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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Jacques Mieses
Frankfurt (1930), Frankfurt GER, rd 8, Sep-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Rubinstein (Anti Meran) System (D45)  ·  1-0

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Mar-30-09  notyetagm: 22 ?


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22 ♘e4-f6+!


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A *wicked* tactical shot by Nimzowitsch, 22 ♘e4-f6+!.

22 ... ♕e7x♘f6 23 ♗d2-c3 <skewer, discovered attack>


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Once again we have the <DECOY> theme, <SENSITIVE SQUARES>: you can take *any* square (f6-square) that is <LINED UP> with an opponent's weakness (<UNDEFENDED> Black h8-rook) -IFF- you control that alignment (a1-h8 diagonal, 23 ♗d2-c3).

May-20-09  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch's 17 ♘e4-f6+! is a *really* nasty tactical blow.
May-20-09  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch vs Mieses, 1930

17 ♘e4-f6+!


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17 ♘e4-f6+! does not seem possible at first glance, as the f6-square has one attacker (White e4-knight) versus one defender (Black e7-queen).

<BUT THAT IS JUST COUNTING(!). <<<AND CHESS IS NOT JUST COUNTING!>>>>

May-20-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Decoys: CHESS IS NOT JUST COUNTING

Nimzowitsch vs Mieses, 1930
17 Ne4-f6+! drags e7-queen onto f6-sq for skewer with h8-rook

N Illijin vs G Burgess, 1992
15 ... Nd7xe5! steals pawn in broadlight, lined up with a1-rook

Apr-22-10  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10....f6, 10...Bd7 prepares to castle before opening lines.

After 14...Bd7 Mieses has the bishop pair and some central pawn superiority but Nimzowitsch has a lead in development with Black's King as yet uncastled.

15 Ne4 threatens 16 Nxf6! Qxf6 17 Bc3 skewering Black's Queen to Black's King's Rook. 15....Bg7 concedes the c5 square to White's N while 15...Rg8 pins the e6 pawn and invites f5.

Mieses advances the f pawn by 15...b5 16 Qd3 f5 but White's N goes to the point f6 by 17 Nf6+! all the same.

As Black's Queen defends the f6 point while White does not attack it more than once, this means that the move Nf6+ offers a Knight to Black. White offers the N however on a point which can be skewered, and White gains this skewer in return for the N.

Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: SQUARES LINED UP DIAGONALLY WITH ROOKS

Nimzowitsch vs Mieses, 1930 22 Ne4-f6+! takes f6-sq lined up with undefended Black h8-rook

Nov-26-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS AGAINST UNDEFENDED PIECES
Nov-25-14  notyetagm: Nimzowitsch vs Mieses, 1930


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Nov-25-14  RookFile: 8...Be7 is more to the point than 8...Nb6.
Let's say white plays the "natural" 9. Bd3. Then ...Nc5 equalizes immediately for black. Not much changes if white tosses in cxd5 before Bd3 - then ...Nc5 is still good for black.

By the way, ... Be7 develops a piece, instead of moving one that was already developed. It also prepares castling.

Aug-22-18  goser: Black resigned after its own move probably because of 23 Qd7. If I'm correct, they deprived Nimtsowitsch of implementing a second nice tactical blow in this game.
Aug-22-18
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  beatgiant: <goser>
Or 23. Qa3 (threatens Qa6#, also Qxa7 with mate soon) and I don't see a good defense.
Aug-23-18  goser: Yes, Qa3 looks better.

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