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Every competitive chess player needs a sound grasp of how to play this opening -- and especially how to meet the most popular lines. The Nimzo-Indian is Black's most respected answer to 1.d4 and is immensely popular at all levels, from club championship to world championship. In fact, the reputation of the Nimzo is so high that some players prefer simply to avoid it. American International master David Vigorito shows that this negative approach is unnecessary. Challenging the Nimzo-Indian provides White with a complete repertoire based on 4.Qc2. The chess is certainly at a high level, but Vigorito's logical approach and clear conclusions means that * readers can easily grasp the concepts * less-experienced players can play through the high-quality example games that are comprehensively explained
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The best book about the Nimzo Qc2 Mar 27, 2008
The nimzo indian is perhaps the most difficult defence to play against, but if you want to play the exchange in the queen gambit declined or the sharpest variation against the Benoni you have to play Nc3. This book makes it look easy. It explain the key ideas very clearly and goes even to the end game. I love this book.
An excellent opening book on Nimzo-Indian defense! Dec 6, 2007
1)SUMMARY: a)The quality of work in this book is excellent. b)It is best suited for, intermediate, club, and professional players interested in Nimzo-Indian defense. c)But it is probably not the best 1st NimzoIndian book at beginner level. d)Overall, I would highly recommend it.
2) COMPARISION: I play correspondence chess at a competitive level, and have an extensive library of opening books (to prepare in detail for my games). I found out that this was my 18th(!) book about the NimzoIndian defense. (To be honest I thought that I had 4-5 books on nimzoIndian before actually counting them).I have studied some of these books at different times, but none of them were at this level. The analysis is very detailed, and the author goes deeply into the main problems of the variations.
3)ANALYSIS: a) I only reviewed the chapter on Qc2 00, e4 , (but in detail) for one of my correspondence games. Usually, I can come up with some original ideas , but ,despite 25-30 hours of work ,I was not able to find any important improvements. b) New In Chess yearBook 81 also has an analysis about this variation, and the book was able to cover all the important conclusions from the yearBook analysis. It even showed Kasparov's drawing line , which seems to be the last word in this variation currently. c) I also checked the analysis using couple different engines (including latest versions of Rybka, Deep fritz,Deep junior,and Hiarcs), and I could not improve. (I think that the author also checked his analysis with Rybka, which appears to be the best chess engine available now). d) Overall, I am very impressed with the analysis in this book.
4)RECOMMENDATION: I think the book not only has importance for intermediate players, but is also a very good reference for advanced, and even professional players. it is the best NimzoIndian book on the market (December 2007). If you are a beginner though, this may not be the best initial book to read but may be a good reference book for future.
Balancing the Scales Jul 2, 2007
It was time enough for someone to step up and attempt a Nimzo book that presented the white side of this venerated and well respected defense. Almost all previous Nimzo scribblings seemed to skew to black's play without giving white much promise or hope. This time, the author has more than met this monumental challenge of giving white variations that maintain a slight pull while not skimping on Black's most active and critical attempts to wrestle away the full point. Seminal, well-researched, and an almost completely comprehensive tome on the 4. Qc2 (Classical) variation.
Amazing Analysis Jun 26, 2007
This book is a must have for anyone playing, or plan on playing the Queen's Gambit as white. IM Vigorito's analysis is very extensive and complete on all the variations arising after Bb4 Qc2. He gives many possible variations for white, so you can pick the one that fits your style. For black Nimzo players, this book is also a "Must Have" to combat Qc2. Overall, this is simply a fine piece of work which I recommend to any serious tournament player.
Great Opening Book Jun 21, 2007
American International Master David Vigorito has written a terrific debut chess book on the Classical Variation of the Nimzo-Indian Defense (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2). This is the first comprehensive coverage of this important opening in more than a decade and it has been well worth the wait. The book is divided into 21 chapters and Vigorito has done a tremendous job of identifying and analyzing the critical variations whilst including plentiful explanatory material for the typical club player. I am looking forward to more chess books by this author.