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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Milan Vidmar
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 4, Aug-24
Zukertort Opening: Old Indian Attack (A06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: Alhtough the style of play we associate with the Hypermoderns didn't come into common view until after World War I, their iconoclastic attitude was apparent some time before. Can you imagine any master of the post-Morphy period playing 2.d3 and 3.d4?

The rest of the game is appropriately weird. It seems impossible that Black will ever find any play after 16...Bd8, with both rooks locked up and the key thrown away--but Vidmar somehow engineers an escape.

Oct-31-07  baseballplayer: Nimzowitsch seems to just give up a tempo with 2.d3 and 3.d4
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  Phony Benoni: <baseballplayer> That's true, but there's more to it than that. The kibitzes to this game explain the idea well: Nimzowitsch vs Von Scheve, 1907.
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  beatgiant: Why not simply 40. Nxc6 instead? Looks crushing at first glance.
Oct-31-07  Shams: I suppose because of ...Qc2+ followed by ...Qe2.

I wonder why I play through Nimzo's games when I see him make four first moves like these: Nf3, d3, d4, a3.

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  beatgiant: <Shams>
After, say, 40. Nxc6 Qc2+ 41. Kg3 Qe2?? 42. Qd8+, so what am I missing?
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  Phony Benoni: Looks to me like <beatgiant> is right: 40.Nxc6 threatens 41.Qd8+ Kf7 42.Ne5#, and Black doesn't have anything good against it. If, say, 40...Qc2+ 41.Kg3 Rg6+ 42.Rxg6 Qxg6+ 43.Kh2 Qc2+ 44.Rg2 and it's all over. Or 40...Qd7 41.R1g7 and things get ugly in a hurry. For that matter, 40.R1g7 is good enough as well.

Perhaps Nimzo thought that 40.Rxf8+ Kxf8 41.Nxc6 was simpler than 40.Nxc6 at once, then noticed too late that Black wins with 41...Qc2+ 42.Kg3 Rg6+, as White no longer has a rook on g8 to capture on g6.

No, I don't think this will make the list of Best Games of 1907.

Nov-01-07  Shams: someone else clearly signed on with my account, in a sort of Halloween prank designed to ruin my reputation as a chess player. I assure you, I will find him!
Jul-03-08  BISHOP TAL: nimzo says in chess praxis 40. rook takes bishop was a blunder 40.rook g-1 g-7 and either queen takes rook or queen c2 check and king g3 and its won either way
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  keypusher: < beatgiant: <Shams> After, say, 40. Nxc6 Qc2+ 41. Kg3 Qe2?? 42. Qd8+, so what am I missing?>

42.Qe7 is mate. :-)

Jul-06-20  Granny O Doul: Consulting an engine to see if there was anything wrong with 26. Nxc6 (apparently not, but the text was strong enough and of course there were many chances later), I discovered that White had a big chance right in the opening with 9. e4! threatening to fork on e5 and also to bring the bishop quickly to b5.

If there is a broader lesson here, it might be to be suspicious of plans that involve delayed recaptures.

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  keypusher: Incidentally, as noted in the tournament book, after 41.f5 exf5? (41....Qxf5+ draws) 42.Rh1 f4 43.Qxf5+ Ke8 44.e4 wins (44....dxe4 45.Nxc6 Rxc6 46.Qe5+ Kd7 47.Qxh5 Qxh5 48.Rxh5 +-).

Definitely not one of the best games of 1907 as Phony says, but a fascinating struggle nonetheless.

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