The Nimzo-Larsen Reti (Introduction)

The Nimzo-Larsen Reti is the basis of a transposition that takes most often to an English alternative control center, improved. But it is flexible opening that fits the needs of the position, and offers a choice of effective response to the opposition. It can be played in different ways, and according to the choices and judgments of positions, one can find very easily in one English, one KIA or Catalan.

Diagram 1

A. Nf3 – d5 2. b3 – Bg4 3. Fb2 – Nf6 4. g3 – c6 5. Fg2 – Nbd7 6. 0-0 – e6 7. c4 – …
In this position the Nimzo-Larsen Reti is translated into English, Caro-Kann defense (A12) .








 Diagram 2

A. Nf3 – d5 2. b3 – Bf5 3. Fb2 – Nf6 4. e3 – e6 5. d3 – Bd6 6. Cbd2 – 0-0 7. Fe2 – Nbd7 8. c4 – …
In this position the Nimzo-Larsen Reti is transposed into Kings Indian Attack (A06) .








Diagram 3

A. Nf3 – d5 2. b3 – Nf6 3. Fb2 – g6 4. c4 – c6 5. e3 – Bg7 6. Fe2 – 0-0 7. 0-0 – DA5
In this position the Nimzo-Larsen Reti is again transposed into English (A12) .

You will notice in the three diagrams, control boxes d4 and e5 . There is also a recurring challenge to the square d5 . The pawn structure is sound and does not easily dismantled in mid-game, which takes in a final serene in general.

Despite its apparent passivity is a very active stance based on the control of black squares and search of progressive weakening of the adversary. It is an opening that does not matera quickly, and does not offer a spectacular game. But it provides a strong position , a healthy pawn structure , play progressive and adaptive with a flexibility that expects and anticipates the opponent.

Herve Garnica
National Master