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Walther von Holzhausen vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Hannover (1926), Hannover GER, rd 4, Aug-12
Nimzowitsch Defense: Franco-Nimzowitsch Variation (B00)  ·  0-1


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Dec-17-04  fred lennox: A great rook ending. Nimzowitsch reliezes after 31.c4 white has a weakness to stop the e pawn. Weak when black plays...a6...b5 to open up the a or b file. So he creates a second weakness by 31...Rh6. "In this ending, as soon becomes clear, the K-side (the h3 and g4 pawns) is the decisive weakness". (Nimzowitsch)
Sep-26-12  birthtimes: White's 59th move was Rd2, not Rh2. Nevertheless, a masterful demonstration of maneuvering by Nimzowitsch, and the rook endgame very instructive!
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  manselton: 31...Rh6

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Shereshevsky quotes Nimzowitsch, "A move which arises from an exact knowledge of the laws of alternation. The point is that sooner or later Black will have to arrive at ...a6 and ...b5, which, with the White pieces fully committed to watching the e-pawn, will give Black chances of invading via the a- or b-file. This would create the pivot necessary for the success of the alternating operation; what would be lacking, however, would be the essential 'two weaknesses' since the necessity for White to 'watch' the e-pawn constitutes, of course, only one weakness. The manoeuvres in the game (...Rh6 etc.) have the aim of creating a 'second weakness' the presence of which will acquire decisive significance in the Rook ending which later ensues."

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