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Alexander Alekhine vs Aron Nimzowitsch
New York (1927), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Mar-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-05  dac1990: A good game with an impressive finish.
May-09-05  fgh: Good play by Alekhine. Still, credit should be given to Nimzowitsch for having defended in a difficult position. I believe there are some improvements for him in the endgame.
Jun-28-06  RookFile: Credit should also be given to Alekhine for having a better understanding of the 'Nimzo-Indian' than Nimzo did..... certainly Alekhine's results with this opening are more impressive than Nimzo's were...
Jun-28-06  paladin at large: Capablanca wrote of this game:

"The Alekhine-Nimzowitsch game was a great battle. The latter once more resorted to his system only to find that Alekhine was ready with a new form of attack" and "Alekhine got the upper hand and at adjournment had obtained a winning advantage."

Dec-03-06  Fast Gun: Prior to this game Alekhine held a plus score of 4-3 against Nimzowitsch: But in their next six games Alekhine powered ahead by winning five out of their last six games, conceding only a solitary draw !! This left Alekhine with a 9-3 plus score against Nimzo:
These last six games were played during the years 1927 to 1934, when Alekhine was at the height of his powers, this was the year when he defeated Capablanca to become World Champion and was still champion when Nimzowitsch died in 1935, we all know that Nimzo was a great player, but does anyone seriously believe that he could have beaten Alekhine in a match for the World title? I don't think so, but no doubt fans of Nimzowitsch will disagree and hold a different view:
Sep-26-09  WhiteRook48: between a match between Alekhine and Nimzo Nimzo would certainly lose!!
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  Peligroso Patzer: According to Alekhine’s account in the tournament book, “New York 1927", by Alekhine, Alexander, tr. from German by Mary Lawrence, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2011, at page 109) the move <81. Qa8+> was sealed (“… since [White] saw a forced repetition of moves and didn’t feel like further contemplation after the strenuous, five-hour game.) He further writes that on resumption Nimzowitsch “resigned the game immediately”.

After <81. ... Kc7 82.Qc6+ Kd8 83.g6!>, Alekhine gives two variations: “(1) <83. ...Rxf6 84.g7, etc.>; or (2) <83...Nxf6 84.Qd6+ Nd7 85.g7 Rg5 86.Qf8+ Nxf8 87.gxf8Q+>, together with winning a rook in another three moves.” (ibid.)

Sep-04-15  cunctatorg: An Alekhine-Nimzowitsch WC match in, say ... 1929, would provide a crushing victory for the World Champion of that era ... but it would be much more interesting than the Alekhine-Bogoliubov WC match and there are good hopes that it would provide some brilliant games...; it goes without saying that the most interesting match would be a Capablanca-Alekhine rematch but... Anyways such great players as (a more or less healthy) Harry Nelson Pillsbury, Akiba Rubinstein before WW I and Aron Nimzowitsch around 1929 had every right to play in a WC match and it's a pity they never did it... The same is true regarding Paul Keres but ... which WC challenger should be ... replaced: David Bronstein, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal or Tigran Petrosian?!? Nobody me thinks...
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  plang: Already 4..d6 was a new move. 14...0-0-0 15 Bf5..g6 16 Bxe5..gxf 17 Rxd7 would have been powerful for White. 20..Nh5? 21 Bxd7+..Rxd7 22 Nxc5 would also have been decisive for White. White needed to avoid 53 Qb8?..Ne6 and White would have to give up his queen to avoid mate.
Jun-05-21  Ulhumbrus: After 31 Kd2 Alekhine has a queen and a pawn for a rook and knight but he has to sweat for over fifty moves in order to win. This brings to mind the saying that the hardest thing of all is to win a won game.

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