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Counting Tempos (2 of 2)

Point Count Chess, NO. 127, p180
Nimzowitsch v. Fleuss, 1906

See Example 1 of 2, to learn about Tempos and Counting Tempos

This example, (2 of 2, No. 127), shows White having lost a Tempo in the Opening phase of the game, at some point during the first seven moves ...

Beneath the ChessFlash viewer, you'll find my analysis of the position featured in Point Count Chess:
  1. PCC, p.180, No. 127, after 7...gxf6
  2. PGN

Counting Tempos (2 of 2)
My Analysis

Position #1, My Analysis
PCC, p.180, No. 127, after 7...gxf6

After: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 gxf6

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Page 180
After: 7...gxf6

For the position (above), H&M-S say: "...the White position is reached in two (pawn) moves; the Black, in three. It is White's turn; he has lost his initial tempo."

Let's look at each move, and see where White "lost his initial tempo" ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 1.e4 e6
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 1.e4 e6
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 1.e4 1 0
(B) 1...e6 1 1

After White's first move, he has his natural one-Tempo lead.

After Back's first move, Tempos are equal, and now it's turn for White's second move, where he can move a new (as yet undeveloped unit), to go one-Tempo ahead of Black, again.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 2.d4 d5
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 2.d4 d5
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 2.d4 2 1
(B) 2...d5 2 2

No change after Black's 2nd Move, as both players have an even Tempo Count.

It's now White's turn to make his third move, and he gets the opportunity to regain his natural, one-Tempo lead in development.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 3.Nc3 Nf6
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 3.Nc3 Nf6
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 3.Nc3 3 2
(B) 3...Nf6 3 3

No change after Black's 3rd Move, as both players have an even Tempo Count.

It's now White's turn to make his fourth move, and he gets the opportunity to regain his natural, one-Tempo lead in development.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 4.Bg5 Bb4
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 4.Bg5 Bb4
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 4.Bg5 4 3
(B) 4...Bb4 4 4

No change after Black's 4th Move, as both players have an even Tempo Count.

It's now White's turn to make his fifth move, and he gets the opportunity to regain his natural, one-Tempo lead in development.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 5.exd5 Qxd5
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 5.exd5 Qxd5
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 5.exd5 4 4
(B) 5...Qxd5 4 5

Now there's a change in the Tempo Count ...

White's e-Pawn has been moved for a second time in the Opening phase. It seems not to matter that it captured / exchanged Pawns on d5; the second move of the same unit has lost White a Tempo.

As soon as Black moves an undeveloped unit (Pawn or Piece), he goes one-Tempo ahead, and now leads in the development race.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 6.Bxf6 Bxc3+
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 6.Bxf6 Bxc3+
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 6.Bxf6 4 5
(B) 6...Bxc3+ 4 5

Multiple moves by the same Piece are causes for lost Tempos.

Both sides move their respective dark-Bishops for a second time, to capture enemy Knights (6.Bg5xf6 & 6...Bb4xc3+).

Both sides fail to add to their Tempo Count; it remains 4:5 to Black, after Black's 6th Move. Because the tally should be equal after Black's move, this continues to inform us that White is one-Tempo behind Black, in development.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 127 - Tempo Count - After 7.cxc3 gxf6
Tempo Count, for No.127
After: 7.cxc3 gxf6
MOVE WHITE
TEMPOS
BLACK
TEMPOS
(W) 7.cxc3 5 5
(B) 7...gxf6 5 6

And here we reach the position featured by H&M-S (No. 127), with Black still ahead in development, due to White's second move of his e-Pawn (1.e2-e45.e4xd5).


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PGN

[Event "Zurich (Switzerland)"]
[Site "Zurich (Switzerland)"]
[Date "1906"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Aron Nimzowitsch"]
[Black "Fleuss"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2650"]
[BlackElo "2250"]
[EventDate "?"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "37"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bxf6 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 gxf6 {PCC p.180 No. 127}8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Be2 Rg8 10. O-O Bd7 11. c4 Qh5 12. d5 O-O-O 13. Nd4 Qh3 14. g3 Rg6 15. dxc6 Bxc6 16. Nxc6 Rxd1 17. Rfxd1 bxc6 18. c5 Rg8 19. Rab1 {Black Resigns!} 1-0

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