Saturday, April 28, 2018

HK Mattison v Nimzowitsch Most Instructive Games of Chess 6

"Weak Pawns, Weak Squares, and Mighty Mighty Knights" from The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Chernev

This game is about piece imbalances. Nimzowitsch gives up his dark square bishop in one of his eponymous openings, trades light square bishops and proceeds to get great squares for his knights while Mattison's bishop and knight have very poor positions.

I think Mattison may have been thinking the game would be like a Queen's Indian, but the NimzoIndian is a different creature. White spent a lot of time undoubling his c-pawns and did not pay enough attention to what else was happening.

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