JOSÉ R. CAPABLANCA
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
HARCOURT, BRACE & WORLD, INC.
LONDON: G. BELL AND SONS, LTD.
Chess Fundamentals was
first published thirteen years ago. Since then there
have appeared at different times a number of articles
dealing with the so-called Hypermodern Theory. Those who
have read the articles may well have thought that
something new, of vital importance, had been discovered.
The fact is that the Hypermodern Theory is merely the
application, during the opening stages generally, of the
same old principles through the medium of somewhat new
tactics. There has been no change in the fundamentals.
The change has been only a change of form, and not
always for the best at that.
the tactics may change but the strategic fundamental
principles are always the same, so that Chess
as good now as it was thirteen years ago. It will be as
good a hundred years from now; as long in fact as the
laws and rules of the game remain what they are at