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Erich Cohn vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Munich (1906), Munich GER, rd 2, Nov-08
Old Indian Defense: Normal Variation (A55)  ·  0-1


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  Eyal: <Domdaniel: I've just played through a 100-year-old ending, E.Cohn-vs-Nimzowitsch, Munich 1906 (not in the CG database, unfortunately [not anymore...], and missing from some of the big online and commercial ones as well - but the ending from move 39 is in My System).

At one point Fritz was screaming for a move (55...Qe5 instead of 55...a5, if anyone is interested) that won material and would have left Nimzo 2 or 3 pawns up. It was far too obvious to overlook, and it had no hidden traps like a perpetual for Cohn. But it would have been a distraction from his plan; his queen would have taken too long grabbing pawns and working back to its strong centralized position. So he kept the pressure on: Cohn resigned 10 moves later.

Our winning method after 36.b4 is similar.> (The World vs A Nickel, 2006)

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  Domdaniel: Thank you, Eyal.
After some detective work I finally figured out that My System - at least in the English version - had confused two quite different Nimzo vs Cohn games. Glad that's sorted.
Aug-18-08  myschkin: . . .

"Nimzowitsch gewann gegen Cohn ein Damenendspiel, das er später als „eines der besten Endspiele meines Lebens“ bezeichnen sollte."

über das Turnier "München 1906":
Es fällt auf, dass Aaron Nimzowitsch zu jener Zeit noch nicht als „Meister“, sondern als „Hauptturnierspieler“ galt. Anfang 1903 war er von Königsberg nach Berlin übergesiedelt. Im Hauptturnier des Deutschen Schachbundes in Coburg 1904 vermochte er nur einen Mittelplatz zu belegen. Von Wien aus begab sich Nimzowitsch im April 1905 nach München, um - wie es in der Münchener Zeitung vom 29.04.1905 hieß - „dieses Semester an einer hiesigen Hochschule Vorlesungen zu hören“. Ob es dazu tatsächlich gekommen ist, darf als durchaus fraglich angesehen werden. In seiner Autobiographie erinnert sich Nimzowitsch vielmehr an das „ewige Herumreisen von einem Schachcafé zum anderen“ und an den „unregelmäßigen Lebensstil“. In diese Periode fällt auch sein Misserfolg im Meisterturnier B des Barmer Schachkongresses 1905 (15.-16. Platz mit 6 Punkten aus 17 Partien). Selbst der sonst so joviale Georg Marco attestierte bei einer seiner Verlustpartien „mangelhafte Entwicklung der weissen Steine und ihres Führers“ (Der Internationale Schach-Kongress des Barmer Schach-Vereins 1905, S. 316). Im Oktober 1905 immatrikulierte Nimzowitsch sich in Zürich, von wo aus er am Münchener Turnier 1906 teilnehmen sollte.

Apr-24-12  bystander: 7.♗e3. This move causes so much trouble for white, maybe it is better to postpone it. 7.0-0 c6 8.♕c2 ♖e8 9.♗e2 ♕b6 10.d5 ♘c5 11.h3 ♗d7 12. ♗e3
Apr-24-12  bystander: 8.0-0. Or just wait with this move and play ♕d2? 8. ♕d2 ♘e3x 9. fe3x c6 10.0-0 ♘f6 or 8.♕d2 c6 9.0-0 ♘df6.
Apr-24-12  bystander: 9.♘d4 What about 9.♗d4x c5 10.♗e3 ♘e3x 11. fe3x ♗f6 12.♕c2. Black has still and advantage, but d5 is weak en Nf3 is better placed compared to Nd4 is the game.
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