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Viktor Korchnoi vs Johann Hjartarson
Candidates Match (1988), Saint John CAN, rd 6, Feb-01
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-09  Raisin Death Ray: Note Black's position after move 20. Way to develop your pieces!
Feb-09-16  Mehem: 26.Bc5! 1-0

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Be7 is defenceless. a) 26... Qc7 27.Ng6; b) 26... Qd8 27.Nc6

Feb-09-16  tonsillolith: Granted I may not have a clue what I'm talking about, this game strikes me as a great illustration of Nimzowitsch's principles, like blockading, overprotection, control of files, and control using pieces rather than pawns.
Feb-09-16  john barleycorn: <tonsillolith> although I am a great fan of Nimzowitsch I would not call them *his* principles. He extracted them from master play, explained and named them. He *systematized* but did not invent them, imo. A work that should not be underrated though.
Feb-09-16  RookFile: Well said, both Nimzo and Tarrasch were students of Steinitz. They had different ways of expressing Steinitz's ideas.
Feb-11-16  tonsillolith: <john barleycorn> Sure, I agree they aren't his alone. That much is obvious when we look at his contemporaries or those masters playing shortly before his time. It is particularly obvious when watching Capablanca or Alekhine putting him in a positional bind.

However, aside from any actual original contributions of Nimzowitsch, it is common, and I think fair, to name ideas after those who first systematize or popularize them. I would wager that the adjective "Nimzowitschian" carries a definite meaning for most avid chess players.

And then there is the even more insidious <Stigler's Law of Eponomy>.

Feb-11-16  RookFile: Ok, we're all in agreement then. Tarrasch expressed a system of blockade and the other things before Nimzo did, so instead of naming ideas after Nimzo, we'll name them after Tarrasch instead.
Feb-11-16  Party Animal: The Russian Bear wins easily!

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