The nasty Nimzowitsch Defence

The Nimzowitsch Defence, 1.e4 Nc6, is a lesser-known and by far less popular branch of opening theory from the great strategist Aron Nimzowitsch. Unlike the Nimzo-Indian Defence, which has acquired a reputation as one of the soundest replies to 1.d4, 1...Nc6 as an answer to 1.e4 is generally thought to be one of the least sound replies. The main reason for that lies probably in the fact that Black willfully blocks his c-pawn as soon as move 1, which more dogmatic players will regard as highly suspicious. There are, however, many other factors besides the mobility of the respective c-pawns, and this video series will explore rather rare, yet fully playable lines for Black. Its primary focus is a version of the Pirc Defence after 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 where Black has avoided the sharpest variations, at the small cost of some flexibility, since his knight is already committed to c6.Christian Bauer will also recommend ways to handle secondary options for White as well as the second main line beginning with the move 2.d4.

• Video running time: 3 hours 44 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Including ChessBase Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [06:43]
  • 02: Synopsis [09:13]
  • Theory
  • 01: 2.Nc3 - Analysis [13:11]
  • 02: 2.Bb5 - Analysis [14:17]
  • 03: 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 - Analysis [17:29]
  • 04: 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 - Analysis [15:08]
  • 05: 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 - Analysis [07:19]
  • 06: 2.d4 d5 3.e5 - Analysis [19:19]
  • 07: 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 - Analysis [11:21]
  • 08: 2.Nf3 without playing d6 - Analysis [16:16]
  • 09: 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 or 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Bb5 - Analysis [11:01]
  • 10: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.c3 - Analysis [11:01]
  • 11: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be2/Be3 without d4-d5 - Analysis [15:33]
  • 12: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be3 and d4-d5 - Analysis [13:49]
  • 13: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be2 and d4-d5 - Analysis [13:22]
  • 14: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.d5 - Analysis [16:52]
  • 15: Conclusion [04:58]
  • Test
  • 01: Test 1 - Solution [00:45]
  • 02: Test 2 - Solution [01:12]
  • 03: Test 3 - Solution [00:48]
  • 04: Test 4 - Solution [01:11]
  • 05: Test 5 - Solution [00:51]
  • 06: Test 6 - Solution [01:10]
  • 07: Test 7 - Solution [00:44]
  • 08: Test 8 - Solution [01:11]
  • 09: Test 9 - Solution [01:00]
  • 10: Test 10 - Solution [01:36]
  • 11: Test 11 - Solution [01:02]
  • 12: Test 12 - Solution [01:46]
  • 13: Test 13 - Solution [00:48]
  • Training
  • 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3
  • 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4
  • 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nc3/Bb5
  • Model Games: Play through the different games to see how the opening is played in practice.
  • 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4:
  • 2...e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3 Qf6 5.Nxe5 Qxe5 6.Bd3 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.0-0 Nf6 10.f4 Qxc3 11.Be3 Bg4 12.Qb1
  • 2...e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nf3 Ng6 5.h4 h5 6.Bg5 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bc5 8.Na4 Bb4+ 9.c3 Be7 10.Bxf6
  • 2...d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 e4 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.Nc4
  • 2...d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bd3 Nge7 6.0-0 Bg4 7.c3 f6 8.Re1 fxe5 9.dxe5
  • 2...d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd7 5.f4 Nb6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.h3
  • 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Bb5 a6 6.Bxc6 bxc6 7.Qd3 e6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Nd2
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.c3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 e5 8.Re1
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Be3
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Qd2 0-0 7.d5 Nb8 8.Bh6 c6 9.h3 b5 10.a3
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d5 Nb8 8.Re1 c6 9.Bf1 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3
  • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.d5 Nb8 6.h3 c6 7.a4 Bg7 8.Bc4
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