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Frank Marshall vs Rudolf Spielmann
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 2, Aug-01
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Normal (B40)  ·  0-1

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Aug-03-18
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  Sally Simpson: In his book on Carlsbad 1929 Nimzovitch does not give this game or Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 simply saying:

"Spielmann picked up two additional points by crushing Grünfeld with his old attacking style and routing a tired Marshall with his unoriginal technique."

In this game I'm surprised a fighter like Marshall took off the Queens, there were slight swindling chances with the Queens on.

Nice amusing finish by Spielmann. Black to play.


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Aug-03-18
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  Telemus: <In his book on Carlsbad 1929 Nimzovitch does not give this game or Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 simply saying:>

The tournament book "IV. Internationales Schachturnier Karlsbad 1929" has a subtitle: "Sammlung der 231 Partien des Turniers ausführlich bearbeitet von A.Nimzowitsch, R.Spielmann, A.Becker, S.Tartakower, A.Brinckmann, H.Kmoch."

So, I assume that book has all games. This game here was commented by Spielmann on pages 56-58. And Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 was also commented by Spielmann on pages 31-32.

Aug-03-18
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  Retireborn: <Telemus> I have the Olms reprint of that book. One of my favourites, even though my German is quite limited.

However it seems that "Nimzovich" did write his own book about the tournament, which has only 30 selected games.

That was actually news to me too until I read <Sally>'s post!

Aug-03-18  JimNorCal: Yes, the Nimzo highlights book is more well known since there was an inexpensive Dover edition published back in the day. Nimzo's comments are entertaining and often enlightening as always but the selection of games is small.
Aug-03-18
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  Telemus: <Retireborn> I know of three Karlsbad books that appeared 1929-1930. The one of which you have the reprint. Then a book by Chalupetzky with selected games ("Ausgewählte Partien des Karlsbader Grossturniers", Kecskemet, 1929), and then there is a Russian book by Nimzowitsch ("Izbrannyye partie meshdunarodnogo turnira Karlsbade 1929", Leningrad 1930), and as the title says it contains selected games.

About the Dover book I found this description: "Carlsbad International Chess Tournament 1929 Dover. (ISBN: 0486241157) Soft Cover. Pb, xiii + 143pp. Translation from the Russian by Jim Marfia. Introduction and 33 annotated games from this strong tournament, won by Nimzowitsch, ahead of Spielmann, Capablanca, Rubinstein, Maroczy and Tartakower in a field of 22."

Only 33 of 231 games: that's a shame!

Aug-03-18
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  Retireborn: <Jim>, <Telemus> Thanks to both.

Interesting that Nimzowitsch wrote his book in Russian. Perhaps there was increased demand for such books in the wake of Alekhine's 1927 victory.

I've never seen the Dover translation on sale here in the UK. Would quite like to get one, but I still have an enormous amount to extract from the Olms book....ars longa, vita brevis!

Aug-03-18  JimNorCal: Check Amazon UK for a used copy of the Dover reprint/translation. Jim Marfia has a good reputation as translator. The book is pretty common in the US. Currently selling for under $10. Well, after all, it's a rather slim volume.
Aug-04-18
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  Sally Simpson: Yes the selection of games in Nimzo's book is small, but there again is there any tournament book anyone owns where they have played through every single game.

(I've played through the majority of games in Zurich 1953 and Hastings 1895 which of all the tournament books I own these two are the most well thumbed.)

So perhaps Nimzovitch was correct in his meagre selection giving him time to explore each chosen game.

Would have thought that Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 may have made the cut because of it's instructive finish. It was a POTD here and some sources say it did win one of the best game prizes.

Nimzo's notes and comments about the other players are refreshing for that period.

On Vidmar and Euwe.

"This is why Vidmar's games seemed so captivating: One always wanted to discover 'how it was all going to turn out.' "

"Euwe's games, by contrast, seemed like an old story that everyone has already heard, winding down it's familiar course."

Nimzo switches back to Vidmar:

"Vidmar is a clever player, in a very peasant - like way. (not the European but the Slavic sort of peasant.): his cleverness is filled with a good natured guile... "

On Becker Nimzovitch adds.

"God only knows how he gets through his games. With White he open 1.e2-e4, employing an old line in the Giuoco that everyone else has half forgotten, while with Black, his defence evinces neither style nor accuracy."

Aug-04-18  JimNorCal: <SallyS>: "is there any tournament book anyone owns where they have played through every single game."

I'm that guy :)

Seriously, when I was young I increasingly found "best games" collections frustrating. I could never raise my ability to anything like that level of consistency.

When I started collecting tournament books, I was fascinated. Sure, some games were dull draws but many/most were full of life. And while at a higher level than mine, the games followed similar patterns. Occasional thematic games but more commonly decently played games ended by a blunder. Other games with wild mixes of strong and weak moves.

I definitely feel that I learn more about "real chess" from tournament books than from "best game" collections.

And, yes, I tend to play through all of the games.

Aug-04-18  JimNorCal: I definitely like the Nimzo book despite as you correctly say, the "meager selection" because his comments are so entertaining. And so self-serving!
There is no self-modesty in the man's character, LOL.
Aug-04-18  zanzibar: < <JNC> ...

When I started collecting tournament books, I was fascinated. Sure, some games were dull draws but many/most were full of life. And while at a higher level than mine, the games followed similar patterns. Occasional thematic games but more commonly decently played games ended by a blunder. Other games with wild mixes of strong and weak moves.

I definitely feel that I learn more about "real chess" from tournament books than from "best game" collections.

And, yes, I tend to play through all of the games.>

I like your "attitude".

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