Aaron Nimzovich

chess player and theoretician

Aaron Nimzovich [1] (7 November 1886 – 16 March 1935) was a Jewish Latvian-born Danish chess grandmaster, and a very influential chess writer. He was the foremost figure amongst the hypermoderns.

Aaron Nimzovich
Aron Nimzowitsch.jpg
Aaron Nimzovich
Full nameAron Niemzowitsch
Country Latvia  Denmark
"As a player he ranked third in the world... from about 1925 to 1930; as an innovator he founded the hypermodern school of chess; as a writer of instructional books he was unrivalled in his time".[2]p272

He wrote an important text on chess strategy called My system: a chess treatise, which is still highly regarded. It is a foundation of modern positional chess, and has been read by most chess masters since then.[3] In it he reacted against the more classical views of Siegbert Tarrasch. Later he wrote Chess praxis (1929), a collection of his games showing his ideas in practice.

Nimzovich was the subject of a chess biography by English grandmaster Ray Keene,[4] which was translated into Russian in 1986.

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  1. Latvian: Ārons Ņimcovičs, Russian: Аро́н Иса́евич Нимцо́вич. There are other variations in spelling; German version is Nimzowitsch. (image - nimzowitsch document)
  2. Hooper D. and Whyld K. 1992. The Oxford companion to chess. 2nd ed, Oxford University Press.
  3. Nimzowitsch, Aron [1927] 1987. My system. B.T Batsford Ltd. ISBN 9789197600538
  4. Keene, Raymond 1974. Aron Nimzowitsch: a reappraisal. Bell, London. ISBN 0-679-13040-3.