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The Bishop cooperates with the Knight quite well, so that work with such material ordinarily proves to he fruitful. The numher of such endgame studies is considerable, which is an additional confirmation of the vitality of the material and the diversity of ideas. Therefore, a detailed classification of this group of endgames was made (see Table No. 3).
THE EVANS GAMBIT is noteworthy for its romantic history as one of the most resourceful attacking lines at the disposal of the almost legendary masters of the nineteenth century it also retains great theoretical significance because the defense against it is still so difficult In spite of periodic refutations the Evans has shown sufficient vitality for come-backs after each threat of eclipse. As a matter of fact, this remarkable opening is very modern as well as classical its underlying principle (the advisability of sacrificing a Pawn in exchange for pressure and tricky possibilities of attack) is now accepted as a matter of course by most modern masters
So I find it hardly fair that, for exam ple, the Alapin Opening or the Nimzovich Defense, among others, are described as relics or having only surprise value. Then, suddenly, because an official source has made such pronouncements, players start learning what they believe are win ning opening lines by rote. In my opinion, this denudes chess of its integral vitality and dynamism, and contributes to the atrophy of what any skilled player values the development of profound intuition the ability, so to speak, to play the board, not some memorized rule.
The wonderful vitality of the overprotector may here be demonstrated by two further examples. Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein, Carlsbad, 1911.1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.Be2 Nge7 9.b3 Nf5 10.Bb2 (At the moment d4 is barely protected, not more) 10 Bb4+ 11.KH h5 12.g3 Rc8 l3.Kg2 g614.h3 Be7 (intending to answer a possible g4 with Nh4+) 15.Qd2 a5 16 Rc1 Bf8 17.Qd1 Bh6 18.RC3 O-O 19.g4 Nfe7 20.Na3 (Diagram 163a. Only now will it be clear why White delayed with the development of the Knight. An honorable post had been contemplated for him, namely as overprotector of the d4 pawn) 20 Nb4 21 .Nc2 (there
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