ES f cS

The only move to justify hjubojevic's plan; after 21 ... fsdt?i 22 £le4! White would have forced a favourable endgame. Now, however, we have a familiar Sicilian theme, the recoil of White's attack. Black may have taken a long time to castle, but once his king has reached home it is safe. 22 £ff3 £b7 23 £}e7 ^e7 24 QdS 25 .&f3 ,Qa2 26 £,e4 gc7

A blunder in a lost position.

28 ©f6! White resigns

Late castling is a typical feature of the Sicilian, and the reader will easily be able to find other examples elsewhere. The d6, e6 pawn formation can also imply late castling in other openings. Here is an example-

Game 10 B Gelfand v j Benjamin New York 1989 1 d4 2 £f3 e6 3 c4 b6 4 £,c3 £b4 S fe? 6 L3g5

In this type of position, it is generally unwise for Black to castle early. The pin on the knight on fo it highly annoying, and if Black tries to castle and simply ignore the pin, White can set up a standard kingside attack with e3, ¿Jxd3, and maybe 0-0-0 followed by a kingside pawn rush. Black would have difficulties, but equally it is evident that he would also have difficulties if he combined early kingside castling with the attempt to drive the White bishop away with ... h6 and ... gS- Black therefore does better to break the pin first, and then prepare queenside castling. 6 ... h6 7 &h4 ,S.c3 B ©c3 gS 9 Jg3 £}e4 10 &c2 d6 11 e3 £)d7 12 &d3 <£,df6 13 0-0-0 &e7

Now the Black king can go either way, but is not yet obliged to commit himself yet. Active play could flare up on either flank, but the centre is secure so Black can wait a bit longer,

14 dS £}c5! IS e4 eS ¡6 £d2 £}h5 17 £>fl a5 18 f3 _Qc8 19 &F2

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