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fi in Z z D. X c o jj in o a. ·D C 3 in ip Chess By BLAKE STEVENS Texas State Champion s no, place in chess for Indecision', but there is a worse sin-- a lack of plan. As (he opening ' unfolds, ypu can work' m ' o s t l y with g e n e r a l principals of development development -(de- p l o y m e n t of pieces,, contest- 4? ing the center, king safety), b«t soon a stage is reached , where these generalities generalities must be dis- ' pensed with. In fact there 16 the danger of banality in too strighlforward a development. A player can bring out both knights, both bishops, and castle, and suddenly discover that his pieces have no place to go, except, perhaps, backwards, which could mean -a disastrous loss of time. That is why a player of the "old school" has a hard time against a player steeped in hyper- modern chess training. In olden. days,- both sides developed quick- Jy. In an open game (P-K4.P-K4), then the center was liquidated, al! the pieces swapped, pawns exchanged, exchanged, .with a draw a likely prospect. (This Is not to say dull games were played then, but they were only exciting when one player violated opening principals and was punished.) Today, the "old school" player has to play against a closed game (P-K-),P-QB4). He develops quickly, quickly, and nets way ahead In development. development. He thinks of a king side attack, but black has protected protected his king well, What to do? 'Here Is the crux of the matter. The first player has reached a maximum development, and has run out of Ideas, while Black has continued more slowly. Black's position "grows," whilo White's position decomposes. Many Ideas The modern player can find many ideas for continuing his game. He can attack weak, overextended overextended pawns which have brasli- ly come into his territory, or occupy occupy "holes" In the enemy position position ( c r e a t e d by ill-considered pawn moves), and soon the 19th- century type player 1 Is defending (but at last he has a plan]) All of this is not conjecture or hypothesis, tt Is chess history. Chess was becoming stale until Nimzovilch, Reti, Breyer, Tarta- · kower, Bogojulbov, and C o 11 e came along. They dethroned titans of the chessboard, and breathed new life into the game With their ideas of "remote control of the center" (i.e. fianchettoed bishops, Tlank pawn altacks). What happens whon two "modern" "modern" players meet? The games produced are usually highly Interesting, Interesting, the struggle u s u a l more subtle, yet more intense. , Complications I. P-K4, P-QB4 brings about extreme extreme complications. White sees a partial hole at his queen-five square. He can "aim" to occupy this square by a Knight, which could prevent the freeing . . . P-Q4, thereby cramping Black's game considerably. Black plays . . . P-K3 and drives the Knight away, and this Knight goes, say to K3.QB4 (a possibility, us White has no pawn on that square!), and o b s e r v e s a real Black's queen-three square. A keen fight could r e v o l around White's atlempt to carry out this plan and Black's effort to stop him. If Black fails, he has lost a small piece of ground In the giant battlefield. A chain re-a c t i o n can set Sri, with another tiny concession (giving (giving up his bishop for knight) followed followed by yet *.another(doubled pawns), until finally, a pawn goes, and will) i I, probably the' game. Chess has become refined, distilled, distilled, and the cudgel has given way to the foil. But you of the "old guard," coffee-house school, do not take too seriously this disparagement disparagement on the old style of playing chess--I have seen, all too · often, the fencer lambasted by the cave man. Tablcaul i! i AW ft i Posillon after 17 . . . NxPU (A sneak preview of the combinative combinative game to be discussed next week.)

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  1. Express and News,
  2. 19 Apr 1959, Sun,
  3. Page 82

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