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Here the process of development may be: 3. 4.  and paralyse the whole of Black's game by preventing his playing the King's Pawn. 5. 6. QxB P−K3 Kt−K2 or KR3 Through this the move P−KB4, which fits into this pawn formation, is kept in reserve.  Only Black can hardly attack White's centre with P−B3, since the Pawn at K3 would be weak in the absence of the Queen's Bishop.  A certain compensation lies in the fact that White's attacking King's Bishop has been exchanged. In practical play it has nevertheless been shown that White's attack is more likely to succeed, and for this reason a variation introduced by Niemzowitsch has been tried several times; it aims at the exchange of Queens in order to weaken and retard White's threatened attack, and to gain time for Queen's side operations.

10. 11. 12. 13. Kt−Kt5 P−QB3 Kt−QR3 P−KB4 Kt−B2 Kt−B3 B−Q3 Kt−Kt3 P−QR3 P−QB4 Kt−B3 Castles B−Q2 P−B4 The sacrifice BxPch, as mentioned above, was threatened. 14. 15. Castles R−Kt1 Kt−R5 P−QKt4 If White does not wish to lose so many moves with his Kt, he can effect the intended protection of his QP as follows: 7. 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.

From these considerations the following development seems to be natural: 8.  P−Q4, Q−B2 (to support the KP); it leads to the position in Diagram 23.  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.

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