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Albert Becker vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Breslau (1925), Breslau GER, rd 6, Jul-25
French Defense: Normal Variation (C10)  ·  0-1
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Apr-04-04  Helloween: One of my favorite games of all time. There is so much of a story to be told throughout the moves of this entire game. Black trades his Bishop pair without provocation on move 5. Then he moves a piece for the second time, a Knight, to the edge of the board on move 6. His plan: to control the light squares on the Queenside, particularly c4, with a closed centre. Black finally commits the pawn structure with c5-c4 on move 10. He keeps a piece off of g5 with his 12th move. On his 13th move...!?!? is all there is to say. The Black King is laughing at the White forces. The struggle continues, with Black attempting to sacrifice a pawn on move 18 to be able to place his Knight back on f5. Instead, White opts for tactics on move 19 and comes out with a pleasant position, only to see Black trade off his Bishop for 2 pawns. He also seizes the initiative. There are 3 sets of doubled pawns on the board, and Black has two of them on adjacent files with the f and g pawns. Play then transposes into a very interesting ending where the side with the 2 pawns, Nimzowitsch, has all the play. The position is clearly drawn, but for some unknown, avarice-filled reason, maybe frustration and contempt for not being able to win despite having an extra piece, White thows the half point down the drain in the span of a few moves. 48.fxe5 and 48.(49.)Rxa3 both draw easily, but 48.Ra6+ and then 49.Rb6+?? were absolutely horrible. Oh, the fury Beck must have felt within him after this game!
Oct-10-04  sneaky pete: <27... Bxd5!> "Not good would be 27... Rxe6+ 28.dxe6 Bxh1 29.0-0-0 Be4 30.e7! ..."

<53.Ke2? ..> "After 53.Kc2 .. the game was still drawn, because 53... Rc4 is followed by 54.Kb2 Rxc3 55.Rxf5 .. etc."

Emanuel Lasker in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, August 28, 1925.

Dec-14-07  staplerman: What is the intent behind 3...Nc6, which blocks the critical e-pawn?
Jan-07-09  zdigyigy: Did white miss a draw after 47...e5? Why cant white take the pawn on 48.Rxa3? after 48...exf4 (what else is there?) 49.Bf2 after Bf2 I dont see how black can win now, if anyone sees a line for black, please demonstrate.
Jan-07-09  FHBradley: Yes he did.
Jan-07-09  AnalyzeThis: 47. Rxa3 draws, but there is nothing wrong with the natural 47. fxe5 Rxe5 48. Rxa3.
Nov-14-11  Xeroxx: great play
Apr-07-12  bystander: Why does black not castlle somewhere between move 11-14? E.g 11).. 0-0, 12) 0-0, ♗d7 13) ♘f3 ♗c6 14) ♗a3 ♕d7. Of course, this leads to a completely different game.
Apr-07-12  bystander: Is 14) g4 really neccessary? Black gets more changes on a king-side attack. Why not 14) 0-0, ♔c7 15) ♕h5 f6 16) ♗a3
Apr-07-12  bystander: An alternative for 19 ♘c4x 19 h3, ♔b7 20) ♗b4, ♘ac6 21) 0-0-0, ♘b4x 22) cb4x, ♗a4x 23) ♘c4x also with a small advantage for white.
Apr-07-12  bystander: Another possibility on move 27.
27.. ♗b5, 28) 0-0-0, fe6x 29) ♖he1,
♔b7 30) ♖e6x, ♖e6x 31) de6x, ♗c6 32) e7, g6.
Apr-07-12  bystander: 38.. ♖h4 looks better to me. E.g. 38).. ♖h4, 39) ♖g3x, ♖f4x+ 40) ♔d3, e5 and white has a small advantage.
Apr-07-12  bystander: Instead of 41) ♗c1, I prefer 41) ♔d3, ♖h2 42) ♖g3
Aug-28-12  Xeroxx: I don't know.
Aug-19-17
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  Domdaniel: < What is the intent behind 3...Nc6, which blocks the critical e-pawn?> Despite what they say, there's more than one way to play the French. Nimzowitsch, understanding its shock value, compared 3...Nc6 to "swearing in church" - a phrase which John Watson borrowed for his 3...Nc6 chapter in 'Dangerous Weapons: The French'.

Think of it as akin to the Nimzowitsch Defence 1.e4 Nc6. Black will play for ...f6 and ...e5 instead of the usual ...c5. Alternatively, ...Nc6-b4 and ...c5 may be possible in some lines. There can also be similarities with the Guimard line 3.Nd2 Nc6.

Oct-22-17  bkpov: White delayed in centralising its black bishop. 36. B d3 might be better.
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