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BxN eh Because he is parting with one of his Two Bishops, this exchange would be bad for Black except for the fact that he has the possibility of following it up with a sharp variation. If Black plays instead 5 . . B­ K2, the game becomes a sort of orthodox variation of the Queen's Gambit, where White has the extra move P-QR3 in hand. 6 QxB In the Nimzo-Indian, White will usually avoid the doubling of his Pawns where he has a free choice. At this point, even 6 PxB would not lead to a doubled Pawn, as White can always undouble by PxP.

Notice that neither of the last two Black moves is a tactical error. Neither loses any material. Yet, with these two moves, Black gets positional inferiority, and from this point on, the game becomes a model of how to exploit certain positional advan­ tages, in particular the possession of the Two Bishops and, after an almost forced series of moves, the majority in the center. Black should have played an ac­ tive move such as 8 . . P-QB4 or 8 . P-QN3. The activity of the latter move becomes apparent in the following continuation : 8 .

But as long as . . P-KN4 can be answered by B-K5, the text move has a less positive meaning. On the other hand, 17 . . P-KR3 weak­ ens the Black K wing and is the cause of the rapid deterioration of the King's position. 18 QR-Q l This is a strong preparatory move. White wants to attack, but before launching his attack, he makes certain preparations, and this is one of them. It relieves the Knight from protecting Q4 and also facilitates White's playing B-K5, because White need no longer fear the immediate .

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