Starting out - The Nimzo-Indian Chris Ward
Publisher: Everyman Chess
I've always found the Nimzo-Indian Defence a little bit daunting. D4 openings such as the Queen's Gambit or Nimzo-Indian defense). They are all to varying degrees hypermodern defences, where Black invites White to establish an imposing presence in the centre with the plan of drawing it out, undermining it, and destroying it. In the Nimzo-Indian, White is often embarrassed by Black's quick d7-d5 break, even though in the long run White will want to open up the position for the two Bishops. I don't like Catalan type structures as laid out in Avrukh's book until one is at the 2200+ level. Many books and encyclopedias give "how to play" information on each opening; here, we'll concentrate on at least knowing some common approaches to starting chess. Your goals are to get to 2400 and beyond: The Nimzo-Indian and the Bogo or the Queen's Indian- These lead to dynamic games and are very theoretically sound. How.To.Play.The.Nimzo.Indian.Defence.pdf. How To Play The Nimzo-Indian Defence. The positions are too subtle, require too Save these hypermodern approaches for later in your career and don't start out with them unless your ambitions are modest. Thanks to the latest Chessbase opening DVD on the Indian Defences, it's starting to make more sense. Not necessarily different from other openings in that respect, but the 'Kann more than others is built on defensive rather than counterattacking principles, and favors the player who is not averse to long grinds and opening-to-endgame transitions ( along with occasional transpositions to 1. Black gets his light-squared bishop out of prison with tempo, and looks to play a favorable version of the Slav.