Nimzowitsch's Immortal Zugzwang Game - Every Chess Move Explained
What a triumph for a chess strategist, achieving zugzwang in the middlegame!

Nimzowitsch's Immortal Zugzwang Game - Every Chess Move Explained

SamCopeland
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The great chess strategist Aron Nimzowitsch notched the most magnificent triumph of his career when he created zugzwang in only 25 moves against Friedrich Sämisch."

Saemisch had his chances in the game as Nimzowitsch did not play the opening particularly well, but in the early middlegame, Saemisch thoroughly loses the thread and makes many superficial moves, eventually winning a piece, but ceding total control of the position to Nimzowitsch.

Lessons:

  • Place your rooks on open files, but only if you have targets or points of invasion.
  • You don't have to occupy the center to control it.
  • Piece's are often only as valuable as they are active.

I've annotated the game below. I had fully annotated the game before I accidentally deleted my annotations and had to restart

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