Modern chess theory has significantly expanded in recent years due to the technological development
and arrival of chess engines. Studying chess openings, even with the help of these machines that present
a god-like level, is a time-consuming task but it is by far the most important part of preparation by top
Grandmasters. They often look for ideas that offer a glimpse of hope for an advantage with White or
attempt to neutralize (or even counter) White’s ideas with Black. Nowadays, any such information is
spread within moments and every day, we can see new games and novel ideas in all openings. This
makes it challenging for people trying to learn a new opening due to the “oversupply” of information.
When I was writing my books on the Ruy Lopez, I wanted to simplify the learning process and make this
opening approachable and understandable to everyone. As the next step in my journey as an author, I
decided to write a book on the Nimzo-Indian, as part of a three-volume series covering the whole
repertoire for Black after 1.d4. Just as in the case of the Ruy Lopez books, I intend on making this
opening a comfortable option in any player’s repertoire.
The Nimzo-Indian is a good and sound opening, but nonetheless it can be quite complicated. Generally,
the games in this opening are more likely to be strategic battles rather than tactical ones, but as in every
opening, things can get sharp from time to time. It is important to note that a definite majority of top
players (including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen) plays this opening.
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