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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Savielly Tartakower
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 19, May-11
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack: General (A06)  ·  0-1



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  beatgiant: A strange game.

On move 14, Nimzowitsch probably perceives that his position is too exposed on the queenside, so he steers for an opposite-colored bishop ending instead of trying to hold on with 14. b5 .

It looks like he can try 20. ♖xb7!? ♖xc2 21. ♗b4 ♖b2 22. ♖b6 . Can Black exploit White's awkward piece positions?

Similarly, 21. ♖xb7 ♖xc2 22. ♗b4 f6 23. ♖b1 ♗c8 24. ♖b6 ♖aa2 25. ♗e1 . Does Black have anything there?

And if White plays 25. ♗e1 b5 26. c3 and defends passively, refraining from f3 , how would Black attack?

After move 25, it looks like Black's winning.

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  beatgiant: <And if White plays 25. e1 b5 26. c3 and defends passively, refraining from f3 , how would Black attack?>

Against the passive defense, Black would probably gradually advance the f-pawn toward f3 and position his rook and bishop to play against the cramped White king. It might be enough to win, but it would take a lot of work to prove this.

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  Calli: Tartakover delighted in using a blockade against Nimzo. "a favorite strategy of Nimzovich himself and one to which he has even devoted a special book"


Elsewhere he recommends 14.Rb1 instead of 14.0-0? Don't know what Nimzo was thinking on that one. Tartakower also thinks 25.f3 is too weakening and perhaps 25.h3 is better.

Dec-01-04  Minor Piece Activity: It looks like black already has a clear advantage before 25. f3 though. I think Nimzo's opening play was too passive. 11. o-o looks better than giving black the pawn nail, but I still don't like Nimzo's opening setup. 11. c4 also looks possible, but is more ambitious and risky. Black has (probably unsound) attacking chances. For example 11. c4 dxc4 12. Bxc4 (Nxc4 Nxf2 seems good for black) Nxb4!?
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