The Knockout Nimzo (Tony Kosten)
100 mins. ISBN
In this video Grandmaster Tony Kosten hacks a path for you
through the jungle of opening theory. He presents a complete and powerful
repertoire for Black against the main lines of the Nimzo.
The Nimzo-Indian Defence (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4) offers
dynamic winning possibilities for Black that persist throughout the game. Black
trades the bishop pair, but in return gains the tactical advantage of quick
development, and often also saddles White with long-term pawn weaknesses.
Running time: 2 hours. VHS video, available in PAL or NTSC
(details of which format is generally used in which
country are available).
Quotes from Reviews
"What do you get for your money? A healthy 100 minutes of
video, based around 13 "theme" games. There are also five "summary" sections,
one at the end of each subset of games. The title is not just the usual cringe
worthy hyperbole you find on videos, the emphasis is indeed on carrying the
fight to white by utilising any lead in development black may come by.
is it by? It is written and presented by Tony Kosten, author of several good
introductory opening books such as "The Dynamic English" and "Easy Guide to the
Najdorf". One of his skills as an author seems to be the selection of a small
but satisfactory repertoire from the wealth of material available on a complex
and wide-ranging opening. He has also written in depth about the Nimzo in past
Who is it for? This is an introductory work, aimed at players who
either just don't get along with books or who find it easier to digest and
recall the more dynamic visual medium of the video. It is all very well getting
80 games for your money in a book as opposed to 13 on a video, but if you drop
the book after chapter one, or cannot remember what you read a day later, you
would have been better off getting the video. Another thing about videos is
that if you have had a hard day and feel lazy, the video (a) sets the pieces
back up (b) moves them for you and (c) turns the pages, all without any effort
from yourself. Unfortunately, my copy neither made the tea, nor fetched a beer
from the fridge, but maybe these features are available as an upgrade.
is in it? The five basic sections covered are
(1) the less frequently seen
choices, 4 f3, 4 a3, 4 Bg5;
(2) The 4 Nf3 system;
(3) The classical 4
(4) The main line 4 e3 with 5 Nf3 or 5 Bd3; and finally
The main line 4 e3 with 5 Nge2.
So, pretty good coverage of the chief
replies, and enough depth in each section to give you enough confidence to go
out and have a crack at it. No game on 4 Qb3 or 4 g3, but do you really need
them? The games are quality grandmaster stuff in general, featuring both Karpov
and Kasparov at various points. Kramnik also appears, but only as the bad guy
(White) who loses (ha!), but in a quick-play game. The games are also very
recent, the oldest is from 1992 and run right up to 2003, so there is a crisp,
fresh feel to it all. I found the section summaries a very useful idea,
emphasising the key ideas and moves from each group of games. Tony Kosten does
all the presentation, and is a very credible speaker, imbuing confidence. His
tone is quite and rational; there is enthusiasm, but without the excited
squeaking of a Ward or Norwood (well, OK, they get a bit keen at times). The
production values were high, it has a more polished look and better sound
quality than most opening videos I have seen.
Where does it belong? On your
shopping list, if you are going to market for a new opening repertoire this
season. Even if you later decide to get into the defence in depth, this is a
good way to get introduced to it quickly." David G Smith, WEEKEND CHESS.
"...I certainly think that learning a new opening via a
video is more fun and less time-consuming than by reading a book, as someone
else has weeded out all the irrelevant material and chosen the most useful
games to study. ... " Alan Sutton.
"English Grandmaster Tony Kosten has written the book on the
Nimzo-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 ) and now he has made the videotape as
well. In this well-prepared production, he provides a repertoire against the
various main lines for White, and as is usually the strength of badbishop
productions (GM Murray Chandler et al), provides a thorough grounding in the
strategic concepts of the Nimzo. It will come as no surprise to experienced
players that this often involves pressure on a weak doubled white pawn on c4.
The main lines for White considered on the video are 4.f3, 4.a3, 4.e3, 4.Nf3,
4.Bg5 and 4.Qc2. Other rare lines, such as 4.Qb3 (played against me by an IM,
however) you can probably handle on your own once you have absorbed the
concepts on the tape. The main concepts emphasized by GM Kosten are piece
activity and the strategic demolition of White's pawn structure when possible,
and he is willing to sacrifice to further these ends. For example, after 4.Qc2
he recommends the immediate d5, rather than the common 0-0. In Kramnik-Kasparov
(Moscow 1998) this led to an exciting struggle eventually won by black. Another
little plus is his coverage of the line 4.Nf3 b6, which can easily arise as a
transposition from the Queen's Indian. This is a dynamic line that will really
help the average player. White can suffer major tactical demolition if he isn't
careful, as in Malakhatko-Korobov (2001) which went 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 c5
8.a3 Bxc3 9.bc3 d6 10.f3 Nc6 11.e3 g5 12.Bf2 Qe7 13.Bd3 0-0-0 14.0-0 h5 15.a4
h4 and White was already in trouble. I found myself wishing that Kosten had
made another tape covering the entire Queen's Indian and other white side
lines, and perhaps he will some day. The Knockout Nimzo is a truly excellent
production and comes highly recommended" Bill Whited, Chess Country.
"The material is well written, and production very slick."
John Saunders, BCM.
"A pleasant and effective way to get up-and-running in the
durable but ambitious Nimzo." Chess Monthly.