Black manages to tuck his king away before move 20'

Axb7, winning for White

22 d4

We see that White was correct to wait with this move, as now Black cannot afford to play 22 exd4 and open the long diagonal on which his king stands Consequently White can keep his pawn on d4 and maintain the tension

Bringing the bishop to a potentially more active post and adding support to the queenside

Black bolsters the dark squares around his king in particular the al-h8 diagonal

24 Wd2

White is intent on refraining from committing himself in the centre, even though 24 ficl offers good prospects of increasing his advantage If Black then chooses to block the c-flle with 24 £)c6, White plays 25 d5 5)xb4 26 dxe6 £>c6 27 foxd6 £ixd6 28 »xd6 Bd8 29 #83' However, White stands much better anyway, and there is nothing wrong in improving his position and pressurising Black a little more

25 a5 Vd8

White prefers to keep his useful queen's bishop on the board rather than allow 26 d5 £>xb4

27 Seel!

Again Psakhis wants more 27 d5 £)6a7 28 ft a 3 wins the exchange, but Black plays 28 f5» with the makings of a dangerous kingside

22 KIA i'.v Sicilian Defence

attack, even more potent with White's king's bishop missing.

A quiet move with a decisive threat of 29 d5 ©b8 30 Bc7 £sd7 31 Sxb7. Thus Black surrenders his central strongpoint.

(threatening 32 fxg5 hxg5 33 WxgS^) is terrible for Black.

30 2a3!

White is commanding the game to such an extent that an effective assault will bring victory. Taking the exchange with ¿xa6 is not necessary al the moment and. in order to remove the possibility. Black must lose valuable time with the retreat which follows.

Closing Black's bishop out of the game and nailing down the e6-square. White is about to close in.

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