The Nimzo-lndian Defence continues to be one of Black's most popular and respected defences to queen's pawn openings and finding an antidote for White has proved to be a difficult task for even the strongest players in the world.
One of the most straightforward replies is the Rubinstein Variation (4 e3), in which White ignores Black's 'threats' and instead simply gets on with the process of developing his remaining pieces.
This plan has found favour with many top players; indeed, World Champion Vladimir Kramnik used it to defeat Garry Kasparov in just 25 moves in their 2000 match in London.
Angus Dunnington explains the ideas and strategies for both white and black players. All the major variations are covered and Dunnington brings the reader up-to-date with the ever developing theory.
Part One: 4... b6
- 4... b6: White Plays 5 Ne2
- 4... b6: White Plays 5 Bd3 and Nf3
Part Two: 4... c5
- 4... c5: White Plays 5 Ne2
- 4... c5: White Plays 5 Bd3 - The Hübner Variation
Part Three: 4... 0-0 (Planning ...d5)
- 4... 0-0: White Plays 5 Ne2
- 4... 0-0: White Plays 5 Bd3 and Ne2
- 4... 0-0: White Plays 5 Bd3 and Nf3