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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Henri Weenink
"Angel On My Shoulder" (game of the day Oct-19-2019)
Liege (1930), Liege BEL, rd 6, Aug-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-14-07  sneaky pete: 33... Qxf2+ 34.Qxe2 R8e2 wins (Euwe).
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  Phony Benoni: Despite missing the easy win mentioned by <sneay pete>, Black is still winning in the final position. , quoted in the <American Chess Bulletin> (September / October 1930, p. 147) from the <New York Evening Post>:

<"Sidelights from the Liege international tournament ... revealed a novelty, a lady chess fan who faints. And she fainted on no less thag four different occasions, singling out Sir George Thomas, the English baronet, on two of these episodes. Once she swooned on the Dutchman Weenink's shoulders and he got so rattled he offered Nimzowitsch a draw when he had a win! The tournament committee got wise and when she tried to faint for the fifth times (in in front of Sir George, of course!), she was gently removed from the room....">

I eagerly await GOTD puns based on this incident.

Oct-17-19  JimNorCal: The white pawns move forward with startling rapidity!

Look at the position at moves 21 or 22 for example

Oct-19-19  spingo:

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Black wants to get rid of his stupid bishop on c5. But he knows that Nimzowitsch is too clever to take it. He has a great idea!
A few moves later the great Dane plays 13.a3.

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"Aha!" thinks Nimzo, "I'll have that!" and he does.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Might White have improved with 20.g5 before Black can play ...Rhe8?
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> I agree, but maybe White feared allowing some shadow of an attack after something like 20. g5 <Rhe8?!> 21. gxh6 Qh4 22. hxg7 Qg3 23. f6, but now 23...Rxe5 is not as strong as it looks because White has <24. Qg4+>.
Oct-19-19  goodevans: <An¬†Englishman>, <beatgiant>,

Whilst <20.g5> is definitely an improvement on <20.b4 Rhe8 21.g5>, I'd be in favour of leaving out <g5> altogether (at least for now). After all, the weakening of f5 is what enabled black to turn the tables in the game. The temporary embarrassment to black's N just doesn't seem worth it.

<20.b4 Rhe8 21.Bf4> and <20.b4 Rhe8 21.b5> both appear to maintain white's dominance of the position.

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  OhioChessFan: The only groupie in the history of chess...
Oct-19-19  Ironmanth: Hmmm! Historically, who offered the draw here?! Interesting contest; thanks chessgames. All have a great chess kinda' weekend!
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  whiteshark: <Historically, who offered the draw here?> Draw at proposal of Black.

R.Reinhardt: Aaron Nimzowitsch 1928-1935, p.164

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  whiteshark: It is also striking how <Nimzowitsch> silently ignores to comment the final phase of the game. He only wrote on the 28th move: Black stands on win.
Oct-19-19  catlover: As <JimNorCal> said, Nimzowitch moved his pawns up quickly. It looks to me that he moved his pawns forward without the proper development to support that movement.

I wonder if Nimzowitch was having an off day. It did not look like the white pieces were being moved by an expert on positional play.

Oct-19-19  Deus Ex Alekhina: I hope Weenink, Sir George Thomas, etc, checked to see if their wallet was still in their pocket after the "fainting" episodes.
Oct-19-19  Deus Ex Alekhina: Maybe "angel" is another word for "pickpocket"?
Oct-19-19  Deus Ex Alekhina:
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  Phony Benoni: <DEA> Are you suggesting she got his goat?
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  Breunor: Computer has the actual move of 20 b4 best:

1) +2.99 (20 ply) 20.b4 Ng8 21.b5 Bd7 22.a4 h5 23.a5 hxg4 24.a6 Kb8 25.hxg4 Rxh2 26.Qxh2 Bc8 27.Bf4 Re8 28.Be4 Nf6 29.Bf3 Nd7 30.axb7 Bxb7

2) +2.46 (20 ply) 20.Bf4 Bd7 21.b4 Ng8 22.b5 g5 23.Bg3 h5 24.a4 h4 25.Bf2 c5 26.a5 Re8 27.Re1 Qd8 28.a6 Kb8 29.Qe4 Bc8 30.Bg1 b6 31.Qc6 Ne7

White's position afterwards fell apart mvoe by mvoe, a strange display from Nimzo. There isn't one move that tank it, but over the next seven moves the valuation goes form +3 to -1.5, however he is still +1.5 after move 24. Moves 25 and 26 thoguh take the game from strong advantage to strong disadvantage:

Nimzo loses 1.5 points with 25 Rf2 instead of pressing the attack with a5:

1) +1.57 (19 ply) 25.a5 Ne7 26.e6 Nxf5 27.b6 Nd6 28.bxc7+ Kxc7 29.e7 Rb8 30.Rb1 Kc8 31.Kg1 g6 32.Qe5 Qxe5 33.Bxe5 Bf5 34.Bxd6 Bxd3 35.Rd1 Bf5 36.Rb2 Ra8 37.Rxd4 Bxh3

After Rf2 we have:

1) +0.06 (21 ply) 25...Ne7 26.e6 fxe6 27.Qe5 Qxe5 28.Bxe5 exf5 29.Bxg7 Ng6 30.Re1 f4 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.h4 Re3 33.Bxg6 Bh3+ 34.Kg1 hxg6 35.Rxf4 d3 36.Rd4 Bf5 37.Rd8+ Bc8 38.Kf2 Rh3 39.h5 Rxh5 40.Rxd3

Move 26 Bc1? moves the game into losing position as opposed to e6:

1) -1.71 (24 ply) 26...Nxf5 27.Bxf5 Rxe5 28.Ba3 Rxe2 29.Bxc5 Rxf2+ 30.Kxf2 Bxf5 31.Re1 b6 32.Be7 Rd7 33.Bf8 g6 34.Bg7 d3 35.Ke3 d2 36.Rd1 Rd3+ 37.Ke2 Rxh3 38.Kxd2 Be6 39.Rc1 Rh4 40.Kd3 Kb7 41.Be5 Rg4 42.Bf6

White is dead lost at the end:

1) -3.77 (22 ply) 36.Be5 Qe4 37.Bxc7+ Kc8 38.Qg2 Kxc7 39.Qxe4 Rxe4 40.Kg3 Rd4 41.Rd2 Kb6 42.Kf2 Ka5 43.Ke1 Kxa4 44.Ra2+ Kb3 45.Rf2 Rd7 46.Kd2 Ka4 47.Rh2 f5 48.gxf6 gxf6 49.Rh5 b6 50.Kc3

Oct-19-19  Deus Ex Alekhina: Every chessplayer has employed a good feint at one time or another.
Oct-19-19  Rama: The program of restriction reminded me of Alpha zero except it didn't hold up.
Oct-20-19  Deus Ex Alekhina: It was a faintastic game, nonetheless. (I wish they had a photo of the babe who swooned every time a knight was touched)

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