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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Rudolf Spielmann
2nd Stockholm Jubilee (1920), Stockholm SWE, rd 5, Oct-25
French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack (C02)  ·  1-0



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May-14-05  ArturoRivera: much better i think was 4.-cxd4, after that black should have an easy time
Jul-28-06  Gouki: why doesnt white play, 32.Nxd4 Qxe5? since he will have a knight for two whole pawns?
Jul-28-06  Reggie T: Hi Gouki. Because of 32...Qe1+ 33. Kh2 Qxe5+ win the knight with 2 more pawns for black :)
Jul-28-06  Gouki: oh, I didnt see that variation. thanks reggie.
Jul-28-06  LivBlockade: I wonder if Nimzo missed ...♘xd4 when he played 31. ♕c2? It looks like White would have been better off playing 31. ♖c7. Fortunately for White, his position is strong enough to overcome the temporary loss of the pawn, as Black has no time to defend the Queenside pawns (if 34...♖b8 instead of 34...b5, White wins his pawn back and maintains a positional advantage after 35. ♘g5).
Nov-19-07  zealouspawn: its possible he didn't miss it--he got the pawn back and in strong position afterwards.
Jul-04-10  igiene: Why 13...h5?.
it seems to me a unnecessary weakeing move
Jul-04-10  igiene: 13..h5 is bad. Black is fine after both 13..00 and 14..f6 or 13..a6 and ..14Qb6
Mar-23-14  paramount: <Why 13...h5?.
it seems to me a unnecessary weakeing move>

That is the fruit of the human mind, full of imagination, creativity, avarice of the wins.

We are not machine. For the underlying sense, i can give you a hint or two about the 13...h5 move.

1. The center are closed, so its now to make an assault from the wing.

2. Black knows that white (if want to castle) had to castle to the king side, so he launch attack by pawns from that side.

3. French opening known for the cramped position for black at the beginning, so probably black wanted to loose it up the position.

So, 13...h5 completely not a bad move. But of course if you take your 21st chess engine and check it with that, surely you will have a better move.

Mar-24-14  RookFile: The f5 knight was a trump, black wanted to hinder g4 from white. The move should be fine, especially in a closed kind of game.

I thought this was a well contested game on both sides.

Mar-25-19  altai: Why not 8.B:h6?
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This game has one more move- Spielmann resigned after <61.a4>.

<Nimzowitsch> describes the end of the game from the resigned position:

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"The game was now adjourned for the second time and Spielmann later resigned without further play. White wins by means of Kc5 and the advance of the passed pawn. The Nc4 can always to to f1 via e3 or d2 at the right moment and stop the passed pawn, eg., 61.a4 Kg6 62.a5 fxe5+ 63.Kc5 Kf5 64.a6 Rh7 65.Kb6 Kg4 66.Ne3+ followed by Nf1 etc. Black resigned. I consider this game one of my best performances."

-Tidskrift för Schack, 1920, pages 184-186.

Translated and republished by Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen, "Aron Nimzowitsch on the Road to Chess Mastery 1886-1924" (McFarland 2002), pp.298-299

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