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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 (4. Qc2 O-O (4… d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 c5 7. dxc5 d4 8. Qg3 Nc6 9. Qxg7 Rg8 10. Qh6) (4… b6 5. e4 c5 6. d5 Qe7 7. Nge2 exd5 8. exd5 O-O 9. Bd2 d6 10. O-O-O Ng4) (4… Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 a5) 5. a3 (5. e4 d5 6. e5 Ne4 7. Bd3 c5 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nd7 10. Bf4 Qh4 11. g3 Qh5 12. O-O g5 13. cxd5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 exd5 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. e6 gxf4 17. exd7 Bxd7 18. Qxe4 fxg3 19. fxg3 b6 20. Nf5 Rae8 21. Qd5 Bxf5 22. Rxf5 Qe2 23. Raf1 Qe3+) 5… Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. Nf3 b6 8. Bg5 Bb7) (4. Nf3 b6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 g5 7. Bg3 Ne4 8. Qc2 Bb7) (4. f3 c5 (4… d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 (6… O-O 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3)) (4… Nc6 5. e4 d5) (4… Bxc3+ 5. bxc3) 5. d5 b5 ) (4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 c5 (5… b6) 6. e3) (4. Bg5 h6 5. Bh4 c5) (4. g3) (4. Bd2) (4. Qb3) 4… O-O (4… b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nf3 Ne4 7. Qc2 f5 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Bd2 d6) (4… c5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6) (4… d5) 5. Bd3 (5. Nge2 d5 (5… c6) (5… Re8)) 5… d5 (5… c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Bxc3 8. bxc3 d6) (5… b6 6. Nf3 Bb7 7. O-O Bxc3 8. bxc3 Ne4 9. Qc2 f5) 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 cxd4 9. exd4 b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Qe2 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nbd7 *

0:00 Intro
0:32 Theory
12:01 Game 1 vs 1601
22:04 Game 2 vs 2500

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574 Comments

  1. When he said “that’s about it” I stopped the video and won every game where white opened with d4. Lol 😂.

  2. this is better offering a draw after a queen's pawn opening

  3. So Levy…is an annoying move (Qc2) a good move???

  4. Man you know your chess has come a long way when you end up figuring out ke4 and f5 on your own while playing this. f5 always just feels like suicide

  5. I feel that a lot of players I play against go for pawn to A3 after Bishop to B4 move, after which I have to retreat my bishop all the way back.

  6. Levy: don’t play the bogo because of bishop d2
    Me: Qe7

  7. I cant move on in my rating standing because i want to play with a queen’s gambit and they just trick me in playing the Nimzo, which I have no clue would end up losing many games

  8. Levy, my guy, that beard maneuver at 12:01 definitely gets a !!! in my notation. Absolute Brilliancy my friend.

  9. In your first game, after whites Kg3 at 21:04 Your next move in place of taking the rook. You could just checkmate the opponent with Qf4.

  10. Hi, there! Great video. I saw at your website that your courses include sort of 4 hours videos. I just got a headache from this one, which is 35 minutes or so, imagine a 4 hours video! 😅 Congrats on a great job.

  11. I have a doubt that why does white not take d5 pawn with c pawn as white gets a center pawn for c pawn

  12. Levi, What do you suggest as the best response for black against e4?

  13. French and Catalan is my main repertoire. Wanted to learn the nimzo Indian so that I have something new against d4. Great video as always👍

  14. that feeling when you study an opening for 1 week straight, you know all the possible variations and then no one plays d4

  15. You have no idea how helpful this opening is.
    if you want to have some good counterattacks for d4, I recommend watching agadmators video on how to crush the London. The first move (for black) in the video is nf6.
    and is that same for this opening. Levy made another video saying how you need to prepare for other openings like the queens gambit or the London system without the traditional move order.

    This video creates a counter attack for the queens gambit but also is tied to agadmators anti-London video.

    Kind of crazy

  16. "The truth is I can make 2 hour video on this opening"
    Please, do!

  17. Its just 3 min before my tournament and I'm watching you

  18. I'm probably late but at 31:07 would Qg4 in preparation for bg5 work

  19. At around 1:43 he says that against a Anti-Nimzo move like 3.Nf3 you can go for similar setups via QueensIndian, but should play 3…d5 (transpose to QGD) or Bogo if youre >2100. Is the theoretical state of the Queens Indian that bad? I heard that QID is supposed to be very sound but maybe thats wrong? Im kinda curious, since at the top level, them seem to indeed transpose back to QGD more often than not from this position (3.Nf3)

  20. Thanks for this amazing video! 14:06 couldn’t you play Nc6 so that you develop a knight, block a check, and protect the bishop? Although there are many potential attacks on the knight.

  21. Who else is watching here because of transpositions LMAO

  22. русская любовь ♥️♥️ says:

    жесть видео настолько длинное что у него выросла по пути борода

  23. The other videos that involve d4 nf6 anyone, links pls in replies

  24. Literally the first time I pull out the Nimzo, my opponent plays f3. I had to laugh at that.

  25. I'm surprised gotham did a video on this super rich and theoretical opening, the Nimzo-Indian Defence

  26. May I ask why didnt u take knight with the bishop instead of bringing it back to c7

  27. At 14:16 wouldn't playing Knight C2 protect the bishop anyway?

  28. I never thought id watch a full almost 40 minute video about a opening, but its very interesting

  29. I first was introduced to this from watching that 3yo Russian kid, Isha

  30. You grew a full beard in a matter of seconds!

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