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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Rudolf Spielmann
Hamburg (1910), Hamburg GER, rd 4, Jul-21
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-28-05  ArturoRivera: why not 24.-...Qxf5 25.-Bxf5 g6 and conserving the pawn, why the sacrifice?
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: I wanna notice some points of this game:

-Instead of 23...Qe6, the correct move was 23...Be4

-27...Re6? was a mistake, because it permitted the shock 28.Bxg6!!... Much better was 27...Qd6

-28.Bxg6!! The bishop can't be captured:

a)28...fxg6 29.Rfxd4! Qxd4 30.Rxd4 Rxd4 31.Qxd4 winning

b)28...hxg6 29.Rfxd4! winning

c)28...Rxg6 just the same 29.Rfxd4! winning

-28...Re2? was just desesperation. 28...Qe7 was correct

-29...Kg7? was the decisive error, because it moved into mate. Correct was 29...Kh8

After 31.Bh5+ black resigned, because of the sequence: 31...Qf7 32.Rxf7+ Ke8 33.Qg8++

Aug-27-06  notyetagm: What a great example of <CLEARANCE> Nimzowitsch plays with 28 ♗d3xg6!!, vacating the d-file with tempo.

The tactical point is that if Black captures the White g6-bishop in any of three different ways, White then uses the tempo to play 29 ♖f4xd4, with a winning <SKEWER> down the d-file, revealing the reason why White was so eager to get his d3-bishop off of the d-file.

One of the best examples of <CLEARANCE> (<LINE CLEARANCE>, to be more precise) that I have ever seen.

Aug-27-06  notyetagm: 28 ♗xg6!!
Sep-04-06  notyetagm: 28 ♗d3xg6!!, threatening 29 ♖f4xd4 with a winning <SKEWER> down the newly opened d-file, is just a superb example of <CLEARANCE>.
Sep-05-06  Petrocephalon: Hi ArturoRivera,

In answer to your question, I think Black loses the pawn regardless: 24..Qxf5 25.Rxf5.


Sep-05-06  notyetagm: In Fritz-speak:

<28 Bd3xg6!! clearance for f4-d4>

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  plang: Nice game. Wasn't clear to me White was better until after 19..d4. Perhaps plan of ..c5 and ..d4 wasn't good; ..f5 at some point was an alternative.
Apr-12-14  Karpova: This game is given with Nimzowitsch's annotations. I reproduce them (condensed):

4...Nf6 <Steinitz played ...Qh4!>

7...d5 <Better or at least more lasting is ...d6 than the more common ...d5.>

11...Re8 <Leonhardt suggests in the 'Hamburger Nachrichten' 11...Bg4, and if 12.f3 then 12...Bg5 followed by ...Bg6.>

14.Be3 <Black untied himself with force, but means of force are rarely good.>

17.Bc1 <! White calmly awaits the further development of Black's enormous buildup.>

19...d4 <Now he "invested" his centre very well, but the "interests" are of problematic nature.>

20.Bf4 <Also good is 20.Ng3 immediately.>

21.Ng3 <Now Black has to trade and further his opponent's development.>

23...Qe6 <With 23...Be4, Black could have reached a draw, despite the weak c-♙ and White's better development, but this just proves the innocuousness of the system: 24.Bxe4 Rxe4 25.Qc7 Re2 26.Rde1 Rxb2 27.Re7 Rf8 (not 27...Qc2 28.Re8+!!) 28.Rexf7 Qxf7 29.Rxf7 Rxf7 and Black can make a draw at a pinch. After the text move, White wins.>

24.Qf5 <Proves the weakness of the Black ♙-position. If 24...Qxf5 25.Rxf5 and White wins the Black c-♙.>

25.Qxc5 <Now the Black position suddenly collapses. The d-♙ is also sick.>

27.Rf4 <Threatens Bf1 winning the d-♙.>

27...Re6 <To cover the ♙ with ...Rd6.>

28.Bxg6 <Simple but most unusual. If Black takes the ♗, he is ruined by Rxd4.>

28...Re2 <Black had put too much trust into this chance. The beautiful plan is being refuted surprisingly.>

29.Bxf7+ <If 29...Qxf7 30.Qg5+, followed by Qxd8+ etc..> Nimzowitsch's line is fine, but 29...Qxf7 30.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 31.Kh1 Rd2+ 32.Qxc6 Rxd1+ 33.Kg2 Kxf7 34.Qf3+ also seems to work.

29...Kg7 <White expected ...Kh8, which is much better, of course. He then would have played 30.Rf2!! (30...Rxf2 31.Qe5+).>

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', December 1910, pp. 401-403

There are also Wilhelm Therkatz 's annotations from the 'Krefelder Zeitung' of 1910.08.13 on pages 403-404

Apr-12-14  john barleycorn: Thanks, <Karpova> always a pleasure to read Nimzowitsch annotations.

A small correction, instead of 12....Bg5 it has to be 12...Bh5 in:

<11...Re8 <Leonhardt suggests in the 'Hamburger Nachrichten' 11...Bg4, and if 12.f3 then 12...Bg5 followed by ...Bg6.>>

Apr-12-14  RookFile: My impression upon playing through this game was that black was at least equal for much of the game. In reading Nimzo's notes, you might believe that for the first 23 moves, black did little right - but lo and behold, on move 23 Nimzo gives a pathway towards black making a draw.

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