Some words about Nimzowitsch and this book.
This old book, published countless times in many forms and languages, is as though saturated with the eternal chess youth elixir. The chess players' generations come and go, discussions sparkle and fade... | Read More
When time passes, and some chess historian will sum up the rapid progress of the art of chess in the post-War (WWI) period and thoroughly analyze all the forms of modern chess creativity, they'll have to find a special place for Aron Isaevich Nimz... | Read More
Part 1, part 2, part 3
I wish to give the reader a more concrete idea of my chess evolution, so I offer you some games of mine, mostly played during the early period of my chess career (1902-1907).
In these games, I still chase th... | Read More
Read part 1 here and part 2 here.
Barmen debacle in August 1905 as the last and decisive stimulus: I finally get down to work! (1906)
In the beginning of 1905, I took part in a Vienna tournament (1st - Schlechter, 2nd - H. Wolf; I finished 6... | Read More
You can read Part 1 here
Of joys and sorrows of combination
The main mistake of my education was not, of course, that the first lessons weren't exactly up to the highest standards we've come to expect from modern chess education. I had big r... | Read More
This Soviet-published autobiographical book seems to be very rare (only 8500 copies were printed by the Shakhmatniy Listok publishing house). As far as I understand it, it has since fallen into public domain (publishing date is 1929, and Nimzowits... | Read More
An article for the Soviet newspaper Shakhmaty, 1929.
Tournament technique is, of course, tightly connected with the pure chess technique, but it also has its own special logic. I think that this logic needs to be described, ... | Read More
Yakov Rokhlin (1903-1995) was a chess master, coach and author. He's probably best remembered as one of the first organizers of Soviet chess movement, playing a large part in opening of chess clubs in various cities of USSR.
In 1936, he met Capab... | Read More
Sergey Kaminer. White to play and win
White has a material advantage, but it's well-known that two extra Knights without pawns are insufficient for a win. Two Knights and Bishop against two Knights (without pawns) also can't win.
Sergey Kamine... | Read More
Henri Weenink. White to play and win
My choice is determined by the simplicity of the study, interesting move ideas and some elements of surprise.
It's clear that White can't win with "simple" moves. If Bishop goes to d3, e4 or f5, White will lo... | Read More