GM Aaron Nimzowitsch

Full name
Aaron Nimzowitsch
Life
Nov 7, 1886 - Mar 16, 1935 (age 48)
Place of birth
Riga, Russian Empire
Federation
Denmark

One of the most important players and writers in chess history, Aaron Nimzowitsch’s works influenced countless other players both in his time and down to our day as well. His book “My System” went against modern convention and theory at the time by outlining a hypermodern style of play. The originator of the saying “The threat is stronger than the execution”, Nimzowitsch backed up all of his theories by using them to become one of the absolute best players in his time.

Aaron Nimzowitsch learned to play chess from his father in early in his life. In 1904 when he travelled to Berlin for his educational studies, he instead changed his mind and started his career as a professional chess player. In 1922, he moved to Copenhagen and around that time he catapulted himself into the list of world’s elite players. Never known as a strong match player, Nimzowitsch’s strength lied in tournaments where he scored many impressive wins. This list includes first-place finishes at some of the strongest tournaments throughout the years 1923-1929. Despite never becoming the world champion, Nimzowitsch left one of the longest lasting and most influential legacies in chess. His writings and hypermodern theories continue to permeate the style and openings of players down to our day. Without him, chess may be played a lot differently today. Nimzowitsch passed away on March 16, 1935.

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White Pieces
Reti Opening (38) : A06 A04
Caro-Kann Defense (4) : B13 B10 B12
Nimzo-Indian Defense (4) : E22 E34 E21
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
French Defense (25) : C02 C11 C00 C12 C01
Queen's Gambit Declined (10) : D37 D06 D51 D53 D30
Queen's Pawn Opening (8) : D02 A40
Four Knights Game (32) : C47 C48 C49 C46
Queen's Indian Defense (3) : E17 E16 E18
Dutch Defense (5) : A90 A80 A84
Van't Kruijs Opening (5) : A00
Indian Game (3) : A46 A50 E10
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D45 D46
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (5) : A01
King's Indian Defense (3) : E81 E62 E76
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Englund Gambit Declined (1) : A40
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Ruy Lopez Opening (4) : C62 C68
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C20 C44 C40
Benoni Defense (1) : A61
Old Indian Defense (1) : A54
Bird's Opening (3) : A03
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32
Alekhine Defense (6) : B02 B03
Slav Defense (2) : D17 D13
Colle System (1) : D04
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C50
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Three Knights Opening (5) : C46
Scotch Game (3) : C45 C44
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Vienna Game (1) : C25
Black Pieces
Alekhine Defense (1) : B02
Queen's Indian Defense (17) : E15 E16 E12 E18
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D00 D02 A40
Queen's Gambit Declined (9) : D37 D52 D30 D40 D07 D51 D06
Caro-Kann Defense (30) : B17 B13 B15 B10 B16 B12
Reti Opening (8) : A09 A04 A06
Colle System (5) : D05 D04
Nimzowitsch Defense (8) : B00
Dutch Defense (5) : A83 A81 A80 A82
Old Indian Defense (4) : A54 A53
Torre Attack (5) : A46
Sicilian Defense (12) : B29 B24 B23 B32
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (5) : B00
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Slav Defense (5) : D10 D13
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Four Knights Game (1) : C49
Philidor Defense (7) : C41
Tarrasch Defense (4) : D33 D32
Bishop's Opening (2) : C26 C28
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C50
Vienna Game (2) : C25
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Scotch Game (1) : C45

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