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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Grigory Levenfish
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 19, Sep-15
French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack (C02)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-04  dickweed: Very entertaining game!
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  Aron Landau: The scoresheet does not show the date this game was played but, according to Dr. Vidmar's tournament book it was played in round 19 on Friday 11th of september 1911. Aron Landau.
Jan-02-05  Rory O Rion: 15.Nxd7 activates a royal question?
Feb-04-05  aw1988: <7...Nxe5 8 Nxe5 Bxb5 9 Qh5+ Ke7 10 Qf7+ Kd6 11 dxc5+ Kxe5 12 Re1+ Kf5 13 Qh5+ g5 14 g4 mate -- Nimzowitsch.> But black has the daring 9...g6.
Mar-07-05  aw1988: <Rory O Rion> No, Nxd7 does not work in view of Qxf2+.
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  beatgiant: <aw1988>
On <7...Nxe5 8 Nxe5 Bxb5 9 Qh5+>, with <the daring 9...g6>, Black can avoid the immediate mate but it looks like he must lose at least couple of pawns with 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Qxh8 Bxf1 12. Qxg8 Bb5 13. Qxe6+
Mar-14-05  misguidedaggression: 15.Nxd7?! is simply met by Kxd7 when white gives away a wonderfully placed knight for a bishop that is so useless that it might as well be a pawn!

On the other hand 15...Qxf2+?! 16.Rxf2 Bxf2 17.Kxf2 gxh5 and the white knight escapes in an endgame with 2 knights for a rook and a pawn with the better pawn structure.

Jan-20-06  morphyvsfischer: It sure is fun to beat the pulp out of 2 bishops with 2 knights on an OPEN board!
Jan-20-06  aw1988: Instead of Bxf2, just keep the pin...
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  Gypsy: <aw1988: Instead of Bxf2, just keep the pin...> The d7 knight is still on board and the c5 bishop is still en prix.
Jan-21-06  aw1988: Whoops.
Apr-28-09  Arthur.J.Fizelbotom: <7...Nxe5 8 Nxe5 Bxb5 9 Qh5+ Ke7 10 Qf7+ Kd6 11 dxc5+ Kxe5 12 Re1+ Kf5 13 Qh5+ g5 14 g4 mate -- Nimzowitsch.> What if instead of taking the knight on 11. Kxe5 black instead captures on c5? Maybe something like 12.b4+ Kd6 (12...Kb6 13.Be3+ Ka6 14.a4 Be8 15.Qxb7 etc..), then what?
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  Penguincw: <7...Nxe5 8 Nxe5 Bxb5 9 Qh5+ Ke7 10 Qf7+ Kd6 11 dxc5+ Kxe5 12 Re1+ Kf5 13 Qh5+ g5 14 g4 mate -- Nimzowitsch> The mate would look like this :

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Hopefully I got that right.

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  Penguincw: Hmm. Seems easy enough.
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  Domdaniel: I hope, Penguin old pal, that you meant the "Eleven Fish" puzzle (on the same date as your post) was easy, rather than this game ... which is anything but. I've admired it for years, and still marvel at the way Nimzowitsch conjured a win out of the Knight pair.

The critical move for White is 32.Qd8! offering the Exchange. Instead, any Rook move lands White in trouble, eg 32.Ra4 Bb6 (necessary to free the other Bishop while avoiding back rank checks) with moves such as ...Be3 or ...Bd5 to come.

But White can't take the Rook, due to the beautiful line 32.Qd8 Bxd4 33.Qxd4 Qg7 34.Nd6! -- I remember seeing this much in analysis in the days before engines, and yet I couldn't find the final twist: the Knight is headed for e8, and it can't be stopped.

I admire Nimzowitsch to this day, and have also played most of 'his' openings. But his method against the Advance French is an exception: I don't trust it, and have only (very rarely) seen it from the Black side.

I remember playing through this game thinking it would turn out to be a Black win, or perhaps a draw. When Nimzo uncorked 32.Qd8! and the following moves, I was ... well, do chess fans leap to their feat and scream like a football fan who team has produced a last-gasp winner?

Not often, I'd guess. But go, Nimzo. A beautiful old game, Eleven fish hooked in 1911.

Oct-01-16  Aunt Jemima: 24. Qa6 was an unexpected move for me. I always loved this game. I remember playing through it years ago wondering if I would be able to play like this after studying Nimzo's system.

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