Hypermodern Chess

From amongst the hypermodern thinkers and players, Aaron Nimzovitsch is often thought of as the one who is most worth studying. But I’d like to put in a word for Richard Reti whose elegant games and superb books (Modern Ideas in Chess and Masters of the Chess Board) offer wonderful insights into chess strategy.

The following game would have warmed Reti’s heart, White undermining Black’s pawn centre from the flanks and finally establishing his own pawns there. In particular the move 17.Qa1 is worth noting; Reti also like to put his queen there.