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I recently played 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5, and it was coded as the Noa variation of the Nimzo-Indian. There was a Josef Noa of Hungary, who lived from, 1856-1903, but his recorded games do not include a Nimzo-Indian, let alone this variation. Why is it named after him then?

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    @HerbWolfe The OP wrote "his recorded games do not include a N-I." Do you seriously believe that by "N-I" he meant "Noa"? I don't see why anyone would abbreviate "Noa" at all, much less abbreviate it to "N-I".
    – bof
    Oct 10 '20 at 8:48
  • @bof a simple check of his recorded games does show that he played at least one Nimzo, and it was not a Noa.
    – Herb
    Oct 10 '20 at 10:21
  • @HerbWolfe Completely irrelevant. We do not edit other people's posts to correct their facts. You can do that in a comment or an answer, not by putting your words in the OP's mouth.
    – bof
    Oct 10 '20 at 11:04
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The Oxford Companion to Chess says that the Noa Variation of the Nimzo-Indian was played regularly by Josef Noa, but that he reached the position after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nf6.

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It's probably because he has notable games playing with it or he had analysis published on it.

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