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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Akiba Rubinstein
Ostend-B (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 12, May-31
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  0-1



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May-07-04  fred lennox: I am not despiser of the semi and closed games. After all, the game begins closed. An open game is like a par 3 in golf, one shot to the green. A semi of closed game is like a par 4 or 5, one or two set up shots before the approach shot. A flawed analogy but with a point. A file needs to be open for a win. If only one is open, to control it is often decisive. It was a major weapon with Rubinstein, as in this game. Possibly, no one until Botvinnik used ti with such dominating skill.
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  tamar: Nimzowitsch goes overboard with mysterious bishop shuffling.

It ends up being lost back on f1 after 8 fruitless moves

4 Bc4
14 Bd3
15 Bc4
23 Bd3
26 Bc4
29 Bf1
31 Bd3
33 Bf1

Dec-11-08  AnalyzeThis: The Center Counter was shrewd choice for Rubinstein. The best move of course is 4. d4 but Nimzo was unwilling to occupy the center with a pawn.
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  keypusher: <AnalyzeThis: The Center Counter was shrewd choice for Rubinstein. The best move of course is 4. d4 but Nimzo was unwilling to occupy the center with a pawn.>

Then why did he play 1. e4?

Jan-07-10  AnalyzeThis: Who knows, maybe he thought Rubinstein would play the French, and he could exchange off the center pawns like he did against Salwe. Or maybe he thought Rubinstein would play his 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 line. Surely, Nimzo did not expect the Center Counter defense. A shrewd choice by Rubinstein.
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  keypusher: <analyze this> Nope, Nimzowitsch almost always played 1. e4 in these years, and played it regularly his entire career.
Feb-03-12  AnalyzeThis: Yes, but as noted, he frequently took advantage of opportunties to exchange off the center pawns, rather than try to maintain them there. Rubinstein chose an opening where this kind of a strategy would not lead to an advantage.
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