Black has been rewarded for his sensible treatment of the opening with a level of flexibility that is hard

There is no doubting White's dangerous looking domination of the kingside, but the exchange on b3

and the subsequent trade on the a-file have undermined Black's ability to drum up counterplay By holding back with axb3 (only Black can decide what happens to the queen-side pawns as b3xa4 is out of the question) Black could have denied his opponent an extra potential entry point With most of White's army ready to pounce on his king, he finally released his knight 21 £k!4

22 £>xd4 2xd4 (22 cxd4 at least breaks the symmetry at a time when the d-pawn will definitely need watching over, giving Black time to alleviate the pressure by contesting bishops on the long hl-a8 diagonal)

23 h6 g6 24 Ae3 Sd8 25 Wf3' Bd3 26 2a7 (by now Black must have been regretting his 18th move) 26 Bxb3 27 2xb7 Wd8 28 *h2' (cruel) 28 Eb4 (in a lost position Black kindly sets up an instant win) 29 2xe7 1-0

b3) 10 h4 aS'9 Black wastes no time getting to work on the queen-side, in the hope of infiltrating enemy lines At first glance White's reply seems antipositional 11 a4 ID)


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