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N:e6 BLACK RESIGNED 39. Bronstein-Euwe (Nimzoindian Defense) The pawn at d6 is loose, andthe rook may be attacked four different ways - every one of which would lose material for Black. Stahlberg contents himself with the modest 23.. b6, defending the knight and allowing the queen to get back to c8. The present game is an example of the latter type. The defender's chief resource is a cool head, and my opponent made full use of his here. At one point, I had to break off my calculations in order to ask myself: Just who is attacking whom here?
Nc:d4 22 cd Qd7 23 Rfcl, with a minimal edge. The positional text move does not cost White his advantage, but it does slow the game somewhat. Black's queen needed a long trek (Qd8-b8-b5-~4-g4-£5)to achieve the opportunity to exchange itself for White's queen; only then were the two queens of equal value. After the trade, Black has the better of it, since the a-pawn is weak, and the pawns at e5 and £4 hem in White's bishop. Summarizing the course of the struggle through the opening and middlegame, we could say that White's powerful and consistent play netted him an advantage, which he might have exploited with 20 Rfbl; on the 21st move, White might have maintained approximate equality, or if Black were careless, a pretty combination could have been played.
The knight maneuver from £3 via d2 to c4 in this position was played by Nimzovich in a famous game against Marshall from the New York 1927 tournament; since then, it has become popular. , here: .. a7-a6, which, with the knight on c4, can be met with a2-a4-a5. Additionally, from d2 the knight can support the advance e2-e4: combined with £2-£4 and e4-e5, this is White's main Strategic idea in this position. 8.. In order to answer 8 Nc4 with Nb6. White has the better position. Black has no immediate prospects of exploiting his "extraUqueenside pawn, since the pawn at a5 restrains two of Black's pawns.