Opening A Second Front

From an improvement point of view endgames are far more important than openings because they build up a player’s game from a cellular level and bring clarity to a great many strategic ideas. One of these is the concept of ‘opening a second front’ by which the side with superior mobility switches the play to another part of the board to which the defender can’t bring any pieces. This is one of those concepts that has broader application, for example Chinese generals waxed lyrical about this in various ancient texts.

Here’s Alexander Alekhine using it to effect whilst in the process of sobering up for his rematch against Max Euwe.