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What is hypermodern? Is it controlling the center indirectly or through long diagonals?
Hypermodern chess is advanced chess practice for strong players. Classical chess is more straightforward and intuitive and therefore it is practiced by those weaker players who are still learning how to spot tactics and mating nets on the chessboard.
In actual chess games Classical and Hypermodern theories are intertwined, mixed together.
The 2 theories are based on the principle of controlling the center.
Classical Theory - Control the center (the squares d4,d5,e4,e5) by occupying it with your pawns and pieces.
Hypermodern Theory - Control the center using the power of your pawns and pieces. With this method you do not create targets in the center for your opponent to attack.
The following is an example of a clash between Classical Theory and Hypermodern Theory. It is found in the Sicilian Defense. The following moves are a typical move sequence of an opening variation known as the Sicilian Najdorf: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6. Set up a board and play the moves. Then the important thing to notice about the position is that while Black's pawns and pieces are controlling key squares in the center none of them is occupying any central square. Black's pawns at d6, and e6 are not occupying any central squares, yet they are controlling key central squares with their power. Black's N at f6 is controlling key squares in the center with its power, yet it is not occupying a central square. Black is applying the Hypermoden theory of chess in this opening variation.
By contrast White is applying the Classical theory of chess. Notice that White's pawn at e4 is occupying the central square e4. And, White's N at d4 is occupying the central square d4.
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Hypermodern theory is as follows: Tarrasch is a big dumb meanie who's bad at chess!
What is hypermodern?
Getting to the very issue that made this thread 5 pages long, when most posters actually agree with each other.
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