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Georg Rotlewi vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 3, Aug-24
Tarrasch Defense: Prague Variation (D33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-06  paladin at large: A very fine ending by Rotlewi starting with 24. b4. 33. Rxb7 is pretty, and already winning, near as I can tell.
Oct-05-09  sfm: 28.e4! is a fine move. Preserves the pawn, stops blacks f-pawn, and gain an important foothold in the centre for the queen. Later it blocks checks from the black queen. That it preserves the pawn I only understood after next move, 29.Qd3! Black can't capture on e4 as a back-rank check kills him. The pawn survives until the end of the game, and is the winning extra pawn.

Not so bad for an humble doubled pawn!

Oct-05-09  AnalyzeThis: Good game. Nimzo wasn't at his best here.
Feb-06-12  RookFile: But what is Nimzo doing playing the opening of his rival, rather than the Nimzo Indian Defense??
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  TheFocus: Nimzowitsch played quite a few Tarrasch Defenses.

And Tarrasch played the Nimzo-Indian Defense.

I guess they both saw the logic in each others openings.

Feb-06-12  RookFile: Maybe they got drunk before the game.
Jun-09-13  Karpova: Annotations from pages 363-365 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

6.g3 <Die neumodische, hauptsächlich von Rubinstein bevorzugte Fortsetzung.>

8...h6 <Lasker empfiehlt diesen Zug. Sonst könnte Sf3-g5 (event. Lc1-g5) unangenehm werden.>

9...Ng4 <Vortreffliche Deckung des Bauers c5. Auf d4xc5 würde Sg4xe3 folgen.>

10.Qc2 <Bedroht neuerdings den Bauer c5.>

11.Ne5 <Ein sehr hübscher Plan.>

13.fxe3 <Mit sehr tiefem Positionsverständnis hatte Weiß schon bei 11.Sf3-e5 erkannt, daß er trotz des Trippelbauers gute Chancen erlangen wird.>

14...Qg5 <Falls 14...Dd8-a5 so 15.Lg2xd5 Ta8-d8 16.e3-e4!>

16.Qc1 <! Die einfachste und beste Deckung.>

17...Qxe6 <Materiell sind die Spiele ausgeglichen und wäre Schwarz am Zuge, so müßte man ihn mit Rücksicht auf den Doppelbauer (e2, e3) sogar die besseren Chancen zubilligen. Aber Weiß hat einen starken Angriff.>

20.Nd5 <!>

23.Qd4 <Ein ausgezeichneter Zug, der nicht bloß g7 angreift, sondern hauptsächlich Th8-d8 verhindert.>

24...Bd8 <Erzwungen! Denn La5-b6 wäre wegen 25.Dd4xb6! De6xb6 26.Sd5xb6+ a7xb6 27.Td1-d7 noch ungünstiger.>

25.Rc1 <Sehr schlau. Der plausible Zug 25...Th8-e8 wäre nun wegen Dd4-e4 katastrophal.>

25...Bb6 <Jetzt ist dieser Zug gut, da auf 26.Qd4xb6 De6xd5! 27.Db6-c7 Th8-b8 28.Dc7xg7 Dd5-d2 folgen würde, wobei sich der Vorteil des Weißen völlig verflüchtigt.>

29.Qd3 <Dadurch ist der Bauer e4 gedeckt; denn auf 29...De6xe4 folgt 30.Tc7-c8+ u. gew.>

30.Rd7 <!>

31.b5 <Ein feiner Zug. Weiß droht Dd3-a3+ nebst Da3-d6+ mit Abtausch.>

33.Rxb7 <Dieser Zug erfordert eine subtile Berechnung, hauptsächlich von 33...Da2-a1+ 34.Kg1-g2 Te8-h8 35.Tb7-c7!! (Nur dieser Zug gewinnt.) Da1-h1+ 36.Kg2-f2 Th8-h2+ 37.Kf2-e3 Dh1-g1+. (Schwarz hat nur dieses +; man erkennt nun die Feinheit von Tb7-c7.)>

36...Kb8 <!>

37...Ka7 <!>

39.Qc6+ <Sofort Dc7xb6 wäre wegen Da2xe2 schwach.>

40.Kf2 <Droht Dc6-c7+ nebst Dc7xb6.>

40...Qa1 <Der plausible Zug Da2-f7 führt wegen Dc7-c8, noch rascher zum Verlust.>

Interestingly, the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' has the moves 44...Qc5+ 45.Kg2 Qc6 while here, 44...Qc5+ 45.Kf1 Qc1+ 46.Kg2 Qc6 a move is inserted resulting in the same position. There Black resigns already after e5 (there 52.e5, here 53.e5).

Jun-09-13  Karpova: Now in english:

6.g3 <The new-fashioned continuation, mainly favoured by Rubinstein.>

8...h6 <Lasker recommends this move or else Ng5 (possibly Bg5) could become unpleasant.>

9...Ng4 <excellent covering of the pawn c5 as dxc5 would be followed by Nxe3.>

10.Qc2 <Newly threatening the pawn c5.>

11.Ne5 <A very pretty plan.>

13.fxe3 <With very deep positional understanding, White recognized at the time of 11.Ne5, that he would obtain good chances despite the triple pawns.>

14...Qg5 <If 14...Qa5 then so 15.Bxd5 Rd8 16.e4!>

16.Qc1 <! Easiest and best coverage.>

17...Qxe6 <The game is materialwise balanced and if it was Black's move, his chances would even have to be considered better with regards to the doubled pawns (e2, e3). But White has a strong attack.>

20.Nd5 <!>

23.Qd4 <An excellent move which not only attacks g7 but mainly prevents Rd8.>

24...Bd8 <Forced! Even worse is Bb6 because of 25.Qxb6! Qxb6 26.Nxb6+ axb6 27.Rd7.>

25.Rc1 <Very clever. The feasible move 25...Re8 would be catastrophical in view of Qe4.>

25...Bb6 <Now the move is good as 26.Qxb6 would be answered with 26...Qxd5! 27.Qc7 Rb8 28.Qxg7 Qd2 and all of White's advantage would have evaporated.>

29.Qd3 <Covering the pawn e4 as 29...Qxe4 is followed by Rc8+ and wins.>

30.Rd7 <!>

31.b5 <A fine move. White threatens Qa3+ followed by Qd6+ and trading off queens.>

33.Rxb7 <This move requires subtle calculation, especially of 33...Qa1+ 34.Kg2 Rh8 35.Rc7!! (the only winning move) 35...Qh1+ 36.Kf2 Rh2+ 37.Ke3 Qg1+ (Black only has this check; now one recognizes the sublety of Rc7.).>

36...Kb8 <!>

37...Ka7 <!>

39.Qc6+ <The immediate Qxb6 would be weak because of Qxe2.>

40.Kf2 <Threatens Qc7+ followed by Qxb6.>

40...Qa1 <The feasible move Qf7 leads to a more rapid defeat because of Qc8.>

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  nizmo11: Good game from Rotlevi, but we could have won faster: Nimzowitch had to try 17...fxe6, after Qxe6 18.Rxd8+ Kxd8

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White had 19.Nd5! (without Rc1+ first),now 19...Qxd5 loses and otherwise Black King is remains stuck in the centre.
In the game continuation Nimzo managed sort of defend until he grabbed pawn with Qxa2 (33...Ka7 would still resist) and lost to 33.Rxb7

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