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R R3 looks like an adequate defence, but then comes the brilliant stroke RxN , e.g. 33. RxQ, R R8 + 34. K B2, P x R + 35. KxP,RxR 'Black wins the QRP and then decides the game in his favour by a direct attack with the rooks. Do not overlook that passed Black QRP lurking in the background' (Nimzowitsch). As in his game versus Spielmann from Stockholm, 1920, Nimzowitsch harries the whole White army with his Q and N. Meanwhile, the White KR will not run away. 35. K Q1 Q B8 + 36. K Q2 Or 36. K...

Pqb Pk Pkn Br

A considerably more dynamic and 'problem-setting' move than the normal 4. B N2. Nimzowitsch's innovation was subsequently borrowed by Alekhine and at the moment it numbers several Russian Grandmasters amongst its supporters e.g. Smyslov, Bronstein, Petrosian and Keres. * Black's 29th move is ridiculous but he loses anyway, e.g. 29. R Q1 30. N B7. Mate or 29. , BxB 30. PxB, with the horrible threat of P B7. Finally, 29. R B2 30. BxB + , RxB 31. NxB , followed by N-B6 + . (RDK) A very natural...

Discussion With Bent Larsen

At various stages throughout this book I allude to connections between Nimzowitsch and Larsen. As we all know Larsen is 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 is 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...

Tailpiece

To end with, as my publisher is showing distress at the increasing length of my book, I give seven games without much comment. They have not appeared in English notation before and show Nimzowitsch at his best, but frankly I include them simply because I like them. Game played at odds of the queen. Remove White's Q from the board and also Black's KN. Played at Riga, 19 Nimzowitsch-Leelaus. Nimzowitsch Attack l 1. P QN3, P K4 2. B N2, P KB3 3. P K4 (compare Nimzowitsch's game versus Winter, page...

B Pk Pqb Nkb Nqb PqpxP

N x P, P Q4 This was played for the first time by Nimzowitsch against Rubinstein at Carlsbad, 1923. That game continued with 5. P x P modern theory has also elaborated (a) 5. B QN5, PxP 6. NxN, QxQ + 7. KxQ, P QR3 8. B R4 (8. N Q4 + , PxB 9. NxP, B N5 + 10. K Kl, R Ql 10. 0 0 0 11. QN B3, P B4 F, von Holz-hausen-Nimzowitsch, Dresden, 1926), 8. B Q2 9. N B3, B x N 10. B x B +, P x B 11. N x P, P K4 12. K K2 , P KB4

C N x N P x N P x P Q x P Nq Nb Bk Pk Bk Bb Qq Qk

N N3 and this represents White's best line. the influence of nimzowitsch on modern opening play 57 (C) 1. P K4, P QB4 2. N KB3, N KB3 The Nimzowitsch variation. This was the spiritual forerunner of Alekhine's defence, and therefore of crucial importance to one entire stream of development in modern chess. Nimzowitsch first played this line against Spielmann at San Sebastian, 1911, and it is worth quoting Nimzowitsch's comments on the opening This set Spielmann thinking. After some minutes I...

Modern Opening Play

Modern Interrogation

'Nimzowitsch's contributions to openings theory were of such importance that it is difficult to think of anyone who had a comparable influence in our time' Harry Golombek . There are many ways of categorising great chess masters, and one legitimate method is to divide them up according to whether or not they were restricted in their achievements to practical play really Lasker and Capablanca belong to this class since they left behind them no coherent corpus of advanced theoretical writings ....

Parody By Hans Kmoch

After all these genuine games by Nimzowitsch my collection concludes with a bogus one This witty parody of a Nimzowitsch game, with mock Nimzowitsch notes, first appeared in 1927 in German. The author was Hans Kmoch, incidentally a great admirer of Nimzowitsch. Far from taking offence Nimzowitsch was himself highly amused by Kmoch's effort. As with all good parodies the spirit of the original does shine through, in distorted fashion of course. Concealed in the humour are clear indications both...