Book Review- MY SYSTEM by Aron Nimzowitsch

Author Of The Book –  Aron Nimzowitsch

Publishing Year – 1925

Published By – Quality Chess

 My System written by Aron Nimzowitsch is one of the “must study” books in chess literature. This book is classified under ‘Chess classics’ category by Quality Chess. The book should be studied in the earlier stages of learning chess. This book was first published in the German language in 1925. But there was no English translation available. The first English translation was in the year 2005 which had alterations by the translators. So to give audience perfect meaning of what the author meant, Quality Chess published this book in 2007.


A Glimpse Of This Book.

There are a lot of positions so I will share the topics only.

  1. The Elements
  2. The centre and development
  3. The open file
  4. The 7th and 8th ranks
  5. The passed pawns
  6. Exchanging
  7. The elements if endgame strategy
  8. The pinned piece
  9. Discovered check
  10. The pawn chain.
  11. Positional Play
  12. Prophylaxis and the centre
  13. Doubled pawns and restraint
  14. The Isolated Queen’s pawn and its descendants
  15. Overprotection and weak pawns
  16. Manoeuvring
  17. Postscript: The history of the revolution in chess from 1911-1914.

These topics also have subtopics so one can go through them properly and study them well.



What To Expect?

The book covers basic elements like checkmate, notation etc. It also has key topics like a rook on the seventh rank, quality of pieces, prophylaxis, endgame. Although at a few points I did feel that the writer went astrey but I feel he wanted to make a point by being creative.


What Is A Unique Thing In This Book?

The most unique fact I felt about this book is that it is written in 1925. The material is of such high quality that 95 years have passed and still all the concepts are relatable! Another mind-boggling fact is the author’s vision of prophylaxis. He knew the importance of prophylaxis long back.


Who Can Read? [audience]

As I mentioned earlier, this book has basic stuff and also high-level stuff. So you can learn accordingly. Even a newcomer to chess can start with this book.


What Did I Like?

When I was going through the contents (index) page, that itself made me fall in love with this book. The author has taken significant effort to classify a lot of topics and include sub-topics accordingly. He has also provided key examples and also the crucial points or tips are highlighted.  Also, the variety of topics covered gives the desire to study the book again.


From Where You Can Buy This Book?

You can buy this book from here. As this book has been published in several languages, I have just attached the English version.


About The Book Author-

Aron Nimzowitsch was among the top players during the 1920s to 1930s along with Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Akiba Rubinstein. Besides being a top player, Aron Nimzowitsch also contributed to the chess literature with his books.

The Publisher

Quality chess is a UK based company. This was founded by GM Jacob Aagaard, GM John Shaw, and IM Ari Ziegler. Quality chess is currently dominating the chess market and currently one of the top publications in the chess world. Most of the books from quality chess are very famous. The page quality, binding quality is also excellent.