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I give this book a 4 star for anyone who wants to be introduced to Nimzovich. What I like best about the book is that Reinfeld introduces Nimzovich not simply as a grandmaster, but also as an artist. What kind of artist was he? The majestic flowing, classical beauty ala Rubinstein wasn't his. Dramatic is the keyword. His temperment was stormier and more impulsive, more Beethovenian, if you will. He loves to "build", to gather the stormy clouds. That is why his games are seldom short. Yet Reinfeld wrote in the introduction he wanted "short, sharp, witty encounters which make their point in an unforgettably drastic manner." He mainly avoids the games in My System and when he doesn't he seeks to vary the notes and viewpoint.What kind of chess player was Nimzovich? A cross between Steinitz and Chigorin. The former because of he prefered cramped positions and difficult defensive games. The latter because of his boldness, imagination and love of knights. Nimvozich subtle handling of knights is enchanting. Other expertise goes with it. His mastery of blockage, subtle details of pawn formations, weak color complexes and evolving powerful attacks from cramped positions. Another favorite quality of Nimzovich, to quote Reinfeld, is" his uncanny ability to infuse tension, uncertainty and ambiguity into postions which were inherently colorless." Not a bad compliment from a big Alekhine fan! This, of course, is not chess suited for everyone. That is why I recommend this book to the average player who wants to know Nimzovich and learn something from him but knows they aren't going to play like him. It is not [pricey] and he is a figure which no serious student ignores. As a personal note, for those who, like myself, like knights at least as much as bishop, this book is for you!
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Fred Reinfeld (January 27, 1910 – May 29, 1964) was an American writer on chess and many other subjects.
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