Studying Old Games (Part 4)

Continuing my series on instructive old games, here’s a great game by Alexander Alekhine in which he puts the zugzwang Master, Aron Nimzowitsch, in zugzwang.

The problems start for Black when White’s knight lands on d6. This powerful knight is later exchanged, but not before White is ready to take control of the c-file. Black gets so tied up along this file that he is literally reduced to helplessness, and in the final position can only play some meaningless pawn moves before he is forced into a disastrous move of a piece:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.