it's not all rules of thumb and first glances.
One has to go deeper and remember what is being written about
actualy took place between two humans.
A 30 second impulsive thought by one player 50 years ago can fills
pages of analysis today.
I recall Tal talking about a piece of analysis that he saw in a printed
game showing these fantastic variations.
Tal said he never saw none of those lines - he played the move
because it looked interesting.
The game is a nice piece of judgement by Capa also messing about
with Nimzo assessment of the position.
"Am I winning? - Is this a draw? - am I losing?"
Just enjoy the game - Purdy's notes usually carry you along.
Re: the Pawn chain. Don't think it's a mis-print - pawn chains usually
mean all the connected pawns. Maybe he means the link in the
pawn chain that be easily attacked. (perhaps the publishers - see below)
tampered with a note here and there to save space. I do not know
not having seen the original note.
I would not let it spoil your enjoyment of the game. Put it down
to a 'Purdyism' (see below).
I like Purdya as a wrtier - clear, crcisp, precise and usually fair.
If the winner plays a gamble and it comes off - he said so.
Not too happy with what they have done with his
Fine Art of Chess Annotation
series Vols 1 to III.
Vol I is brilliant though very short. Vol II is also good
Vol III is dire except for the Purdy articles which they could have
and should have put in Vol I.
(if you want an opening index you have buy Vol III?)
Vol III also has been padded out with 20 pages of 'Purdyisms'
These are notes from games. You do not get the game or the
position. Just the note to a certain move in an unknown game.
But Vol I makes up the naffness (a new word word) of Vol III.
I get the feeling a let's 'suck-a-buck' idea was mooted by the publishers.