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18 N-R2 Originally I had planned to play 18 Q-N3 BxN 19 BxN BPxB 20 RxB N-B4 21 Q-R3 (against 21 Q-N6 N-R5 is good) 21 ... P X N 22 R X N, but here my opponent would have had at his disposal the unpleasant thrust 22 . .. Q-N5.18... B-R6 18 ... Q xQ 19 R X Q B-R4 was stronger, although after 20 B-B7 White would have for the pawn a position rich in possibilities. 19 Qr-Nl! B xR 20 RxB N2-B4 if 20 . . . N5-B4 then simply 21 BxBP RxB 22 QxR Q-Bl 23 Q-Nl 21 BxN QPxB 22 N-Q4 B-Q4 23 N-N4 Q-N2 Probably the only way to escape from the pin.

24 R xN KR-B1? The losing move. It was still possible to hold on by means of 24 . . . QR-B1 25 RxB QxN 26 Q-Ql Q-R5 27 N-K2 when, at the end, White does not have such an enormous advantage.

25 RxB QxN 26 Q-Q1! 26 R-Q8+ K-B2 27 Q-R2+ Q-B5 was weaker. 26... Q-R5 27 R-Q8+ K-B2 28 Q-R5+ 1-0 (Notes by Vaganian)

1002 AK-Zhelyandinov:

Ruy Lopez

The notes to this game that appear within quotation marks are by Karpov from 'Youth Lectures' in the Latvian magazine Sahs.

'In the game a variation put into practice by V. Smyslov is met.

'What is characteristic for this variation?

'As is usual in the Spanish (Ruy Lopez), White attempts to play in the centre and on the K-side, while Black organizes counterplay on the Q-side.

'And it is necessary to say straight out - concrete ways have not yet been found which allow White to obtain any advantage in the opening stage. The difficulties of the struggle are carried over into a long and sophisticated middle-game. The following game is no exception.'

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