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Roll with the Nimzovich: The Exciting and Surprising Wheeler Gambit in the Nimzovich Opening

Updated: Feb 12

1.e4 Nc6 2.b4 Nxb4 3.c3 Nc6 4.d4

In the wheeler Gambit,white has given up a pawn for a centre pawn roll and an open queen side with possibilities for rigorous activity on the queen side.

Have you ever played the nimzovich wheeler gambit?

Consider the below game to understand how a normal player might undergo a confusion with the moves played by each of them, a topsy turvy one.

e5 5.dxe5

White reduces the tensions at the centre being a pawn down,helps black to develop his bishop to c5 in most cases. But the game is not sided yet…..

Nxe5 6.f4 Ng6

With the pawns storming on the black’s king side,it is genereally advisable that the knight doesn’t retreat towards the side where there is a chance of an attack.

7.Nf3 d6

Blocking the bishop’s development to a comfortable position, thereby restricting the roles of the pieces.

8.Bc4 Qe7 9.0-0 Be6 10.Be2 Bd7 11.Qc2 0-0-0 12.c4 Bc6 13.Nc3 Nf6 14.Bd3 Nh5 15.g3 Kb8 16.Nd4 Bd7 17.Nd5 Qe8 18.Rb1 Bc8

Being a bit more over cautious when the attack was yet to arrive on the table,happens usually when there is an attack and we look and think of the king to be in grave danger and such moves get played.

19.Be3 c5 20.Nb5 Qc6 21.Rb3 Nf6 22.Nxf6

Knight at the centre has a much better role to play than exchanging with a knight placed at the side where the action is less.

gxf6 23.Rfb1 Rd7 24.Nc3 Ne7 25.Qb2 h5 26.Nd5 Bg7 27.Qg2 Nxd5 28.cxd5 Qc7 29.f5 Bh6 30.Bxh6 Rxh6 31.Bb5 Re7 32.Bc6 b6 33.a4 Bb7 34.a5 Bxc6 35.axb6 axb6 36.dxc6 Re5 37.Rxb6+ Kc8 38.Rb8+

And a looming checkmate in another 4 moves.

When you look at a game played by amateurs it is easily understandable and a lot can be learnt in the process and adapted while playing in a game.

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