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Walter John vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 28, Jun-22
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-16-13
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  NM JRousselle: Did this game end in "draw by reputation"? In the final position, Black must surely be losing.
May-16-13  Nerwal: <Did this game end in "draw by reputation"> In 1907 Nimzowitsch was only 20 and at the very beginning of his chess career, so I think not.

<In the final position, Black must surely be losing.> That's not so clear. After 29... c3, in view of ♖xa2 white is almost forced to take on d5, giving black two advanced connected passed pawns in the middle of the board. Maybe white didn't like this and didn't want to take any risk.

Nov-05-20  tinnderbox: Nimzowitsch was only 20 years old at the time, he couldn't have much of a reputation yet. But perhaps John was tired - after all it was round 28. Or maybe he didn't like playing the young kid. They would have a notoriously ill-tempered game three years later in Hamburg.

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