ESP wrote: "For begginers. I mean I consider myself as a begginer too, not a master yet. But I feel like all the staff there is so simple and just obvious. Control the center, tempo, double pawns bla bla bla Maybe this book is for novices only? It claims that it's for advanced players!? I found [the books of Aaron Nimzowitsch to be] very difficult to read or understand.
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Examples are included in the present article, which draws together a number of C. Below, to provide the context, is the full passage as it appeared in the first German and English editions Berlin, , page and London, , page :.
Page numbers vary, but in the later editions of My System in our collection the reference is page , , or Bell and Sons, Ltd. Some, though not all, of the corrections were included by Bell many years later in a reset version pages. In B. Batsford Ltd. The Batsford reprint furthermore revealed ignorance of the errata list. The page edition brought out by Bell in was published the following year by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York.
One of our copies was inscribed by a world champion on whom Nimzowitsch had considerable influence:. The above paragraph on page 34 of the April Wiener Schachzeitung comes from a report by Tartakower on Copenhagen, However, the work appeared in five instalments, of which only the first was dated We also note that, for instance, the third instalment was scheduled to appear at the end of April , as announced on page of the January-March Kagans Schachnachrichten.
Nimzowitsch wrote on page 28 of Kak ya stal grosmeysterom :. I conceived isolated parts, e. A further question is when the final version of Mein System was written. It is not possible to give an exact date or period, but it was derived from many articles and game notes published by Nimzowitsch in a variety of newspaper columns and magazines during the years It is worth noting what Nimzowitsch stated about his system on pages of the October Wiener Schachzeitung :.
It is a set of rules about the individual elements of chess strategy such as the open file, the seventh rank, the passed pawn, exchange technique and pawn chains. Everything is there, beautifully arranged and nothing is missing — except a publisher. It is worth noting the view of C. Purdy, a great author in his own right, on page 62 of Chess World , 1 March The greatest of all chess books, in the sense that it has, more than any other, really changed the methods of master players — and equally, of course, those of strong amateurs.
It is a tortuous, obscure book in the original German, full of distracting half-jokes. But there are few books which reward you as richly if you really stick to them. More good players swear by My System than by any other book I know. Dawson on pages of the November Chess Amateur :. The translator shows an ignorance of many well-known technical terms, but that may even be an advantage for the average British player.
The technical issues concerning the book were dealt with more deeply in an unsigned critique on page of the Times Literary Supplement , 5 December The February Wiener Schachzeitung featured four spoof games parodying the annotational styles of Becker, Bogoljubow, Tartakower and Nimzowitsch. The above photograph was published opposite page of Hundert Jahre Schachturniere by P. Horowitz and J. Pandolfini New York, , pages A strange commentary on the parody was written by R.
Fauber on page of Impact of Genius Seattle, :. The public applauded his teachings only after they had been carefully distorted As regards the reaction of Chess Review readers, below are the letters to which Fauber was referring, from page of the July issue:. It should, in any case, be noted that when publishing the game Chess Review April , page had made it clear, in this editorial end-note, that the game was a parody:.
Kmoch admired and esteemed Nimzovich as a great player and a profound and original thinking. Luckily this rollicking parody is so good-natured, with a few grains of sense artfully concealed in a farrago of nonsense, that Nimzovich expressed himself as vastly amused by it.
His ideas on overprotection were over-the-top. Mein System is a rare case of a chess book also existing in a simplified version, edited by Heinz Brunthaler Zeil am Main, :. Although the body of the work is identical to the book, all mention of Lou Hays and Hays Publishing, Inc. The name of the translator, Jim Marfia, has been retained on the title page, but the book is merely a low-quality reprint of what Dover Publications, Inc.
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Originally over a series of five brochures from to , the book—one of the early works on hypermodernism —introduced many new concepts to followers of the modern school of thought. It is generally considered to be one of the most important books in the history of chess. He regards the following as the elements of chess strategy:. The next part, "Positional Play" German : Das Positionsspiel , is based largely on the elements taught in the first part. In it, Nimzowitsch tells how to play for a positional advantage.