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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 21 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

Annotations by Hans Kmoch.

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Apr-01-05
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: MAGNIFICENT CHOICE for the April Fool's Game of the Day!
Apr-01-05  d4Nf6Bg5: lol...good show
Apr-01-05  DCP23: Is this for real??? :0
Apr-01-05  catlover: Since it is April 1st, I thought maybe we would see posted here today one of those casual games that Karpov and Fischer played when they got together to discuss a possible nonofficial championship match in 1975.
Apr-01-05  fgh: Hahaha! Great stuff :)
Apr-01-05  weirdoid: <catlover> You mean, when they were discussing a possible secession from FIDE and creation of a two-member players' organization?

Oh wait .... the calendar in my watch is working well, after all ...

Apr-01-05
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  cu8sfan: Incredible! Gary Kasparov and Bobby Fischer are playing a game on ICC!
Apr-01-05
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  Calli: I'll be releasing the lost Morphy-Steinitz (New Orleans 1883) game later today.
Apr-01-05  Milo: 23...Qb1+, perhaps?

Who did the anotations? Was it really Nimzowitsch, that famous jokester?

Apr-01-05  Milo: I suppose not...
Apr-01-05  maoam: <Milo>

Kmoch (see http://www.chesscafe.com/text/mysys...).

Apr-01-05  Granite: <24. g4! - Much stronger than the obvious Bg5+ etc.> LOL.
Apr-01-05  Marco65: I think Black's play could be improved a little :) (e.g. 21...Qb1+)

Jokes apart, I heard from a strong master that Nimzowitsch's overprotection is a concept that didn't pass the test of time, and was probably used by Aaron as an exaggeration of the idea of minimizing one's weaknesses in a era when chess players still thought only of attacking.

Modern players normally protect weaknesses as much as they can be attacked, going "over" that means using in defense some piece that could be employed otherwise.

Apr-01-05  JohnTal: 23 ... Qb1+, 24 Kd2 ... R or Q c2#.

23 ... Qb1+, 24 Nc1 ... Rec8,
25 Bg5+ ... Ke8

23 ... Qb1+, 24 Bc1 ... Qd3+,
25 Nd2 ... Rec8.

What am I missing - Nimzo was plenty pompous 14 !'s in 24 moves

Apr-01-05  Catfriend: Great choice, <chessgames.com>! Nimzowitsch's notes and the ! marks after almost every move, both naive and haughty, are so delicious! I, personally, expected the famous zero-move game to be chosen on 1.4, but I guess it would be too obvious...
Apr-01-05  ConspTheory06: Guys its all April Fools. Is this even a real game cause it looks pretty made up to me...Systemsson sounds like the name of a chess fanatics dog to me so maybe that explains Nimzo's playing....he wasnt trying to beat a human...?? Personally i laughed the whole way through. good job ChessGames.
Apr-01-05
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  cu8sfan: This is so hilarious! I must admit, this morning and without any coffee, going over the game fairly quickly I didn't quite get it. Now that I read the annotations and followed the game... So funny.

I never quite got what all the hullabaloo about My System was about. Maybe I'm too weak of a player but things like < the obvious Bg5+ etc.> or <The text move... prepares for the annihilating invasion by the Queen 18 moves later.> are just what I don't like about it. Maybe once I'm better I will be able to grasp this books full strength...

Apr-01-05  Marco65: <cu8sfan> I guess those are not quotes from "My System". Despite my lack of faith in the overprotection, I have to admit My System is a great book and a must read even today, probably the first book about positional elements one should read. I even think it's the only one you need if you're below 2000 like me, and therefore at the level when most games are decided by tactical oversights more than other factors.

I started to read "Reassess your chess" by Silman, then I suspended in favor of a book of tactical exercises when I lost against a master in a good position for a stupid blunder :)

Apr-01-05
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  cu8sfan: <Marco65> I know they're not actual quotes but they're pretty much in the spirit of My System. I read My System and didn't understand it. Now I'm reading Pachman's 'Modern Chess Strategy' and things are so much clearer now. I think Nimzovich's ideas are great but the way he tried to teach them is not good for me personally.
Apr-01-05  hintza: A lot of people seem to be missing the point of this. Hans Kmoch composed this game and the amusing annotations are his too.
Apr-01-05  pdl521: Can anybody tell my how the trap is established after 11. b4 according to Aron ?
Apr-01-05  Marco65: <cu8sfan> "Modern chess strategy" appears to be a good alternative to My System, but can you stand descriptive notation?
Apr-01-05  hintza: <Can anybody tell my how the trap is established after 11. b4 according to Aron ?> As I have said, this is not a real game, Nimzowitsch did not play it, he did not write the notes to it.
Apr-01-05  Catfriend: <all> after a short net-search, I see Hintza's correct about this game. Excellent trick, <cg>!
Apr-01-05  hintza: Yes, he is correct! April Fools indeed! :-)
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