He won a string of international events in the mids which led him to challenge Jose Raul Capablanca to a World Championship match in , but negotiations dissolved after monetary backing could not be found. He took first place at Copenhagen , Dresden , Karlsbad and Frankfurt 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.
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He won a string of international events in the mids which led him to challenge Jose Raul Capablanca to a World Championship match in , but negotiations dissolved after monetary backing could not be found.
He took first place at Copenhagen , Dresden , Karlsbad and Frankfurt 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 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!
The Nimzo-Indian Defense 1. He died of pneumonia on March 16, in Copenhagen, Denmark. From an Edward Winter review of 'The Games of Tigran Petrosian, Volume I, ,' compiled by Eduard Shekhtman " His reminiscences repeatedly stress the influence of Nimzowitsch, whose Chess Praxis was the first serious chess book which he studied.
I've thumbed through 'Chess Praxis' only playing over a handful of games. But that kind of proven endorsement is encouraging. Here we have a player who we know got to be one of the greats and that book, in Petrosian's own words, helped a great deal.
Much better than a review on any recent primer book on chess. How will we ever know if it is any good till someone later says "Yes, this book helped me tremendously. I know I got the fact that it's not good to shed what imitative you may have by creating a weakness in the enemy position unless you can attack it.
His explanation that how will you know a man sitting down has severe limp unless you can throw something at him so he chases you. Finally sunk that one in. He did a good job of taking what was useful, and also adding a more dynamic content to his game than what Nimzo had. Happy Birthday, Nimzo! By the way I believe that the best, more successful and even nigthmarish - ask Garry Kasparov of - example of Nimzowitsch-like play is not to be found at Tigran Petrosian's wonderful games but at the Karpov's ones Nothing wrong with that, of course.
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. 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. Qh6 gxh6 2. Ng4 d2 3. Nxh6 from ct-art. His contribution to the theory of chess strategy and -consequently- to the theory of chess openings is unparalleled!! 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. Becoming a member is free , anonymous , and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion. See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator. NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic.
This forum is for this specific player only. Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames. All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration. Home About Login Logout F. With the White pieces:. With the Black pieces:. Aron Nimzowitsch, born in Riga, Latvia in , came to prominence in the chess world just before the First World War. Wikipedia article: Aron Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch vs NN. B01 Scandinavian.
Schroeder vs Nimzowitsch. Cafe Kaiserhoff offhand game. C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense. B Blumenfeld vs Nimzowitsch. C45 Scotch Game. Tarrasch vs Nimzowitsch. E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch.
C41 Philidor Defense. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch. D02 Queen's Pawn Game. Nimzowitsch vs Hilse. C27 Vienna Game. B Gregory vs Nimzowitsch. A30 English, Symmetrical. P Kaegbein vs Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch vs Duras. B15 Caro-Kann. Nimzowitsch vs L Forgacs. Austro-Hungarian championship. Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter. B22 Sicilian, Alapin. H Wolf vs Nimzowitsch. L Forgacs vs Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch vs Albin. B02 Alekhine's Defense.
Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann. Cafe Orlando di Lasso offhand. C44 King's Pawn Game. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch vs Fr Teltscher. B20 Sicilian. Nimzowitsch vs K Satzinger. Nimzowitsch vs Przepiorka. Barmen Meisterturnier B.
C25 Vienna. RookFile : The threat is always stronger than the execution. Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, RookFile : Karpov would line you up in an endgame and pulverize you. Ron : Two chess players: One was embarrassed by Capablanca and had a losing record against Alekhine.
White to move. RookFile : He was a genius at marketing. 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.
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