A Modern Take On Nimzowitsch – GM Jesse Kraai

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GM Jesse Kraai gives us a modern look at the strategy and tactics of Aron Nimzowistch. Inspired from a discussion with GM Josh Friedel.

Aron Nimzowitsch (November 7, 1886 – March 16, 1935) was a Russian born, Danish leading chess master and a very influential chess writer. He was the foremost figure amongst the hypermoderns. Nimzowitsch is considered one of the most important players and writers in chess history. His works influenced numerous other players, including Savielly Tartakower, Milan Vidmar, Richard Reti, Akiba Rubinstein, Brent Larsen and Tigran Petrosian. His influence is still felt today.

Content: Over 2.5 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures.

Recommended for: Intermediate Players.

Users rated this series: 4.51 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: But the real meat of this lecture is about principles and how Jesse Kraai remains flexible and yet loyal to this old school where Nimzo laid the foundation for this systematic, strategic play.

GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Jesse is an active chess coach.


Nimzowitsch; Part I; The Center
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense, Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation
Match: Efim Bogoljubov vs. Aron Nimzowitsch
Run Time 00:23:40

Nimzowitsch; Part II; Blockading the French
French Defense: Advance Variation, Paulsen Attack
Match: Aron Nimzowitsch vs. Grigory Levenfish
Run Time 00:31:41

Nimzowitsch; Part III; Tactics vs. Centralization
French Defense: Classical, Delayed Exchange Variation
Match: Alexander Alekhine vs. Aron Nimzowitsch
Run Time: 00:25:56

Nimzowitsch; Part IV; Taming the Large Pawn Center
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack
Match: Semion Alapin vs. Aron Nimzowitsch
Run Time 00:20:56

Nimzowitsch; Part V; The Deeper Sense of Restriction
Benoni Defense: Knight’s Tour Variation
Match: Aron Nimzowitsch vs. Frank James Marshall
Run Time 00:19:58

Nimzowitsch; Part VI; The Double Pawn Complex
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation, Bishop Attack
Matchup: Paul F. Johner vs. Aron Nimzowitsch
Run Time 00:26:12

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GM Jesse Kraai

Running time

150 minutes


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