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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 6, Mar-14
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1


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Nov-01-07  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch provoked White to weaken his e3-square with 7 ... ♗c8-g4!? 8 f2-f3?! and then focuses his play around this square.

The following two diagrams show the real benefits that Nimzowitsch has reaped with his outstanding positional play.

Position after 22 ... ♖e8-e3:

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Position after 29 ... ♕d5-e4:

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  plang: White has had some success with 6 Qh5 but the theory was not well developed yet at the time of this game. 11 Qe1?! with the idea of transferring the queen to the kingside seems over-optimistic; a few months later at Hanover Samisch played the more natural looking 11 Nxg6 against Nimzovich though Black won that game as well. Nimzovich was generally not a big fan of playing with the isolated queens pawn but in this case White's pieces are not set up well to take advantage of it. 16 f4? created additional weaknesses; Nimzovich recommended 16 Qh4 (16 Bg5 is another option)..Nf5 17 Qxd8..Raxd8 with only a small edge for Black. After 18 c4 Black had a passed d-pawn but the alternative 18 cxd..Ncxd4 19 Qd1..Nxe2 20 Bxe2..Qh4 21 Rf3..Rad8 would have been no bargain for White either. 25 Rd2?! allowed Black to exchange the blockading bishop on d3; 26 Qc2 would have been a more stubborn defense. A pretty mate would have been 35 Rc3?..Re1+ 36 Nxe1..Qf1+ 37 Qg1..Nf2#. Nimzovich pointed out that 35..Ne1? would have backfired after 36 Re2!..Rxe2 37 Qd8+..Kh7 38 Ng5+..Kh6 39 Nxf7+..Kh5 40 Qh8+..Kg4 41 Qh3+..Kf4 42 Qg3+..Ke4 43 Nd6+.
Oct-01-16  Aunt Jemima: An early f3 after ...Bg4 is not uncommon even these days. It's a part of the standard theory. Yes, there is a hole on e3 but if white doesn't exchange the wrong pieces and give up the center at the wrong time, it's easy to absorb this hole. Same with black when white plays Bg5 the norm is to counter with ...f6.
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  brankat: All this may be true, but, personally, every time I see ana early <f3/f6> I just shudder :-)
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