Analysis of the Game of Chess by François Danican Philidor

By François Danican Philidor

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TtJg6. If 12 . . g5 13 �f2 ttJh5 , then 14 ttJfl ! with advantage. •. TESTS 39 Black played this odd-looking retreat in or­ der to attack d4 and give scope to the c8-bishop, instead of the passive and useless . . liJb6. In this sort of structure the masters think that time is not too important and what counts is how we arrange our pieces. A typical situation arising from the Nimzo­ Indian. After spoiling White's pawn-chain even though strengthening his centre - Black put his pawns on dark squares, attempting to limit the scope of the white queen's bishop.

One important fea­ ture in Bronstein's play is his skill for changing the theatre of events - Nimzowitsch's ' alterna­ tion' , a procedure which requires a high level of accuracy. abl (D) for the lack of his king ' s bishop. All chess fans are likely to remember the famous 5th game be­ tween Spassky and Fischer, in the 1 972 world championship match, where the bishops were neutralized by means of the right exchanges. 9 tZlg5 0-0 10 f4 exd4 11 cxd4 h6 12 tZlf3 cxd4 13 exd4 (D) ••• B B The pawn-structure has undergone a big change since move 14.

TESTS 39 Black played this odd-looking retreat in or­ der to attack d4 and give scope to the c8-bishop, instead of the passive and useless . . liJb6. In this sort of structure the masters think that time is not too important and what counts is how we arrange our pieces. A typical situation arising from the Nimzo­ Indian. After spoiling White's pawn-chain even though strengthening his centre - Black put his pawns on dark squares, attempting to limit the scope of the white queen's bishop. Black's middlegame strategy is based on this fact, in order to take advantage of the pawn­ structure afterwards.

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