Nimzowitsch did not write a simple handbook of opening lines, but a manual of chess. The opinions, ideas, and generalisations that he describes gave rise to a true revolution, whose consequences we can correctly evaluate today.

I can't understand what 'whose' mean in this sentence. Is it Nimzowitsch's consequences? or the consequences of the opinions, ideas, and generalisations?

  • I agree that the sentence was somewhat ambiguous about which consequences were meant. It didn't help that the previous sentence included a "who": Nimzowitsch. I would have preferred "the consequences of which" rather than "whose consequences," but as SP999 implies, restating the word "revolution" would be better than using a pronoun with too many possible antecedents.
    – Literalman
    Jun 27, 2019 at 14:57

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It means "We can correctly evaluate the consequences of the revolution."

Some examples from WHOSE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

used for adding information about a person or thing just mentioned:

Cohen, whose short film won awards, was chosen to direct the movie.

There was a picture in the paper of a man whose leg had been blown off.

They meet in an old house, whose basement has been converted into a chapel.

Fraud detectives are investigating the company, three of whose senior executives have already been arrested.

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