was one of the greatest chess players of the 1920s and 1930s, ranked
just behind the famous World Champions Alekhine and Capablanca. His
reputation as an author is higher still.
My System is at the top of a very short list of chess classics.
Nimzowitsch’s ideas have had a profound influence on modern chess
thinking. Most chess masters will at some point have studied
Nimzowitsch’s work, and not to have read My System is by many regarded
as a shocking gap in a chess player’s education.
The problem for an English-speaking audience has been that My System
was written in German more than eighty years ago. The commonly-used
contemporary translations have sounded dated for some time, and were
always questionable: the translators frequently toned down many
passages, fearing Nimzowitsch’s biting wit would be too controversial.
This edition uses a brand-new translation that recreates the author’s
original intentions. For the first time an English-speaking audience
can appreciate the true nature of a famous chess book.