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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Burn the Witsch!" (game of the day Apr-02-2010)
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense. Nimzowitsch Attack (C62)  ·  0-1



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Apr-02-10  whiteshark: I can't remember where I've seen it
Apr-02-10  JonathanJ: <DarthStapler> I suggested this pun to for a game where BlackBURNe wins over Nimzowitsch. I don't know if that's a coincidence or if they took "my" pun for another game. In this game, the pun makes less sense than in my game.

if you feel offended by the pun, you should not play chess, because it's a war game.

Apr-02-10  whiteshark: Here is the a.m. game: Blackburne vs Nimzowitsch, 1914
Apr-02-10  TheChessGuy: "What do we burn, apart from witches?" "More witches!!"
Apr-02-10  Goldenraf: Actually I have notes from an old book where Capablanca says that he sacrificed the pawn knowing that white would have to waste precious moves to capture it. It's easy to see that after the pawn capture white queen moves like 7 times to re enter the game. In the mean time Capa build his forces to attack the open column.
Apr-02-10  TheScroobiousPip: <Darthstapler> You'll be ok.
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  maxi: One inquisitor to another: "Hey, it's getting chilly! Throw another witch into the fire".
Apr-02-10  Petrosianic: <if you feel offended by the pun, you should not play chess, because it's a war game.>

Yeah, and besides, I did the nose.

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  chrisowen: No ducking the issue, big prey raise the stakes. O the vanities wolfing down material. White hunts the stray pawn and circles around the queenside. The ropey middle game underneath seems like ages: black thinks sale my rooks in, it spells trouble. White postulates, Capablanca heccles I as testament for novel 12.Qxa7. Once Bd4+ the ritual rook b8 proves an unstoppabble trial, crafty play.
Apr-03-10  kevin86: Nimzo's impudent pawns were no match for the machine...
Jun-01-14  Ulhumbrus: Capablanca said that apparently simple looking games such as this one were in fact of the most difficult nature. This suggests that a player who considers Black's play to be simple has not understood it.

One answer is that a player has to be able to make the right choices of simple looking moves.

In that case how does he do that?

Kasparov has quoted a remark from Bobby Fischer < You have to know a lot and be able to use it>

This remark suggests the answer that a player needs to know a lot and to be able to use it in order to be able to make the right choices of simple looking moves, as Morphy, Capablanca, Fischer or Carlsen might do.

Jun-01-14  Wyatt Gwyon: One of my favorite Capa brilliancies.
Dec-16-14  MindCtrol9: Since move 22 Black is much better.
Aug-20-16  ughaibu: I wonder if Capablanca was aware of T F Lawrence vs Lasker, 1896?
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Capablanca, que brillaba con luz propia, pensaba en ganar este famoso torneo. Jugar en primera ronda, llevando negras contra A.N. implicaba la necesidad de ganar forzando los acontecimientos. Por eso 4...d6! en lugar de la tablífera 4... Ab4 o la más tablífera 4...Cd4.
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Al evaluar la posición después de la jugada 13 del negro,brutamente hablando, el peón de más que tiene A.N. está compensado. Se aprecia lo siguiente: Las blancas tienen utilizados 5 tiempos reales y las negras han usado 8 tiempos reales, la pieza más poderosa es el Alfil Negro, su contrario da lástima en la casilla de origen.
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Cuando volvemos a mirar la posición, después de la jugada 16 de las negras, se aprecia que las blancas llegaron a 5 movidas reales y las negras a 10. Esto ya mostraría una ventaja para las negras, que las blancas deberían compensar con su estructura bien sólida. Aquí aparece entonces el gran error de A.N., en la jugada 17. Sin dudas era una buena réplica blanca 17 b3! oponiendo el alfil en la gran diagonal y tomando bajo control la casilla c4. En lugar de eso, el juego apresurado 17 Ad2? permite el desarrollo de la ofensiva de Capablanca a toda orquesta.
Feb-12-17  edubueno: Después de la jugada 25 de las negras, la combinación entre el poderoso alfil de casillas negras sobre la gran diagonal y las dos torres en la columna semiabierta dejan a las blancas sin ninguna posibilidad de resistir.
Nov-21-17  edubueno: Creo que la partida Alekhine vs Brinckmann es un mal ejemplo. 9...h6!
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  keypusher: keypusher: At move 8, Black has quite a few alternatives, and will be a little worse after any one of them. Most common has been 8....Bd7; SF's choice is 8....Be7. Interestingly, after 8....g6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Qa6 Qd7 11.Qb7 Rc8 12.Qxa7 Bg7 SF sees the position as almost completely equal. Instead SF prefers 9.Bg5 Bg7 10.0-0-0 with what it thinks is a sizeable advantage, as in Alekhine vs A Brinckmann, 1927 which I see <acirce> and <edubueno> cited. Engines are often an antidote to sordid materialism.

9.Bg5 h6 is not good: 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Qc4! and Black is in trouble.

Apr-08-19  saintdufus: <DarthStapler: I find this pun to be very offensive. Witch hunts were real tragedies in which many people lost their lives.>

I imagine the "She's a witch--burn her!" scene in *Monty Python & the Holy Grail* must be excruciating for you to watch.

Aug-15-20  Capacorn: Just got done going over this game in Capablanca’s “My Chess Career.” I’ve gained a new appreciation for his play. Yeah, everyone says he was a genius (and there’s no doubting all the experts), but you have to reach a certain level of proficiency to appreciate his strength. I went over both “The Immortal Games of Capablanca” and “Capablanca’s 100 Best Games of Chess” years ago. At the time I was much more taken by Alekhine’s play. It is only now, that I’m stronger that I finally “get” what people have been saying about Capa for over a century. I’m still not a very strong player, but the Cuban’s play can be criticized only by the very best. It’s quite evident that his chess comprehension was terribly profound. Any “improvements” to his opponents’ play would likely have been considered by him, and a refutation sure to follow. By the way, the book I referred to at the outset is a treat; and studying just a few games has given me immediate results. Thanks, Capa!
Dec-28-20  Stolzenberg: <Jan-22-09 Berlin89: Cant't Black take the knight after 26. Rxd4?>

After 26. ... Qxc3 White would probably answer 27. Rxb4 Rxb4 28. Qc1 and he should be ok as he is a pawn up.

Dec-28-20  Stolzenberg: Nimzowitsch resigned because he probably saw 42. ... Qxc2 coming. For example 43. Qg5 Qxd1 44. Qd8+ Kg7 45. Rf4 Rxg2+ would lead to a nice end.
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