Sc3 c5 , was bekanntlich Dr. Tarrasch als einzig ausreichende Verteidigung empfiehlt. Sf3 Lg4 4. Sc3 Lxf3 6. Sce7 7.
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It has since been translated in to English several times, and the text I have just finished reading is fully titled "My System: New Translation," published by Quality Chess. Some of the translation from the original German is awful. It appears to me that the book has been translated in parts. The concepts in these early chapters is understandable, but they are a chore to read.
I was tempted to quit reading somewhere around the sixth chapter, but I perservered. In the end, it will be worth the hassle! To me, at least, there is no clear line of demarcation between tactics and strategy with this book, so the best bet is to just ignore the whole thing and get down to business. Again, Nimzovitsch does an excellent job of clearing up this subject. Well, Nimzovitsch calls these things "mysterious rook moves," and explains what they are all about.
A definite "aha! Another "aha! I found that last bit particularly interesting because, as with much of this book, Nimzovitsch treats a subject about which I am familiar in a way that clarifies my understanding.
Besides the somewhat dubious translation, are there any other bad bits of which to be wary? I tend to lean towards the latter explanation. At any rate, this is definitely a text for me to revisit, maybe six months down the road, partly for reinforcement of the issues I understood and partly to try to ferret out some understanding of the bits that made no sense the first time around.
None of this stuff is really germain to the Nimzowitsch system of play, but it certainly is an interesting look into the mind of the author.
Book Review: My System