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Chess Fundamentals   By: (1888-1942)

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[Illustration: JOSÉ R. CAPABLANCA]

CHESS FUNDAMENTALS

BY

JOSÉ R. CAPABLANCA

CHESS CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE & WORLD, INC. LONDON: G. BELL AND SONS, LTD.

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY

HARCOURT, BRACE & WORLD, INC.

© 1949 BY OLGA CAPABLANCA

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Seventeenth Printing

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PREFACE

Chess Fundamentals was first published thirteen years ago. Since then there have appeared at different times a number of articles dealing with the so called Hypermodern Theory. Those who have read the articles may well have thought that something new, of vital importance, had been discovered. The fact is that the Hypermodern Theory is merely the application, during the opening stages generally, of the same old principles through the medium of somewhat new tactics. There has been no change in the fundamentals. The change has been only a change of form, and not always for the best at that.

In chess the tactics may change but the strategic fundamental principles are always the same, so that Chess Fundamentals is as good now as it was thirteen years ago. It will be as good a hundred years from now; as long in fact as the laws and rules of the game remain what they are at present. The reader may therefore go over the contents of the book with the assurance that there is in it everything he needs, and that there is nothing to be added and nothing to be changed. Chess Fundamentals was the one standard work of its kind thirteen years ago and the author firmly believes that it is the one standard work of its kind now.

J. R. CAPABLANCA

New York

Sept. 1, 1934

LIST OF CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER I

First Principles: Endings, Middle game and Openings

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1. SOME SIMPLE MATES 3

2. PAWN PROMOTION 9

3. PAWN ENDINGS 13

4. SOME WINNING POSITIONS IN THE MIDDLE GAME 19

5. RELATIVE VALUE OF THE PIECES 24

6. GENERAL STRATEGY OF THE OPENING 25

7. CONTROL OF THE CENTRE 28

8. TRAPS 32

CHAPTER II

FURTHER PRINCIPLES IN END GAME PLAY

9. A CARDINAL PRINCIPLE 35

10. A CLASSICAL ENDING 37

11. OBTAINING A PASSED PAWN 40

12. HOW TO FIND OUT WHICH PAWN WILL BE THE FIRST TO QUEEN 41

13. THE OPPOSITION 43

14. THE RELATIVE VALUE OF KNIGHT AND BISHOP 50

15. HOW TO MATE WITH KNIGHT AND BISHOP 59

16. QUEEN AGAINST ROOK 62

CHAPTER III

PLANNING A WIN IN MIDDLE GAME PLAY

17. ATTACKING WITHOUT THE AID OF KNIGHTS 68

18. ATTACKING WITH KNIGHTS AS A PROMINENT FORCE 71

19. WINNING BY INDIRECT ATTACK 75

CHAPTER IV

GENERAL THEORY

20. THE INITIATIVE 77

21. DIRECT ATTACKS EN MASSE 78

22. THE FORCE OF THE THREATENED ATTACK 82

23. RELINQUISHING THE INITIATIVE 89

24. CUTTING OFF PIECES FROM THE SCENE OF ACTION 94

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