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  1. 24 Apr '06 12:55
    I understand what to do with ...Nd7 and c5 or f5 setups against the Nimzo. But a lot of 'best lines' supposedly have Black putting his knight on c6. This only makes sense if you play ...d5 AFAICT but then you're letting White give you the isolani and resolve his doubled pawns on the c-file. So is it supposed to come out like a 'good' Tarrasch or something? I have trouble seeing why with white having the two bishops and all. What am I supposed to be doing with this setup? Na5? Ne7-g6? I don't get the plan...
  2. Standard member flexmore
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    24 Apr '06 13:37
    Originally posted by GambitAccepted
    I understand what to do with ...Nd7 and c5 or f5 setups against the Nimzo. But a lot of 'best lines' supposedly have Black putting his knight on c6. This only makes sense if you play ...d5 AFAICT but then you're letting White give you the isolani and resolve his doubled pawns on the c-file. So is it supposed to come out like a 'good' Tarrasch or somet ...[text shortened]... all. What am I supposed to be doing with this setup? Na5? Ne7-g6? I don't get the plan...
    it is nice that you float the basic idea around - in the hope someone has a generic solution.

    ... i think you should also also give an example ...
  3. 24 Apr '06 13:51 / 1 edit
    There are games that go
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bxc3ch 7.bxc3 d6 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Ne7 intending ...Ng6 and an eventual ...f5
  4. Standard member Kyo
    27 Apr '06 09:31
    Originally posted by Regicidal
    There are games that go
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bxc3ch 7.bxc3 d6 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Ne7 intending ...Ng6 and an eventual ...f5
    This is my favourite line of the Nimzo, so I'll offer my 2 cents on this one. The point is to blockade the centre so that Black's two knights will stand better than white's two bishops. Obviously white will want to open up the centre in order to open lines for his bishops. Notice that Black has fixed his pawns on the dark squares (c5, d6, e5), so that his light-square bishop isn't impeded by his pawns. Hope that helps.

    If you want an instructive game on this, see Spassky vs Fischer game 5, world championship 1972.