Play the Nimzo-Indian Defence – GM Varuzhan Akobian

Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian teaches the kids a good defense against 1. d4, the Nimzo-Indian. Three branches are explored: the Classical Variation, the Rubinstein System, and the Kmoch Variation.

E36 Nimzo-Indian, classical, Noa variation, 5.a3
Gregory Kaidanov vs Varuzhan Akobian, US Championship (2012): E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric system, Bronstein variation
E25 Nimzo-Indian, Saemisch variation


  1. Nyc lecture sir. But am still stuck on 11.00 the bishop in the middle of the center

  2. I'm still a little unsure. Did GM Akobian go on to win his game?

  3. What is the continuation if Queen doesn't take on c4?and plays e3?

  4. Akobian is a good teacher. I really enjoy this class.

  5. @1:08 Asked Arjun (literally an Indian) name of the opening. I could not stop laughing 😂😂

  6. Every time I watch this I feel bad for myself

  7. We Indians thought ROTE Learning was prevalent only in India.

  8. Excellent teacher indeed,even im a filipino,easy to digest ur lecture master,

  9. Excellent lecture master,very understandable,im speechless to ur abilities in teaching

  10. Very addictive topic,really helps me improving

  11. Been my teacher for years my ratings went up 250 points

  12. @11:45 To push and get rid of your weakness, are you going to let him do that?
    He probably meant to push and attack your weakness, are you going to let him do that?

  13. Sir please tell what do we do if in the classical variation after A3 Bc3 then why not bc3

  14. I feel very lucky to have free access to such high class lectures. A big thank you!

  15. There is something about his teaching's that no other teacher teaches. Var is great

  16. Akobian clearly doesn't know his chess history, everyone knows the Nimzo-Indian is named after Mr. Indian

  17. 5:20 "He wants the E4 square, are you gonna give him the E4 square?" "Nooo…" "No! How you gonna stop it?" "Ba3" WutFace

  18. thankx for providing such videos.
    ❤️ love from india 🇮🇳

  19. Sometimes I am playing a game and just think of one move then I hear Var scolding me “that is just move. What is variation?”

  20. Grand Master Akobian, you are a star who rdiates light unselfishly to all chess enthusiasts. You are our world champion and this is no flatter.
    Roland Orro from the Philippines.

  21. Greetings to Akobian from Austria, Iran 👍🏽💪🏽

  22. Thank you very much
    Easy to understand for a begining player like me.

  23. are you gonna let him do dat?

    -Varuzhan Akobian

  24. Thank you so much for this post. I will use your video as a guide in my present YouTube video project. Thanks. I'll reword it differently though.

  25. Excelent lecture, thank you for making it available

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