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drcorbett ♡ 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Nimzowitsch What do you think about this father of modern chess, and also about his book, My System (and Chess Praxis?)
tulkos ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
I haven't got chess praxis, but My System is a very,very good book.
caldazar ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Good positional books My System and Chess Praxis are good books on positional concepts. It becomes even more useful if you read the book critically and question everything he Nimzo says, as some of his principles have since been shown to be inaccurate.
myway316 ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Another book... ...that you might read is Aron Nimsovtch:A Re-Appraisel,by Raymond Keene. It has the dubious distinction of being the only really good book Keene has ever written!
cairo ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
If there ever was a book that had a profound influence on me, it is My System by Aaron Nimzowich.

Best wishes
gunnarsamuelsson ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
caldazar I would appreciate if u developed your statement..I dont realize which principles r inaccurate.. Well some openings r not as strong as Nimzo thought but beside that im lost.. give examples.
Best wishes Gunnar
drcorbett ♡ 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Thank you all for responding! Please continue!
caldazar ♡ 109 ( +1 | -1 )
More on Nimzo My main complaint with Nimzo is that he tended to emphasize static principles (pawn structure, square weaknesses, etc...) too heavily and didn't appreciate the dynamic potential of positions enough. But this was pretty typical for the era in which he played, and his contemporaries often held similar types of views (what I like to call "rule-based chess playing").

Don't get me wrong, My System is an excellent book and well worth reading. There's a lot of useful information on positional play to be gained from absorbing it's contents. But there are some shortcomings as well.

Nimzo's whole discussion about counting tempi in the opening, for one. Or overprotection. Or his treatment of isolated queen pawn structures (again, static vs. dynamic conisderations). Or any number of other principles that modern masters will violate if the position calls for it.

Nimzo did a lot to advance chess theory in his time, and My System is an amazing book based on a great chess player's thoughts and experiences. It's simply that chess has progressed even further since Nimzo's chess days.