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Chess Strategy

Chess Strategy

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White: Eduard Lasker. Black: Englund.

Four Knights' Game.

1. P−K4 P−K4
2. Kt−KB3 Kt−QB3
3. Kt−B3 Kt−B3
4. B−Kt5 Kt−Q5
5. KtxP

Black can now get White's KP by playing Q−K2, and moreover exchange White's valuable Bishop. Instead of
the move in the text it is advisable to retire the Bishop to R4 or B4, or else to play 5. KtxKt, PxKt; 6. P−K5, PxKt;
7. PxKt. Black would then play QxP and not PxQPch, as the latter move allows White to develop quickly, and
Black has no time to castle−−e.g. 8. BxP, QxP; 9. Castles, B−K2; 10. B−B3, followed by R−K1.

5. ... Q−K2
6. Kt−B3 KtxP?

−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−
8 | #R | | #B | | #K | #B | | #R |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
7 | #P | #P | #P | #P | #Q | #P | #P | #P |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
6 | | | | | | | | |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
5 | | ^B | | | | | | |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
4 | | | | #Kt| #Kt| | | |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
3 | | | ^Kt| | | ^Kt| | |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
2 | ^P | ^P | ^P | ^P | | ^P | ^P | ^P |
|−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−|
1 | ^R | | ^B | ^Q | ^K | | | ^R |
−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−
A B C D E F G H

Diag. 131.

Here KtxB was essential, followed by QxP, freeing the Bishop. After 7. KtxKt, QxPch; 8. Q−K2, QxQch; 9.
KxQ, Kt−Q4 (10. P−B4, P−QR3), Black completes his development a little later (10. R−K1, P−KB3; 11.
K−B1ch, K−B2), but after the exchange of Queens there is not much to fear from an immediate attack, and the
value of the two Bishops soon asserts itself. In a match game Ed. Lasker− Cole (London, 1913) the continuation
was 12. P−Q4, P−QR3; 13. Kt− B3, KtxKt; 14. PxKt, P−Q4. Here the doubled pawn is a disadvantage, in that the
pawn at B2 is immobile, and constantly liable to be attacked by B−B4. P−Q3 was the better move.

7. Castles KtxKt

Now KtxB was no longer possible. After KtxQKt there would be threats of KtxBP as well as of R−K1 and
P−Q3. The game is almost lost for Black at this stage, as the King cannot escape the impending attack on the K
file by castling.

Chess Strategy

GAME No. 20

168

8. QPxKt KtxKtch
9. QxKt Q−B4
10. R−K1ch B−K2
11. B−Q3

prevents castling, as Q−K4 would win a piece.

11. ... P−Q4
12. B−K3

White has the development of the B gratis, as Black must lose time with the Queen.

12. ... Q−Q3
13. B−KB4 Q−KB3
14. QxP!!

Black being behind with his development is already threatened by sacrificial combinations. If he takes the
Bishop he loses by 15. B−Kt5ch, K−B1; 16. Q−Q8ch!, BxQ; 17. R−K8 mate, or l5. ... P−B3; 16. BxPch, and so
on.

14. ... P−B3
15. Q−K4 B−K3
16. R−K3 B−QB4

Here Black might have castled on the Queen's side, but R−Q1 would have had much the same sequel as in the

actual game.

17. B−K5 Q−R3
18. R−Kt3 B−KB1

A sorry retreat. But after Q−Q7, which may have been Black's original intention, White plays R−KB1,

threatening B−KB4.

19. R−Q1

This move completes White's development, and only seems to give Black a chance of castling. However,
Black has no satisfactory continuation.

19. ... Castles?
20. QxPch PxQ
21. B−R6 Mate

Chess Strategy

GAME No. 20

169

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