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Aron Nimzowitsch
Number of games in database: 583
Years covered: 1896 to 1934

Overall record: +264 -111 =200 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (38) 
    A04 A06
 French Defense (28) 
    C02 C11 C00 C01 C12
 Four Knights (27) 
    C49 C48 C47
 English (18) 
    A18 A16 A15 A13 A12
 Sicilian (15) 
    B22 B30 B40 B32 B21
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 D05 E10 D00 A40
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (44) 
    C01 C17 C15 C11 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A46 D02 A45 D05 D04
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B13 B16 B10 B12 B15
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E32 E22 E23 E21 E20
 Uncommon Opening (19) 
    B00 A00
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E12 E16 E18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914 1-0
   P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926 1-0
   H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911 1-0
   A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 1/2-1/2
   N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dresden (1926)
   Marienbad (1925)
   London (1927)
   Frankfurt (1930)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   San Remo (1930)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Semmering (1926)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Legend Nimzowitt by Gottschalk
   Chess Praxis (Nimzowitsch) by Qindarka
   Chess Praxis (Nimzowitsch) by StoppedClock
   N O P Players by fredthebear
   Nimzovich: Chess Praxis by setuhanu01
   Hypermodern chess: Aron Nimzovich by Reinfeld by nikolaas
   mi sistema de nimzovich by LESTRADAR
   Annotated games by Nimzovitsch by macaoui
   Aron Nimzowitsch's Best Games by KingG
   Nimzowitsch's System In Praxis by mw1975
   Move by Move - Nimzowitsch (Giddins) by Qindarka
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Bled 1931 by Benzol
   My System (Nimzowitsch) by Qindarka

   Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
   Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922
   Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914
   Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911
   Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905

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(born Nov-07-1886, died Mar-16-1935, 48 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Denmark)

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Aron Nimzowitsch, born in Riga, Latvia in 1886, came to prominence in the chess world just before the First World War. He was Russian Champion in 1913 (jointly with Alexander Alekhine) at St.Petersburg. He won a string of international events in the mid-1920s which led him to challenge Jose Raul Capablanca to a World Championship match in 1925, but negotiations dissolved after monetary backing could not be found. He took first place at Copenhagen (1923), Dresden (1926), Karlsbad (1929) and Frankfurt (1930).

Nimzowitsch's chess theories flew in the face of convention. He had a lengthy and somewhat bitter conflict with Siegbert Tarrasch over which ideas constituted proper chess play. While Tarrasch refined the classical approach of Wilhelm Steinitz, that the center had to be controlled and occupied by pawns, Nimzowitsch shattered these dogmatic assumptions, and proposed the controlling of the center with pieces from afar. In this way, the opponent is invited to occupy the center with pawns which thus become the targets of attack. This idea became known as the hypermodern school of chess thought.

Nimzowitsch, along with other hypermodern thinkers such as Richard Reti, revolutionized chess, proving to the chess world that controlling the center of the board mattered more than actually occupying it. Nimzowitsch is also a highly-regarded chess writer, most famously for the 1925 classic My System, to this day regarded as one of the most important chess books of all time. Other books include Chess Praxis, which further expounds the hypermodern idea, and the seminal work The Blockade, which explores the strategy implied by his famous maxim, "First restrain, then blockade, finally destroy!"

As a profound opening theoretician, Nimzowitsch has left a legacy of variations, many of which are still popular today. The Nimzo-Indian Defense (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4) is named after him, as are several variations of the French Defense. He also is credited in part for the Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein (B29) Variation (1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 ♘f6), the Nimzovich-Larsen Attack (A01) (1.b3), the Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 ♘c6), and many others.

He died of pneumonia on March 16, 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wikipedia article: Aron Nimzowitsch

Last updated: 2018-05-02 22:01:33

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 583  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nimzowitsch vs NN 1-0181896RigaB01 Scandinavian
2. B Blumenfeld vs Nimzowitsch 1-0291903BerlinC45 Scotch Game
3. Tarrasch vs Nimzowitsch ½-½711904Casual gameD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
4. E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch 0-130190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
5. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch 1-048190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Nimzowitsch vs Hilse 1-065190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC27 Vienna Game
7. B Gregory vs Nimzowitsch 1-036190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AA30 English, Symmetrical
8. P Kaegbein vs Nimzowitsch 1-042190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
9. Nimzowitsch vs Duras 1-055190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AB15 Caro-Kann
10. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-0191905MatchB15 Caro-Kann
11. Nimzowitsch vs L Forgacs 0-1521905Vienna Masters TournamentC45 Scotch Game
12. Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter 0-1261905ViennaB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. H Wolf vs Nimzowitsch ½-½341905Vienna Masters TournamentC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. Nimzowitsch vs Albin 1-0381905ViennaB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-0421905MatchC45 Scotch Game
16. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann ½-½361905MatchC45 Scotch Game
17. Nimzowitsch vs Przepiorka ½-½251905Barmen Meisterturnier BB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-0301905Barmen Meisterturnier BC25 Vienna
19. Nimzowitsch vs L Forgacs 0-1331905Barmen Meisterturnier BC45 Scotch Game
20. A H Pettersson vs Nimzowitsch 0-1301905Barmen Meisterturnier BC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
21. Nimzowitsch vs I Kopa 0-1541905Barmen Meisterturnier BB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. H Caro vs Nimzowitsch 1-0361905Barmen Meisterturnier BA34 English, Symmetrical
23. Nimzowitsch vs Reggio  ½-½421905Barmen Meisterturnier BC45 Scotch Game
24. A E Post vs Nimzowitsch ½-½981905Barmen Meisterturnier BD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
25. Nimzowitsch vs J Perlis 0-1361905Barmen Meisterturnier BB40 Sicilian
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Nov-07-16  dashjon: Happy Birthday Herr Grossmaster
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  whiteshark: <Hypermodern Poem>

I bought a book by Nimzowitsch
But to me it made no sense
For I thought that a prophylactic
Was a form of French Defence.

J Hayes

Source: :)

May-27-17  RookFile: You can get all the benefits of Nimzo without the baloney just by studying Petrosian's games. Petrosian was stronger tactically and played more dynamically - but of course, prophylatic play, overprotection, etc. are very much to be found in Petrosian's games.
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  Ron: You know, I always get a kick out of reading <RookFile>'s posts on Nimzowitsch.
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  whiteshark: <Quote of the Day>

"The <old dogmas>, such as the ossified teaching on the center, the worship of the open game, and in general the whole formalistic conception of the game, <who bothers himself today> about any of these? "

-- Nimzowitsch

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Rookfile,

The irony is that Petrosian picked up loads from Nimzovitch.

From an Edward Winter review of 'The Games of Tigran Petrosian, Volume I, 1942-1965,' compiled by Eduard Shekhtman

" His reminiscences repeatedly stress the influence of Nimzowitsch, whose Chess Praxis was the first serious chess book which he studied.

For Petrosian, that volume was ‘not a work of reference but a book kept under my pillow – a bedtime story for a chess child’"

I've thumbed through 'Chess Praxis' only playing over a handful of games.

But that kind of proven endorsement is encouraging. Here we have a player who we know got to be one of the greats and that book, in Petrosian's own words, helped a great deal.

Much better than a review on any recent primer book on chess. How will we ever know if it is any good till someone 40-50 later says "Yes, this book helped me tremendously."

I know Nimzovitch liked using 'baloney' but in some cases it does work.

I know I got the fact that it's not good to shed what imitative you may have by creating a weakness in the enemy position unless you can attack it.

His explanation that how will you know a man sitting down has severe limp unless you can throw something at him so he chases you. Finally sunk that one in.

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  Gypsy: If I were to believe in re-incarnation, I would by now have a strong suspicion that <Rookfile> is in fact a Nimzo re-incarnate.
May-29-17  Nietzowitsch:

People who create their own drama deserve their own <karma>.

Jul-17-17  RookFile: The threat is always stronger than the execution.
Jul-18-17  RookFile: So I know that Petrosian studied from Nimzo. He did a good job of taking what was useful, and also adding a more dynamic content to his game than what Nimzo had.
Nov-07-17  parisattack: 'Blessed with a catchy prefix' - Larry Evans, MCO 10. Happy Birthday, Nimzo!
Nov-07-17  cunctatorg: Nimzowitsch's play was quite dynamic and dynamics and is a major request of "Nimzowitsch's System".

By the way I believe that the best, more successful (and even nigthmarish - ask Garry Kasparov of 1984 - example of Nimzowitsch-like play is not to be found at Tigran Petrosian's wonderful games but at the Karpov's ones...

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  FSR: Fun fact (well, not fun for Nimzowitsch): Bent Larsen, whose name is linked with Nimzowitsch's in the <Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack>, was born in Denmark 12 days before Nimzowitsch died there.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How funny that the list of "Notable Games" includes a spurious one! Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927
Nov-08-17  cunctatorg: Aron Nimzowitsch also had a keen sense of humor, therefore he would gladly agree with that ... misuse of the aforementioned, infamous, fictional game!
Mar-04-18  RookFile: Karpov would line you up in an endgame and pulverize you. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
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  Ron: Two chess players:

One was embarrassed by Capablanca and had a losing record against Alekhine.

The other had a losing record against Capablanca but it's not too bad and also deafeated Alekhine in the World Championship.

The former is Nimzovitch while the latter is Euwe.

Yet people to this day go Nimzovitch Nimzovitch Nimzovitch.

Nimzovitch was like the big talking modern athlete except that the big talking modern athlete has greater justification for his big talking.

Apr-12-18  Retireborn: <Ron> I think the point is that professionals like Nimzo and Alekhine talked big, as you put it, because they wanted to get invitations, simuls, and sell their books. They were advertising, if you like.

Not necessary for Euwe who was a teacher or professor and essentially an amateur chess player all his life.

Personally I find Nimzo's writing style quite annoying, but there is no doubt that his books have made a bigger impact than Euwe's.

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  ketchuplover: He is now a world chess hall of famer
Jun-01-18  takchess: about the Nimzowitsch-Hofer game from Ct-Art
Jun-01-18  takchess: [FEN "

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1. Qh6 gxh6 2. Ng4 d2 3. Nxh6# 1-0 from ct-art. White to move

Nov-07-18  cunctatorg: A great chess genius, he drastically changed chess forever and furthermore he somehow shaped the future of chess.

His contribution to the theory of chess strategy and -consequently- to the theory of chess openings is unparalleled!!

Nov-07-18  RookFile: He was a genius at marketing.
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  gezafan: My own opinion is that Nimzovich was an excellent player and that My System is an excellent book.

He probably was the number three player in the world at one point, behind only Alekhine and Capablanca, who were two of the all time greats.

My System has lots of useful information that players can use. They don't have to use every idea in every game but I believe those who read My System wll be able to apply Nimzovich's ideas in their own games.

Aug-29-19  RookFile: Let's put him down as the #3 tournament player in the world, and at the same time acknowledge he wasn't a good match player, considering that he lost matches to folks like Bogo, Stahlberg, and Leonhardt.
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