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Verner Wendel vs Aron Nimzowitsch
"Best Praxis" (game of the day Nov-15-2013)
Match Nimzowitsch - Wendel (1921), Stockholm SWE, Mar-??
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian. Bogoljubow Variation Nimzowitsch Gambit (B00)  ·  0-1



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Jul-18-12  andyatchess: No surprise that he thinks it was one of his best games - what a beauty
Jul-18-12  whiteshark: <TehFocus: <He didn't fake his death.>> How do you know?
Jun-02-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Nimzowitsch at his prime !!
Nov-15-13  offramp: Most of Nimzowitsch's best games are against complete Joe Schmoes.

A <great game> against Wendel ? Faites-moi un faveur, mec!

Nov-15-13  Granny O Doul: I guess when you play offbeat openings, even a win against Joe Schmo may go down as a classic, but if you play main lines, the opponent's weakness is just too obvious.
Nov-15-13  Infohunter: Hmm...I've never heard of that business of Nimzowitsch faking his own death as told by <FHBradley>. I just did some checking around--no one else on the Internet seems to have heard of it either.
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  perfidious: <Infohunter>: Neither had I, actually-strange business indeed.
Nov-15-13  whiteshark: <FHBradley> You are tal♔ whisked @#$%. An imaginative approach though.
Nov-15-13  morfishine: I think Mr. Wendel played downright plucky when you consider his opponent


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  maxi: Some of White's moves seem downright weak.
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  kevin86: Praxis was the name of the Klingon moon in Star Trek-the undiscoivered country. The movie had many Shakespeare connections... and evidently,a chess one.

Praxis blew up-a ST version of Chernobyl.

Nov-15-13  offramp: All right, I'm gonna say it.

This game is a big old FAKE!

Nov-15-13  Infohunter: <offramp: All right, I'm gonna say it.

This game is a big old FAKE!>

And the basis on which you make this assertion is...?

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  juan31: In this site are persons who speak several idioms , maybe i am wrong but " praxis" means " practice" .
Nov-15-13  offramp: <Infohunter: <offramp: All right, I'm gonna say it. This game is a big old FAKE!>

And the basis on which you make this assertion is...?>

Wendel plays well enough that Nimzowitsch thought this one of his best games. But this is the only game Wendel EVER played. Beginner's luck, I suppose.

Nov-16-13  Infohunter: <offramp: Wendel plays well enough that Nimzowitsch thought this one of his best games. But this is the only game Wendel EVER played. Beginner's luck, I suppose.>

I did a little further checking into this, and found that Edward Winter offers some historical evidence, as well as commentary of his own, about this game:

You will observe that Winter acknowledges some uncertainty about the exact event and date of play of this game, but he does not seem to think that it was fabricated.

Your thoughts?

Nov-16-13  offramp: Winter is a communist.
Nov-16-13  Infohunter: <offramp: Winter is a communist.>

Well, of course! That invalidates anything and everything he might have to say about chess. I guess it's back to the drawing board for me.

Nov-16-13  Infohunter: <juan31: In this site are persons who speak several idioms , maybe i am wrong but " praxis" means " practice" .>

You are not wrong. It's just that, in English, the word "praxis" is used only a small fraction as much as the word "practice" is, whereas in German "Praxis" is the word that is usually translated into English as "practice"--in the sense that is meant in the context of this discussion, that is. For example, "theory and practice" reads in German as "Theorie und Praxis". Now if one speaks of "practice" in the sense of, say, "practice of the piano," then that is "Übung", which is derived from the verb "üben", meaning, "to exercise".

Sep-13-14  ljfyffe: Scotch Game Sweden 1920? E Janzon-V. Wendel <1e4 e5 2d4 exd4 3Nf3 Nc6 4Bc4 Bc5 5c3 d3 6Qxd3 d6 7b4 Bb6 80-0 Nf6 9Bg5 h6 10Bh4 0-0 11Bb3 Qe7 12Nbd2 Be6 13e5 Nxe5 14Nxe5 dxe5 15Ne4 Bf5 16Nxf6+ Qxf6 17Bxf6 Bxd3 18Rfd1 e4 19Bh4 g5 20Bg3 Kg7 21Kh1 Rad8 22a4 a5 23h3 Rfe8 24Ra2 f5 25Rad2 f4 26Bh2 Rd6 27Bg1 Red8 28b5 e3 29fxe3 fxe3 30Rb2 e2 31Re1 Rf8 32Rbxc2 Bxe2 33Rxe2 Rf1 34Re7+ Kf8 0-1.>
Sep-13-14  ljfyffe: <32Rbxe2>
Sep-14-14  ljfyffe: Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1920.
Sep-14-14  ljfyffe: Referring to the Janzon-Wendel game, that is.
Sep-18-14  ljfyffe: Source:Tidskrift For Schack.
Sep-18-14  ljfyffe: The Scotch Game is shown to demonstrate that Wendel is neither a one-game player nor a schmo.
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