Giuoco Piano

(l* p k4, p k4 2. kt kb3, kt QB3 3. b B4, b--B4) We come at last to an opening which follows, at any rate partially, the rules which we have enunciated earlier in the book. We can therefore already assert its superiority over the openings examined up to now. However, the third move, B B4, threatens nothing and White thus allows Black the choice of several moves. The first of these that comes to mind is Kt KB3, attacking the King's pawn it will be analysed in the next section since it...

Little History

Chess is a game of understanding and not of memory * This maximj with which I opened my brochure, How Not to Play Chess, has met with universal approval, and there is no reason for not applying it to the study of the openings It is not, then, by memorising variations that we shall become proficient in playing open-ings but by understanding their meaning, their purpose, and the general ideas and principles which are their foundation* However, we must not on this account ignore the acquisitions...

V

In his book, Die neuen Ideen im Sckachspiel, Reti writes about him at length and recounts how, in a game he (Reti) played in consultation with Capablanca, the latter refused to make a plausible move the best according to classical tradition and made instead another of which Reti had not even dreamt, so unnatural was it. It involved the moving of an already developed piece a second time against all the classical principles of good development, Reti's instance is not very convincing, for, as it...

Introduction

I have been so teased although in a friendly way on the title of my last brochure, How Not to Play Chess * that I am now attempting to teach How to Play Chess * Nevertheless, I persist in my attitude and I insist on beginning with the beginning, on opening with the Opening, It is true that we often see manuals which begin with the End-Game, I have good reasons for not following their example, for the Opening is the most important phase of the game and certainly cannot be avoided. Error in the...

The Siesta Gambit

P K4, P K4 z. Kt KB3* Kt OB3 B- Ktj, P QR3 4- B R4, P Q3 White is more or less forced to continue with either 5. BxKtch or 5. P G4. Among inferior continuations at White's disposal there is one (5. P B3) which gives Black the opportunity of seizing the initiative in real gambit style. (This line is known as the Siesta Gambit and has been much played The move 5- P B3 (played in order to recapture at G4 with this pawn) contains no direct threat and this fact allows...