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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 20, Sep-16
Queen Pawn Game: Anti-Torre (D02)  ·  1-0



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Nov-11-05  RookFile: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This line happens a lot, even today.
Nov-24-05  percyblakeney: This game was played in Chigorin's last tournament. He sat in deep thoughts before resigning, and after a long while Nimzowitsch dared to ask: "Master, what are you thinking about? There is nothing left." Chigorin answered: "I'm thinking about how things might have turned out if I had played some other moves earlier in the game."

According to "Verdens bedste skak" by the Dane Jens Enevoldsen who once won this brilliancy against Nimzo: J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933

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  OhioChessFan: Great story, even if it isn't true. I'm hard pressed to understand why Black traded Rooks and bishop when down a pawn.
Feb-02-07  nescio: <Chigorin answered: "I'm thinking about how things might have turned out if I had played some other moves earlier in the game."> Indeed. Black's last mistake seems to be 53...Ke6. In 1918 Niemzowitsch concluded he could draw With 53...Kc6.

(53.f4) Kc6! 54.h3!

<<In the tournament book Schlechter only looked at 54.h4 which is an easy draw for Black: 54...Kd6 55.h5 Ke6 56.Kc5 f5 57.g5 hxg5 58.h6 Kf7 59.fxg5 f4 60.Kd4 Kg6. With 54.h3 White wins an important tempo>>

55.h4 Kc6

<<55...Ke6 56.Kc5 f5 57.g5 loses for Black>>


<<56.h5 Kd6 57.g5 fxg5 58.fxg5 Ke6! 59.g6 Kf6 is a theoretical draw>>

56...fxg5 57.fxg5 hxg5 58.h5 g4 59.Ke3

<<59.h6 g3 60.Ke3 d4+ 61.Kf3 d3 62.h7 d2 63.Ke2 g2 with equality. So White has to capture the black g-pawn first>>


<<59...g3? 60.Kf3 and wins>>

60.Kf4 d4 61.Kxg4 d3 62.Kf3 Kc4 63.h6 Kb3!!

<<63...Kc3? 64.h7 and the h-pawn queens with check>>

64.h7 d2 65.Ke2 Kc2 with an inevitable draw. Wonderful analysis by Niemzowitsch with the "diagonal" king move 62...Kb3 as the culminating point.

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  plang: 7 c5 had been against Chogorin in an 1891 consultation game; 7 Bf4 was new. Black never seemed to obtain sufficient compensation for the pawn he gave up early in the middle game. Trading into the pawn endgame with 51 Nxc6?; he would have kept a clear advantage with 51 Nf5.

The pawn endgame is worthy of study although, in the game, Chigorin's blunder led to a sudden conclusion.

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