Let’s go on with our journey through Nimzowitsch’s book. In the first introductory chapter he faces the notion of liquidation: “when a merchant sees that his business is not succeeding, he does well to liquidate it, so as to invest the proceeds in a more promising one.” The seriously threatened player has to adopt such a radical cure. Liquidation, which appears to be the only way to gain a relief of the tension in the centre, should be followed by a developing or a freeing move, as the following examples shows:
A second example with a Giuoco Piano scheme:
A final observation on the useless exchange:
The next issue is about the maintenance of the centre. How are we to face the advance of the enemy pawns in order to preserve a flexible centre? By avoiding wandering knight-hops, for instance.
Another example focuses on the maintenance of the centre in a King’s Gambit, precisely in a KGA, which is, in Nimzowitsch’s words, a loss of time (he would suggest 2…Bc5 instead of 2…exf4):
Where Nimzowitsch’s hypermodern outlook clearly comes out is when he defends the idea of holding the centre intact – if it can be done without any manifest risk –, primarily through a supporting pawn, since the pawn is a “born defender.”