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Milan Vidmar vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Karlsbad (1929), Karlsbad CSR, rd 18, Aug-22
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 16...0-0, 17...Kg7 and 18...Rh8 is quite bizzare manoeuvre. Black could achieve the same position of his pieces via 16...Kf8 and 17...Kg7 sparing thus a tempo but I guess that Nimzo's 3-move sequence was more puzzling for Vidmar. Pretty game.
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  Domdaniel: <Honza> Yes, apparently Nimzo and Vidmar each found one another's play hard to understand.

Vidmar once wrote: "Actually I have never quite been able to understand Nimzowitsch's play, but he was similarly disposed towards mine. The consequence of this was that, on practically every occasion when we met in tournament games, we, so to say, played straight past each other, and the finishes of our games were often very odd indeed."

(Ray Keene's translation of a comment in Vidmar, Goldene Schachzeiten)

Jun-22-16  cunctatorg: Thanks for the reference of the Vidmar's very important remark; that said, the game is quite interesting, even spectacular and quite subtle too!! Last but not least: the pawn ending of the last fifteen move is study-like chess, brilliant!!
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  Badadamtude: Nimzovich's annotation,"We shall see immediately that Black has only castled in order to uncastle himself immediately by continuing ... Kg7, and ... Rh8, etc.! One could ask whether Black might not have saved a tempo by playing 16 ... Kf8 and then 17 ... Kg7 ? No, because 16 ... Kf8 would have been met by 17 c4, when the temporary absence of Black's king rook would have made it difficult for him to restrain the enemy breakthrough.

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