By Edward LASKER
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QxP, White is a pawn ahead, but his Queen obstructs his KB; therefore Black has better developing chances and should be able to win the pawn back at the very least. A second example is the Vienna game, which proceeds as follows: 2. 3. In answer to 4. PxKP, on the other hand, Black can play KtxP without having the slightest difficulty with his development. Castles B−K2 P−KB3 KtxKt Castles Kt−B3 or B−KKt5 and Black also will soon have an open file for his Rook, with no disadvantage in position.
Q−Q2 P−QR3 not P−QB4 at once, because of Kt−Kt5. Castles Castles P−QB4 P−B4 Kt−QB3 and so on. In both cases White has an easy development, whilst Black has no convenient square for his Queen's Bishop. To avoid this drawback Rubinstein has evolved the following variation, in which provision is made from the first for the freedom of action of the Queen's Bishop: 3. 4. THE OPENING 38 Chess Strategy 5. 6. KtxP Kt−KB3 QKt−Q2 B−K2 followed by P−QKt3 and B−Kt2. Here the process of development may be: 3.
23. 11. It deprives Black's QB of its only good square, and saves the KKt, the co−operation of which is urgently needed in the centre. 24. The exchange on the seventh move is compulsory, because the loss of a pawn after BxKt is in effect threatened, now that the White KP is supported by the Rook. There are two essentially different lines, according to whether Black interpolates P−QR3 or not. R−K1, Black gets out of it comfortably by playing Kt−Q3, B−K2 and Castles, and White cannot permanently prevent Black's game from being freed by the advance of the QP.
Chess Strategy by Edward LASKER