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ma correct recipe (otherwise Black has too much space), we are happy to give the c-pawn a try for a change

6 c4! dxc4

Now White needs to spend time regaining the pawn, enabling Black to continue his development 6 d4, on the other hand, gives White the opportunity to capitalize on his extra move (e g 7 e3)

8 Wxc4 We7

A new move, improving on one of Hector's games from ten years earlier In Bjarnason-Hector, Gaus-dal zt 1987, White wasted too much time with his queen 9 a3*" J«Le6 10 Wc2 a5 11 b3 e4'^ 12 £>fd2 2x14 13 Wdl a4 14 bxa4 exd3 15 exd3 0-0 16 Ab2 itx5 with compensation for the pawn

Busy work from the knights has given White control of d5 and f5, Beim-Lengyel Budapest GM 1994

c22) 8 fie8 maintains the tension in the centre Beim-Klovans, Gron-ingen 1991, continued 9 Wc2 ji.f8 10 b3 b6 11 exd5 &xd5 12 2el Ab7 13 a3 f6 14 Jfc.b2 lfd7 15 Bad I 2ad8 16 b4 (finally) 16 axb4 17 axb4 *f7 18 b5 feia5 19 &C4'? 2a8' (19 SWT 20 dxc4 £ie7 21 £lxe5 etc) Black's play here is worth remembering

Returning to 4 f5, White does best to prepare the most active counter For once e2-e4 is not really appropriate, but as a strike at Black's broad centre is clearly the

By disputing the centre White has been able to cut a path through to his opponent's weak point on b7 In fact White's influence on the hl-a8 diagonal is enough to dissuade Black from defending, e g 10 2b8 II £>xe5, or 10 0-0-0 II £lxe5

However, queens taking pawns on b2/b7 tend to suffer some degree of harassment for their 'greed', which is something both sides need to consider now

White accepts the challenge 'See a pawn, grab a pawn' is not always the best policy, but Hillarp Persson is happy to soak up a bit of punishment in return for even a modest material gam Of course White has checked that the queen has a route back to safety, and that Black will not obtain more than a pawn's worth of compensation

13 Wa4 h6

Only by restricting his opponent's forces to their own half of the board can Black hope to generate sufficient activity

The excursion over White's queen returns to base There is no doubt that Black has play for the pawn whether it is enough is another matter The pawns on e5 and f5 look impressive but in order to step up a gear Black must commit himself Perhaps the most important feature of the diagram position is White's perfectly sound pawn structure Thanks to the minimum number of pawn moves there are no weaknesses m the white camp, and the only way to damage the ideal Dragon formation is with vigorous play — something which comes easy to Hector

For the moment the h3-square seems like the most inviting point of entry, which requires sending the queen to h5 (from where h2 also comes under fire) White's next anticipates this

Much better than 16 f4 17 £)e4

17 dxe4 fxe4

Already a pawn down, Black is obviously not womed about throwing more fuel on the fire if it means creating inroads into White's kings ide

20 h4

Not 20 2x0 — one of the points behind opening the f-file

21 fxe3 Bxfl+

22 Axfpi We5

Ideally Black does not want to put his queen on the a2-g8 diagonal while White's bishop is just a step away from d5, but the text defends the d7-btshop so that the other is free to move The rest of the game illustrates how White can adapt to a new situation after an assault against his kingside fianchetto

White has six pawns to Black's four, but his extra pawns are isolated and doubled, and both b2 and e3 are under attack Time to unravel 25 £>d3!

25 ®f3 JL\b2 26 <&eg5 does not work, as 26 hxg5 27 ©xg5 4lxe3

29 Aa4<

Not 26 #b1*> £>xe3 27 £>xb2 &xg2 28 ixg2 Ac6, or 26 lib I ftxe 3

26 2xb2 27 g5 hxg5 28 Axd5 Ae6 29 Axe6 Wxe6 30 #d8+ ih7 31 WxgS is very good for White The e-pawns form a defensive shield for the king, which is much safer than Black's Note that

31 £xe2 simply loses the rook to

27 Vd4!

White has everything worked out

28 #xa7 Sxb2

30 *xc5+31 £ixc5 Ag4 32 A.d5+ and 29 30 *fxc7 <&e3 31 ttto Hxe2 32 A13 £ixfl 33 «C4+' are both difficult for Black, while the text is even worse

32 Ae4+ g6

White misses the more accurate 33 Ad5» #d4+ 34 ih2 Af5 (34 Ae8 35 lfxe8 «¡xd5 36 2f7+) 35 Sxf5 gxf5 36 1tg8+ ih6 37 hxg5+ ih5 38 Af3+

33 «U4+34 ih2 Ae6 35 *e7+ Ttg7 36 Axg6+' ixg6 37 1txe6+ ih5 38 g4+ ixh4 39 fff3 and again it is the black king which suffers

34 Sxf5 ffbl+

Typical Hector But White's bishop will not be denied the starring role

36 Axhl gxf5 37 Wxf5+ ig7 38 Wxg5+ iffi 39 #d8+ ig7 40 We7+ ig8 41 #g5+ if8 42 lTf6+ &g8 43 wh3! Wxe2 44 Ad5+ 4h7 45 *f7+ ih6 46 1-0

Hilek-Tal

Moscow 1967

If this seems bizarre it is worth mentioning that Spassky was adventurous enough to play it against

Petrostan in their 1966 World Championship match1 Petrosian immediately struck on the queenside with 3 a4, but after 3 b4 4 d3 ¿b7 5 e4 d6 6 Ag2 abd7 7 0-0 e6 8 a5 Sb8 9 £>bd2 Ae7 10 €)c4 0-0 11 fiel a6 12 Af4 Aa8 13 «e2™ Se8' Black had the upper hand Although 13 e5 improves, it seems better to keep a2-a4 in reserve

3 Ag2 Ab7

5 d3

A direct course is 5 c3 c5 6 «b3i"\ when 6 Wb6 keeps White's edge to a minimum, while 6 Ac6 is doubtful because of 7 d3 d6 8 ig5 ktl 9 £ifd2' Axg2 10 ^xg2 a6 11 Axf6' Axf6 12 a4 with advantage to White, Gutman-Grunfeld, Israel 1985

7 dxe4 8 <Sg5 favours White

8 We2 c5

10 c3

The reader may notice — and by now will not be surprised — that it is possible for White to transpose to a French Defence line here with 10 e5 However, Bilek prefers to punish Black's provocative move order, planning to use the f5-square and the e-file

11 exd5 exdS

13 dxc5 i.xc5

14 &b3 2fe8

15 HTc2 d4

Opening the long diagonal for his favourite bishop, and avoiding 15 Af8 16 Jle3

16 Vf5! fixel+

17 axel Be8

is am

White follows Black's lead and enters into complications, effectively playing into Tal's hands However, 18 iLf4 ensures the safe capture of the black d-pawn

19 Ag5 ae4

21 Axe7

Equally manic is 21 Bxe4 axf5 22 Bxe8+ AfS 23 ae5, hoping for the remarkable variation 23 «c7 24 Axb7 «xb7 25 &c5 «d5 26 5icd7 h6 27 aXf8 hxg5 28 ag6+ <S?h7 29 2h8+ Unfortunately for White, 24 4id6 holds Black's position together

The winning move After mass exchanges this pawn would decide, eg 23 Axd6 Wxf2+ 24 <S?hl «xel+ 25 axel af2+ 26 ifegl axh3+ 27 i>fl J».xg2+ 28 aXg2 cxb2' 29 ad2 Bd8'

23 Sxe4 cxb2!

Not 23 Axe4 24ag5

24 Bel Bxe7

25 Bbl a4

26 abd4 Axf3

27 axf3 Be2

28 Bfl Sxf2!

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