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|Mar-25-15|| ||cunctatorg: I just wanted to state that it's not a quite naive and shallow business for some nowadays Super-Grandmaster to defeat some nowadays International Master of a rating between 2,400 and 2,500 as many chess enthusiasts of this bright site tend to imagine; sure, Paul F. Johner, Lajos Asztalos, Hermann von Gottschall onjectively were C-class players and even -compared to our Aron- Friedrich Saemish ("this idiot"!...) was, therefore these "zeros" (!!) played passively and with cowardice the opening phase of these games, however (I insist about that) Aron Nimzowitsch had to conduct brilliantly and in some extremely didactic way the rest of the game in order to defeat them! Am I wrong about that?!?|
|Mar-30-15|| ||TheFocus: <The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|Mar-30-15|| ||offramp: <cunctatorg: Bobby Fischer deliberately paid homage to the Hypermoderns...>|
I think Fischer was <at one> with the hypermoderns, when playing black. He loved attacking a load of white pawns in the centre! And even as white he tried to put as few pawns in the centre as possible.
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <The great mobility of the King forms one of the chief characteristics of all endgame strategy. In the middle game the King is a mere 'super', in the endgame on the other hand - one of the 'principals'. We must therefore develop him, bring him nearer to the fighting line> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a well known phenomenon that the same amateur who can conduct the middlegame quite creditably, is usually perfectly helpless in the endgame. One of the principal requisites of good chess is the ability to treat both the middlegame and endgame equally well> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <The knight of QB3 is under obligation, the moment the enemy gives him the chance, of undertaking an invasion of the center by N-Q5> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance are not sufficient> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <No pawn exchanges, no file-opening, no attack> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <First restrain, next blockade, lastly destroy> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Strategically important points should be overprotected. If the pieces are so engaged, they get their regard in the fact that they will then find themselves well posted in every respect> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <If in a battle, I seize a bit of debatable land with a handful of soldiers, without having done anything to prevent an enemy bombardment of the position, would it ever occur to me to speak of a conquest of the terrain in question? Obviously not. Then why should I do so in chess?> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <When I today ask myself whence I got the moral courage, for it takes moral courage to make a move (or form a plan) running counter to all tradition, I think I may say in answer, that it was only my intense preoccupation with the problem of the blockade which helped me to do so> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess strategy as such today is still in its diapers, despite Tarrasch's statement 'We live today in a beautiful time of progress in all fields'. Not even the slightest attempt has been made to explore and formulate the laws of chess strategy> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Many men, many styles; what is chess but the intangible expression of the will to win> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <The defensive power of a pinned piece is but imaginary> Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Even the laziest King flees wildly in the face of double check> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|Jun-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is when working under limitations that the master reveals himself> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|Jun-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <The center is the Balkans of the chessboard; fighting may at any time break out there> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|Nov-07-15|| ||parisattack: Happy Birthday, Herr Nimzowitsch.
I am currently studying again your wonderful Chess Praxis. “Ich bin ein Hypermodern!” Only that I had been blessed with your talent, or at least a catchy prefix.
|Nov-07-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Aron Nimzowitsch!
Your games and theories will last forever!
|Nov-07-15|| ||RookFile: He died young. Lasker had some good chess left him in his 50's, Nimzo never made it that far.|
|Nov-07-15|| ||Domdaniel: Ahh, here's to the Spirit of Saint Nimzo!|
|Nov-07-15|| ||Domdaniel: <cunctatorg> -- <"Am I wrong?">|
|Nov-08-15|| ||keypusher: <Mar-24-15 cunctatorg: Bobby Fischer deliberately paid homage to the Hypermoderns and particularly to Nimzowitsch during his celebrated campaign/parade through the Chess World from 1970 to 1972; he picked up the Nimzowitsch-Larsen attack against a C-class player as Henrique Mecking>|
Yes, Mecking played the opening as badly as Nimzo's opponents -- that is, as badly as the opponents who showed up in Nimzowitch's books: he played much worse than Capablanca or Alekhine did against Nimzo's openings.
For an example of contemporaneous competent play against the Nimzo-Larsen, see Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968; for considerably better than competent play, there is of course Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (how Tarrasch would have loved that game!); for why you don't see 1.b3 much, there's always A Minasian vs Adams, 1992.
Black didn't defend too well in Fischer vs Ulf Andersson, 1970, but at least he didn't just let Fischer follow the more soporific chapters of <My System>.
Of course Nimzowitch was a very strong player, but I suspect his success against the likes of Johner, Saemisch, and Asztalos had very little to do with any <system>.
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