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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Georg Salwe
"Overprotection Racket" (game of the day Aug-04-2005)
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 15, Sep-09
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0


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Dec-24-03  CapablancaRules: Is very interesting to see how White, after completely paralise Blackīs pawn chain, is able to put any piece he want in the outpost e5, and use it to launch the attack.
Jan-21-04  niklas: In my copy of "My System" (swedish edition), this game lacks the 38. Kf1 Bc6 moves. Of course this could be an error of the translator. But I have also seen both variants in the enourmous.pgn file that Hyatt (of Crafty fame) maintains. Does anyone know what variant is correct? I doubt both were played :-)
Sep-20-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: A great game that well illustrates Nimzo's theories, particularly regarding the over-protectiuon of e5 in this type of position. A very advanced game positionally for 1911.
Oct-20-04  fgh: <CapablancaRules>: Yes, it is nice to see how Nimzowtisch dominates the weak black squares d4 and e5, and after it launchess a attack against the black king with 24. Bxh7!. By the way, if 24. ... Nxh7 25. Qg6! Kg8 [25. ... Re7 26. Rh3 Kg8 27. Rxh7 followed by 28. Bxg7 with an destructive attack.] 26. Bxg7! Re7 27. Bh6+ Kh8 (27. ... Ke7?? 28. Qg7+ Ke8 29. Qg8+ Nf8 30. Qxf8#) 28. Bg7+ Kg8 29. Bf6+ Ke7 (29. ... Kf8 30. Qg8#) 30. Qg7+ Ke8 31. Qg8+ Nf8 32. Qxf8. No computer used.
Aug-04-05  fgh: Finally, it becomes the game of the day! First btw today.
Aug-04-05  PaulLovric: <fgh> damn it
Aug-04-05  fgh: Sorry :-)
Aug-04-05  PaulLovric: don't you just love the dramatic annotations, "Black...His war cry...Room for the e-pawn!"
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  ajile: I wish we had more annotated games like this. Preferably by the winners.
Aug-04-05  PaulLovric: <ajile> i second that motion
Aug-04-05  mjk: Here are the games mentioned in the annotations:
Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1912
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  xenophon: never one to undersell himself was he(Nimzowitsch I mean)
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  xenophon: annotation by winners is like history;it's useful but one must remember it's one side of the story and inevitably biased and coloured to favour the victor.
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  aginis: <fgh> i can tell that you didn't use a board either, the black king takes a ride on a horse from g8 to 29...Ke7 not to mention that that spot is occupied by a black rook. (and in case you meant 29...Kf7 that spot is a little too close for comfort to the white queen on g6!! (not to mention the extra 27.Bh6+ Kh8 28.Bg7+ Kg8)

still kudos for trying thats how you build OTB skills.

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  aginis: on a seperate note how about 37.Bxf6!!
most players would try to keep the 2 bishop advantage but Nimzowitsch not only precludes any possibility of an off colored bishop draw but completely neutralizes any black counter chances. the Bd3 rules the board; the black king is completely cut off.
Aug-04-05  Shokwave: Gotta love the way he swaps pieces in and out of that e5 outpost. My copy of "My System" (21st Century Ed., English)is missing the 38th moves by both players presented here as well. No big.
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  AgentRgent: My favorite move is 31. a3!

Not one to get lost in complications and neglect his position, in the midst of all the fireworks on the kingside, Nimzowitsch takes a moment to shore up his queenside in preparation for the liquidation that is to come.

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  kevin86: Nimzowich does an addition to overprotection-use a piece to gum up the works.About every piece you can name covered e5---or even the empty square.Black's game was bottled up at e6.
Aug-04-05  fgh: <aginis>: Thanks, but I realised my mistake long ago, as soon as I have posted my post :-) But I was too lazy to delete it :-)
Aug-13-05  supertimchan: I can't figure out the mistake by black. 5..Bd7 shouldn't be the decisive mistake. But the book explain this game only in winner's view (ie. only winning ideas, no comment on how black can improve)
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  patzer2: <supertimchan> The opening explorer indicates 8...a5! is a more popular move than 8...f6, and was good enough for a draw in Yuchtman vs Vaganian, 1971. It appears to impede White's development enough for Black to equalize.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: So many people think that Nimzo was such a brave new thinker when he played 7 dxc5 here, not like that dogmatist Tarrasch.

But clearly they have not read
Tarrasch's analysis of his victory in the same line Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888. After the standard moves 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 Bd3, Tarrasch gives his next move 6 ... cxd4 an exclamation mark, and points out that 6 ... Bd7 allows 7 dxc5.

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  Plato: <Jonathan> Thank you for that fascinating tidbit, it certainly casts things in a different light! If you don't mind my asking, where did you read about this? A modern book, or do you own the work in which Tarrasch published his analysis?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Plato> now I understand what you asked on the Capa forum, so my answer there does work :) I bought the Russian translation of Dreihundert Schachpartien in Moscow in 1988, and snapped up the English translation when it came out, but it seems to be out of print :( It's interesting to read his own words; there is some of the quaint dogmatism he is overly famous for, but a lot of concrete thinking the defies many of the stereotypes, and even advocates some Nimzovichian ideas.
Jul-19-07  Gerenense: <patzer2> 8...Qc7 seems also good, with the idea of encircling the advanced e-pawn with further ...Nge7-g6. Another advantage of this move is that allows the black bishop to retire to b6 after a hypothetical b4 by white.
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