17. Nimzowitsch Defense – 1...Nc6

Welcome to our course on the Nimzowitsch Defense – 1... Nc6!

About This Course

While the Nimzowitsch Defense is rarely played in classical games, it’s become a popular surprise weapon in blitz and rapid time formats.

The ideas of the Nimzowitsch Defense are simple. Firstly, by playing Nc6, Black tries to provoke White into ‘showing their cards’ first. As Black hasn’t moved any pawns, the onus is on White to state their intentions.

Secondly, as 1...Nc6 is not a common reply to 1.e4, many players get out of their opening preparation very quickly, giving a practical advantage to Black – particularly for players rated 2,200 and below.

By watching this course, you’ll learn: 

  • The general upsides and downsides of the Nimzowitsch Defense

  • How it can transpose to openings and positions you’re already familiar with

  • Why we believe 2. Nf3 is the best second counter to 1…Nc6

  • Move by move, how to play and gain advantage as White.

Additional reading: You may also find it useful to read our article about the Nimzowitsch Defense which provides an introduction to these ideas. 


About Coach

GM Avetik Grigoryan
Name GM Avetik Grigoryan
Title GrandMaster
Rating 2568

In 2010 Avetik won Armenian National Championship and joined their national team.

After 2 years he stopped playing chess professionally and started coaching career.
Now he is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, co-author of video courses "Right Mood Openings", and the author of the book "Right Mood - Right Move"  which will be published soon. 

In 2018 he founded ChessMood.  

What do you think about this course?


WIM_Siranush Ghukasyan
10 months ago
Mateo Jackson
10 months ago
Artyom Manukyan
10 months ago
Konstantinos Pantelakis
8 months ago
Oh my God! 1.Nc6 is the opening which i play since now. But after seeing this lecture I will stop playing 1.Nc6
amit mishra
1 month ago
Dulina Swarnahansa
1 week ago