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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson
"The Immortal Overprotection Game" (game of the day Apr-01-2009)
Composition (1927) (probably analysis), Copenhagen
French Defense: General (C00)  ·  1-0
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Annotations by Hans Kmoch.

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Jun-09-13
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  offramp: A bad misspelling of lèse-majesté.
Jul-30-13  Tigranny: This game is a fine one by Nimzo but I really don't like his braggy and one-sided annotations. I was especially surprised that he wrote down he was a "marvelous" player at 15.Ne1, when surely there could've been a few resources for Black earlier in the game to exploit Nimzo's passive opening. Imagine if his opponent read his annotations after the game and saw how boastful Nimzo was. Just my opinion though.
Jul-30-13
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  perfidious: <Tigranny>: The annotations were done, tongue-in-cheek fashion, by Nimzo's friend Hans Kmoch, and are hilarious in that light.
Jul-30-13  thomastonk: <Tigranny> Not only the annotations are Kmoch's! The game itself, too.

Kmoch published often one February issue of the "Wiener Schachzeitung" as "Faschingsnummer" (carnival issue), where he mocked in a funny way about the world of chess and its inhabitants.

GM Keene included Kmoch's translation from "Chess Review" from 1951 into his book on Nimzowitsch, but I have not verified this reference. Keene, who said about himself, that he is not good at details (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...), stated that the original version appeared 1927. But I think 1928 is correct: http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a....

Jul-30-13  Tigranny: <perfidious> <thomastonk> Thanks a lot for the info! Just curious about the notes.
Nov-22-13
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  FSR: <Naturally not 5...Nc6 6 Bb5! etc. Why should Black play the French Defence only to allow the Ruy Lopez Bishop move after all?!>

Because 5...Nc6! 6.Bb5?? allows 6...Qa5+, winning.

Nov-22-13  RookFile: Right. I think that was intentional on Kmoch's part too - he's saying that Nimzo could get so bogged down in high fallutin' strategy that tactical details were missed.
Nov-22-13  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <23... Rec8> which secures victory after <24.Nh2 Rc3>.
Dec-17-13  TangoJoseph: 23.... Bg7 stops white
Dec-17-13
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  perfidious: Out with the hegemony of matter, in with the era of the spiritual.

Who knew this could have happened in the 1920s? Thought this was more a late sixties hippie thing.

May-02-14  Conrad93: This is the most subtle form of trolling I have ever seen...
May-24-14
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  Willber G: <Check It Out: I can't play through the game past 14.Qe2 -- pgn error on 14...Nxb4.>

Chessgames have changed the original 11.b4 to 11.b3 for some reason (which renders the many comments regarding ...Qb1+ redundant).

Jul-14-14  SpiritedReposte: "My Systemsson"
Jan-05-15
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  Rookiepawn: <perfidious: Out with the hegemony of matter, in with the era of the spiritual. Who knew this could have happened in the 1920s? Thought this was more a late sixties hippie thing.>

There are some similarities: both were optimistic decades. I associate Nimzo style with Art Déco, that arty-modernist stuff (now it looks much more retro than modernist) reminds me somehow those QB fianchetto - dutch-like positions.

Dec-18-15  yureesystem: This is Nimzovitch little joke, 2.h4?? simply a horrible move; yes, it deserve a double question mark. 1.e4 e6 2. h4?? and now black play the brilliant move 2...e5! and black has at least equality. :)
Dec-18-15
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  TheFocus: <yureesystem> You do know that this game is fake, don't you? It was created by Hans Kmoch.
Jun-21-16  RookFile: h4 is only bad if you neglect to play it on the first move. 1. h4 is by far the most flexible choice.
Aug-08-16  Hunter16: Can anyone explain what overprotection actually means?All I know is that it's the concept of defending an important square or piece to discourage attacks against with the hope of a long term advantage.Am I right?Do correct me if needed,thanks.
Aug-08-16  RookFile: With white, you might put 4 of your men on squares that control e5, even though black only has 3 guys attacking the square.
Aug-09-16
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  keypusher: <Hunter16> I'm a skeptic myself, but <Gypsy> wrote a very interesting series of posts on overprotection back in November 2005. Hope that link works.

Aron Nimzowitsch

I understand there is a new translation of <My System> out -- has anyone read it?

Nov-11-17  Mazymetric: Nimzowitsch was known to be somewhat of an eccentric. Hans Kmoch and Nimzowitsch were good pretty close friends. Kmoch was directing a tournament in Bled. Queen was expected to arrive at that tournament and Nimzowitsch walked into the hall wearing only a bathrobe. Kmoch got angry for Nimzowitsch's misbehaviour and kicked him out. Hence this game was composed by Kmoch as a way to get back at Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch thought it was pretty funny.
Jan-20-18  bkpov: Despite all this numzo bumbo I must state that black played very badly. An attack was afoot on move 17 by a combination of rook and Queen, the fellow very passively moved his "a" pawn. Was probably intimidated.
Apr-01-18
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  OhioChessFan: Best part of the annotations:

<how bitterly disappointed he must have been to realize that 11.b3 had only been a trap and Bb2 had not been intended at all. >

Apr-02-18
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  scutigera: Part of the point of overprotection is that if something needs protecting and you're using only the minimum force to protect it, none of the defenders can move, while if you add even one more defender, any of them can move. This extra flexibility helps you prepare an attack with less risk to your defense.
Apr-02-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: A bad misspelling of lèse-majesté.>

The worst I've ever seen!

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