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Carl Schlechter vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 17, Sep-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-03  Calli: An amusing final position with the pieces lined up on the h file. Maybe 30.Ng1 was better?
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  Chessical: Calli's suggestion of 30.Ng1 appears and is rejected in Reinfeld's enjoyable book (first published 1948) on Nimzowitsch. Reinfeld states that 30.Ng1 loses to 30...f4 31.gxf4 exf4 32.Bd2 Bd7 33.Nxh3 Qd8 after either 34.Qf2 Bf6 or 34.Be1 Qe8 but this does not appear to be so. After 34.Qf2 Bf6 35.Rag1 keeps White alive, although under pressure. Now 35...Bxh3 is not such a threat as Black cannot readily get at the White King, and after 35...Ne5 36.Be2 Bh4 37.Qd4 Bg3+ 38.Kg2 the King escapes immediate disaster via f1. 34.Be1 is a weaker move anyway. It looks like the move Schlechter played was the losing move.
Nov-03-03  Calli: <Chessical> Thanks for the info and research. Remember having the Dover edition of the Reinfeld book at one time. Its probably packed away somewhere. I like your line with 35.Rag1! Gives the White king the possibility of escaping via f1 should things get too dangerous.
Nov-25-07  pimbo: 30.Qb1
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  Phony Benoni: I get the feeling that Schlechter had no idea what was going on until the last moment. In fact, I can just see him sitting at the table after resigning, staring at the board while shaking his head and muttering "What happened?"
Nov-28-08  chocobonbon: <Nikolaas> Thanks for the collection. I purchased that book some 45 years ago & it is nice to revisit Nimzo's games. Their originality is still fresh & amusing (perhaps because his opponents continue to be unsuspecting! Isn't Chess literature grand?).
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  scormus: Lovely play by one of the great positional kings, nice to see the notes too. A masterpiece of self control

No pun though. Stealth Bomber?

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  Pawn and Two: Fritz 12 indicates that Schlechter had the better position at move 24, and recommended the following continuation: (.65) (20 ply) 24.c4 Qf6 25.Qxf6 Bxf6 26.Nc3.

Instead of 25.h4, Fritz preferred (.37) (20 ply) 25.Rhc1 Kg8 26.Ra3, or (.36) (20 ply) 25.Rhg1 Kg8 26.Qg2, with a small edge for White.

After 25.h4, 25...g4 26.Qg2 Ne7, or 25...gxh4 26.gxh4 Qe7, the position would have been about equal.

After 25.h4 Qc8, Nimzowitsch indicated he was threatening to win a piece.

However, after 25.h4 Qc8, Fritz indicates White could have allowed Black to win the piece, and White would still have retained an equal position: 25.h4 Qc8 26.hxg5 Bg4 26.Qg2 Bxe2, (.23) (20 ply) 28.f3 Ba6 29.Kg1 h5 30.Rxh5+ Kg8, (.26) (20 ply) 31.Qd2 f6 32.Kg2 Rf7 33.Rah1, (.13) (21 ply) 33...Qd7 24.b3.

Fritz indicates that 29...f5, was not the winning move. Only after 30.fxg4?? fxe4, was White's game lost.

After 29...f5, Fritz indicates Schlechter could have defended with 30.Ng1! f4 31.gxf4. If then, 31...Nxf4 32.fxg4 Nxd3 33.Qxd3 Qxg4 34.Qd2 Rf6 35.Nxh3 Rf3 36.Qg2 Qxg2 37.Kxg2 Rxe3 38.Ng5+, and the position is equal.

After 30.Ng1! f4 31.gxf4, Black could also try: (-.58) (23 ply) 31...exf4 32.Bd2 Be5, (if 32...Bd7 33.Nxh3 Qd8 34.Kg1, and the position is equal), 33.Be1 Bd7 34.Nxh3 Rg8 35.Bb5 Ne7 36.Bxd7 Qxd7, (-42) (21 ply) 37.Bf2 Qe8 38.Qd3 Rb8 39.Rhg1 Rxg1 40.Nxg1 Qh5+ 41.Nh3 Rg8 42.Rg1 Rxg1 43.Bxg1 Ng6 44.Bf2, with an equal position.

Feb-17-19  Patzer Natmas: I became a fan of Nimzo after enjoying his My System book. I felt my game get better in complicated games but now I have to master the basics. I appreciate the text is made available for the game : makes it super convenient to check variations.
Feb-17-19  sudoplatov: Nimzovich's only win against Schlecter. Schlecter only won two though.
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  plang: Very strange opening - 5..Bb4 was last played (in this database) in 1916 and is not mentioned in any of my Ruy Lopez books (or in my book on the 4 Knights). I don't really understand 9 Nxf6+. White's plan of attacking on the kingside initiated with 17 Kh1 has no positional basis and is easily defended against. Black's counterattack culminating in 29..f5 was very clever but White's response was very weak. A retreat such as 32 Ng1 can be powerfully answered by 32..e4 followed by ..Ne5.

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