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Hermanis Mattison vs Aron Nimzowitsch
"Black Be Nimzo, Black Win Quick" (game of the day Jun-04-2009)
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CZE, rd 12, Aug-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1

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Jun-04-09  hedgeh0g: Nice pun and a fine game to boot.
Jun-04-09  WhiteRook48: Unbelievably clever pun!!
Jun-04-09  wolfmaster: Great pun, severus6, and a great game. It's hard to imagine there's many better puns than this!
Jun-04-09  outsider: Dear Chessgames.com, I have already tried to contact You twice by writing to the Administrator, but as my note fell on deaf ears, I try to ask officially: CAN YOU PLEASE STOP GIVING THOSE FATHER NAMES TO BALTIC AND OTHER PLAYERS WHOSE COUNTRIES HAPPENED TO BECOME CITIZENS OF THE SOVIET UNION? Mattisons, and NOT Mattison, by the way, would be shocked to find out that he is, God forbid, Karlowich! Sorry for a rant, BUT PLEASE CHANGE THIS STUPIDITY. THANK YOU.
Jun-04-09  wolfmaster: Anyone think outsider is overreacting?
Jun-04-09  hedgeh0g: I might if I knew what the hell he was talking about.
Jun-04-09
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  technical draw: I don't think he's overreacting. Then again I haven't the foggiest idea what he's talking about.
Jun-04-09
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  TheAlchemist: Why overreacting? His point seems to be that Mattisons' name was Russified after Latvia was annexed, and in that tradition the patronymic "Karlovich" (son of Karl) was added as a middle name, which, as I understand from his post, isn't customary in Latvia.
Jun-04-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: Outsider simply doesn't know how to make himself clear. Of course nobody can understand what he is ranting about, because he doesn't explain what the fuss is about, and what he is objecting to. In Russian, the middle name is a reference to the father's name. Hence here "Karlovich" would be a reference to the name of Matisons's father, which must have been "Karlov". But Matisons was not Russian, but from Latvia. However, Latvia was part of the Russian Empire for centuries until it gained its independence in 1918 (when Matisons was 24), to be reoccupied by Stalin's Russia in 1940, becoming a Soviet republic until 1991, when it finally regained its independence. Matisons died in 1932, and lived only his last 14 years as a citizen of independent Latvia. So his name must have been russified extensively since his childhood, which explains the "Karlovich" middle name. But now that Latvia is again independent, people like Outsider would like to wipe off all marks of russification of Latvian names, and vehemently insist on getting rid of that "Karlovich" middle name, so as to give Matisons a clean "Latvian" name. SInce Outsider si more likely a "pure Latvia" fanatic, this explains his apparently incoherent outburst, insisting on rewriting history,and trying to terrorize our friendly site with his screaming demands. Which behavior is completely inappropriate for our gentlemanly discussion of chess moves in our beloved Chess Games site. Outsider does indubitably remain an outsider to our polite and witty ways of discussion. Best is to laugh at this comical interlude, invite him to vent his rage to the icy Baltic winds, and continue with our fascinating analysis of brilliant moves and catastrophic errors.
Jun-04-09  SirChrislov: It is not very often that you see a game end with two beautifully centralized knights with the center units behind them. usually, the central units advance and the knights defend/support from behind.

as R. Keene said, The final scene creates an impression of both power and pictorial beauty.

I don't care much for the pun as much as I do the games, though I did submit a few of my own. this one reminds me of what Bogoljubow once said, "When I'm white, I win because I'm white, when I'm black, I win because I'm Bogoljubow."

Jun-04-09  SirChrislov: <The Alchemist>, <ROO.BOOKAROO> I've never heard words like russified" and "russification" I like the way they sound. My name was "Mexicanized" when I was baptized.
Jun-04-09  Calli: <Congrats to severus6. I like it...>

I agree, but didn't see a need to change "be" to "win":

"Black Be Nimzo, Black Be Quick" works for me.

Jun-05-09  Nietzowitsch: Nevertheless Anastazia Karlovich is a real hottie.
Jul-16-10  LIFE Master AJ: My old website (on "Geo-Cities") has been closed.

The new web page for this game is:
http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

Sep-23-14  ljfyffe: <dasboot > ln American Pie, it' especially an allusion to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Mike Jagger.
Sep-23-14  ljfyffe: The song is about Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, etc. Madonna really screwed it up, leaving out so much.
Sep-24-14  ljfyffe: That,of course, should be Mick.
Sep-24-14  ljfyffe: Great pun --- it's a gas! gas! gas!
Mar-06-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <technical draw: Jack be nimble , jack be quick, jack jumped o'er the candlestick.>

Actually, it's "Jack be nimble , jack be quick, jack flash sat on a candlestick."

Dec-12-17  schnarre: ...After 24. Re1 then ...Nf3+, 25. Kh1 Nxc3 White is essentially finished!
Jun-11-18  tjbozat: I assume that you mean 24. Rd1.
Aug-23-18
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  jessicafischerqueen:

His name isn't "Mattisons" at any rate.

In Latvia his name is "Matisons."

Aug-23-18
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  whiteshark: "<Notes>" by Raymond Keene

You better would have checked game #123 of the tournament book for Nimzo's notes, Ray.

May-03-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Mattison's father's name must have been Karl, not Karlov.
Jan-12-21  alshatranji: Honestly, I don't see what's so great about the pun. This is not a very quick game. Wouldn't it be better used for a miniature (a shorter one anyway)? Great game though.
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