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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Oldrich Duras
14th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier A (1904), Coburg GER, rd 21, Aug-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Standard. Unorthodox Replies (B15)  ·  1-0


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  Gilmoy: 14.Nh2 must have been a deliberate exchange sac to lure away Black's two most active pieces -- after 17.Rxf1 Black's Q-side is about three tempi behind the game. 21.Rf5 looks like some kind of trap attempt: Nf8 22.Rxg5+ (f6 is pinned sideways) unclear. But what if 21..Qxg3?

23.Rf2! is a clever tactical shot: Black's R must retreat, and 25.Re2 threatens weak h7. Black must return one pawn (25..f5) to untangle his Q-side. White is still behind, but from 30, Black's endgame play is pitiful -- dropping pawns, not taking White's weak a2-pawn, not challenging White's lone R, and stumbling into forks. Time pressure, or character flaw?

Feb-12-08  outsider: simply a phenomenal game and so little-known. of course, it is in the nimzo books, but not many read them in the computer age... great. hat off to nimzowitsch
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  Calli: 24...Rf8?? , handing the e-file to White, is inexplicable. After 24...Re7, what does Nimzo do?
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  Pawn and Two: <outsider: of course it is in the nimzo books> In which of the books on Nimzowitsch can this game be found? I have checked four of mine, but cannot find it.

<Calli> You are correct. After 24...Re7, Black has a strong advantage. Fritz indicates 25.b3 is White's best response, with the suggested continuation of: (-1.58) (21 ply) 25... Nb6 26.Rxf6 Nxa4 27.bxa4 Kg7 28.Rd6 Re1+ 29.Kf2 Rc1 30.Nf5+ Kf7 31.Rh6 Bxf5 32.Bxf5 Rf8. Fritz now shows Black to be maintaining his advantage: (-1.63) (22 ply) 33.g4 Kg8 34.Rd6 Rf7.

There were a number of missed opportunites in this game. Here are some that I located with the help of Fritz:

At move 12, White can obtain a strong opening advantage with 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Re1.

At move 13, Black could have obtained an approximately equal game with 13...Nxg3 14.fxg3 g6.

At move 14, White could have obtained much the better position with 14.Bxd6 Nxd6 15.Rae1. Instead, after 14.Nh2? Bxg3 15.fxg3 Ne3, it is Black that has a strong advantage.

At move 23, Black could win a piece with 23...b5!. Black still has considerable advantage after 23...Qxh6, but the lose of a piece would probably have resulted in a quick win for Black.

I would not consider this game to be well played by either player.

Mar-31-08  outsider: pawnandtwo> sincerely, i do not remember. in my childhood, roughly in 1987 i remember "reading" this game in russian (i lived in the territory of the ussr), and here, only two books were available: "my theory" and "my theory in practice" (??) if i correctly recall their titles. it may have been that it was included into an appendix or added by the editor, i just do not know. i simply did not care then. i could not remember the opposition player, but over the last 21 years, woken at any hour and shown the position after move 22, i would have said: white is aaron and he won it
Jan-15-12  cunctatorg: "My System" is the one Nimzowitsch's book, the other one being "The Praxis of my System"...

I wasn't aware of those bold Nimzowitsch's early "researches"!!...

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  TheFocus: A third book by Nimzowitsch is <Blockade>.

Those three together should be studied by everyone.

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