Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nimzo, Queen, or Bogo Indian?

Each opening has a different strategy, but which Indian opening is it?
Here’s what we know so far. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 we have:
3.Nc3 Bb4 as a Nimzo-Indian Defence. What about 4.Nf3 b6?
3.Nf3 b6 as a Queen’s Indian Defence. What about 4.Nc3 Bb4?
3.Nf3 Bb4+ as a Bogo Indian Defence. What about 4.Nc3 b6?
Every line reaches the same position after four moves.

Whatever you want to call it, White outplayed his grandmaster opponent in this game from the 69th Russian championship held at Novosibirsk, Russia in 2016. White is played by Nikita Vitiugov. He is a Russian grandmaster who was born in 1987. Nikita Vitiugov wrote two opening books on the French Defence: “The French Defence: A Complete Black Repertoire” in 2010 and “French Defence Reloaded” in 2012. Grandmaster Dmitry Bocharov played the Black pieces. He won the 2015 Russian Blitz Championship. Black played move 30 and resigned. Black may have realized that he did not have enough for his sacrificed piece.

Vitiugov (2721) - Bocharov (2611), 69th ch-RUS 2016 Novosibirsk RUS (8.2), 24.10.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.a3 [6.e3 0-0=] 6...Bxc3+ [6...Bxf3?! 7.axb4 Bb7 8.b5+/=] 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.Bg5 [8.g3 d6 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.0-0 Qe7=] 8...d6 [In the Nimzo-Indian Defence Black immediately challenges the White Bg5 with 8...h6 9.Bh4 d6=] 9.Nd2 [The alternatives are 9.e3 or 9.g3] 9...c5 [9...Nbd7 10.f3 h6=] 10.dxc5 bxc5 [10...dxc5 11.e3=] 11.e3 [11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Qxf6 gxf6 13.b4=] 11...Nbd7 12.Bd3 [12.f3 h6 13.Bh4=] 12...h6 13.Bh4 [13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qxf6 Nxf6=] 13...a5 [Although it appears to be dangerous, Black would have some winning chances with the extra pawn after 13...Bxg2! 14.Rg1 Bc6=] 14.0-0 Qb6 [14...Ne5=] 15.Rfe1 d5!? [Either 15...g5 or 15...a4 may be better.] 16.cxd5 exd5 17.Rac1 Rac8 18.Bf5 Rc7? [18...g6 19.Bxf6 gxf5 20.Bh4+/=] 19.e4 Re8 [19...g6 20.Bh3+/-] 20.Bg3 Rcc8 21.e5 d4 22.Qb3 Qc6 23.Nf3 c4 24.Qd1 Qc5 [24...Nh7 25.b3 c3 26.Qxd4+-] 25.Bh3 Bxf3 26.gxf3 Rcd8 27.exf6 Rxe1+ 28.Qxe1 Nxf6 29.Qe5 Nd5 30.Bf5 [30.b4!+-] 30...c3 1-0

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