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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Aron Nimzowitsch
"Witschcraft" (game of the day Aug-01-2017)
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 2, Apr-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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May-04-08  Karpova: W. E. Napier: <‘It is witch chess, heathen and beautiful.’>

May-04-08  whiteshark: This game is annotated in 'chess praxis' as game no. 85.
May-04-08  whiteshark: Furthermore this game received 1st price in the game beauty contest of the tournament.
Jun-18-14  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 45... Qf6+ 46.Kg3 Tf3+ (47.Sxf3 Qf3+, 48.Kh4, Qh3# or 48.Kh2 Qh3#) 47.Kh2 Qh4+ 48.Sh3 Qxh3#. If 46...h4+? not 47. Kxg4? Qg5+ 48.Kh3 Qg3#, but 49.Kh2 Qe5 or g3, 50.Kh1 and there's no direct mate. Sometimes simple things can be turned easilly to complicated. Chess tournment is plenty of this cases where the dying King survive... lgs
Jul-25-17  newzild: Witschcraft!
Aug-01-17  cunctatorg: It's of course a great game by Aron Nimzowitsch!

However it seems to me that F.D. Yates proved to be quite resourceful here and his brave resistance helped very much the quality of the game.

Well, Yates' name always reminds me of the famous Alekhine-Yates King march 1922 game, therefore I tend to underestimate him and this is unfair!...

Aug-01-17  catlover: It's interesting how white's extra piece after move 33 was of no help. The WSB just sat on g2 like a decoration.
Aug-01-17  Cucurbit: Not only does it appear in Chess Praxis, but in the book Nimzovich is surprisingly critical of his own play, particularly moves 15, 19, and 23, all of which share a common fault, he seems to think: They commit to an attack on the queenside before sufficiently securing the center.
Aug-01-17  Razgriz: Can someone explain 24. Ne5 to me?

Black was already threatening Nxc3. Was he planning on an eventual Nxc6, then followed up with a possible Bxd5+ and take on the Rook at a8?

Aug-01-17  john barleycorn: <Razgriz: Can someone explain 24. Ne5 to me? >

Nimzowitsch wrote:

24.Rd2 was right. For examle: 24....Nxc3 25.Rb3 Qc1+ 26.Kh2 Nb5 27.Qb4 threating a4 and Rb1. That is the way for white to gain an advantage. ...

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  kevin86: Black develops the knights at g3 and b3-is that a system? lol
Aug-01-17  Howard: Yates, incidentally, beat Nimzo at Carlsbad 1929. As the excellent book Draw! mentions, "few players below the top level" were feared as much as Yates was back in the day. Despite the fact that Yates was probably never among the world's top-10, he had a notorious reputation for pulling off upsets.

Lasker and Capablanca were among the few people who never lost a game to Yates.

Aug-01-17  RookFile: Nimzo was a closed game specialist, and very good at maneuvering. I think Yates should have steered for an open game, even if he had to gambit a pawn or something.
Aug-01-17  RandomVisitor: After 23...Qa3 - note that Ne5 works for white - but after the preparation moves Kh2 or Re1

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<+1.91/47 24.Kh2 Nb6 25.Ne5> Bb7 26.Rb3 Qa5 27.Rc1 Rae8 28.Qb4 Qxb4 29.cxb4 Re7 30.Ra3 a6 31.d4 g6 32.Ra5 Nc4 33.Nxc4 dxc4 34.Rxc4 Rf6 35.Kh3 Kf8 36.Rac5 Re2 37.a3 Re3 38.Rc3 Rxc3 39.Rxc3 Rd6 40.Rc4 h5 41.Bf3 Ke7 42.Kg2 Kd7 43.Kf2 Kc7 44.Ke3 Re6+ 45.Kd3 Rd6 46.Rc5 Rd8 47.a4 Kb6 48.d5 cxd5 49.a5+ Ka7 50.Kd4

<+1.88/47 24.Re1 Qc5 25.Ne5> Rac8 26.Rb4 Qxd4+ 27.cxd4 Nb6 28.a4 c5 29.dxc5 Rxc5 30.d4 Ra5 31.Nc6 Rxa4 32.Rxa4 Nxa4 33.Bxd5+ Kh8 34.Bf3 Nb6 35.d5 Nc8 36.Kf2 Kg8 37.Ra1 Bb7 38.Ke3 Bxc6 39.dxc6 Kf7 40.Kd4 Ke7 41.Kc5 Rf6 42.Ra3 Re6 43.Rd3 Nb6 44.c7 g6 45.g4 fxg4 46.Bxg4 Re4 47.Rd4 Rxd4 48.Kxd4 Kd6 49.c8Q Nxc8 50.Bxc8 a5 51.Bb7 Ke6 52.Be4 a4 53.Kc3 Kf6 54.Kb4

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  Richard Taylor: Good, even a bewitsching game, by Nimzowitsch...Yates played well also of course.

<RandomVisitor: After 23...Qa3 - note that Ne5 works for white - but after the preparation moves Kh2 or Re1>

Yes, 24. Kh2 gets the K out of trouble and White can do things.

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