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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Akiba Rubinstein
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 7, Mar-15
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack: General (A06)  ·  1-0



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Nov-07-04  ConLaMismaMano: Looks like the idea after 22.Nxe5! is 22...fxe5 23.Rxg7! Kxg7 24.Qg4+ Kh8 25.Bxe5+ Bf6 26.Bxf6#
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  ray keene: or perhaps 22nxe5 fxe5 23qxe5 bf6 24qxf6!! after your 23 rxg7 black can play 23...bf6 to hang on
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I remember this game from Mr. Keene's biography and I'm curious about the finale. While it looks fairly amusing to see Nimzowitsch's King take another walk (was his term "Konigspromenaden?"), I forget--did he overlook a simpler win?
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  ray keene: he missed several faster wins
Nov-08-04  clocked: I like the consistent, Re1-e6-f6 the most. That is, 30.Rxf6!? Bxf6 31.Bxf6 gxf6 32.Qxh6 Qh7 33.Qxf6+ Rg7 34.Rg6 (the point) hogs on the 7th? swine on the 6th!
Nov-08-04  Calli: Why not 32...Rxe1+ 33.Bxe1 Qe7 34.Bc3 Qe2 threatening Bb6+
Nov-08-04  Calli: Running that (32...Rxe1+) through the computer, it looks equal. Black is a tempo ahead of the game, so if 32...Rxe1+ 33.Bxe1 Qe7 34.Kf1 then Re8. So it seems Nimzo messed up earlier by allowing Rb8-Rb1+.
Jan-22-05  Everett: 29 Bc1 followed by Rh3 looks good.
Nov-04-11  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 17...dxe4, 17...exf5! 18 exf5 Bd6 opens the e file. As White is trying to prosecute a King side attack one of the last things that he wants is to see a file opened, particularly a central file.
Aug-16-14  jdc2: The position after 41...Qe2 is problem #603 in Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations."
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  beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus>
On 17...exf5, why not <18. exd5>, then 18...Bxd5 19. Rxe7 wins. So 17...exf5 18. exd5 g6 19. c4 with a much better pawn structure for White.
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  plang: Black was doing OK until allowing the shot 22 Nxe5!; 21..Bd6 would have defended against that.

<clocked: I like the consistent, Re1-e6-f6 the most. That is, 30.Rxf6!? Bxf6 31.Bxf6 gxf6 32.Qxh6 Qh7 33.Qxf6+ Rg7 34.Rg6 (the point)> the rest of the variation: 34..cxb 35 cxb..Kg8 36 Rh6..Rf7 37 Qg5+..Rg7 38 Qf4 and wins.

36..Qxc2 would have been a tougher defense.

White would have been winning after 40..Qc1+ 41 Ke4..Qe1+ 42 Re3..Qh4+ 43 Kd5..gxh 44 Rh3.

Dec-29-17  jerseybob: Wasn't 3.Bb2 criticized by some annotators in Petrosian-Fischer 1971 Game 6 and 3.e3 recommended? That indeed is the move Nimzo played against Tartakover at Copenhagen 1923.
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  kingscrusher: After the brilliant Nxe5, I am a bit gutted Nimzovich missed 30 Bc1 - seems much more "to the point" :

590: Aron Nimzowitsch - Akiba Rubinstein 1-0 7.0, Semmering Semmering AUT 1926

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Analysis by Stockfish 14.1 3 cores only:

1. +- (7.68): 30...Bb6+ 31.Rxb6 Qe8 32.Qxe8 Raxe8 33.Bxh6 gxh6 34.Rxg8+ Kxg8 35.dxc4 a5 36.Rxf6 h5 37.Kf2 a4 38.bxa4 Re5 39.Re6 Rxf5+ 40.Ke3 Rg5 41.Kd3 Rxg2 42.Re2

In the game black has resources like Rb8-b1 if Bc1 - pinning the c1 bishop

Feb-06-22  Olavi: In "Die Praxis meines Systems" Nimzo writes having been angry to himself allowing c5-c4, which wouldn't be there after 29.Re4, obviously winning. He awards 30.bxc4 a ?, but gives instead 30.Rxf6! (that was after all planned) Bxf6 31.Bxf6 gxf6 32.Qxh6 Qh7 33.Qxf6+ Rg7 34.Rg6 cxb3 35.cxb3 Kg8 36.Rh6 Rf7 37.Qg5+ Rg7 38.Qf4, winning. 30.Bc1 is simpler & more efficient, Rxf6 is more natural. BTW, unbelievable mistakes like 21...bxa4 show that while they could play brilliant chess for long streches, sometimes they made mistakes a class B player today would avoid.

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