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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Arthur Hakansson
"Women's Prison" (game of the day Sep-26-2005)
2nd Match Nimzowitsch - Hakansson (1922), Kristianstad (Oslo) SWE, rd 1, Mar-17
French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0



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Sep-23-10  sevenseaman: This gotta be the prettiest mate? Any one for a better one?
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  diceman: <sevenseaman: This gotta be the prettiest mate? Any one for a better one?>

I don't know if its prettier but I enjoyed playing it.

Key pieces:

Black: Kg8,Ph7,Pg6,Ne8,Rg7,Rf2
White: Pe6,Nd5,Rb8

1Rxe8+ Rf8
2Nf6+ Kh8
3Rxf8+ Rg8


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  kingscrusher: Hi all

Isn't this game related to the made up game by Hans Kmoch - the immortal overprotection game. It has a lot of similarities.

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  kingscrusher: Yes Monoceros: - my thoughts too :) Sorry just read your comment now.
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  TheFocus: This is from a match. There were actually two matches played between these players according to Per Sklodager, who is writing a new biography about Nimzowitsch due out next year. He gave me a previously unknown game against Hakansson from one of these matches. Can't share it with you, wait for the book.
Nov-24-10  sevenseaman: Not only is the title pun inspired by the Black Q's quarantine on a8 its isolation also marks White's total sway over 'C' file which Black K cannot run away from.
Jun-01-11  belgradegambit: This game had a profound influence on me. I am an e4 player who was never comfortable playing against the French. This gambit is one with a plan and clear ideas: hold onto the e5 pawn for dear life and develop the kingside quickly. I have played a number of successful queenside attacks as in this game with my queen stuck on the kingside
Jul-06-11  Garech: I had another look at this given the opening of the day and decided that it's definitely one of my favourite Nimzowitsch games of all time.


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  FSR: <Garech> Don't forget The Immortal Overprotection Game: Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927
Jan-15-12  LIFE Master AJ: Its definitely a nice game, and also today's featured opening.
Mar-02-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Checkmated for the King and Stalemate for de Queen !!
Jun-24-13  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922

Game Collection: REMOVE THE GUARD (TAKEN)! 27 Qg4xBd7+! destroys the defender of e6-mating sq, 28 Nd4-e6#

Jun-24-13  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922

Game Collection: REMOVE THE GUARD! ATTACK DEFENDER! 27 Qg4xBd7+! destroys the defender of e6-mating sq, 28 Nd4-e6#

Jun-24-13  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922

Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 27 Qg4xBd7+! destroys the defender of e6-mating sq, 28 Nd4-e6#

Nov-07-13  Eduardo Bermudez: I like, like that !!
Mar-22-15  Cactusjuice: Nimzo sacrifice his d4 pawn base to get piece activity and made a decisive attack
Jun-03-15  Underworld: I've used this opening with a lot of success.
Sep-15-16  sorrowstealer: great game.bad pun
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  Rio Mike: This looks like an AlphaZero game! :)
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According to Skjoldager and Nielsen, this game was resigned after 27.Qxd7+

Here is the source they list: Kagan Neueste Schachnachrichten 1924, pages 279-280

-Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen, "Aron Nimzowitsch on the Road to Chess Mastery 1886-1924" (McFarland 2002), p.335

Dec-06-19  Carrots and Pizza: After 13.h5 White looks like he has a great game. I adopted this opening years ago. The problem was that if black was prepared it didnít go so well because white is unable to shore up e5.
Dec-06-19  Carrots and Pizza: 25.Nxd5 is brilliant! What a great follow up.
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This game is from Nimzowitsch's second match against <Hakansson>, in which he scored +1-1=1. <Hakansson> held a master title at the time.

The mating move listed in our score was never played.


<"27.Qxd7+ and mate next move through Ne6! That I was able to <<<restrain an excellent master like Hakansson>>>, in this way, must be due to the circumstance that the move 4.Qg4 came as a complete surprise. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful game!">


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Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen, "Aron Nimzowitsch on the Road to Chess Mastery 1886-1924" (McFarland 2002), pp.334-335

They cite <Kagans Neuste Schachnachrichten 1924 (pp.270-280)> as their source.

Dec-07-19  RookFile: Nimzo did well when he opponent played like a dead fish. Black probably had half a dozen moves better than 6....f5, for example.
Dec-24-19  Jambow: Interesting motif that I have employed with great success, that is the sacrifice of the d pawn to put a wedge in the center while protecting the advanced e pawn, albeit I do so with the f pawn as well since the wedge keeps the center closed king safety is less of an issue.

Often 1.e4...e6 2.d4...d5 3.e6...c5 4.f5...Nc6 5.Bd3...cxd4 6.a3(prevents + on king and black initiative)...Bc5 7.Nf3...Ne7 8.Ng5(to entice the weakening of blacks kingside)...h6 8.Qh6 (threatening Qxf7#). If I arrive at this position which is very frequent I'm probably won and have a few titled player scalps in 5 min blitz games.

I went from about 30% against the French defense to > than 70% by not allowing the game to center around the c file. I hated playing the French and now I love it...

This game reminded me of how much a philosophy change can improve your results.

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