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And so after a slightly unusual route we reach the critical position. White is still very flexible but at present Black's pawn chain is keeping him out.

6 h4 Marjanovic - Beliavsky, Belgrade 1987 deviated with 6 <£c3 c6 7 h4 Hg8 8 hg5 hg5 9 £c4 Hg7 10 a3 <£bd7 11 Hh8 £>b6 12 £b3 ^c7 13 <£f3 J2.d7 14 £}e5 ! 0-0-0 15 £}d7 #d7 16 ^e2 e6 and Black has a solid position although White was very slightly to be preferred, (0 : 1, 65). game in full at the end of the chapter.

6 ... g4 should also be considered with the plan ... c6, ... £g7, ... <2f7, ... <£bd7 and aneventual e7 - e5 in mind.

7 hgS hg5

Bareev's opinion is that 8 c4 would leave White with the advantage, planning &d3f #c2 and d4 - d5 fixing the f5 pawn, but this is unaccompanied by annotation. Is Black so much worse after 8 c4 e6! 9 .Qd3 £>c6! (A ...£>b4) 10<£c3 #e7 when e6 - eS is coming up swamping the g3 bishop and if White wants to play #dl - c2 he has to take time out for a2 - a3.

Ilic - Bareev, Vrnjacka Banja 1987 now concluded

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