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Rudolf Spielmann vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Match (1905), Munich GER
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1-0


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Oct-29-02  bishop: Young Nimzowitsch loses too much time in an open position with 9...Kh8 and 10...Ng8. Spielmann pounces on him quickly.
Dec-22-03  CapablancaRules: I have never seen 5..e5 before.
Dec-22-03  Bitzovich: what was the point behind Ng8??
Feb-17-04  nasmichael: Very aggressive.
Apr-09-05  RookFile: You would think this was a simul
exhibition or something, LOL
Apr-06-07  malbase: There are 156 games that have been played with the
e5 line, including Alekhine - Capablanca 1927 at the New York International. Reshevsky tried the line once. Tartakower played the line more than several times.
Jan-08-08  RookFile: I'm waiting for this one to appear around Christmas, with a tag line of "Nimzo got run over by Rudolph the reindeer".
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  whiteshark: Spielmann at his best.
Apr-16-08  YoungEd: The star move, I think, is 13. Ba3. I never would have thought of it, though once you see the queen on the long diagonal, you know something good will happen for white!
Dec-18-09  zanshin: White to play, move 16 - it seems Spielman's sac is sound:

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[+6.46] d=14 16.Nxg7 (0:17.04) 23350kN

Mar-13-11  altai: Could anybody explain to me why black resigned?
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  tpstar: <altai> Welcome to the site. =)

The primary threat is 20. Bd3+ Kh6 21. Bc1#. 19 ... Nxh5 doesn't work due to 20. Bxh5+ Kh6 21. Bc1#, and the Ng8 can't help defend (20 ... Ne7/Nh6) due to 20. Qxf6#. Off day for Nimzowitsch.

Curious how the Sacrifice Explorer classifies 13. Ba3 as a Rook sacrifice when it's really an exchange sacrifice.

Mar-13-11  Open Defence: White has a mating attack,


if 19...Kh6 then 20.Bc1+ Kg6 21.Qg5#

the longest Black can avoid mate is trying to give up his Queen but White need not take it immediately and still has a mating attack in the line:

19...Qd7 20.Bd3+ Bf5 21.g4 Rfe8 22.Bxf5+ Qxf5 23.Qxf5+ Kh6 24.Rxf6+ Nxf6 25.Qxf6#

Feb-01-12  RookFile: Games like this teach you that there are many positions where you don't want that dark squared bishop to take on a1, even if it is a rook. LONG before files matter in this game, diagonals were critically important.
Jun-16-13  gezafan: You simply cannot play this way against Spielman!
Jul-30-16  erimiro1: Your system? My system!
Nov-25-16  Octavia: in 1905 Nimzowitsch withdrew from chess for a year to study it!
Jul-05-18  FSR: The sample size is small, but Opening Explorer shows that Black scores horribly with 5...e5, and very well with 5...h5 and 5...g6.
Jul-05-18  FSR: <My System> meets <The Art of Sacrifice in Chess>.
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