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Alexander Alekhine vs Aron Nimzowitsch
All-Russian Masters playoff (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 2, Feb-06
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  0-1

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Oct-11-04  Knight13: 6. Bb5+ is a waste of move. Now that's a long fight! Maybe black lost because of Time Forfeit?
Oct-12-04  PivotalAnorak: Black won...
And the final position is quite won: indeed, what does W play ? His K is surrounded by B's heavy pieces...
Oct-12-04  Poulsen: Both 86.Qc3 and 86.Qc4 loses to 86.-,Qf5+
Oct-12-04  AgentRgent: It's a shame that Alekhine was too cowardly to give Nimzowitsch a chance at the title.
Dec-29-04  madlydeeply: According to Keene in his book on Nimzowich, Nimzowich spent the whole game goading Alekhine into weakaning his position and finally made a triumphant counterattack. If this is true then I can understand why Alekhine would respect Nimzovich as a championship contender.
May-27-05  Hidden Skillz: interesting alekhine refused to draw with 48.Rf3 by repetition.. and with 53.// .. i wonder if calli has some opinions in his book about why he refused to call it a draw?
May-28-05
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I wonder what the rules for draws by repetition were for this tournament. There are a couple of places where Alekhine (who only needed a draw) could have claimed the half point.
May-28-05
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  Calli: <Hidden Skillz> neither player annotated this game, AFAIK. The circumstance was interesting and may explain a little. An All Russian tournament was held with winner entitled to a spot in the big St Peterburg 1914 event. AA and Nimzo tied for 1rst in the "All Russian" tourney and had to play a match to break the tie. AA won the first game and Nimzo won this game to even the match. At that point, the player list for the big tournament was confirmed and it turned out that two spots were open. So the match was halted and both players were put into great event.
May-28-05
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  offramp: I remember reading that Nimzowitsch played the entire game away from the board, returning only to play his moves.
May-28-05  Eatman: <offtramp> Nimzo was probably consulting his abacus in the bathroom... About the game, black offered draw (using move repetition) numerous times. Indeed it is strange that Alekhine did not take it considering he only needed a draw to advance (this is according to <Calli's> post)
May-28-05
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  Calli: "this is according to <Calli's> post"

Never said that this was a two game match. In fact, nowhere are the rules of the playoff match stated. Going on previous such matches, 4 or 6 games would seem likely. Alekhine's play looks like he was trying to get a quick 2-0 lead.

Sep-23-05  acirce: Is this the real version of the game? <ray keene>'s book leaves out those repetitions <Eatman> refers to and so the game ends 10 moves earlier (75..Rd7 instead of 85..Rd7). Keene of course says that it indeed *was* a two game match and Alekhine only needed a draw, I suppose including the repetitions wouldn't match that story (and Nimzo's "subtle psychological ploy" to play defensively) so well. <ray> what do you say?
Sep-23-05
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  Calli: "Is this the real version of the game?"

Yes, according to Skinner & Verhoeven, the 85 move version is correct. They cite original publications in Novoe Vremya (13 February 1914) and La Strategie (1914).

Jul-07-07  sanyas: Nice king maneuver from Nimzo.
Jan-11-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: This is playoff game 2 from the <All Russian Masters Tournament> of St. Petersburg 1914.

<Alekhine> and <Nimzowitsch> had finished the event shared first, and also split the two playoff games, so both were invited to the <International St. Petersburg Tournament> of 1914.

Jan-11-12
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  TheFocus: <Calli> <Hidden Skillz> neither player annotated this game, AFAIK.>

Nimzowitsch annotated the ending in <Chess Praxis>.

Dec-24-14
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  TheFocus: Alekhine tied for 1st place with Nimzowitsch in the All Russian Masters Tournament held in St. Petersburg, Russia with a score of +13=1-3. They drew a play-off match with one win apiece.

This is play-off game 2, February 6-7, 1914.

Mar-14-15  Garech: God, what a marathon! Great perseverance from Nimzowitsch.

-Garech

Oct-02-16  Aunt Jemima: Inspired play from Nimzovich in this game. Alekhine had him under a lot of pressure in the early going but Nimzo seemed to have things going his way after he got in ...e5.
Mar-13-17  ughaibu: Give Alekhine a pawn on e5 and his play is pretty much Systemsson's.
Dec-19-17  sheardp: 14.Ba6 was very poor, and 19.Bh6 was not much better.
Jun-17-19  cunctatorg: Nimzowitsch played and won according to the best Steinitzian tradition!! Steinitz, Petrosian and Karpov would admire Nimzowitsch's perseverance.
Jun-17-19  sudoplatov: It took Nimzowitsch 70 moves to get his King Pawn moving (he could have done this on move 1 but either he felt Black games would be in its Last Throes or he just wanted to prepare the move.)

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