Aron Nimzowitsch

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Aron Nimzowitsch

Aron Nimzowitsch (Latvian: Ārons Ņimcovičs; born Aron Niemzowitsch and also known as Aaron Nimzovich) (7 November 188616 March 1935) was a Latvian-born Danish unofficial chess grandmaster and a very influential chess writer. He wrote a number of pioneering books: My System, The Blockade, and Chess Praxis. He was one of the foremost figures amongst the hypermoderns.


  • The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.
    • Quoted in Nimzovich : The Hypermodern (1948) by Fred Reinfeld
  • The threat is stronger than the execution.
    • Referring to the effect of a queen in Skakbladet 9 (1933) p.137; apocryphally also an opponent (either Emmanuel Lasker or Vidmar, depending on who you believe) threatening to smoke mid-tournament.

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