Nimzo and Bogo Indian, The

Christof Sielecki

Reviewer: John Donaldson
Everyman Chess
440 pages

The Nimzo and Bogo Indian by German International Master Christof Sielecki offers one stop shopping for those looking for a solid and dependable repertoire against 1.d4. The author uses 44 carefully annotated model games to explain a repertoire which is based on …d6/…e5 treatments in many of the lines he recommends. This includes the Huebner variation of the Nimzo-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6), the Zurich variation against 4.Qc2 (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6) and 4……a5 in the Bogo-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5). This thoughtful approach minimizes the number of typical middlegame pawn structures the student needs to learn.

While The Nimzo and Bogo Indian offers plenty of concrete analysis there is also a great deal of explanatory prose, which should make it accessible to a wide range of players from 1800 to 2400.