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Aron Nimzowitsch
Number of games in database: 582
Years covered: 1896 to 1934

Overall record: +264 -110 =200 (63.4%)*
   * 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) 
    A16 A18 A15 A13 A10
 Sicilian (14) 
    B22 B40 B30 B32 B73
 English, 1 c4 e5 (14) 
    A28 A20 A27 A25 A21
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 B12 B15 B10
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E32 E23 E22 E21 E20
 Uncommon Opening (19) 
    B00 A00
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E16 E12 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
   A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 1/2-1/2
   H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911 1-0
   N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marienbad (1925)
   Dresden (1926)
   London (1927)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Frankfurt (1930)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   San Remo (1930)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Hamburg (1910)
   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
   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
   Annotations by Various Authorities & Fredthebear by fredthebear
   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 582  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nimzowitsch vs NN 1-0181896Riga, LatviaB01 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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  TheFocus: <No pawn exchanges, no file-opening, no attack> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  TheFocus: <The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  TheFocus: <First restrain, next blockade, lastly destroy> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Many men, many styles; what is chess but the intangible expression of the will to win> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  TheFocus: <The defensive power of a pinned piece is but imaginary> Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  TheFocus: <Even the laziest King flees wildly in the face of double check> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  TheFocus: <It is when working under limitations that the master reveals himself> - Aron Nimzowitsch.
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  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.

R.I.P. Grandmaster!

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  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.
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  Domdaniel: Ahh, here's to the Spirit of Saint Nimzo!
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  Domdaniel: <cunctatorg> -- <"Am I wrong?">


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  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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  Rookiepawn: Nimzovich, Niemzovich, Niemzowich, Niemzowitsch, Niemzowietsch, Niemntzowiezstsch...
Dec-05-15  Nietzowitsch: <Nimzovich, Niemzovich, Niemzowich, Niemzowitsch, Niemzowietsch, Niemntzowiezstsch...> Nietzowitsch...
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  TheFocus: <Rookiepawn> Nimzovich, Niemzovich, Niemzowich, Niemzowitsch, Niemzowietsch, Niemntzowiezstsch & Smith, LLC.
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  perfidious: Imagine a case lost to that firm:

<Why must I lose to those idiots??>

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  TheFocus: That is a good one.
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  zanzibar: Good eye <Focus>.

You apparently don't need to visit the eye exam place also pictured.

That picture is a shot right from the heart of Ha(r)vard Square, and shows the offices of Click & Clack, of Car Talk fame.

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