The Nimzowitsch – Larsen Attack

I was in Germany last week recording my latest DVD on this topic. During my research I discovered just what a wonderfully bizarre opening it is and look forward to giving it a whirl in some of my own games. It’ll certainly make a pleasant change from my usual 1.g3.

Here’s Larsen himself using it in one of the games featured on the video. The exchange on f6 to damage Black’s structure (5.Bxf6) occurs surprisingly often though not usually in conjunction with a later advance of White’s g-pawn. Wonderful stuff!


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: