In this video I demonstrate how my 1.d4 chess repertoire mnemonic memory system works by looking at a random selection of Nimzo-Indian variations.
The challenge is to see if I can recreate the specific variations from the keyword associated with their location in my memory system.
The Nimzo-Indian Variations in my 1.d4 Repertoire
I have included ten variations of the Nimzo-Indian in my 186 variation 1.d4 opening repertoire. They are variations 41-50 in my system and as such they are allocated the following keywords based on the Major mnemonic memory system:
Beware of casually extending your pawn chain to “usher away” your opponent’s queen!
Here’s what happened in an online rapid game I played against my regular opponent. All I can say is that none of my opening errors were punished by my opponent, so the #pubchessbluffer bluffed his way through to victory!
I was White and opened with 1.d4:
Nf3 [my usual move here, if I follow John Watson’s repertoire, is 4. e3] g6
c5?? Qc7? [White extends his pawn chain and Black misses a game-winning opportunity.]
Here’s the situation after 13. c5??
Can you find the best move for Black after 13. c5?
This is the first in a series of short videos that I’ve started making for a group of Japanese college students who are studying English, and who, with some prompting from me, have recently taken up chess. The students all started as complete beginners. Most of them also have no experience of playing Shogi, or Japanese chess. So chess is something completely new for them.
A couple of weeks ago we decided to start a line group to discuss chess. I post a problem to the group once every few days, and then a day or two later I post a video that goes through the problem in what I hope is an easy–to-understand way.
The videos are all less than five minutes long, and each one focuses on just one problem. That makes these videos ideal material for “Easy Chess Tips”!
Each video looks at just one chess problem and explains why the solution is the best (or only) option.
Here’s Problem 1, Taken from 100 Chess problems for the Rest of Us, by T. E. Klemm. It is White to move.