E e d d f g

Atl 5 e5 > g8 This unusual move, or rather the strategic conception underlying Nimzowitsch's interpretation of this move, contains in itself the quintessential Nimzowitschian paradox provocation and prevention, under one roof, as it were. White will naturally wish to administer sharp punishment for the 'insult' involved in returning the knight to its initial square, e.g. Levy-Heidenfeld, Dublin 1968 5 g8 6 Ae3 b6 7 g4 . But such violence may later react to White's disadvantage, especially if...

Ie k d d e f b if f d c Lxbl A

Brilliant conception which enables him to fight successfully for control of the vital d5 square. 7 2xbl 0-0-0 8 cxd5 On 8 c5 Nimzowitsch planned g5 followed by JLg7. 8 tfxd5 9 xc6 xc6 10 0-0 e6 II & e3 & e7 12 We2 d5 13 Sfcl Wd7 14 2c4 bS 15 Wd2 2c8 16 > el Ae7 17 & d3 Hhd8 18 c2 f5 19 2c 1 g5 With the centre secure Nimzowitsch undertakes a powerful wing diversion. 20 hc5 .xc5 21 Sxc5 Sg8 22 e2 h5 23 ild2 Not 23 xh5 g4. 23 h4 24 a4 g4 25 a5 a6 26 b4 c6 27 Sbl f7 28 2b3f4 29 e4 f3 30...

The Trouble with Tarrasch

(' very much against Tarrasch and so on ') Nimzowitsch's feud with Tarrasch is notorious and has been mentioned elsewhere in this volume in Nimzowitsch's own words. From Nimzowitsch's comments we can see that, prior to 1914, opposition to the great Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch, the leading German master (apart from Lasker), the 'world tournament champion' (a title Tarrasch gained at Ostend 1907) and challenger to Lasker's individual title, provided the spur to Nim-zowitsch's own remarkable progress....

On the Delights and Torments of Combination

The principal error that was committed in my case was not, of course, the fact that the first lessons fell short of what we now consider ourselves entitled to expect of an ideal chess pedagogue. For, as I was endowed with a considerable store of active imagination, the 'formalistic' spirit of the first lessons was quite incapable of extinguishing in me an intense love of chess. Considerably worse was another circumstance Father had, apparently, no wish to face up to the fact that I clearly...

E e

140 World Championship Candidate Selected Games 1925-1928 Not a very accurate game, but full of ideas and brilliant touches. The brilliancy manqu and subsequent see-saw struggle are typical of Nimzowitsch, as we shall observe more closely from the preamble to his game versus Bogol-jubow from San Remo 1930. We witness here an impressive example of Nimzowitsch's uncompromising approach to tournament chess and also of his courage. It took courage indeed, to adopt the hazardous Greco against so...

Discussion with Bent Larsen

At various stages throughout this book I allude to connections between Nimzowitsch and Larsen. As we all know Larsen was Denmark's most successful player and his chess-formative years occurred some time after Nimzowitsch's death in 1935, the year in which Larsen was born, when the great Master's influence amongst Danish players was considerable. Larsen was not only Denmark's leading player, but one of the most successful tournament players of our era - as Nimzowitsch was of his - and many of...

Selected Games

Many of the games that follow are discussed by Nimzowitsch in his autobiography. I e4 e5 2 & c3 c6 3 Ac4 Ac5 4 d3 d6 5 f4 Nimzowitsch rapidly abandoned such rustic openings as this. They never appear in his later years. S & f6 6 f5 h6 7 g4 > a5 8 Wf3 9 dxc4 c6 10 Ad2 a6 II 0-0-0 b5 12 ge2 Ab7 13 h4 We7 14 g5 fodl 15 ig3 f6 16 Ae3 bxc4 17 h5+ & d8 18 Axc5 foxcS 19 We2 & e8 20 gxf6 gxf6 21 xc4 a5 22 e2 < > d7 23 Sh2 Sag8 24 We3 & c7 25 2hd2 2d8 26 fohS *T7 27 h5 28 2g2 2dg8...

Why Write About Nimzowitsch

Aron Isaewitsch Nimzowitsch (7 November 1886 - 16 March 1935) was one of the world's leading Grandmasters for a period extending over a quarter of a century, and for some of that time he was the obvious challenger for the world championship. Nimzowitsch, however, belongs to that select group of players (which includes Rubinstein, Keres and Reshevsky) who were not granted the opportunity, for various reasons, to play a match for the world title at the time when they had reached the peak of their...

B foaS

Now one can see that the knight is as good as taken prisoner, and who has brought this about The 200 The Crown Prince Selected Games 1929-1931 Many will wonder at this all too direct advance, and so I did myself during the actual encounter. I knew quite well that a slow undermining of the hostile central position (through, e.g., 9 f4 and 10 tf3) would have been both the indicated and stylish course. But I thought that such a way of proceeding would take too much time, and that my opponent was...

Nimzowitsch Romih

(Notes to this game are by Nimzowitsch, translated from Danish) A bishop that knows what it wants, such a bishop you can find in the dear old openings, e.g. in the variation 1 e4 e5 2 fof3 3 -& c4, for here the bishop stands and menaces the king. Already in the Ruy Lopez the threat seems to obtrude a little less sharply, as here the whole purpose is to counteract the establishment of the enemy centre. In the modern openings the situation is far worse, for there the bishops are entirely...

WcS Sd

The carnage is dreadful 76 2e4 Sf3 77 lt S d2 Wg5 78 4 gt c2 This protracted war of attrition against a future world champion is one of Nimzowitsch's most typical and most imposing achievements. The strategic king march in the middlegame The preceding game provides an excellent illustration of a theme that appears frequently in Nimzowitsch's play the king march. That is not to say that Nimzowitsch exercised a monopoly over this strategic device, but I would claim that it characterises...