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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson
"The Immortal Overprotection Game" (game of the day Apr-01-09)
Composition (1927)  ·  French Defense: General (C00)  ·  1-0
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Given 22 times; par: 46 [what's this?]

Annotations by Hans Kmoch.

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May-01-12  who: On chesscafe it says that the move was 11.b4.
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  Check It Out: I can't play through the game past 14.Qe2 -- pgn error on 14...Nxb4.
Dec-14-12  Blaise99a: Kavalek also has 11.b4 (which makes me pretty sure the listed 11.b3 is correct; as Kavalek himself notes at move 21....

"The overprotection fairy tale has to have a happy ending: Bf8- In the real world black mates in four moves: 21...Qb1+ 22.Nc1 Rxc1+ 23.Bxc1 Ba4+ 24.Kd2 Qc2#

Jan-31-13  donehung: Nimzo's annotations are a shameless display of vanity lol
Jan-31-13  JimNorCal: "Nimzo's annotations are a shameless display of vanity lol" Keene's book on Nimzo credits Hans Kmoch with the parody. Also, he notes that Nimzo was reported to have been amused by it.
Jan-31-13  JimNorCal: btw, check the position after White's 21st move to see why this is the "Immortal Overprotection" game :)

Other than White's king, all his pieces are protecting e5.

Jun-09-13  dmvdc: <The rest is more or less a matter of technique.>

I actually laughed at that line on 3.e5's annotation.

Jun-09-13  dmvdc: On move 21:

<Note the aesthetic effect created by White's position.>

Did everyone notice that there's a giant question mark formed by the pieces and pawns in center of the board (with the two rooks being the vertical stem of the question mark)?

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  PhilFeeley: If this was a parody (a composition), was it intended to mock Nimzowitsch's "My System"?
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  Phony Benoni: "Poking fun" is probably a better way to put it. Kmoch was an admirer of Nimzowitsch, who was amused by it.
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  tamar: They seem to have been buddies, Kmoch relating how he rescued him from his eccentric behavior

<This once helped me save a
potentially embarrassing situation at the Bled tournament of 1931. Yugoslavia was then a kingdom, and Bled was the summer residence of the royal family. The queen and her children were in fact living there while the tournament was in progress, and the tournament committee was nervously on the alert in case Her Majesty might drop in. Considering the circumstances, the committee was mortified when Nimzovich, who that day had a bye, sauntered into the playing room wearing only a bathrobe, and refused to leave. Imagine a Jewish chess player presenting himself almost naked to the queen! A horrible case of lèse
file:///C|/cafe/fromarchive/fromarchive.htm (2 of 4) [3/1/2005 10:45:33 PM] From the Archives
. I happened to be the tournament director, and the committee came to me desperately seeking help. I grabbed Nimzovich gently by the neck and gave him a boot in the behind as I propelled him toward the door. Fortunately, he saw the humor in the situation and left at once, laughing all the way.>

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  offramp: A bad misspelling of lse-majest.
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.
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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 (, stated that the original version appeared 1927. But I think 1928 is correct:

Jul-30-13  Tigranny: <perfidious> <thomastonk> Thanks a lot for the info! Just curious about the notes.
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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.

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  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
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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  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  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 Dco, that arty-modernist stuff (now it looks much more retro than modernist) reminds me somehow those QB fianchetto - dutch-like positions.

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