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Efim Bogoljubov vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 3, Aug-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1
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Apr-09-05  Whitehat1963: Player of the Day plays the Nimzo-Indian and shows excellent technique. Definitely one of his finest hours.
Apr-09-05  WorldChampeen: I was reading that letter by Bogoljubov which I cited under the player personality Spraggett's page.

There are those obviously in the know on this on a histrionic basis; so I humbly opine that these two had this rivarly between them and in no small way, part of that equation is that one had the Bogo-Indian and the other, the Nimzo-Indian. If not professional jealousies, well, professional hostilities maybe. Again, surely this has been addressed in the past.

Oct-23-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: I make your pawns look like your grandma's teeth

Position after 32 g3xf4:


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This game from Nimzowitsch, and this position in particular, has got to be one of the very best examples of the Bulgarian chess saying, <<<"I make your pawns look like your grandmother's teeth.">>>

Feb-29-08
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  whiteshark: As Raymond Keene wrote in his 'Reappraisal':

<This game was distinguished with a prize 'for the best played game' (500 crowns). The above game was played on August 2, 1929. On September 6 of the same year Bogoljubow sat down to play the first game of his world title match with Alekhine.>

p.225

Feb-29-08
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  keypusher: I have never been able to rate this game too highly because of 13. dxe5. How could White make such a move, unless it was absolutely forced?
Apr-14-09  WhiteRook48: really ruined for white
Oct-20-10
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  kingscrusher: Haha - guys you gotta check out Nimzo's annotations for this game. They are quite funny!

There are available online in the Google book sample for Nimzo's annotated book for Carlsbad 1929, which i just ordered from Amazon:

http://books.google.com/books?id=p-...

Oct-20-10  paladin at large: Yes, good notes by Nimzo, among them, Bogo's pawns being "an army of invalids". Terrible positional play by Bogo - you have to believe Alekhine looked forward to his match which started a month after this game.
Oct-21-10
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nNx...

Nov-18-10  Marmot PFL: <4...Bxc3+!? is also an unusual move (my comment). Nimzowitsch was fully convinced that the bishop advantage was worth the doubled c pawns. Modern Nimzo players today usually only concede the bishop advantage after white has wasted a tempo with a3.>

The threat of Bxc3+ is usually stronger than the execution.

Jan-20-11
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  GrahamClayton: <RaymondKeene>This game was distinguished with a prize 'for the best played game'.

Nimzowitsch said in the tournament book that he shared the best game prize with the following game:

G A Thomas vs Euwe, 1929

Feb-05-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: I MAKE YOUR PAWNS LOOK LIKE YOUR GRANDMA'S TEETH

Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1929


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Feb-05-12  RookFile: <keypusher: I have never been able to rate this game too highly because of 13. dxe5. How could White make such a move, unless it was absolutely forced? >

This is a good question. Bogo knew more than many how to play dynamic chess - why he would play like a dead fish in this game is a mystery.

Feb-06-12  King Death: < paladin at large: ...Terrible positional play by Bogo - you have to believe Alekhine looked forward to his match which started a month after this game.>

White in this game played 2 matches for the championship but this wasn't his best day for sure. He didn't even get any dynamic play to offset his weakness in this game, except for one small chance that Nimzo swatted away like a fly.

Feb-06-12
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  tamar: I enjoy Nimzovitsch colorful language when he says after 17...Nd7 the white position suffers from "a profound, inner decay", but he wasn't being self-critical enough in not mentioning that he didn't prevent c5 on move 20

Nimzovitch writes "21...Bb7-c6! preventing the break c4-c5" but strangely does not comment on 19...Ne5 when an alert opponent would have played 20 c5 in a flash.

After 20...g5 21 Bxe5 dxe5 22 Rd7 the rook gets to an active square, and the game is pretty even.

Black could have prevented this with more prophylactic moves like 19...Re7 or 19...Bc6, because it is only his premature 19...Ne5 that allows the break possibility, and White has no other active plan.

Feb-06-12  King Death: < tamar: Nimzovitsch...wasn't being self-critical enough in not mentioning that he didn't prevent c5 on move 20 Nimzovitch writes "21...Bb7-c6! preventing the break c4-c5" but strangely does not comment on 19...Ne5 when an alert opponent would have played 20 c5 in a flash...>

Maybe he just missed it instead of not "being self critical enough". I know I overlooked it!

<...After 20...g5 21 Bxe5 dxe5 22 Rd7 the rook gets to an active square, and the game is pretty even...>

This looks about right although I think I'd still play Black here.

<Black could have prevented this with more prophylactic moves like 19...Re7 or 19...Bc6...>

And of these moves I'd probably play 19...Bc6 because like you say, White can't do anything active.

Feb-06-12
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  tamar: <King Death> Stranger to me that Bogoljubov missed 20 c5 too, when he had a chance to throw at least one set of Grandma's teeth back in Nimzo's face.

Page 5 gives a look into Nimzowitsch's mindset in the early rounds (this was round 3)

<Thus my skepticism showed itself in twofold fashion: first, in excessively harsh self criticism; and second, in the suspension of my belief in my own destiny. A lesson to remember, no doubt of it!

This skepticism, or more accurately, pessimistic outlook, gradually dissipated as the tournament progressed, while my optimism grew with each succeeding round.>

Feb-06-12  Shams: <tamar> 20.c5 dxc5 21.Bxe5 and 22.Rd7<?>
Feb-06-12
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  Penguincw: Poor pawn structure can lead to bad endgames.
Feb-06-12
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  tamar: <Shams> That position looks equal to me, but I would take White with the easy attack on f7.
Feb-06-12  Shams: <tamar> And c7 too, but is that the line you had in mind, was my question. :)
Feb-06-12
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  tamar: No, my thinking didn't get that far, <Shams>

I just thought it must be better to have a rook on d7 than on a file that never can be opened.

Dec-17-15
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  Mating Net: A cruel, ironic twist in this game is that Black mercilessly exploited White's weak, doubled pawns, but ended the game with doubled pawns and a winning position.
Mar-13-16
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  TheFocus: Prize for the best played game - divided between Nimzowitsch and Euwe for their games with Bogoljubow and Sir G.A. Thomas, respectively - <American Chess Bulletin>, September-October 1929, pg. 151.
Feb-10-18
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  Big Pawn: 23...Nxf3+!
24.Rxf3 g5
25.Rf2 gf
26.Rxf4 Qg5

-+ 1.94

Stockfish.

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