Nimzo-Indian: Classical, Vitolins-Adorjan Gambit – Standard chess #28

I played a standard chess game as white with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the Nimzo-Indian: Classical, Vitolins-Adorjan Gambit. It’s white’s bishop-pair versus black’s speedy development out of a Nimzo-Indian, Classical variation. Black offers a gambit by move 6 with the aim to accentuate development. By move 16 however, the advantage of two-bishops and a development lead dissipate. Instead play produces a symmetrical structure where specific attention is geared towards the queenside and some key squares on the c-file.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b5 { E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation, Vitolins-Adorjan Gambit } 7. cxb5 c6 8. Nf3 cxb5 9. Bg5 Bb7 10. e3 a6 11. Be2 Nc6 12. O-O Rc8 13. Qd2 Ne4 14. Bxd8 Nxd2 15. Nxd2 Rfxd8 16. Rfc1 Kf8 17. Rc3 Na5 18. Rac1 Ke7 19. f3 d5 20. b3 Kd7 21. Kf2 Rxc3 22. Rxc3 Rc8 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. e4 Bb7 25. e5 Nc6 26. Ke3 f6 27. f4 Ne7 28. Bd3 f5 29. b4 Nc8 30. Nb3 Bc6 31. Nc5+ Ke7 32. Nxa6 Nb6 33. Nc5 Nc4+ 34. Bxc4 dxc4 35. g3 h6 36. Kd2 g5 37. Ke3 g4 38. Kd2 h5 39. Kc3 Bd5 40. a4 bxa4 41. Nxa4 Kd7 42. Nb6+ Kc6 43. Nxc4 Kb5 44. Nd6+ Ka4 45. Ne8 Kb5 46. Nf6 Bf3 47. Nxh5 Bg2 48. Nf6 Bf3 49. d5 exd5 50. Kd4 Kc6 51. b5+ Kxb5 52. Nxd5 Kc6 53. Ne7+

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  1. I learned a lot here especially from middle game to the endgame! You're like a fox lurking out there waiting to devour an unsuspecting prey!🤭

  2. Don't worry Jerry, a lot of people worry about the knight B4.

  3. not taking on e4 and allowing e5 was a huge strategic mistake in the endgame from black. Practically, I don't even think its holdable. dxe was necessary, followed by rerouting the knight via c6 and placing the bishop on the long diagonal. It's uncomfortable for black but probably he can hold

  4. Strong positional play .i like watching your games because my style of play is similar to yours i can relate to your thinking

  5. Question: @around 35:30 – what about Kc3 (Zugzwang) followed by a4. I don't see any fortress for black

  6. Jerry, around move 29 when you are considering the longer path for the knight to take, you proposed nf3 then ne1, and once the bishop moves you could go nd3 and finally nc5 into the hole. I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on two elements of the position: 1. if you move your bishop to get the knight into the hole, doesn't that allow for a5? In this line your eventual knight on c5 wouldn't have as many targets. Is that a problem worth considering?

    2. During that time that you move the knight, are you worried about your opponent setting up their knight to offset yours and then maneuvering their bishop to the Queen side? is there a plan that your opponent would be putting into action. at that time?

    thank you so much for the content! I especially enjoy these 15 minute games – I love seeing your longer thought processes. If you ever want to spoil us, I would love to see a longer game! it would be spectacular to see how someone at your level thinks for bigger games.

    Thank you gain for all of the great content!!

  7. Another awesome video to watch, keep doing them Jerry! Also, why do you think that the computer was wrong when it gave a higher advantage to white on d5 rather than d6?

  8. Kinda weird how the computer preferred Black's d7-d5 idea to your d7-d6 idea. I was really surprised when your opponent played d5; it made his bishop look so useless.

  9. I like the term you used to describe the two knights that were fighting over the b3 and c4 squares. "offsetting pieces." It's like they had tension with each other, but indirect tension.

  10. jerry what kind of smart phone do you have? 🙂

  11. Hey I watched this game live! I'm in the bottom left corner!

  12. I hate it when this guy does computer analysis but doesn't scroll down to show the mistakes summaries.

  13. Hey Jerry thanks for the amazing content 🙂
    I was wondering about Bf3 at 18:50 to meet a knight move with a bishop recapture to eliminate black's in my opinion best piece

  14. 35:30 Pawn break I was thinking a4 while king is at c3 to pick up the c4 pawn

  15. Is that the pro version of lichess or something? How do you get all of the games in the bottom right?

  16. In the mid game (after move 15) I don't see why you don't want your bishop on c3. I used the lichess analyiser and stockfish doesn't like it, but the way I see it, it puts him on a diagonal that isn't staring at a supported pawn, and forces blacks bishop off of b2 in support of the rook. You have a knight and a pawn to recapture if he ever takes, but he doesn't. So why don't you put him there? Especially on move 18, why blind your bishop instead of moving him there? He can't take unless he wants to trade the bishop for a rook. (New player trying to learn)

  17. 4 dislikes? What is there to dislike about this guy and his videos…

  18. Can you do a summary of when in a game is a bishop considered a bad bishops? I know the simple version is 'pawns on light, bishop on dark', but I want to know more about the relationship between a bishop and the opponent's pawns.
    For example I understand that you often want to put your pawns on the same colour complex of your opponent's bishop to blunt it (c6 d5 vs kingside fianchetto), but in this game you kind of transitioned into putting all your pawns on dark and successfully claimed that black's bishop has nothing to strike at. To me it almost seems like they're two opposite solutions to the same problem. Can you maybe make a dedicated video on bishops and pawn play, elaborating on what you're thinking when deciding which road to go down? Thanks.

  19. I'm amazed by that endgame. Literally every piece of yours was on a dark square, making his light square bishop unable to harass anything really while your knight roamed the board. Don't know if you planned it all precisely but good job regardless!

  20. Hahah what a rampage with that knight at the end

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