Sunday, May 13, 2012

French Defense, Nimzovich Gambit

The Nimzovich Gambit in the French Defense
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.O-O
An interesting Nimzovich Gambit in the French Defense (PGN) was contested during the 4th round of the Irving Ellner Memorial at the Kenilworth Chess Club on Thursday night.  As I recently completed a casual correspondence game playing Black in this variation, I thought I would annotate this game and write up my analysis of the line.  Meanwhile, I won my own 4th round game against NM Mark Kernighan (which I have annotated), which came down to the final seconds, as always in Mark's games.  There are two rounds to go in the tournament, and I now have a good chance of winning the whole thing.

1 comment:

Michael Goeller said...

Michael O'Connor sent me a note that another game he played with the Nimzovich Gambit was analyzed by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili at

Non-members of can watch the first five minutes only, but they are worthwhile. Interestingly, O'Connor also played Bxg6 in that game, which Dzindzi criticizes severely. I probably should have criticized it here also in my notes, but at the point it was played in the game I analyze White is worse so he doesn't have many options.