Blitz Chess #337: Nimzo-Indian, Classical (Milner-Barry variation)

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening was the Nimzo-Indian Defence, Classical, Milner-Barry Variation. As is typical with the Nimzo-Indian Defense, black gives white the bishop pair by exchanging the dark bishop. In the Milner-Barry variation, a dark square strategy is employed by black as it coordinates well with the remaining light-squared bishop. With a static central structure present, white seeks play on the queenside since this is where they have a spacial advantage, whereas black seeks play on the kingside.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 { Nimzo-Indian Defence, Classical Variation, Milner-Barry Variation } 6. Bd2 e5 7. d5 Bxc3 8. Bxc3 Nb8 9. e4 Nbd7 10. Be2 a5 11. O-O O-O 12. b3 Nc5 13. Nd2 Bg4 14. f3 Bd7 15. a3 Nh5 16. Rfe1 f5 17. b4 Na4 18. Bf1 b6 19. Rac1 Qg5 20. Nb3 Nxc3 21. Qxc3 axb4 22. axb4 fxe4 23. fxe4 Nf4 24. Qg3 Qxg3 25. hxg3 Nh5 26. Re3 Nf6 27. Be2 Ra3 28. Bf3 Rfa8 29. Rec3 g5 30. Nd2 Ra2 31. R3c2 Rxc2 32. Rxc2 Ra1+ 33. Kf2 Ba4 34. Rc3 Ra2 35. Ke3 g4 36. Be2 Rxd2 37. Kxd2 Nxe4+ 38. Kd3 Nxc3 39. Kxc3 Bd7 40. c5 bxc5 41. bxc5 Kg7 42. c6 Bf5 43. Kb4 Be4 44. Kc4 h5 45. Bf1 Kf6 46. Be2 Kg5 47. Bf1 h4 48. gxh4+ Kxh4 49. Be2 Kg3 50. Bd1 Bxg2 51. Bc2 Kf4 52. Bg6 Bf3 53. Bh5 g3 54. Bg6 g2 55. Bd3 g1=Q 56. Kb5 Qc5+ 57. Ka4 Bxd5 58. Bb5 Bxc6 59. Bxc6 Qxc6+ 60. Ka3 Qb6 61. Ka4 Ke4 62. Ka3 Kd3 63. Ka4 Kc3 64. Ka3 Qa5



  1. About time somebody put Mr. Cocky Hambleton in his place. I respect him greatly, but definitely was rooting for you here.

  2. was this played earlier today? I saw you both online but couldn't see any match going on. Gg Jerry!

  3. I wonder if this is the same hiimgosu from the league community or just someone with his name

  4. Good game Jerry! It's always so nice to hear your commentary, it's so helpful for beginners like me. Just making you a request, can you play a blitz/ classical match against other youtube chess teachers like Kingscrusher, Danny Rensch or chessexplained? I heard in some Danny Rensch video that he invited you to play against him and that he would too provide a commentary on that. We, your fans would love to hear that. Can you please consider it? Thanks in advance.

  5. Good game Jerry!
    Did you see that eric Hansen reached a 3000 rating on lichess?

  6. I always hate seeing Jerry lose, and when I saw his opponent's rating, my heart dropped a bit. Way to go, Jerry!

  7. Great win against a formidable opponent, Jerry! How about a match against IM Bartholomew next?

  8. Why, at 4:40, does Jerry work with f5? To me, all I see is danger to his king's position and a lost piece.

  9. That was damn impressive Jerry, excellent game on your part!

  10. Great game. When he moved his rook I thought "Jerry has to take the bishop now" , and when neither of you reacted I assumed it was a bad move to put the bishop all the way back. Also very impressed with the accuracy of the end game under time pressure.

  11. jerry whoopin up on one of the big dogs! go jerry!

  12. Well done, Jerry, against a strong player!

  13. Nice game Jerry. You'd actually beaten Hamilton before (he was playing under the chessbrahs handle during a stream) but it was a bullet tourney game so this is much more respectable.

  14. Amazing game Jerry! And you were even up on time for most part of it

  15. Great game, Jerry! See what happens when you don't get too low on time : )

  16. Which hiimgosu came first? The chess player or the LoL player

  17. Great game and analysis 😉 this game was definitely your style =]

  18. Always love seeing streamer vs streamer, any chance we see more pairings like this in the future? 😀

    Very nice win too!

  19. Well played Jerry! This was very instructive and definitely a game to keep for teaching purposes.

  20. very good game. I think I will keep an eye for a move like Bg4 in the future.

  21. Jerry, the position where you end the video. white pawn takes f5. your Bishop is obligated to rook. all good though. the for sharing.

  22. Awesome game Jerry! What an impressive victory!

  23. very nice game! i liked that idea of inducing f3. i was surprised he didn't play Ba1 because i thought that was the reason he had played Rc1

  24. View the film because I do not possible that you have ping 200 ms?

  25. With a rating difference of over 300, I thought that the result was obvious. Surprisingly not the case.

  26. Nice to see you wining 'easily' in other than a bullet game. GG 🙂

  27. wow, destroying an IM like that was really impressive. Good job!

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