Board Position
The Nimzowitsch (or Nimzovitch) Defence is one of the more rarely played (or irregular) King's Pawn defences. It has been known since the 16th century but was re-introduced by Aaron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935), who from 1925-1930 was the third strongest player in the world. Board Position
Black opens with his Queen's Knight, avoiding early occupation of the centre (move 1wb, left) so as to have a target to attack when White fills the void.
The Nimzowitsch Queen's Pawn Defence has some similarities, and an early withdrawal of Black's QKt in the Bogolubow Variation (move 4b, right) is a typical variation of the defensive main line.
Begin or Clear or Groups or see move:
1 e4 Nc6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 f6 4 Nf3 Bg4 5 Be2 e6 6 exf6 Nxf6 7 c3 Bd6 8 Bg5 Qd7 9 Nbd2 0-0 10 0-0 Ne7
3 Nc3 dxe4 4 d5 Nb1 5 Bf4 Nf6 6 Bc4 c6 7 Nge2 cxd5 8 Nxd5