My Friend The Sicilian

One cannot just consider the role and significance of the opening stage of a game in the modern chess struggle in isolation. Experience has shown that the results of the opening battle, with one of the sides winning even a small positional or material advantage in the early stages, can be transformed by the pure technical equipment of the skilled chessplayer to be a determining influence on the whole course of subsequent events, carrying on into the middlegame, and at times, the endgame,...

Bxe

This is even stronger than 2 5> xe6+ which, however, also gives White the advantage. 21 hg The exchange must be given up. With 21 He8 22 Wxh7 i.d8 23 Bd3 Black comes under a strong attack. 22 xh8 g5 Although Black has managed to repair the coordination of his forces and, at first glance, has shaken off his immediate worries, he is still left with not a few small problems, and this allows White to realize his material advantage without any special effort. 23 b4 *xg2 Over optimistic. It would...

D Drawn

So, in this game too, where White followed the approved paths of theory. Black succeeded in upholding the reputation of his early Rank action. It may be that White's opening plan, which is connected with an attempt to seize the centre at the very beginning of the game, is rather over-optimistic. In any event, the evolution of this scheme led White to another way of handling the variation, the ,& xe4 Axf3 3Sf8 . .h6+ 2xf3 StS examination of which we shall now move on to. Thus, instead of the...