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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Ossip Bernstein
Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912), Vilna (Vilnius) RUE, rd 5, Aug-23
French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-04  Leviathan: A very brilliant win by Nimzo.
What's more he won using the advance variation, heavily blamed by Tarrasch and his followers in those years.

I think that the advance variation became universally used around 1928, even if Nimzowitsch used it already in his earlier tournaments: for example Aron Nimzowitsch vs Arthur Hakansson is pretty nice!

Jan-20-07  Fast Gun: Chernev himself sums up this endgame "Nimzowitsch played the ending in classic style" Enough Said !!
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  OhioChessFan: I hadn't seen this game of Nimzo's before. Great stuff.
Nov-27-09  AESTRADAR: 53.pxp the final sac a bishop by 2 pawns but what a pawns
Apr-11-10  zdiddy: This game is cited in Nimzowitch's "My System"
Nov-24-13  paramount: 52.Bc5!, Nimzo pointed out precisely.

This could be Saturday puzzle but if you know the theory, you would solve it with just a bit sweat.

Nimzo himself in his famous book mentions that there are 5 special cases about rook/rooks in the 7th rank. And this position could be applied for the first rule :"7th rank absolute". That means "our control is such that the enemy king is shut behind it", that means rook in the 7th rank and there are assorted threats from this position.

You see that 54.f7 its a very good move, but to be easier, its the same case that you take the absolute position first so

54.Rb7! (this absolute) and the rest is about the same with the actual line, i'll give one

55.f7 Rf5+
56.Ke3 Bxf7
57.h7 Re5+
58.Kd4 Rh5
59.Rxf7 e5+
60.Ke4 Rh4+

The outset 52.Bc5! is a MUST. The offshoot 53...Rf7? becomes impossible because 54.a7! with the mating threat Rb8 and the rest is a cakewalk.

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  tpstar: An old school line for White, trading the beautiful lsb to save the advanced Pe5. Nice endgame conversion.

<how important it is to have threats against the enemy king if one is seeking to win an opposite bishop plus rook position> Good tip.

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