Pn

If Black falters with 16 . .. B-Q2, White again has the possibility of 17 Q-R5 when 17 ... P-N5 still fails to 18 N-Q5! e.g. 18 ... PxN 19 PxP 0-0-0 20 N-B6 R-Kl 21 KR-K1 K-N2 22 BxB QxB 23 Q-R4! K-B2 24 Q x NP B-R3 + 25 K-Nl RxR 26 RxR R-Kl 27 R-K7! Zhuravlev-Gutman, Latvian Ch 1967. Indeed, from White's sixteenth move onwards, this system could well be named the Latvian Variation since most of the exploratory work has been performed by Latvian analysts and players.

In the above line, 18 ... Q-N2?! (instead of 18 ... P xN) is no better. Martinovic-Buljovcic, Yugoslav Ch 1965 continued 19 KR-K1! 0-0-0

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