'...a system, imperfect though it may be, is preferable to move
to move improvisation' -- KONIG
Studying opening theory is one of the best and worst
tasks for the ambitious chess player: the best, because catching
your opponent with a prepared tactical or strategical plan gives
you a headstart to victory; the worst, because no- one likes
mugging up variations.
Dr. Emanuel Lasker was not only World Champion for 27 years from
1894 to 1921, but was also one of the great thinkers of the game.
He introduced and regularly used many strategical concepts decades
before Nimzowitsch's formulations in `My System' and `Chess
Praxis'. He is known as one of the great fighters, and, in his
games, we see no attachment to dogma or `correctness'; the point of
a game is to win. I imagine Simon Webb of `Chess for Tigers' learnt
a lot from Lasker.
vogt - andersson (STEAN) [B84] minority attack in the Sicilian,
Capa memorial 1975
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6
This is nearly always
Black's fourth move in the Sicilian, to force the N on b1 in front
of the c-pawn. Left alone, White may play c2-c4, stopping
counterplay with d7-d5 or b7-b5, and removing danger on the c-file.