Games
[Event "St Petersburg playoff"] [Site "St Petersburg"] [Date "1914.02.06"] [Round "2"] [White "Alekhine, Alexander"] [Black "Nimzowitsch, Aaron"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C11"] [Annotator "Nimzowitsch"] [PlyCount "143"] [EventDate "1914.02.??"] [EventType "match"] [EventRounds "2"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2000.11.22"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Nf3 b6 6. Bb5+ c6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O Nd7 9. Nxd5 cxd5 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Bf4 Bb7 12. c3 Bf6 (12... Re8 {followed by } 13. -- Bf8 ({or} 13... Nf8)) {would be more solid now.} 13. Rfe1 Qe7 14. Ba6 Bxa6 15. Qxa6 Nb8 16. Qb5 Qb7 17. Re3 Nc6 18. Qd3 g6 {l Weakening the king position, but this is the logical consequence of his 12th move.} 19. Bh6 Bg7 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Rae1 Qc7 22. h4 Rae8 23. h5 Qf4 24. Ne5 (24. g3 Qg5 {would be bad as Black will obtain an attack.}) 24... Nxe5 25. Rxe5 Re7 26. g3 Qf6 27. Qe3 Rd8 28. Kg2 Red7 29. Rh1 Kf8 30. Rh4 Ke8 31. Qh6 Ke7 32. Rf4 Qh8 {Now the Black position looks depressing. It is strange however, that a winning combination cannot be found.} 33. Re1 Rc8 34. Rh1 Qg8 35. Qg5+ Kd6 36. Qe5+ Kc6 37. a4 {White sees that there is nothing more to be done on the kingside and now tries on the other flank.} Kb7 38. Ra1 Qe8 39. Rf6 Qd8 40. Rf3 Qh8 41. Qe2 a6 {41.a5 was threatened.} 42. Qe3 Qg7 43. h6 {Now when White voluntarily has blocked the kingside, he should take the draw on the first available occasion. It shows a complete misunderstanding of the situation when he fails to consider a possible draw, and plays for a win until the game is lost.} Qf8 44. Qe5 Qh8 45. Rf6 {White now changes the move order. Thus he wants to win.} Qf8 46. Rf3 Qh8 47. Rf6 Qf8 48. Rh1 Qe8 49. Rf3 Qh8 50. Rf6 Qe8 51. Rf3 Qh8 52. Rf6 Qd8 {Diagram [#] Adjourned. The second exciting game in the match for the first prize in the recently finished All-Russian Tournament of Masters, was adjourned for the second time after 7 hours play, in the above position which is very difficult for both players. When play was continued, it appeared that Alekhine had sealed the move ....} 53. Rf4 Rc4 ({Now the position is extremely difficult for Black. certainly he has future chances on the queenside (the a4 pawn is weak) but at the moment his opponent keeps him intensely occupied. White threatens the uncomfortable 54.Qg7! If} 53... Qh8 {in order to prevent 54.Qg7, then White wins in the following study-like way} 54. Qg7 {even now} Rg8 ({the best , as the exchange} 54... Qxg7 55. hxg7 h5 {loses because of} 56. g4 {etc.}) 55. Rxf7 Rxg7 56. hxg7 Qxg7 {the only move} 57. Rxg7 Rxg7 58. f4 {and White wins the rook ending by posting his king on g4, then b2-b3 followed by a breakthrough on the queenside. If Black, on the other hand, plays}) (53... Qc7 {in order to protect himself, just, against 54.Qg7 with 54....f4 there follows} 54. Qf6 Re7 55. Re1 {and Black should not be able to offer any resistance in the long run. The game continued in the following way.}) 54. Ra1 Rc6 55. Rf6 Qb8 56. Qe3 Re7 57. Qf3 Qe8 58. g4 Qd7 59. Re1 Rc7 60. b3 Ka7 61. g5 Qd6 62. Qd3 Qa3 63. Qc2 Qb4 64. Rc1 Qa3 65. Re1 Qb4 66. Rc1 Qa3 67. Re1 Qb4 68. Rc1 Qd6 69. Qd3 Qa3 70. Rb1 Qa2 71. Rf3 e5 72. Re3 0-1 [Event "DSB-17.Kongress"] [Site "Hamburg"] [Date "1910.??.??"] [Round "6"] [White "Tarrasch, Siegbert"] [Black "Nimzowitsch, Aaron"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D40"] [Annotator "Nimzowitsch"] [PlyCount "116"] [EventDate "1910.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "16"] [EventCountry "GER"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.07.01"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. b3 b6 9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Qe2 dxc4 11. bxc4 cxd4 12. exd4 {The light and shady side of the "hanging" pawns appears to be approximately even here.} Rc8 {Diagram [#]} 13. Rad1 ({A feeble move. A possible onset against the main supporter of the hanging pawns had to be prevented by} 13. a3 {A possible continuation} Na5 14. Ne5 Ba6 ({not} 14... Nb3 15. Rad1 Nxd4 {because of} 16. Bxh7+ Nxh7 17. Rxd4) 15. Rad1 Bxe5 (15... Qe7 $2 {would lose a piece because of the reply} 16. c5) ( {but} 15... Qc7 {was possible e.g.} 16. Nb5 Bxb5 {etc.}) 16. dxe5 Nd7 {and now White had two possibilities 17.Nb5 or 17.c5. White can safely venture} 17. c5 ({as well as the more positional} 17. Nb5 Bxb5 18. cxb5 Rc7 19. Qe4 g6 20. Qb4 $1 {with a safe but still dynamic position (since the white squares are well protected)} Qc8 21. Rfe1 Nc5 22. Bf1 Rd8 23. Bc1 {with the threat Bg5)}) 17... Bxd3 18. Rxd3 Qe7 19. Ne4 {threatening Nf6+! etc.} Rfd8 $1 20. cxb6 Nxb6 21. Nd6 {The keen student should study the present variations, which demonstrate the pros and cons of the hanging pawns in a clear light.}) 13... Nb4 14. Bb1 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Bb8 $1 (15... Nh5 {was also strong.}) 16. a3 Qc7 17. f4 Qxf4 18. f3 Nc6 {White has lost a pawn, but the bishop pair, the g-file and last but not least the two hanging pawns promise some chances of attack.} 19. Ne4 Rfd8 20. Kh1 Ne7 $1 21. Bc1 Qc7 22. Nxf6+ gxf6 23. Qg2+ Ng6 24. Ba2 Kh8 25. f4 Nh4 26. Qh3 Nf5 27. d5 {In order to exploit the diagonal b2-f6 for attack. The advance of the pawn for the purpose of opening lines for the pieces at the back must be classified entirely as "dynamic" (we would rather have given preference to the "static" i.e. a scheme with 27.Bb2, Qf3 and the rooks posted on the d- and c- files) It is remarkable how Black answers "dynamic" with "static" as he restrains and blocks the s and pawns to the utmost.} Rg8 28. Bb2 Rg6 29. Rg1 Rcg8 30. Rxg6 Rxg6 31. Rf1 Qc5 32. Qf3 Bd6 {The blockade.} 33. Qf2 Qxf2 {The blockading squares d6 and c5 in particular provide a springboard for various inroads e.g. Qc5-e3 was threatened.} 34. Rxf2 Bc5 35. Rg2 Kg7 36. Rxg6+ hxg6 {Now it is no longer difficult. There followed} 37. Kg2 Bd4 $1 38. Bc1 Be3 {This neat bishop manoeuvre forces the exchange.} 39. Bxe3 Nxe3+ 40. Kf3 Nf5 41. Bb1 Nd6 42. Bd3 e5 43. Kg4 f5+ 44. Kg3 f6 45. h4 Kf7 46. Be2 Ne8 47. Kf3 Ke7 48. Ke3 Ng7 49. Bf3 Kd6 {The knight is heading for h5, in order to undouble the pawns while the king takes over the blocking.} 50. Bd1 Nh5 51. fxe5+ {the pawn ending after after 51.Bxh5 would be hopelesss for Whit6-b5.e because of the possible break-through b} fxe5 52. Kd3 Kc5 53. a4 Nf6 54. Be2 Ne8 55. Kc3 Nd6 56. Bf1 e4 57. Kd2 f4 58. Kc3 f3 0-1 [Event "DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A"] [Site "Coburg"] [Date "1904.07.19"] [Round "3"] [White "Cohn, Erich"] [Black "Nimzowitsch, Aaron"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C41"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "1904.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "21"] [EventCountry "GER"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2008.11.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 {This pawn sacrifice has often been tried by Albin and Blackburne; it is not entirely correct.} 4. dxe5 Nd7 5. exd6 Bxd6 6. Be3 ({Better is} 6. Be2 {and if} Qe7 {then} 7. Nd4 $1) 6... Qe7 7. Bd3 O-O-O 8. Qe2 {Now Black has an attack.} Ne5 9. h3 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Qf6 11. f4 Nxd3+ 12. cxd3 Bxf4 13. Qg4+ Rd7 14. Bxf4 Qxb2 15. O-O Qxa1 16. Rc1 {Black's position now seems highly threatened.} Nf6 17. Qf5 ({Wrong} 17. Rxc7+ Kd8 18. Rxd7+ Ke8 $1) 17... Qxa2 18. Bxc7 (18. Rxc7+ Kd8 19. Qe5 Rxc7 20. Qxc7+ Ke8 21. Nd2 Qe6 22. Qb8+ Ke7 23. Qxh8 Qxh3 24. Qxg7 Qxd3) 18... Qb2 19. Bf4+ Kd8 20. Qc5 Ne8 ( 20... Ke8) 21. Nc3 (21. Qc8+ Ke7 22. Qc5+ Kd8 (22... Nd6 23. Bxd6+ Rxd6 24. e5 Qxc1+ 25. Qxc1 Rxd3 26. Qc5+) 23. Qc8+) 21... Qb6 22. Qe5 Qd6 23. Qg5+ Qf6 24. Qg3 Qg6 25. Bg5+ f6 26. Qb8+ Ke7 27. f4 fxg5 28. f5 Qd6 29. Nd5+ Kf7 30. Qc8 Rf8 0-1 [Event "Gothenburg"] [Site "Gothenburg"] [Date "1920.08.20"] [Round "13"] [White "Nimzowitsch, Aaron"] [Black "Bogoljubow, Efim"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C12"] [Annotator "Nimzowitsch"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "1920.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "SWE"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.07.01"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Nfd7 ({The usual continuation} 6... Bxc3 7. Bxc3 {and} Ne4 {ought to be better than the text move.}) 7. f4 c5 8. Nb5 Bxd2+ 9. Qxd2 O-O 10. c3 Nc6 11. Nf3 f6 12. Bd3 { Although this move appears to be obvious, the bishop is not well placed at all. On d3 it is a hindrance to the queen, which must protect the important d4 square. Furthermore the bishop can be attacked by c5-c4. The development of the bishop to c2 would thus have bee better.} Qb6 (12... Qb6 {A double threat c5-c4 is threatened, winning a piece. and at the same timepreparing the well-known sacrifice of the exchange on f3 e.g.} 13. -- a6 14. -- cxd4 15. cxd4 fxe5 16. fxe5 Rxf3 17. gxf3 Nxd4 {after which Black wins a number of pawns and obtains a good position.}) 13. dxc5 $2 {Although the above threar is difficult to parry,this move must be characterised as a distincbecause it destroys mistake, because it destroys the White pawn centre, loses a pawn, and allows the enemy knightsto enter the game in a favourable manner. White should have compensated for his previous mistake and retreated the bishop to c2. After queenside castling, the game could still be held.} Nxc5 14. exf6 Rxf6 15. O-O-O Nxd3+ 16. Qxd3 Rxf4 17. Rhe1 Bd7 18. Nbd4 Nxd4 19. Nxd4 Raf8 20. Nf3 Be8 21. Qe3 Qxe3+ 22. Rxe3 Re4 23. Rde1 Bg6 24. Kd2 Rxe3 25. Kxe3 Be4 26. Rd1 g5 27. Rd4 Rf4 $1 {Black has conducted the endgame excellently and energetically.} 28. Ne5 Rh4 29. h3 Bxg2 {After which Black has secured the win.} 30. Rxh4 gxh4 31. Ng6 Bxh3 32. Nxh4 Kg7 33. Kf4 Kf6 34. Nf3 Bf5 35. b4 h5 36. a4 Bg4 37. Ne5 Be2 38. Nd7+ Ke7 39. Ne5 Bd1 40. a5 Kd6 41. Nf7+ Kc7 42. Ng5 Bg4 43. Nf7 b6 44. axb6+ Kxb6 45. Ne5 Kb5 46. Ke3 Bf5 47. Nf3 Kc4 48. Kd2 Be4 49. Ne5+ Kb5 50. Ke3 h4 51. Kd4 h3 52. Ng4 Bf3 53. Nh2 Bg2 54. Ng4 e5+ 0-1 [Event "Stockholm"] [Site "Stockholm"] [Date "1920.11.05"] [Round "8"] [White "Nimzowitsch, Aaron"] [Black "Jacobson, Ernst"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D70"] [Annotator "Nimzowitsch"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "1920.10.11"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "14"] [EventCountry "SWE"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2012.11.22"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Bd3 Bg7 6. Nbd2 (6. Nc3 {was probably still preferable.}) 6... O-O 7. O-O Nbd7 (7... Nbd7 {Now threatening the freeing attempt} 8. -- e5 9. dxe5 Ng4) 8. Qb3 Re8 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Bb5 e6 11. Re1 a6 12. Bxd7 Nxd7 (12... Bxd7 {should be preferred} 13. Qxb7 Bb5 {winning the queen. After the text move, White obtains the somewhay better game by means of an advance in the centre.}) 13. e4 Nb6 14. e5 Bd7 15. Nf1 h6 16. Ne3 Ba4 17. Qd3 Bb5 18. Qd1 Kh7 19. b3 Rc8 20. Bd2 Nd7 {The black squares - especially b6 - are weak points in the Black position. The text move attempts to rectify these weaknesses.} 21. Ng4 f5 {The critical position.} 22. exf6 Nxf6 23. Nfe5 Ne4 ({Better seems} 23... Nxg4 24. Qxg4 Qf6 {will chase the bishop to c6 where it becomes a hindrance to the rook.} 25. a4 Bc6 ({since} 25... Rc2 { fails to} 26. Bc3 Bc6 27. Qd1 $1 Rb2 28. Nd3) 26. Qh3 {(threatening Ng4) obtaining a strong attack i.e.} g5 27. g4 $1 {followed by Qd3+ f2-f4 and Rf1 etc.}) 24. Bxh6 $1 Bxe5 ({Of course not} 24... Bxh6 25. Nxh6 Kxh6 $2 26. Nf7+) ({Correct was} 24... Nxf2 $1 {e.g.} 25. Kxf2 Rf8+ $1 26. Kg1 Bxh6 {when White has at least, even in this variation, a superior position.}) 25. dxe5 Rc3 26. Re3 Rxe3 27. Bxe3 Rf8 28. Qd4 (28. Qd4 {This is a preparation for} -- 29. f3 Ng5 30. Nf6+ Rxf6 31. Bxg5 {which would otherwise fail to a check on b6. Now, however this variation is threatened.}) 28... Rf5 29. f3 Ng5 30. Nf6+ Kg7 31. Bxg5 Rxg5 32. Rc1 (32. Rc1 -- {This, as we will soon realize, deeplty calculated final move was sealed by White when the game was adjourned. He now threatens} 33. g4 {and if} Rxe5 {(in order to lose only the exchange) there obviously follows} 34. Qxe5 Qxf6 35. Rc7+) (32. Rc1 {Black must therefore try to close the c-file by means of} Bc6 {there then follows however the sacrifice} 33. Rxc6 $1 bxc6 34. Qa7+ Kf8 35. Qh7 {winning the rook and even - the king. There could follow, for example} Qb6+ 36. Kh1 Rxe5 37. Nd7+ Ke8 38. Nxb6 {and mate follows on d7 or f7 (but under no circumstances 38.Nxb6.}) ({If on the other hand} 32. Rc1 Rf5 {there follows} 33. Qh4 $1 {(threatening Nh5+ winning the queen)} Qb6+ 34. Kh1 Rxe5 35. Ng4 {and mate in a few moves, whereby the weaknesses of the f6 and h6 squares are clearly exposed. Black resigned the game without further play.}) 1-0