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Aron Nimzowitsch
Number of games in database: 703
Years covered: 1896 to 1934

Overall record: +317 -122 =216 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (43) 
    A04 A06
 French Defense (31) 
    C02 C11 C00 C01 C17
 Four Knights (30) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Sicilian (20) 
    B22 B32 B21 B30 B40
 English (19) 
    A18 A16 A15 A13 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 A40 A50 D05 D00
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (54) 
    C01 C17 C15 C11 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    A46 D02 A45 D05 D04
 Uncommon Opening (34) 
    B00 A00
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E32 E22 E23 E21 E20
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B13 B16 B10 B12 B15
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E12 E16 E18 E14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914 1-0
   P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926 1-0
   H Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 0-1
   Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911 1-0
   E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 1/2-1/2
   N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marienbad (1925)
   Frankfurt (1930)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Dresden (1926)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   San Remo (1930)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Semmering (1926)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

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   Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
   Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922
   Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914
   Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911
   L Van Vliet vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1907

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(born Nov-07-1886, died Mar-16-1935, 48 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Denmark)

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Aron Nimzowitsch, born in Riga, Latvia in 1886, came to prominence in the chess world just before the First World War. He was Russian Champion in 1913 (jointly with Alexander Alekhine) at St.Petersburg. He won a string of international events in the mid-1920s which led him to challenge Jose Raul Capablanca to a World Championship match in 1925, but negotiations dissolved after monetary backing could not be found. He took first place at Copenhagen (1923), Dresden (1926), Karlsbad (1929) and Frankfurt (1930).

Nimzowitsch's chess theories flew in the face of convention. He had a lengthy and somewhat bitter conflict with Siegbert Tarrasch over which ideas constituted proper chess play. While Tarrasch refined the classical approach of Wilhelm Steinitz, that the center had to be controlled and occupied by pawns, Nimzowitsch shattered these dogmatic assumptions, and proposed the controlling of the center with pieces from afar. In this way, the opponent is invited to occupy the center with pawns which thus become the targets of attack. This idea became known as the hypermodern school of chess thought.

Nimzowitsch, along with other hypermodern thinkers such as Richard Reti, revolutionized chess, proving to the chess world that controlling the center of the board mattered more than actually occupying it. Nimzowitsch is also a highly-regarded chess writer, most famously for the 1925 classic My System, to this day regarded as one of the most important chess books of all time. Other books include Chess Praxis, which further expounds the hypermodern idea, and the seminal work The Blockade, which explores the strategy implied by his famous maxim, "First restrain, then blockade, finally destroy!"

As a profound opening theoretician, Nimzowitsch has left a legacy of variations, many of which are still popular today. The Nimzo-Indian Defense (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4) is named after him, as are several variations of the French Defense. He also is credited in part for the Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein (B29) Variation (1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 ♘f6), the Nimzovich-Larsen Attack (A01) (1.b3), the Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 ♘c6), and many others.

He died of pneumonia on March 16, 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wikipedia article: Aron Nimzowitsch

Last updated: 2018-05-02 22:01:33

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 703  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nimzowitsch vs NN 1-0181896RigaB01 Scandinavian
2. Schroeder vs Nimzowitsch  0-1201903Cafe Kaiserhoff offhand gameC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
3. B Blumenfeld vs Nimzowitsch 1-0291903BerlinC45 Scotch Game
4. Tarrasch vs Nimzowitsch ½-½711904Offhand gameD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
5. E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch 0-130190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
6. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch 1-048190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Nimzowitsch vs W Hilse 1-065190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC27 Vienna Game
8. B Gregory vs Nimzowitsch 1-0361904DSB-14.Kongress - Hauptturnier AA30 English, Symmetrical
9. P Kaegbein vs Nimzowitsch 1-042190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
10. Nimzowitsch vs Duras 1-055190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AB15 Caro-Kann
11. Nimzowitsch vs L Forgacs 0-1521905Austro-Hungarian championshipC45 Scotch Game
12. Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter 0-1261905Austro-Hungarian championshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. H Wolf vs Nimzowitsch ½-½341905Austro-Hungarian championshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. L Forgacs vs Nimzowitsch  0-1341905Austro-Hungarian championshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. Nimzowitsch vs Albin 1-0381905Austro-Hungarian championshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-01919051st Match Nimzowitsch - SpielmannB15 Caro-Kann
17. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann 1-0201905Cafe Orlando di Lasso offhandC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-04219051st Match Nimzowitsch - SpielmannC45 Scotch Game
19. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann  1-03519051st Match Nimzowitsch - SpielmannC45 Scotch Game
20. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann ½-½3619051st Match Nimzowitsch - SpielmannC45 Scotch Game
21. Nimzowitsch vs K Satzinger  1-03519051st simulB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Nimzowitsch vs Fr Teltscher 1-02819051st simulB20 Sicilian
23. Nimzowitsch vs Przepiorka ½-½251905Barmen Meisterturnier BB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-0301905Barmen Meisterturnier BC25 Vienna
25. Nimzowitsch vs L Forgacs 0-1331905Barmen Meisterturnier BC45 Scotch Game
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  RookFile: The threat is always stronger than the execution.
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  RookFile: So I know that Petrosian studied from Nimzo. He did a good job of taking what was useful, and also adding a more dynamic content to his game than what Nimzo had.
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  parisattack: 'Blessed with a catchy prefix' - Larry Evans, MCO 10. Happy Birthday, Nimzo!
Nov-07-17  cunctatorg: Nimzowitsch's play was quite dynamic and dynamics and is a major request of "Nimzowitsch's System".

By the way I believe that the best, more successful (and even nigthmarish - ask Garry Kasparov of 1984 - example of Nimzowitsch-like play is not to be found at Tigran Petrosian's wonderful games but at the Karpov's ones...

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  FSR: Fun fact (well, not fun for Nimzowitsch): Bent Larsen, whose name is linked with Nimzowitsch's in the <Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack>, was born in Denmark 12 days before Nimzowitsch died there.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How funny that the list of "Notable Games" includes a spurious one! Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927
Nov-08-17  cunctatorg: Aron Nimzowitsch also had a keen sense of humor, therefore he would gladly agree with that ... misuse of the aforementioned, infamous, fictional game!
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  RookFile: Karpov would line you up in an endgame and pulverize you. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
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  Ron: Two chess players:

One was embarrassed by Capablanca and had a losing record against Alekhine.

The other had a losing record against Capablanca but it's not too bad and also deafeated Alekhine in the World Championship.

The former is Nimzovitch while the latter is Euwe.

Yet people to this day go Nimzovitch Nimzovitch Nimzovitch.

Nimzovitch was like the big talking modern athlete except that the big talking modern athlete has greater justification for his big talking.

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  Retireborn: <Ron> I think the point is that professionals like Nimzo and Alekhine talked big, as you put it, because they wanted to get invitations, simuls, and sell their books. They were advertising, if you like.

Not necessary for Euwe who was a teacher or professor and essentially an amateur chess player all his life.

Personally I find Nimzo's writing style quite annoying, but there is no doubt that his books have made a bigger impact than Euwe's.

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  ketchuplover: He is now a world chess hall of famer
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  takchess: about the Nimzowitsch-Hofer game from Ct-Art
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  takchess: [FEN "

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1. Qh6 gxh6 2. Ng4 d2 3. Nxh6# 1-0 from ct-art. White to move

Nov-07-18  cunctatorg: A great chess genius, he drastically changed chess forever and furthermore he somehow shaped the future of chess.

His contribution to the theory of chess strategy and -consequently- to the theory of chess openings is unparalleled!!

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  RookFile: He was a genius at marketing.
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  gezafan: My own opinion is that Nimzovich was an excellent player and that My System is an excellent book.

He probably was the number three player in the world at one point, behind only Alekhine and Capablanca, who were two of the all time greats.

My System has lots of useful information that players can use. They don't have to use every idea in every game but I believe those who read My System wll be able to apply Nimzovich's ideas in their own games.

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  RookFile: Let's put him down as the #3 tournament player in the world, and at the same time acknowledge he wasn't a good match player, considering that he lost matches to folks like Bogo, Stahlberg, and Leonhardt.
Nov-07-19  gars: There must be something different in Riga, it gave the Chess World two off-the-mainstream players in fifty years: Nimzowitsch (born in 1886) and Tal (born in 1936).
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  fabelhaft: Then Shirov (1972) was only fourteen years off from another 50 years.
Apr-23-20  LEPJe: Nimzovich top ten !!
Aug-16-21  Bartleby: Nimzowitsch has one of my favorites quotes: "Even the laziest king flees wildly in the face of double check!"

Besides the amusing imagery, it's handy to remember because it's quite true during a blitz game, no matter how chaotic the board or how many of your pieces are hanging.

Aug-16-21  sudoplatov: EDO has Nimzovich in the top 3 from 1926 to 1929. Seems about right. In the top 10 from 1912 to 1934.
Aug-16-21  SChesshevsky: <...Nimzovich was an excellent player and that My System is an excellent book...>

Nimzo's writing was interesting and somewhat helpful but think his play was far more instructive. Probably one of the best, maybe the best, at pawn structure and color complex square control. Games show he wasn't particular about which color squares to control:

Nimzowitsch vs Saemisch, 1929

Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower, 1929

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  OhioChessFan: Wow, <Bartleby> back after 10 years...
Aug-17-21  Bartleby: <OhioChessFan: Wow, Bartleby back after 10 years...> I preferred not to post for...awhile.
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