Nimzo-Indian Patterns – IM Bryan Smith

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International Master Bryan Smith explains Nimzo-Indian Defense strategies with real games.

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Nimzo-Indian Patterns

International Master Bryan Smith explains Nimzo-Indian Defense strategies with real games.

This hypermodern opening was developed by Grandmaster Aron Nimzowitsch who introduced it to master-level chess in the early 20th century. Unlike most Indian openings the Nimzo-Indian does not involve an immediate fianchetto, although Black often follows up with …b6 and …Bb7. By pinning White’s knight Black prevents the threatened 4.e4 and seeks to inflict doubled pawns on White. White will attempt to create a pawn center and develop his pieces to prepare for an assault on the Black position.

Content: 140 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 8 lectures.

Includes: ECO: E41, E32, E44, E42, E24, E13, E29

Recommended for: Intermediate Players

Users rated this series: 4.42 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: Superb video Bryan, very instructive. I am looking forward to the rest of this set.

IM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Some of his accomplishments include clear first in the 2008 National Chess Congress, first place in the 2006 U.S. Masters (qualifying to the 2007 U.S. Championship) and first place in the 2008 King’s Island Open, as well as winning many other Grand Prix tournaments. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001. Bryan is the highest rated player ever from Alaska.



  • Part 1: Blockade
    Yuri Shulman vs. Michael Brooks
    Run Time: 00:38:30
  • Part 2: Lead in Development
    Ronald Henry vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time: 00:33:53
  • Part 3: The Two Bishops
    Ivan Sokolov vs. Victor Korchnoi
    Run Time: 00:30:09
  • Part 4: Light-Squared Play
    Richard Francisco vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time 00:36:53


  • Part 5: White’s Space Advantage
    Marin Bosjocic vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time: 00:42:29
  • Part 6: The Long Diagonal
    Efim Bogoljubow vs. Mario Monticelli
    Run Time: 00:40:38
  • Part 7: White’s Kingside Attack
    David Bronstein vs. Miguel Najdorf
    Run Time: 00:25:33
  • Part 8: Double Pawns
    Svetozar Gligoric vs. Jan Timman
    Run Time 00:36:24