Like we did in Chess Opening: Queen’s Gambit Theory to Practice to expound with examples on how QGD opening theory in Chess Opening: Control of Center – Part 3 can turn out in practice, here we show practical examples on Nimzo-Indian Defense theory discussed in Chess Opening: Control of Center – Part 2.
To show both sides of the defense, we picked up two games, one going in favor of White and the other in favor of Black. What should be interesting is that in both these games of approximately equal length, Garry Kasparov was on the Black side and both were played around the same period. It gives a better opportunity to understand what Kasparov (or his opponents) did right or wrong to produce different results! Both games use the chess opening of Nimzo-Indian Defense Normal Variation (ECO code: E53).
|Vladimir Kramnik-Garry Kasparov
|Evgeny Vladimirov-Garry Kasparov
|Identical position has been reached as the same moves have been played in both games.
|Position after 13 moves
|14.||Bxf6||Nxf6?||Black’s move creates all the subsequent problems. 14. … Bxf6 would be better. But there are records of other games where the same moves were played and the games ended in a draw but in those games, Black did not accept the offer of Bishop sacrifice by White at move 15.
||14.||Qxf3||Qxc4!||With the offer of this exchange sacrifice, Black laid a nice trap for White’s Queen!|
| Position after 14 moves
|15.||Bxe6!||fxe6||As pointed out earlier, Black could possibly do better to play 15. … Rc7
|20.||Rxc8||Rxc8||20.||Bc1||Na5||The White Queen is pathetically trapped! When Black offered the exchange sacrifice at move 14, he must have envisaged this situation.
|Position after 20 moves|| Position after 20 moves
|22.||Nf7+||Kg8||22. Ne8 would fail against 22. … Ng8
|23.||Qe6||Rf8||White’s move created Philidor’s position, which possibly made Black to bring his Rook to f8 but the Rook became vulnerable as shown by White at move 25. 23. … h5 could provide stiffer resistance.
||23.||Rb1||Nc7||White resigned as he has to lose his Rook to save his Queen|
|The final position
|25.||Qe7||Black resigned as 25. … Rg8 26. Nf7# or 25. … Re8 26. Qxe8+ Nxe8 27. Rxe8#. The only line that could offer a longer resistance is 25. … Rxd8 26. Qxd8+ Ng8 27. Qd5 and White would need to play carefully to translate his advantage into a win with Black trying to avoid a Queen exchange.
|The final position