Improving the Worst-Placed Piece by FM Dennis Monokroussos
Aron Nimzowitsch and Akiba Rubinstein were two of the greatest players of the first third of the 20th century. Not only were they great players, they made great contributions to our understanding of the game. In this game - one that used to be very well-known - it was Nimzowitsch whose ideas shone more brightly. A wag once wrote that positional play is what to do when there's nothing to do, and Nimzowitsch found a terrific idea in just such a position. It's unlikely that we'll be able to replicate his maneuver, but the principles behind it and the impetus that allowed him to discover are available to us as well.