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Nathan Mannheimer vs Aron Nimzowitsch
"Inferiority Complex" (game of the day May-20-2016)
Frankfurt (1930), Frankfurt GER, rd 4, Sep-??
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Jul-24-02  refutor: can someone more "hypermodern" than me explain the idea of the 16. ... Qh8, 17. ... Qg7 maneuver. was it just a random sequence for the sake of being "hypermodern" or did it have a purpose
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  Sneaky: I think Aron was just responding to White's threats.

16...Qh8 defends against the fork 17. Ng4 (attacking the queen and h6).

Then after 17. Qe3 White was threatening checkmate so ...Qg7 puts protection on h6.

Makes you wonder why Nimzowitsch didn't just play 16...Qg7 right off the bat.

Jul-24-02  bishop: The plausible looking 16...Qg7 loses a pawn to 17.Ng4 as ...h5 is impossible due to 18.Bh6. However after 16...Qh8 17.Ng4 then ...h5 is ok for Black.
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  ray keene: this game now has my notes so i think i explained the point of blacks weird q moves there
Jul-01-04  grozny: "Mannheimer Steamrolled".... *groan* It took a second to feel the, the pain.
Jul-01-04  qqq: <Mr. Keene> In your notes, you say that black checkmates white's queen with ....38. Nb2

But i dont see how. The queen has a move that is Qxb5

Jul-01-04  Troewa: <qqq> After black's 38th move he threatens ...Nb2 on the next.
Jul-01-04  marekg248: I like Nimzowitsch's play very much, I have got his books My system and My system in practice, they're not only very helpful but funny as well.
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  AgentRgent: <qqq> Note that Mr. Keene mentions 38...Qa6 threatening <39>...Nb2. On move 39 the Black Queen guards the b5 pawn. Thus White is forced to move 39. Bf2 to allow the Queen an escape from the threatened 39...Nb2. It is this threat that wins the A pawn (without the threat, 39. Nc1 can save the pawn). Perhaps the final annotation would be clearer if it were placed at move 39.
Jul-01-04  Dillinger: <It took a second to feel the, the pain.> ok, somebody explain the joke to me please...
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  AgentRgent: There is a musical group named "Mannheim Steamroller" ( The title for the game of the day is a play on that name.. "Mannheimer Steamrolled"
Jul-01-04  chesslllvr: 38.a6 could have been more sneaky
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  kevin86: THe game is humorous to a point. With all of the heavy pieces occupied,black captured the a-pawn on the southwest corner,to prepare the way for a little pawn to become a big queen.

Mannheim Steamroller is a great instrumental band!!

Sep-24-04  sneaky pete: This game has notes by Nimzowitsch in the January 1931 issue of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten. AN more or less suggests all white's difficulties stem from 5.Nf3 .. ("Better would be 5.Bd3 .. followed by Nge2 ..") and explains 16... Qh8! but on 14.Bd2 .. has a different opinion than Keene does.

Keene: ? It was essential to remove one of black's knights. Nimzowitsch: ! For 14.Bxd6 cxd6 would too much burden the existence of the doubled c-pawns (.. Rc8 etc).

AN criticizes 30.Nf3 .. because it allows an immediate .. g4, then goes on to sketch a winning plan after the waiting move 30.Re2 .. (.. Rff8; .. Rg7; .. Rfg8 threatening .. gxf4). If 30.Re2 .. he rejects .. g4 because the exchange sacrifice 31.hxg4 fxg4 32.Rxe4 .. will give white counterchances, however small.

AN gives 37... Qg6!! because of the Zugzwang threat .. hxg3 (39)Rxh6+ Qxh6 (40)Nxg3 Qh4 (41)a3 a6 etc.

Oct-22-04  fgh: Very nice game by Nimzowitsch. First, he weakes the queenside pawn structure, then equalises the position in the center, then he begins to gain space advantage on the kingside, he creates a attack onto the white king along the g-file, creates strong outposts for the knights on e4 and c4, and after the white pieces are behind the c2-c3-d4 pawn, wall, he wins the a pawn and decides the game in his favour.
May-17-06  Tommy Lee: great game.
May-13-07  bandmaster: The most instructive feature of this game is switching the attack from Q-side to K-side and again to Q-side! Typical Nimzovich-manoeuvre!
Jul-10-07  sanyas: The finish reminds me of Capablanca vs R Molina, 1914.
Aug-26-07  DWINS: I've been analyzing this game with the help of Junior6 and I think I've come up with a winning idea that has not been discovered yet. I can't be totally sure of this, but Chernev doesn't mention it and neither does Ray Keene.

Both of these authors mention that 38...Qa6 threatens to trap the White queen by 39...Nb2 but neither of them mention that Nimzovich could have decisively won the game at this point by playing just that very move!

39...Nb2 40.Qe3 Nd1 41.Qc1 (or Qd3) Ndxf2 42.Rxf2 hxg3 and White is dead.

Of course there is nothing wrong with Nimzovich's method of play (39...Qxa2) but it is always nice to see alternatives. If this line proves correct, then it means that Mannheimer made a mistake with 39.Bf2 and should have played 39.Bc1 or Bg1 instead.

Aug-27-07  pandi: dwins ask dj10 fo best moves
nimzo played best moves
Aug-27-07  pandi: dwins sry ur forced moves r rly better 43.Rxg3 Nxg3 44.Nxg3 Rxg3+ 45.Kxg3 Qg6+ 46.Kf3 Qg4+ 47.Ke3 Rh3+ 48.Kd2 Rxd3+
Mar-17-10  Garech: Superb positional play from Nimzowitsch - the kind of game it's usually only possible to dream about!
Aug-03-10  xombie: Is this game listed under "Alternation"? Very elegant.
Aug-19-10  sevenseaman: After a massive build up towards an attack on g3 and a consequent lock-up of Black forces, Nimzo seamlessly executes a pawn promotion on the Q-side. Brilliant!
Jul-06-11  psmith: <DWINS> and <pandi>

By move 39 there is no possible defense for White. It doesn't matter what he plays, 39... Qxa2 will win easily (and wins just as decisively as 39... Nb2 in the game line). As Keene says, White is helpless against Black's plan, and there is no reason for Black to deviate from that plan in the game line.

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