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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Akiba Rubinstein
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 6, Aug-28
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: After <50...Kg5>

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Mieses gives the following line leading to a win for White: <51.Kb4! Kf4> (if 51...f6 as in the game, than 52.exf6 Kxf6 53.Ne4+ and wins, as the Black king cannot approach the pawn or capture the knight) <52.Nd3+ Kxg4 53.Nc5 Kf5 54.Nd7>, etc.

Feb-12-10  Rama: Very nice. Surely the game would've made it into My System's (or Praxis') collection if he had.
Mar-23-14  paramount: <Rama: Very nice. Surely the game would've made it into My System's (or Praxis') collection if he had.>

Actually, My System had put this game in its chapter 14 "Overprotection".

In the book Nimzo wrote about move 20.Na3 "Only now will it be clear why white delayed with the development of the Knight. An honorable post had been contemplated for him, namely as overprotector of the d4 pawn. "

I mean, from all the good theories about chess in his book My System, the part about Overprotection is the most vague, i say that its not entirely useless, sometimes we have to over protect our pawns (particularly the base pawn or the isolated pawn) but that depends altogether with the condition.

I mean that Nimzo deliberately delayed the knight to Na4 then to Nc2 from the onset just to overprotect d4 pawn, i doubt it.

My System is a classic chess book, its brilliant on its era that provides the important theories like rook on the 7th rank, the power of the isolated d-pawn, pawn structures, and many more.

And this book still a good reference for the beginners/intermediate now just to learn its outline theories about chess. BUT, if you want to go deep studying the games from the book, prepare your ENGINE, because 90% of the games examples of the book contains some weaker lines even some are absolutely inconsequential. So you will completely need assist to learn examples from My System.

I suggest you learn this book first before go to the deeper/harder books like Dvoretsky's School Chess of Excellent/Manual Endgame.

Apr-05-14  Poisonpawns: White missed a win later but black was a bit better in the early stages.See after move 11 and move 16.Credit to Nimzo for determined play to take over the game and to Rubinstein for holding on.
Apr-05-14  Poisonpawns: "It must be said that Nimzowitsch's
results would have been much better
if he had not slipped up like this on a fairly regular basis." E.Sveshnikov speaking about Nimzo missing the win on move 51
Aug-08-16  Straclonoor: After 50.Nxf2 white should win/
Here is line from Lomonosov 7-pieces tablebase (first move in line = move in game). (1... Kg5 2. Kb4 Kf4 3. Nd3+ Ke4 4. Kc4 Ke3 5. Nb4 Kf3 6. Nc6 Kxg4 7. Nd8 Kg5 8. Nxf7+ Kg6 9. Nd8 Kf5 10. Kd4 Kg6 11. Nxe6 Kf7 12. Ng5+ Ke7 13. Kd5 Kd7 14. e6+ Ke7 15. Nh7 Kd8 16. Kd6 Ke8 17. Nf6+ Kf8 18. e7+ Kf7 19. e8=Q+ Kxf6 20. Qh5 Kg7 21. Ke6 Kg8 22. Kf6 Kf8 23. Qh8#
Aug-08-16  RookFile: At one point, Rubinstein had the better position. Later, Nimzo did. So, both players could be unhappy with the result of this game.
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  michaelmbast: How about ...13 h5-h4 for black instead of g6? I don't know what piece or pawn white can move without disadvantage?
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  kingscrusher: i do not find the overprotection of d4 convincing - i would say generally e5 overprotection is more useful. nimzovich himself talked about not overprotecting relatively unimportant points because it can use resources pointlessly. i would prefer Korchnoi's use if the milner barry gambit in this opening variation. Just gambit d4 instead.

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