Rubinstein Formation

In a number of variations of the French Defence Black, not wishing to allow the cramping advance e4-e5, resorts to the simplifying manoeuvre dxe4. Then the white pawn at d4 is attacked by frontal pressure on the d-file and by the undermining c5. Variations of this type are 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 toc3 (or 3 tod2) 3 dxe4, 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 c3 Ab44 M3 (or 4 toe2) 4 dxe4,1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 toc3 if6 4 Ag5 dxe4, and others. In such variations, and also in cases where in reply to exd5 Black takes on d5 with...

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1 V > 777 ' . 1-1 ' JTTTi' . if , 1 V > 777 ' . 1-1 ' JTTTi' . if , In the endgame White is a pawn up in a good situation, and objectively his position can be considered won. But in order to transform this won position into a won game, he must play with precision and accuracy. Geller only had to allow himself to relax slightly, and his resourceful opponent immediately obtained counter-chances. A quiet move, but not the strongest. White coordinates his rooks and prepares to support his...

Tarrasch Variation

A mistake in the assessment of the position, which in the end leads to Black's defeat. Both players had spent a lot of time on the opening, and it is understandable that, now short of time, Black should want to try and neutralise the opponent's initiative as quickly as possible. The simplification occurring after the text move seemed to Black to be favourable, and to foresee that in the rook ending he would be one tempo away from a draw was at the given moment impossible. He should have been...

Boleslavsky Variation

In the middle of the present century, after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 > f3 c6 3 d4 cxd4 4 )xd4 & f6 5 sc3 d6 6 Ae2 grandmaster Isaac Boleslavsky began employing a system of play which involved advancing the e-pawn two squares. At the cost of weakening the d5 square and his d6 pawn, Black gained space and drove away the white knight to a less active position at f3 or b3. Boleslavsky's very first games showed that such a method of play was quite acceptable and promising for Black, and soon White...