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Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Berlin 1903  ·  Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0
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Aug-29-03  MiCrooks: This game was posted on another site yesterday that has a "game of the day" I like to look at GMChess.com. Problem with the site, is that the quality of the games he picks often are pretty poor, as is the analysis of the position.

In this game, Nimzowitsch does not play well at all. He first decides not to take the draw in hand which is fine, but then right afterwards misses 14...Rxg4 15.Be4 Rxg5 16. Bf3 where he appears to be winning comfortably. Instead, he plays to open the h-file with hxg4.

Then a few moves later he misses 21...Qf5 which picks up the loose Bishop on g5 winning. The Bishop cannot move otherwise Qh5+ and g3 leads to mate. And 22. Bh4 Qh5 23. g3 g5 wins the Bishop as well with the attack still rolling.

Finally, in the position as given, the move made 25. e6 which looks good and in fact wins against Nimzowitsch's reply fxe6 as Rxf5 wins a piece and the game. Bxe6 dropped the Queen, but f6! leads to a complicated position where Black is still playing.

Simply Kg1!! however takes away the Queen's only potential flight square so that an eventual Re3 wins the Queen for a Rook and the game. Thing is, this line which is clearly the best was not even mentioned. The only thing shown was the game continuation.

When you are asked to find the winning line, you normally are not allowed to expect the other side to make blunders. This, unfortunately, is a common theme in the positions given at GMChess.

Hurray for Chessgames.com! Sometimes the positions here are trivial, but rarely are they cooked!

Aug-30-03
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  Calli: <MiCrooks> Very good analysis! 14...Raxg4! is the easiest win. He can still win later with 15...Qh2+ 16.Kf1 g3 17.f3 (pretty much forced) Bf2 with Qg1 and Qxg2 next.

Nimzo did miss 21...Qf5, but Blumenfeld's 20.Re2? was a blunder. 20.Bd3 is good.

25.e6 is another mistake. As you point out, 25...f6 and black is in the fight. Instead White can go for the queen trap immediately. 25.Rdd2 threatens Re3 and I don't see a lot black can do about it.

Dec-26-03  Dick Brain: Well of course a game like this isn't going to in general stand up as completely sound. It wasn't played according to Fred Reinfeld. It was played in the style of Adolph Andersson and players of that ilk. Terrific complications which are pretty hard to solve over the board.
Dec-30-03  CapablancaRules: I think this probably is a stupid question but what Event "It" means?
Dec-30-03  ughaibu: My guess is "international tournament".
Jan-03-04  CapablancaRules: I do not think so, Ughaibu. I think it is a kind of chess tournament, like Gt (Vienna 1905 - all the players have to face each other two times.)

Another question... I have no information about Nimzo playing a tournament before 1904 in Coburg. Is this game authentic?

Jan-29-10
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  TheFocus: According to Per Skjoldager, noted Nimzowitsch expert, there is no source for this game in any magazine or column. Nimzowitsch played many games against Blumenfeld in the period 1902 - 1906, according to his autobiographical booklet ‘HOW I BECAME A GRANDMASTER’, but Nimzowitsch never cited this game.
Feb-01-12  RookFile: I suspect he wanted to forget about it as rapidly as possible.
May-11-12  DanielBryant: Nimzo was kind of a megalomaniac, yes? How many of his losses did he put in that booklet?
Jan-09-14  nhnsn: <calli> Thanks for the analysis, but instead of 17.f3 is better 17.Nd1!
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