The Nimzovitsch Defence, 1.e4 Nc6, represents a lesser-known and by far less popular inheritage from the great strategist than the Nimzo-Indian. Indeed, if the latter has acquired a reputation of being one of the soundest replies to 1.d4, almost the opposite could be said about 1...Nc6 as an answer to 1.e4. The main reason for that lies probably in the fact that Black blocks his c-pawn as soon as move 1, something a dogmatic player will regard as highly suspicious. There are, however, many other factors intervening in the opening than the mobility of the respective c-pawns, and this DVD will explore rather rare, yet fully playable lines for Black. Its main body will consist of a 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 being a bit less flexible, since his knight already stands at c6. I will also recommend you ways to handle secondary options for White as well as his second biggest choice, the move 2.d4.
• Video running time: 3 h 44 min (English)
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Including ChessBase Reader
Christian Bauer was born in 1977 and has been a chess professional since 1998. In the same year he won the zonal tournament in Andorra. 1999 he participated in the FIDE World Championship in Las Vegas where he was knocked out in round 2 by Peter Leko. He’s writing regularly for Europe-Echecs and also has written three books: Play 1...b6, The Philidor Files/Tout sur la Défense Philidor and Play the Scandinavian/Jouez la Scandinave. Bauer is regularly playing for the national team of France (2nd place at the European Team Championship 2001 in Leon and 3rd 2005 in Gothenborg). He won the gold medal 2011 at the European Team Championships as the best reserve player. He is a three-time French champion (1996, 2012 and 2015) and also became French rapid champion in 2015.
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