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Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1962), Yerevan URS , rd 13, Dec-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: This is an example of really overwhelming centralization. Nimzowitsch would have been very satisfied with this game.:-)
Jul-11-06  RookFile: Actually, Korchnoi did not play this the way Nimzo would have handled an isolated d pawn. (First restrain, then blockade, lastly destroy). His play was far more dynamic than that, and he even willfully exchanged knight for knight to 'un-isolate' white's d pawn.
Jul-11-06  Runemaster: <Honza> Thanks for pointing this one out - I loved this game many years ago and I'm surprised that I hadn't yet kibitzed on it.

Like <Rookfile>, I've never found this game especialy Nimzovichian, but more an example of clear, dynamic "classical" play. In this tournament, his second USSR championship win, Korchnoi delibrately planned to play in this sort of style (not really typical of him overall) and it worked very well.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Rookfile> <Runemaster> Of course, I also don't see this game as something played particularly in Nimzowitsch's style and my sentence was rather a little hyperbolic reaction to the position after Korchnoi's 37...Qd5 than a comment of all this lovely game. Still, I think that Aron the Great would have been quite pleased to see anything like

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Jul-11-06  RookFile: I guess players before and after Nimzovich had no idea it as a good idea to centralize pieces.
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  Honza Cervenka: <before and after Nimzovich> Before Nimzowitsch players had to have ideas, after Nimzowitsch they have .... well, Nimzowitsch.:-D

Of course, many things attributed to Nimzowitsch were not his personal invention and/or exclusive patent. But he described, explained, conceptualized and organized them perfectly in his writings and also he applied them consistently and passionately in his practice. He definitely deserves some credit for that.

Jul-11-06  RookFile: Well Honza, take your diagram. Suppose you showed it to 100 masters. How many of them do you think would say: "Boy, that is really Nimzovichian to have pieces in the center!" ?
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  Sneaky: I don't know how many would say it, but I bet all 100 would agree with it once it's been said.
Jul-11-06  RookFile: Well, I don't deny that Nimzo put pieces in the center. Is he the only guy in the history of chess to do this?
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  perfidious: A fine positional game by Korchnoi against an opponent of the highest class.
Nov-14-17  SChesshevsky: Nimzowitsch might've liked Korchnoi's trading off the isolated pawn for the rooks on the open file. Eventually getting one on the seventh.

A seemingly well thought out game by Korchnoi.

Feb-27-18  zydeco: 19....bxc4 is an interesting way to create imbalances in the position.

27.Rfd1 may be a better defense, trying to exchange on the d-file, although 27...Rd3 looks strong.

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