“The Immortal Zugzwang Game” – Nimzowitsch’s Greatest Masterpiece

#agadmator In the wake of the Great War, Aron Nimzowitsch returned to international chess play after a long absence. In his new home city of Copenhagen, Denmark he met three other masters and two Danish players for a double round robin tournament held from March 3rd to the 14th in 1923. During this fertile period of the hypermodern school, Nimzowitsch’s style shone brilliantly as he took first place a full two points ahead of the rest of the field, with a brilliancy against Friedrich Sämisch which has been referred to as “The Immortal Zugzwang Game”.

Friedrich Saemisch vs Aron Nimzowitsch
“The Immortal Zugzwang Game” (game of the day Jan-31-2009)
Copenhagen (1923), Copenhagen DEN, rd 6, Mar-09
Queen’s Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 O-O 7. O-O d5 8. Ne5 c6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Bf4 a6 11. Rc1 b5 12. Qb3 Nc6 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. h3 Qd7 15. Kh2 Nh5 16. Bd2 f5 17. Qd1 b4 18. Nb1 Bb5 19. Rg1 Bd6 20. e4 fxe4 21. Qxh5 Rxf2 22. Qg5 Raf8 23. Kh1 R8f5 24. Qe3 Bd3 25. Rce1 h6

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