The Essential Nimzowitsch

                                                                           Synopsis: Olle Ekengren


                                                                            A. Nimzowitsch (1886-1935)

                                  "Few masters, if any, have loved the game of chess as Nimzowitsch did."
                                               (Gideon Stahlberg in "Chess and Chess Masters, 1959)

                                    My System

A. Nimzowitsch is famous for his work Mein System (originally published in German in 1925-27 by 
Verlag B. Kagan, Berlin), which he followed up with Die Praxis meines Systems (1928) where he comments on 
his system in more detail. Both works have, in the course of time, been translated into many other languages 
and are considered to belong to the classics of chess literature.

The purpose of these pages is to present an outline of the essentials of Nimzowitsch's system, including a survey of his 
formation of concepts,
but also to provide some information of the reactions to it in the world of chess, past and present.                  


The Essentials 

The Chess Philosophy of A. Nimzowitsch: Prophylaxis and Mobility  

Some important themes in My system
The Elements                     Positional Play             The Centre

Overprotection                   Blockade                     Type Positions
Lavieren ("Luffing", Manoeuvering)
Pawn Configurations

Doubled Pawns 
The Frog Position
The Pawn couple 
Hanging Pawns
The Isolated Couple of Pawns - a Matter of Mobility
The Backward Pawn 
The Isolated Pawn

The Pawn Chain and The Qualitative Majority 
The Passed Pawn

Nimzowitsch and his contemporaries
The Neo-romantic School  
The Conflict between Dr. Tarrasch and A. Nimzowitsch
The Relationship between A. Nimzowitsch and A. Aljechin/Alekhine
Savielly Tartakower

Rudolf Spielmann - Friendly towards Nimzowitsch 
Jaques Mieses's memories of Nimzowitsch
Gideon Stahlberg's opinion about Nimzowitsch
Erik Lundin

The Colijn Brothers

Harry Golombek's views on Nimzowitsch's system
Bjoern Nielsen - Disciple of Nimzowitsch
Post Script - The Revolutionary Theses 

The Idiosyncrasy of A. Nimzowitsch 
Famous Sayings         Stylistic Peculiarities     
Subject Index

A comparison between Nimzowitsch and the Russian School: 
Vladimir Makogonov - the Founder of the Russian School
Analysis method according to Kotov 
Analysis method according to Karpow-Mazukevitsch

Another scientific view:
Max Euwe and the Centre

Editor's Notes
About the Reception of Mein System
Critical Views on Nimzowitsch's Ideas
What is a Stratagem?
A Proposal for the Structure of Nimzowitsch’s System
A Matrix of Structured Means and Goals

A clash between principles and practical play
Was Nimzowitsch a Pessimist?
Nimzowitsch and the French Opening  
A Linguistic Comment on the Term “Isolani”

About Alternative Spellings of Names                               

Further reading on Positional Play - Past and Present

The Annotating Art of A. Nimzowitsch
Alternate Annotations
Rubinstein-Nimzowitsch  (Marienbad 1925, an illustrative game)
The "Immortal Zugzwang Game" (Sämisch-Nimzowitsch, Copenhagen 1923)

Semmering 1926 (Photo)

Nimzowitsch as a Lecturer and Simultaneous Player

Pictures courtesy Alan Cowderoy, Ludwig Karl, Wolfgang Kamm, Palle Mathiasen.

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