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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Paul Johner
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 12, Sep-05
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0

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Feb-12-02  bishop: 12...e5 allowing a passed white d-pawn looks like a mistake. 15...Nd4 also looks questionable as white snapped off the e-pawn without consequences.
Sep-10-08
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  al wazir: Why is this game over? What does white play after 22...a6 ?
Sep-11-08
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  AgentRgent: <al wazir: Why is this game over? What does white play after 22...a6 ?> 23. Rfe1 to start. White's plan is to simply pile everything behind the passed pawns, trade Queens, and march the pawns to victory.
Sep-11-08
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  al wazir: <AgentRgent>: Boy, there still seems to be some play left in the position. How about this continuation: 22...a6 23. Rfe1 Nd7 24. c6 Nxe5 25. cxb7 Rxd6 26. Qa7 Rdd8 27. Bg4 Nc6 28. Rxe8+ Rxe8 29. Qb6 Nb8 30. Bc8 Qd6.
Sep-11-08
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  AgentRgent: <al wazir: Boy, there still seems to be some play left in the position. How about this continuation: 22...a6 23. Rfe1 Nd7 24. c6> Instead of rushing in with 24. c6, White has the tactical stroke 24. Nxd7, where 24...Rxd7 is answered with 25. Bxb5! Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 and back rank threats decide the matter! (26...Rd8 27. d7!)
Sep-11-08
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  al wazir: <AgentRgent>: OK, I guess white does have a won game, but I would have played on a few more moves. As Nabokov put it in _Laughter in the Dark_, the details are interesting.
Sep-11-08
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  AgentRgent: <al wazir: As Nabokov put it in _Laughter in the Dark_, the details are interesting.> Yes, I too would have enjoyed watching Nimzowitsch's finish, but we can't fault Johner for knowing when he's lost.
Sep-11-08
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  whiteshark: Carlsbad 1907 wasn't Johner's tournament. He finished last in a field of 21 players.
Sep-11-08
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  AgentRgent: <whiteshark: Carlsbad 1907 wasn't Johner's tournament. He finished last in a field of 21 players.> From what I remember in 1907 Johner was just coming into his own as a player, but obviously not quite ready for prime-time.
Sep-11-08
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  GrahamClayton: Johner started the Carlsbad tournament with 9 straight losses, but managed to win consecutive games against Duras and Mieses, finishing with 4.5/20.

Source: Amatzia Avni "Karlsbad 1907 - One of the very best books I have ever read", "CHESS", February 2008.

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