Aron Nimzowitsch

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


Aron Nimzowitsch was a Russian master, world-class player and one of the most important writers in chess history. He is famous for his opening, the Nimzo-Indian, and is best known for his influential book “My System," which has taught and inspired several generations of chess players.

He 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.

Nimzowitsch learned to play chess from his father early in his life. In 1904 when he traveled 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 onto 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 to our day. Without him, chess may be played a lot differently today. Nimzowitsch passed away on March 16, 1935. 

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