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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Frank James Marshall
New York (1927), New York, NY USA, rd 17, Mar-17
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  1-0
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Jul-28-03  tip712: I love your site. Thank You.
Aug-10-03  morphynoman2: If 21... Nxd5, then 22. Rae1! Be6? 23. Bxc5!

23... Be6 24. Qxb7 Rc8 25. Rae1!

28. Re8!

May-01-04  refutor: according to Tal-Botvinnik 1961 by Tal, Marshall had the White pieces in this game.
Jun-14-04
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  ray keene: nimzo was white i can assure you
Jan-01-06  syracrophy: After 30...Qf7 31.Qd8+ Qf8 32.Qxf8++
Jul-11-06  RookFile: Well, this is a famous game, Marshall had some ideas, but Nimzo outplayed him nicely.
Jul-11-06  KingG: Nimzo seems to play quite dynamically himself in this game.
Aug-04-06  KingG: Is this the first ever Modern Benoni? In any case, their don't seem to be many more Modern Benonis until the 1950's. Were people put off by this game?
Aug-04-06  whatthefat: <KingG>
You're spot on, they were put off by the success of the knight's tour in this game. I recall reading it from some 1970s Benoni book.
Aug-04-06  KingG: <whatthefat> Ok, thanks. Seems strange to modern eyes that this game could frighten people off the whole variation.
Aug-08-06  Albertan: Marshall missed the drawing resource 23...Kg7! Even if Nimzovitch continued 24.Qg3 (setting up the potential for a discovered check), Marshall could play 24...Be6! 25.Rae1 Qd7
Aug-08-06  mpl: After 23. .. ♔g7 white can win the exchange by 24. ♘e3 ♖e5 25. ♘d5 ♖xd5 (25. .. ♗e6 26. ♕xb7+) 26. ♗xf6+ ♕xf6 27. ♕xd5 with an ongoing attack.
Apr-20-08  Whitehat1963: Monday/Tuesday puzzle after 27...bxa5.
Apr-22-08  Sleeping kitten: <KingG> This was not the first ever modern Benoni. Marshall had already played it in the previous round against Capablanca Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927.

There are also some kinds of antecedents like Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927, two rounds earlier; from a Queen's indian, the position soon got a modern Benoni flavour. And in Capablanca vs Janowski, 1924, we have a typical Modern benoni with colours reversed at move 9.

Jul-08-08  Ulhumbrus: One way of looking this is that with 21 Qb3! and 22 f5!! Nimzovich obtains a winning attack.
Jul-27-09  visayanbraindoctor: In this game, Nimzo follows Capa's strategy in a previous round (see <Sleeping kitten>'s post) Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927, the Nf3 - d2 - c4 maneuver. However Nimzo apparently out-prepped Marshall who probably had prepared an improvement in Capa's Fianchetto Variation by entirely avoiding the Fianchetto and immediately embarking on the Knight's Tour early in the opening. Even in the 1910s and 1920s, masters who got out-prepped were liable to get blown off the board. Here, Nimzo blew the out-prepped Marshall off the board in short order.
Sep-10-09  WhiteRook48: Nimzo is down 3 pawns and wins
Jul-14-14  paramount: <WhiteRook48: Nimzo is down 3 pawns and wins>

Dont look just on one side.

Yes, after 27...bxa5 white is down 3 pawns BUT look at the other sides:

1. Black is down a rook just for a knight

2. Look at the black king position, very bad position, exposed by all sides.

3. White rook on e-file just dominating the game.

so in terms of materials, i say its balance, 3 pawns to rook for a knight.

But in terms of position, black as a metaphor, is facing a hangman's knot while a bunch of soldiers pointing gunpoints to his back to get the neck to the knot. No road safety.

Where is the mistake?
Im sure, the mistake is 21...Rxd5, Nxd5 is much better.

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