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Bent Larsen vs Axel Nielsen
Nordic Championship (1953), Esbjerg DEN, Aug-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0
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Feb-16-04  Benjamin Lau: Catfriend, on second thought, after looking at this game, it's great but not quite as picturesque as the Nimzo bind game. Perhaps this is a better candidate for someone's bind/zugzwang collection (I think there are about 3 of those floating somewhere.)
Feb-17-04  Catfriend: Can you define pictoresque then?
Feb-17-04  Benjamin Lau: It's hard to say and I know I haven't been completely consistent. I setup some recent guidelines on the collection description. Perhaps I think this game isn't as picturesque because it's not as forceful a bind as Kaplan v.s. Bronstein nor does it have as many pieces as the Nimzo game. I think I need to maybe tighten up the criteria.
Feb-18-04  drukenknight: Catfriend whatever this is is not picturesque, doesnt it look more like black has no clue; look at those moves b4/a5 what is that for? He gets rolled up by pawns and is asleep at the wheel. not trying to exchange when ahead, same old story.
Feb-19-04  Catfriend: I didn't say black played extremely good here. Nor did he do that in the mirror mate game! But I think that the stable built for the knight is pictoresque! Though not enough maybe for the collection.
Aug-13-04  Everett: IRON MAIDEN! Here it is. I think Catfriend's "stable" comment is right on. Pretty interesting.
Aug-13-04  Everett: drukenknight, when is black ahead here? The pawn pushes are there because black has no active plan for some time since he's been outplayed.
Mar-23-06  zev22407: Larsen show us the power of positinal shess-centralization and domination.
Mar-23-06  zev22407: Nielsen cries" I have no moves!"
May-24-08
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  Domdaniel: Very strong players have the ability to make other strong players look like beginners. Fischer regularly did it. It does *not* mean that the loser should be casually abused or relegated to the ranks of patzerdom.

Nielsen didn't actually do much wrong here, but Larsen still outplayed him brilliantly. The game isn't quite in the league of Nimzo's Immortal Zugzwang vs Saemisch - no positional sac, a more ordinary final position, etc - but it's not far behind.

And it also casts interesting light on Larsen's claim (interviewed by Ray Keene in Aron Nimzowitsch: a Reappraisal) not to have been strongly influenced by Nimzo. Though he concedes that Nimzo's influence was in the air in Denmark, partly due to Bjorn Nielsen's book Nimzowitsch: Danmarks Skaklaerer (1946).

May-24-08
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  Domdaniel: Incidentally, other sources give the location for this game as Esbjerg.

I can't begin to imagine what "Local Computer" meant in 1953.

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