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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Borislav Kostic
Gothenburg (1920), Gothenburg SWE, rd 11, Aug-17
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  Whitehat1963: Where did Nimzo go wrong in this game?
Jul-03-05  Reegan Milne: IMO i think he went wrong in locking in his bishop on move 19 because not only does he make his greatly cut it mobility but also result in giveing white a isolated pawn on an half open file for no compensation. after the c pawn falls black has a queens side majority and the rest is just technique( which is easier said then done )
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  RookFile: Well, he had a chance with 21. Bxe6 Bxe6 22. f3 to reach a drawable position.

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Had he played this way, I think the result is 1/2-1/2.

Feb-24-14  Morphized: I don't understand why did Nimzo capture back the pawn with the bishop on move 23 (and Stockfish doesn't either): It's just too strong there, conntrolling several important diagonals!
Feb-25-14  Sally Simpson: 23.dxe4 does seem the better move.

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So what was going through his mind.

Is it controlling several important diagonals. It cannot move.

What you want is that Knight on that d5 square and with the Bishop glued on d5 that is not going to happen.

What is to happen with the Knight if it cannnot go to d5.

Also taking back with the Bishop on e4 encourages Black to trade his annoying Knight on c5.

Taking back with the Bishop on e4 gives White a clear target on e6. If he could move that Bishop from d5 he could work on e6 - but where?

And round and round your thoughts go.

It's dead easy to talk yourself into making possibly the wrong decision.

Throw into the pot that Nimzovitch had a very bad tournament finishing 11th from a field of 14, winning 1, losing 5 and drawing 7.

Add in Ray Keene's comment from his game from the same tournament with Mieses.

"when Nimzo got it wrong he really got it wrong!"

Nimzowitsch vs Mieses, 1920

And there you have it.

He was way off form and a few years away from being the brilliant player he became.

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  OhioChessFan: "Kostic Solution"

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