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Karl Behting vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Training game (1910), Riga RUE, Mar-27
Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)  ·  0-1


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Jan-13-11  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10 Ng3, 10 Nxe7+ gains the bishop pair. On 10..Qxe7 11 Re1 Nc5xe4 12 Nxe4 Nxe4 13 Bd5 Bf5 14 Bxb7 White has the better of it.
Jan-09-16  TheFocus: A training game to prepare for the Hamburg 1910 tournament. Played in the Cafe Fingerhut in Riga, Latvia on March 27, 1910.

Nimzowitsch annotated the game in <Die Praxis meines Systems>, pg. 124-127.

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  fredthebear: This is a Philidor Defense, Exchange variation from Black's point-of-view. White normally develops Nf3 on the second move. If White advances the f-pawn, Be2 is often played. Black gets better than normal operational space in this game.
Nov-13-17  JimNorCal: 28. ... Ng4 is the sort of move that makes your heart sink when your opponent plays it.

That said, can White play Rxa6 to recover his pawn?

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  OhioChessFan: I assume you mean 30. Rxa6 as 29. Rd1 is necessary to guard against mate.

Rxa6 is fine, but it was 33. Kf2 that led to White's problems, not 30. Bd4. 33. Re4 and it's dead even:

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Even worse was 35. Rda1 which was clearly a strategic error. Trading a Rook for no reason when already down a Pawn is a fundamental mistake. 35. Ra5 and again, it's just about dead even.

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Nov-14-17  JimNorCal: Thanks, OCF, yes I meant 30 Rxa6.
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