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Rudolf Spielmann vs Aron Nimzowitsch
"Rudolf With Your Mind So Bright - Won't You Sac a Rook and Knight?" (game of the day Aug-14-2020)
1st Match Nimzowitsch - Spielmann (1905), Munich GER, Apr-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Spielmann at his best.
Apr-16-08  YoungEd: The star move, I think, is 13. Ba3. I never would have thought of it, though once you see the queen on the long diagonal, you know something good will happen for white!
Dec-18-09  zanshin: White to play, move 16 - it seems Spielman's sac is sound:

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[+6.46] d=14 16.Nxg7 (0:17.04) 23350kN

Mar-13-11  altai: Could anybody explain to me why black resigned?
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  tpstar: <altai> Welcome to the site. =)

The primary threat is 20. Bd3+ Kh6 21. Bc1#. 19 ... Nxh5 doesn't work due to 20. Bxh5+ Kh6 21. Bc1#, and the Ng8 can't help defend (20 ... Ne7/Nh6) due to 20. Qxf6#. Off day for Nimzowitsch.

Curious how the Sacrifice Explorer classifies 13. Ba3 as a Rook sacrifice when it's really an exchange sacrifice.

Mar-13-11  Open Defence: White has a mating attack,


if 19...Kh6 then 20.Bc1+ Kg6 21.Qg5#

the longest Black can avoid mate is trying to give up his Queen but White need not take it immediately and still has a mating attack in the line:

19...Qd7 20.Bd3+ Bf5 21.g4 Rfe8 22.Bxf5+ Qxf5 23.Qxf5+ Kh6 24.Rxf6+ Nxf6 25.Qxf6#

Feb-01-12  RookFile: Games like this teach you that there are many positions where you don't want that dark squared bishop to take on a1, even if it is a rook. LONG before files matter in this game, diagonals were critically important.
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  gezafan: You simply cannot play this way against Spielman!
Jul-30-16  erimiro1: Your system? My system!
Nov-25-16  Octavia: in 1905 Nimzowitsch withdrew from chess for a year to study it!
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  FSR: The sample size is small, but Opening Explorer shows that Black scores horribly with 5...e5, and very well with 5...h5 and 5...g6.
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  FSR: <My System> meets <The Art of Sacrifice in Chess>.
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  OhioChessFan: I can't decide if the pun is good or bad, but it's really amusing either way.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A brilliant pun that describes a brilliant game. You cannot ask more of a Game of the Day title than this. Perhaps CG could have saved this for the holiday season.
Aug-14-20  castlemindng: a wonderful piece of game. I don't know who would love it. i actually took time to make a nice video with this beautiful game

Aug-14-20  jith1207: Brilliant. Both the game and the pun.

<RookFile>: Xmas is here.

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  thegoodanarchist: Finally, a GOTD between 2 players I've heard of!
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  keypusher: Love this pun and game!
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  keypusher: Here's a little bit about this match, which I had never heard of.

Game Collection: Nimzowitsch - Spielmann 1st Match (Munich 1905)

Aug-14-20  offramp: Aron Nimzowitsch was about 26.

Spielmann was only 23!

Nimzo got pwned. That is the only word for it.

Aug-14-20  goodevans: <LivBlockade> Well, thanks to you I've had that annoying little tune as an earworm for about 8 hours now. Every time I try to get rid of it it finds its way back just a few minutes later. Thank you so much.
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  playground player: Best pun of the year!
Aug-14-20  offramp: <goodevans: <LivBlockade> Well, thanks to you I've had that annoying little tune as an earworm for about 8 hours now...>

The earworm I get is a parody version called "Dirty Jingle Bells", which is so calamitously naughty that I can't say any more about it.

Aug-14-20  newzild: Lots of people calling this a pun.

It's not a pun.

Aug-15-20  JimNorCal: A ... palindrome?
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