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Rudolf Spielmann vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 16, Mar-28
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  1-0



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Mar-13-03  kostich in time: Spielmann was in magnificent form in this tournament..ALL the top active masters except Euwe (teaching),Torre,Marshall, Capablanca and Maroczy were there,and yet he took clear first ahead of Alekhine,Vidmar(whom he beat in 19 moves!)Nimzozich,and Tartakover.
Oct-18-06  jegbjerg: 28.Qxg5!!

Wow. Spielmann truly at his best.

Nice to see Spielmann beat Nimzowitsch, one of his most difficult opponents (+5 -13 =13).

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  Pawn and Two: With 1st place hanging in the balance, Nimzovich ventured with the Latvian or Greco Counter gambit.

This game took place in the penultimate round. The leading scores going into this round were: Spielmann 11.5; Alekhine 11; Nimzovich & Tartakower 10.5 & Vidmar 10.

In this round Tartakower (w) lost to Alekhine (b); and Vidmar (w) would win against Treybal (b).

In the final round; Nimzovich (w) would win against Vadja (b); Alekhine (w) and Spielmann (b) would draw; Tartakower (b) would win against Gilg (w); and Vidmar (b) would win against Davidson (w).

The final scores were: Spielmann 13; Alekhine 12.5; Vidmar 12; Nimzovich and Tartakower 11.5.

Nimzovich went all out for a win in his game against Spielmann. If he could win his last two games, and if Spielmann and Alekhine would draw their last round game, Nimzovich then would have a chance to win the tournament outright or tie for 1st place with 12.5 pts.

Nimzovich's move 17...Rac8? was a very serious mistake.

Tartakower pointed out that if Black was satisfied with a draw, he could have played 17...Qxc2+ 18. Kxc2 Nb4+ 19.Kb1 Nxd5 20.fxg4 Nxe3 21.Re1 Bc5.

Tartakower also pointed out that Black could continue his attack with 17...Kb4 18.Qb3.

A review by Fritz 9 indicates that after 17...Nb4 18.Qb3 Rac8 19.Bc4 Bf5, Black has a winning game. Fritz's evaluation is (-1.73) (19 ply).

Fritz then suggests 20.Rdg1 Bxc2 21.Qc3 Nxa2+ 22.Bxa2 Rxc3 23.Rxg6 Rxe3 24.Re6 Rxe6 25.Bxe6 Bd3.

Fritz's evaluation is now at (-2.30) (18 ply), with 26. h4 h6 27.Bg4 Bd6 being suggested as White's best try. All continuations at this point appear to result in clearly winning positions for Black. One try would be 28.b3 Ba3+ 29.Kd1 Rd8 30.Rh2 Bc5. Fritz's evaluation is now (-2.99) (16 ply).

The tournament still had an exciting conclusion with Spielmann winning the tournament by drawing with Alekhine in the last round. No doubt Nimzovich was watching their game and thinking of what might have been.

Feb-03-12  RookFile: Great game by Spielmann, he truly rose to the occasion.
Mar-10-14  RookFile: Actually the choice of opening was like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
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  offramp: It is always a lot of fun to see that self-important twerp Nimzowitsch really get taken to the cleaners.
Nov-28-14  Christoforus Polacco: Very sharp game.
I love such blood-red meat :)
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  cwcarlson: 17...♘b4 18.♕b3 ♗f5 ; 15.♕a4 .
Jun-04-19  whiteshark: <Pawn and Two> Thank you for the excellent presentation of the situation and the in-depth analysis.

SF comes almost to the same position / evaluation:

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White to move

1) -2.43 (32 ply) <18.Qb3 Rac8 19.Bc4 Bf5 20.Rdg1 Bxc2 21.Qc3 Nxa2+ 22.Bxa2 Rxc3 23.Rxg6 Rxe3 24.Re6 Rxe6 25.Bxe6 Bd3 26.h4> h5 27.Rh3 b6 28.Ne4 Bf1 29.Rh1 Rxf3 30.Nd2 Re3 31.Rxf1 Rxe6 32.Rf4 Kh7 33.Ne4 Kg6 34.Kd2 Kh6 35.Kc3 g5 36.hxg5+ Bxg5 37.Nxg5 Kxg5 38.Rf3 h4

2) -3.16 (31 ply) 18.Qe4 Qxe4 19.fxe4 Nxa2+ 20.Kb1 Bxd1 21.Bc4 Bxc2+ 22.Kxc2 Nb4+ 23.Kd1 Rac8 24.Ke2 Rfd8 25.Bb3 Bf6 26.Rf1 b6 27.h4 Bxb2 28.Bg5 Rd6 29.Rf7 a5 30.Nc4 Rd3 31.Ba4 Bd4 32.Nd6 Rb8 33.Rd7 Rf8 34.Nf5 Ra3 35.Rxd4 Ra2+ 36.Kf3 Rxa4 37.Be7 Re8 38.Rd7 Ra3+ 39.Kg4

3) -3.95 (31 ply) 18.Bd3 Nxd5 19.Bxg6 Nxe3 20.Rde1 Bg5 21.h4 Bf4 22.Kb1 hxg6 23.fxg4 Nxg4 24.Ne4 Rae8 25.a3 b6 26.Ng5 Bg3 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Rg1 Re1+ 29.Rxe1 Bxe1 30.Nf3 Bg3 31.Kc1 Ne3 32.Kd2 Nf5 33.Kd3 Kh7 34.b4 Nxh4 35.Ng5+ Kh6 36.Ne4 Nf5 37.Nxg3 Nxg3 38.c4

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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