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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Berthold Koch
It BSG (1928), Berlin GER, rd 2, Feb-05
English Opening: Golombek Defense (A16)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-07  Anyi: As I'm curious about the English opening, I've discovered this game. In the list I went for one by Nimzowitsch because I read that together with Réti he paved the way for modern chess. And now I'm here finding myself to be the first to kibitz this game. A wonderfully inventive game, with many surprise moves for me. And the triple pawns will stay in my memory! And my question is: Is 16. ... Qxh5 a grave mistake?
Thanks for an answer in advance!
Mar-15-07  outplayer: I do not think so.
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  sachistu: It seems Nimzovitsch managed to bluff his way through a losing position.

The move 25.Rxe5 started the swindling process as Koch did not play 25...Bxe5, apparently fearing 26.Qg5+ Kf8 27.Bxe5, which the Swedish magazine Schachvarlden claimed was 'winning'. However, after 27...Bxg2, I do not see an effective continuation for White. 28.Bb2, with the idea of Ba3 is one try, but seems too slow and Black can defend.

Regardless, the move 25...Rd6 (with the idea of bringing the Rook to g6) was sufficient to defend.

Evidently, the complications were too much for Koch, who finally lost his way.

The critical error was 29...Be4?, which was supposed to meet the threat of Rfh6. As the American Chess Bulletin pointed out, the move 29...Qc2! was much better. After 30.Rfh6, Black has f6! escaping. This was pointed out in the Deutsche Schachzeitung.

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