Nimzo-Indian Defence

The Nimzo-Indian Defence is a solid and well-respected defence against White’s Queen Pawn Opening that is widely played by tournament players and grandmasters. If someone talks about “The Nimzo”, they probably mean this opening. It is not as tactical or aggressive as the King’s Indian Defence, and can often transpose into a Queen’s Indian Defence if Black plays b6 and Bb7 at some stage.

Diagram: Nimzo-Indian Defence (against 2.c4)

Variations of the Nimzo, mostly named after grandmasters or world champions that played them, include:

Avoiding the Nimzo. White can avoid the Nimzo lines, and indeed often chooses to do so! Alternatives to “3.Nc3” for White include:

Hybrid variations of the opening with some of the similar ideas include:

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