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The book features numbered games and game excerpts, with additional examples to illustrate major concepts. There are also some nice photographs of major and minor chess figures of the time. The biggest advantage of using this electronic edition is the capability of syztem through the moves as you read see my Chess Praxis review.

My System by Aron Nimzowitsch

This can make the difference between browsing and true appreciation. But suffice it to say that nimzowitsfh and particularly book apps which tend to be far more technically advanced are expanding our options of how to learn from and enjoy such classics. A Conceptual Framework for the Ages.

Nimzowitsch clearly intended for it to summarize what he considered a new theory of play, one which had not “come into being all of a sudden but has developed slowly and gradually.

For my part, I am a declared adherent of using parallels with comic effect; I am therefore ready to call upon the experiences of everyday life to make comparisons in order in such a way to reach a clear understanding of complex chess events. Nimzowitsch is an interesting guy.

He is profound, emotionally sensitive to the point of an almost dangerous vulnerability, refuses to suffer fools gladly, despises nimzowitzch and dogma, and feels it his mission to penetrate into the inner truth of chess out of a deeply felt respect for the authenticity of that truth. Yes, open files, the seventh rank, how to treat the pawn chain, doubled pawns, isolated pawns, and so forth. We know all that. But this is itself revealing. If we feel that his ideas are obvious and his suggested techniques routine, we are paying Nimzowitsch a awron compliment, because many of these various concepts and techniques were unfamiliar to the chess public when Nimzowitsch first systematized his thought as well as to experienced masters.

More importantly, no one had outlined in detail when and how the relevant factors nimzowtsch out, for example, doubled pawns were a familiar problem, but Nimzowitsch analysed the asron of many different types of doubled pawns with their advantages, disadvantages, and ideal treatments. Similarly, he demonstrated the techniques for exploiting the 6th, 7th, and 8th ranks; and did the same for hanging pawns. He famously constructed a theory of pawn chains, and showed both how to use them to advantage and how to undermine them.


His lengthy explanation of passed pawns and their blockaders brought the complexities of this aspect of play to light for the first time. nimzowitsh

Only Chess : ‘My System’ by Aron Nimzowitsch

Furthermore, the very naming and conceptualization of prophylaxis and overprotection owes itself to Nimzowitsch. It seems remarkable now, but most of this was new at the time. Putting together and describing all this took a massive amount of concentrated work, and rendering it readable even entertaining is all the more impressive. Nimzowitsch himself indicates the extent of the challenge when he describes how difficult it was, in spite of a lifetime of chess experience, to describe these phenomena including ones he had considered elementary before digging into their complexities: I took this step for pedagogical reasons as well as on the grounds of personal safety, for otherwise the mediocre critics—there are such people—would be able or willing to see only the individual details but not the wider ramifications of the conceptual framework that forms the real content of my book.

The individual items, especially in the first installment, are seemingly very simple—but that is precisely what is meritorious about them.

Having to reduce the chaos to a certain number of rules involving inter-connected causal relations, that is just what I think I may be proud of. How simple the five special cases in the play on the seventh and eighth ranks sound, but how difficult they were to educe from the chaos! Or the open files and even the pawn chain!

Naturally each new installment was more difficult to think through as the book progressed. But this increasing difficulty I did not hold before me as, say, an armor to protect myself against attacks from light-caliber critics.

Not everything in it has stood the test of time, but even that is a reason to read this masterpiece. Put simply, it throws the fundamental issues of chess play into relief.

Not only in the years leading up to it, but right up to the present time, very few books have even attempted to enter this complex territory, and certainly not on such a grand scale. To give Nimzowitsch the final word: It deals with what happens when a piece blockades a pawn, whatever the situation, and includes an extremely detailed description of the process by which passed pawns are created and their handling by both sides.

This goes beyond the process of directly blockading pieces to the nature of pawn majorities in general.

The greater part of his essay, however, is devoted the idea of restraint and blockade as ways of defending against the pawn majority and passed pawn. As is the case with Chess Praxis and My System, the most instructive parts of The Blockade consist of examples, in particular whole games whose themes range well beyond restraint and blockade.


Apart from thorough discussions of opening and middlegame strategy, they very often show again as in Praxis how to systematically exploit and convert advantages in the late middlegame and ending. Thus this has general training value nimzowitsvh addition to education about syshem specific subject.

In the introduction to his essay, Nimzowitsch voices with a complaint probably exaggerated aaroon the reception of his ideas in the years up to and following this article: Suffice it to say that no one in the whole history of chess has been subject to such abuse. I was rewarded for my new ideas with invective and at best a systematically practiced silence. He does make an attempt to stay above the fray in this case, beginning with the statement that he is not engaged in polemic.

I think that this article is a good example of how Nimzowitsch was often overenthusiastic or simply wrong about particular claims, specifically, about particular positions in the opening, even though he was right about the overall direction that chess theory would take. Here are a few examples from this essay, and there are numerous others in My System and The Blockade.

Note that many of these overlap with his opposition to Tarrasch: Nimzowitsch puts forth his novelty 1. In the Ruy Lopez, Tarrasch judgment that several of the lines with a combination of Bd7, when “the only correct move is of course Nc3 is faulty due to Nxd5 is also playable 5.

Bg5 is particularly strong.

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Qg4; whereas his 4. Be2 is simply inferior for White, a tempo down on the already difficult main line. Again, this position was played in a Nimzowitsch-Tarrasch game which the author proudly cites, saying that “it is probably not all that difficult to maneuver well if one has a complete system to fall back on.

Nf6 is held to offer “a free and easy game in which one can achieve a safe development, a solid game, and a powerful initiative. Nf6 has indeed dominated practice, but the characterizations about energy and initiative could be reversed. Regarding the Scandinavian Defence 1. You could say this about any number of famous scientists as well as figures such as Freud and Marx. Nimzowitsch sometimes falls into this category. His fundamental insights into the game are part and parcel of our thinking today, whereas his opening experiments and various too-dogmatic generalizations are no longer relevant.

That additional feature might well tempt even those already familiar with My System, Chess Praxis, and The Blockade to read them again.