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44. Dueces vs curtains (Nimzo 4.e3) ** [40:48] 
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 44. Dueces vs curtains (Nimzo 4.e3) ** [40:48]
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This may be way off the mark, but maybe f5 is a move that almost guarantees that either the queens come off, (resulting in the immediate denial of a legitimate attack by white) because it takes away g4 as a space to run to after Qd6 (perhaps why c5 wasn't played). The alternatives would be:
13. gxf6 - This seems to only be good for black. It opens up the f file, and looks like it only detracts from his attack.
or the line you showed -
13. Bd2 Qd6 14. Qg1/Qg2/Qh3 to avoid being traded off, which seems to be black's goal in this line. And then maybe black plays g3 to close up the position? I think if there's no f5, white can probably play Qg4, with the idea of Qh5 at some point or simply continuing to pawn storm.

I guess what I'm saying is that perhaps a very high rated player isn't going to allow their queen to be on a really passive square in this position, and that f5 is maybe the move that almost guarantees to get the queens off for black?

As Wildman would say, "feel free to poke some holes in my lines"... :) Think this idea has any weight?

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On move 5 often recommended is Ne5, threatening once again to double the pawns.

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What book is it that you use...?

Do you know if it comes for the lonely mac-users?

and by the way i really like your videos. Im curious on how you have practiced to get this far?
Any basic tips on how to improve?

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Thanks again for the video, curtains.

I didn't think you spent too much time on the analysis. It was all interesting.

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I know this video is old, but some point in the opening I went on and on about a "novelty" that I came up with during the video, involving a pawn sacarifice. Needless to say, I just had the opportunity to play it against someone and was able to win almost immediately out of the opening. Below is the game:

[Event "ICC 5 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.12.27"]
[Round "-"]
[White "VicFalls"]
[Black "curtains"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2194"]
[BlackElo "2356"]
[Opening "Nimzo-Indian: 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) variation"]
[ECO "E45"]
[NIC "NI.13"]
[Time "03:54:56"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Ne2 Ba6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Nxc3 d5 8.
Qf3 O-O 9. g4 Bb7 10. g5 Ne4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Qg3 c5 13. dxc5 Nd7 14. cxb6
Qxb6 15. b4 a5 16. c5 Qc6 17. Rb1 axb4 18. axb4 Ra2 19. Bb2 Qa4 20. Bc4
Qxb4+ {White resigns} 0-1

I still have some doubts about its soundness, but this was a nice first test for it :) No video for that one unfortunately because it was on the curtains account, whose rating I managed to destroy by losing to a 1900.

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Wow, very interesting middlegame position after 15. Rae1... both sides have so many resources. I'm not sure how effective a plan like 16. e4!? is trying to open the position instantly (while the a8-rook is shut out). I wonder how to "survive" a "lost" middlegame if there are any tips for that.

Maybe you did 26. hxg6 hxg6 (instead of ... Nxg6) to control the e6 outpost? It doesn't look best, but maybe it is...

40. Kf3?? Nd2+! but I guess the time pressure (20 sec. left compared to 1:30) should probably still win... oh well. :(

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You are a total beast, to be as good as you are at Chess is a true blessing my man. Amazing

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 Re: 44. Dueces vs curtains (Nimzo 4.e3) ** [40:48]
this is the game that Greg talks about at the end of the video: Viswanathan Anand (2784) vs Loek Van Wely (2636), played in 1999:

11. Be2!

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 Re: 44. Dueces vs curtains (Nimzo 4.e3) ** [40:48]
Curtains, you are hilarious. I love your Youtube channel as well. Keep rockin brotha

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 Re: 44. Dueces vs curtains (Nimzo 4.e3) ** [40:48]
Also, F5 man cmon...

Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:58 am
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