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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Rudolf Spielmann
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 11, Aug-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A year later, Spielmann would use Nimzo's opening to upset Capablanca. So I guess the loss was worth it.
Dec-26-07  sandmanbrig: nice game. though i do wonder how spielmann missed 21 Ndf6+!
Jan-14-08  Amarande: <sandmanbrig:> Black had by far the bad of it far before this; this is one of those examples of how the advantage of strongly superior development is driven home effectively even in a position where no quick mating attack is available.

All of White's pieces are out; Black paid little or no attention to the QB and QR, in addition in positions of the type as in this game ... Ne4 was not to be advised (viz. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894). However, after this, Black should have either gracefully given up the Pawn or protected via ... f5 and accepted the strong attack White is likely to achieve on the g-file after f3. The exchange of Bishops at g5 simply leads to even more loss of time as Black's Queen is kicked around, which leads to the final forking trick with the Knights.

Indeed, after 19 Nxd5, Black had no choice; 19 ... Qc6 appears to be the only move to save the Queen from the impending discovered attack threat Nf6+. If Qb5 or Qd8, the Queen is lost the same way, and there are no other valid flight squares for the Queen. Finally if Black tries to avoid the check via 19 ... Kh8, there is 20 Nef6!! gxf6 21 Nxf6! and Black cannot both prevent the threat of mate in two at h7 and at the same time save his Queen. As a result, the loss of the Exchange was the least Black could do.

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