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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Semion Alapin
"Morphyesque Miniature" (game of the day Oct-16-2018)
Saint Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  RookFile: 9....Qxg2 was really bad. It's a beginner's idea to go hunting for material, already down in time. Make a move like that and you deserve whatever happens to you.
Feb-01-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Very much in the spirit of Morphy's Opera House Game. Many sacrifices culminating with a queen sacrifice and a rook checkmate down the middle supported by a bishop.
Apr-12-12  hotwax: "Notes by Nimzowitsch except where noted."
Unfortunate wording :)
Apr-12-12  Calli: The year (1914) and place (St. Petersburg) are finally established by Per Skjoldager's research:
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  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914.
Your score: 33 (par = 24)


Nov-27-14  MindCtrol9: I remember a game of Murphy with the same mate where was based on pins killing the king with the only two pieces left which were Rook and Bishop.
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  SpaceRunner: My copy states may 1914 !
Hernov 1977,Copenhagen!

My copy of "My System" (G. Bell and Sons, 1950), states that this game was played in Carlsbad, 1911, not in Saint Petersburg, 1914. The notes on the book and on the page are the same, verbatim.

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  GrahamClayton: An awesome demonstration of open diagonals for the bishops and open files for the rooks!
Apr-30-18  ChessHigherCat: 12 O-O-O!!! Now that's confidence! (or maybe "justifiable hubris", if it's not a contradiction in terms)
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  WorstPlayerEver: Nothing wrong with 9... Qxg2 10. Bf3 Qh3 according to SF :)
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  RookFile: 5...Nxc3 6. bxc3 Nd7 isn't bad.
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: For those wondering in general about <chrisowen> posts, his 2010 offering above is still somewhat coherent.
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  OhioChessFan: Yeah, he started out that way. Then went to his best phase, the sort of, kind of, semi-coherent posts that told something of a narrative. Last couple years they've been bad, just a random series of single words with none of the charm that gave you a sense of "I can almost figure this out" that used to be so entertaining. Come on, <chrisowen>, get back on your game.
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  dhotts: After move 13 the comments say White's advantage in development is too great...No kidding. This anti-development game by Alapin is a joke.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa done

<<1. + / = (0.28): 10...Qh3> 11.Qe2 g6 12.0-0-0 Bg7 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Rd3 e5 15.Bxb7 Qxd3 16.Qxd3 Bxb7> 17.Nf3 e4 18.Qb3 Bc6 19.Nh4 e3 20.f3 Re8 21.Bxe3 Nd7 22.Bf4 Ne5 23.Bxe5 Rxe5 24.Qb6 Re6 25.Qb4 a5 26.Qc4 Rd8 27.c3 Be5 28.Kb1 Rd2 29.h3 Bf6 30.Rg1 Ree2

2. + / - (1.13): 10...Qg6 11.Qd2 Be7 12.0-0-0 e5 13.Rhg1 Qd6 14.Qc3 Qc5 15.Ne6 Qxc3 16.Nxg7+ Kf8 17.bxc3 h6 18.Bc5 Bd7 19.Rd6 Rg8 20.Bxb7 Ra7 21.Bxa7 Bxd6 22.Be3 Rh8 23.Be4 Ba3+ 24.Kd2 Nc6 25.c4 Ne7 26.Nh5 f5 27.Bb7 f4 28.Bb6 Rg8 29.Rxg8+ Nxg8 30.Bf3 Ke7 31.c5 Be6 32.c6 Kd6 33.Ng7 Bxa2 34.Nf5+

Oct-16-18  jith1207: <Cheapo by the Chosen>: If only someone had replied <ChrisOwen> post here in that fateful time, he wouldn't have sought out revenge.
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  OhioChessFan: Much better chrisowen!
Oct-31-18  jith1207: <ChrisOwen>: I want to reply you, especially after you have chosen me to respond. I am just waiting for my stage to reach another few notches of insanity to comprehend and converse with you. I'm really sorry.
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  Petrosianic: RookFile: 9....Qxg2 was really bad. It's a beginner's idea to go hunting for material, already down in time. Make a move like that and you deserve whatever happens to you.

Not as bad as it looks (but definitely bad). The Queen is going to get kicked whether it takes or not. 11...e5 is the real stinker that opens up lines against Black's own king voluntarily.

8...a6 is a waste of time too. 8...Nc6 was better.

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  perfidious: <[White must have paid (Alapin) a fee to play this. -- C H O’D Alexander]>


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  Petrosianic: There's a beginner's book called "Chess: First Steps", published by Bott and Morrison in 1958. It's 150 pages devoted to just teaching the rules, along with lots of exercises, little anthropomorphic cartoons and stories about the pieces and game.

In addition to several Elementary School games, that illustrate discovered check, double check, and other things they wanted to show, they give this one game as an example of "Master Chess", along with this charming description.

<This final game was played in the Carlsbad Tournament, 1911.> [Whoops!] <The standard of play shown here is high; in fact it is the play of chess masters. For this reason it is unlikely that you will understand the purpose for all the moves. We have included this example, however, firstly to give you an idea what "master" chess is like and secondly in the hope that one day YOU will become a chessmaster, in which case you will be able to play this game over the board and learn ALL its secrets!>

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  Petrosianic: Nimzovich may play this game at the Master level, but I'm not sure Alapin (who was sometimes great) does. I'd give question marks to his Moves 4, 5, 8, and 10, and two or three question marks to Moves 11, 12 and 13. It's just insane that any decent player would let White achieve full development with open center lines, when he himself had only his Queen developed.

Looks like black's last chance to avoid the early mate is with yet another Queen move, 13...Qd6, blocking that d file. The best I can find against that is 14. Rhe1+ Be6 15. Bxb7, picking up a free Rook. Black will be down an Exchange and a Pawn, but at least he can force the Queens off, and resign when he feels like it.

Apr-09-20  MordimerChess: In my "My System" the game is described as played in 1914. It was played just after All-Russian Masters tournament which was one ex equo by Aron Nimzowitsch and Alexander Alekhine. So it was off-hand game, probably a lot of players wanted to play with the winner.

Semyon Alapin was already 57 years old but he still was worthy opponent for many masters. This game doesn't confirm that though ;)

My video commentary about the game and circumstances:


Apr-09-20  Carrots and Pizza: How many of us would play 12.0-0-0? Although he is widely recognized for his strategic play and theoretical contributions, Nimzovich was also an amazing tactician.
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  GrahamClayton: The last five moves of this game, beginning with 14.Bf6, were used in the chess scene in the 1955 movie The Left Hand of God, starring real life chess playing actor Humphrey Bogart.

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