Blitz Chess #396: Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical variation

With the classical variation of the Nimzo-Indian defense, white avoids having their queenside structure damaged by Bxc3. The queen is now prepared to make this recapture from c2. A downside however is that the white queen is deployed very early, and she can feel uneasy at her post if black reacts energetically in the center. How exactly can black try to exploit the white queen position, if at all? This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the white pieces.

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. e3 O-O 8. Be2 a6 9. O-O Be7 10. Rd1 Qc7 11. b3 d6 12. Bb2 b6 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Bb7 15. Qg4 e5 16. Bd3 g6 17. Be4 f5 18. Bd5+ Kg7 19. Qg3 Bf6 20. Ng5 Nd8 21. Bxb7 Qxb7 22. Rxd6 Qe7 23. Rxf6 Rxf6 24. Qxe5 Qxe5 25. Bxe5 Nc6 26. Bxf6+ Kxf6 27. Nf3 Rd8 28. Kf1 Nb4 29. Ke2 g5 30. Nd4 f4 31. a3 fxe3 32. fxe3

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  1. it seems that notifications work better know! nice to see another video Jerry 🙂

  2. A perfect end to the evening. You've outdone yourself once again, Jerry. Thanks for the good time

  3. "My name is Grand Master Mesgen Amanov and …" SKIP!!

  4. Isn't 29. Ne6 if Kg7, forking the king and rook, instead of retreating to Nf3, an option?

  5. Low skilled player, I saw 15. …Ne5 right away as what I wanted to play for black. Not a huge difference, but it feels good when I see that my chess vision is improving and I am seeing top moves. 🙂

  6. Can you maybe make a video for the beginners about how to use engine and leave a link to it under every next of your videos in the descriptions?

  7. At first I was so confused how A 5 – 0 game could last seventeen minutes, lol

  8. hey jerry! i just want to see your face..please reveal it. you can also upload a photo of you on youtube, even of your past or something.

  9. At 12:16 after Nxd5 and Rxd5 the material is equal, isnt it?

  10. Again you make it look so easy, but of course, it's not. Thanks for posting!

  11. what a game! you really played better than your incredible rating 🙂

  12. I'm not sure i'm getting the point of the improvement suggested with 13. Nd5. Instead of capturing with the pawn, Black can capture first with the N on f6. then cxd, exd, the c file is open, eventually White can pile up on the pinned N on c6, but it seems that Black can defend with B and R. What am i missing?

  13. I would've taken the pawn on h7, a little calculation would show that its just a goner and black would still miss out on getting the rook to d8 if the black king went to g7… Ng5, Rd8, Ne6 forks the king and rook and instant resignation. Even if the black king goes to say e7 to avoid another check and tempo loss then Ng5 and Nf3 and none the worse.

  14. whats a good stop for at 1:21 bishop to d3 looking to challenge that knight at e4 to put pressure on the h pawn for black

  15. Hey Jerry have you ever played bug house???

  16. I moved 28 you missed ne6 Forks the king and the rook

  17. Jerry please make more videos please! I know you must be busy but man these videos teach me a lot! Thank you!

  18. where can my queen be most annoying? brilliant.

  19. I don't know why he played so fast ruined his game. Great work Jerry beating him, you understand his mistakes quike quick

  20. Nice, clinical, always in command: you must be a master

  21. hi jerry what is your complete name?
    i like your game videos

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