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My System - Nimzowitsch
Compiled by BabalooMoon
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Featured games & games that illustrate postions & variations given in Aron Nimzowitsch's "My System" (under construction!)

Quite often, there is no exact example available of the line Nimzowitsch is discussing & the games continue in an alternative fashion. Occasionally these continuations illustrate either an oversight in evaluation by Nimzowitsch or an example of how modern play has progressed since the time this wonderful book was written.

As an example, in Chapter1, Nimzowitsch cites the line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.e4 as an example of exchanging with a gain of tempo. Whilst objectively this is true, Watson points out in "Mastering the Chess Openings Volume 2" that Black is fine after 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 e5! 6.dxe5 Ng4 forking the f2 and e5 pawns, something Gunsberg seemed to understand as early as 1890. The game in the collection illustrated this latter line.

That said, "it is clear from the text of the book that Nimzowitsch was using a lot of the examples illustratively, and did not intend to state every detail about evey position. It would thus be unfair to come back 80-odd years later and point fingers" - Aagaard & Shaw

Part I - Chapter1 - 4 Exchanging followed by gain of tempo
Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1891 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Part I - Chapter1 - 4 Exchanging followed by gain of tempo
R Richard vs Alan Carlson, 1972 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 1-0

Part I - Chapter1 - 4 Exchanging, intermezzo, gain of tempo
Alekhine vs S Spilberg, 1929 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - 5 Liquidation followed by development
J Fernandez Garcia vs Karpov, 2003
(B01) Scandinavian, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Part I - Chapter1 - 5 Liquidation followed by development
H Buckle vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1-0

Part I - Chapter1 - 6 The centre & its urge to demobilise
Lolua vs Petrosian, 1945 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Part I - Chapter1 - 6 The centre & its urge to demobilise
G Hammond vs Morphy, 1857 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - 6 The centre & its urge to demobilise
Rossolimo vs Euwe, 1953 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 68 moves, 1-0

Part I - Chapter1 - 6a Surrendering the Centre
G Kroone vs Koltanowski, 1928
(C41) Philidor Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Part I - Chapter1 - 6a Surrendering the Centre
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C47) Four Knights, 46 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - 6a Surrendering the Centre
F J Lee vs Nimzowitsch, 1907  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - 6a Surrendering the Centre
Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1925
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Part I - Chapter1 - 7 Pawn grabbing in the opening (or not)
Salwe vs C Janowski, 1905
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - 7a Centre pawn captures w/o danger
G Lang vs J Maciel, 1995 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Part I - Chapter1 - Illustrative Games (pawn grabbing)
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Part I - Chapter1 - Illustrative Games (surrendering the centr)
Teichmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

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