2). I briefly tried 4. e3 + 5. Nge2 against all black replies. This is quite a logical repertoire but like all 4. e3 lines it is not sufficiently doubled-edged for my taste. With so many 2600s trying this setup recently, it cannot be too bad? Speaking as a black player I don't fear this so much because of a personal pet line: 4. e3 c5 5. Nge2 b6!??, where after a3 Black plays Ba5!?/Nc6 (Na6)/Qe7 clamping down on the b4 square. Not like anything you've ever seen in the nimzo!
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #4 - 04/05/05 at 03:24:32
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Thanks to Edward Dearing and Inn2 for the advice.  I was trying to decide between 4.Qc2 and 4.e3.

I was actually leaning towards 4.e3 as I figured I could get by with less knowledge at my level (Elo 1700)
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #3 - 04/04/05 at 11:02:07
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I await Ward's new offbeat nimzo book with great interest


So do I  Cheesy

Especially for Leningrad and Saemisch lines.

When someone receives his copy, please let us know what you think about that book
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #2 - 04/04/05 at 09:29:21
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The nimzo is part of my repertoire with both colours for many years. Even when I used to play the tromp it is unavoidable (1. d4 e6!). As much as I hate to admit this, but 4. f3 isn't a critical try for an advantage. It is a decent practical weapon OTB, but Black frequently has too much activity in the resulting positions to be in any theoretical danger.

A lifetime of investigation from both sides of the board have now led me to agree that 4. Qc2 is theoretically the only way to go. Undecided

I await Ward's new offbeat nimzo book with great interest. Certainly 4. Bg5 needs quite abit of coverage. Its recent champion is Sasikiran, who seems to play it with great skill.
  
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Re: How to combat the Nimzo?
Reply #1 - 04/04/05 at 05:03:12
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Classical Nimzo - 4 Qc2 - is the only way to go. None of the other lines come close to causing black serious problems.
  
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How to combat the Nimzo?
03/08/05 at 07:04:14
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I have played 1.e4 all my life and am now planning to switch to 1.d4 to have some new positions to play. 
 
I was wondering what to play against the Nimzo.  I am not a particularly aggressive player, so I don't want some razor sharp line.  I enjoy having a bit more space and cutting down Black's counterplay rather than a theoretical advantage. 
 
Any suggestions would be most appreciated
 
Thanks 
 
Apologies for this being similiar to AmatuerDragoneer's post but I think he wanted more tactical lines.
  
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