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Paul Saladin Leonhardt vs Aron Nimzowitsch
San Sebastian (1912), San Sebastian ESP, rd 10, Mar-02
Philidor Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Feb-18-07  ChessDude33: The notes to this game are funny as well as informative, on 32...Bxg2+! Nimzowitsch writes "Now the Bishop runs amok! The death of the Knight makes him utterly reckless."

Truly hilarious! Nimzowitsch is definately my favorite annotater followed probably by Raymond Keene.

Feb-18-07  ChessDude33: Oh yes, one more thing after 33. Kg1 Nimzo writes "But behold he still lives! Indeed after 33. Kxg2 (33. Rxg2? Qc6) 33...Qc6+ 34. Kf1 fxg3 35. Bxg8 gxh2 he would be bloodily avenged."

Cool huh? =)

May-18-07  realbrob: Is 28.Be3 just a horrible blunder?

Before you told me the game was bislabelled I was wondering how Nimzowitsch could have played a match in Paris in 1878 considering that he was born in 1886..

Dec-18-07  MissesManyMoves: This is Game #12 in the Illustrative Games section (Part III) of Nimzowitsch's book "My System."
Dec-18-07  D4n: Nimzowitsch was such a skilled player.
Jun-03-08  Marsupilamix: Why not 29. Bxc5 or 29. bxc5 d4 30. Bxd4 Bxf3 31. Bxf3 with white advantage ?
Apr-23-14  paramount: <The notes to this game are funny as well as informative, on 32...Bxg2+! Nimzowitsch writes "Now the Bishop runs amok! The death of the Knight makes him utterly reckless.">

Yes, the game listed in My System.

BUT, there is much better line.


The only sensical response is 33.hxg3 Qc6 34.Rd2 dxe3 35.Re2 Rxg3 and black win

Other response to 32..Rxg3!! beside 33.hxg3 would bring the mate closer.

A. 33.Bxd7 Rxg2....mate soon withe the threat Rg1+ (double checkmate with b7 bishop)

B.33.Bxg8 Qc6.... and triple threat to g2 pawn means checkmate in a blink of an eye.

I posted this comments before in another Nimzowitsch game...I if you want to study My System, please be cheapen yourself with using the assists (your teacher, engine, corrective books or annotations or notes, etc,etc,etc). Almost all the games in book contain the very basic mistake like this.

So dont take boldly the games he was feeding on you, you'll be always trapped in the wrong line.

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  Retireborn: With this pawn structure, Black usually has a weakness on c5. Leonhardt takes advantage with 17.Nc5, but fails to follow up with 19.b4 or 22.Bb4 and eventually loses the game.

A c5 weakness in a similar opening can be seen here: Wolf is more succesful, although this game isn't very accurately played either.

H Wolf vs J Mason, 1902

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