A stupid waste of time, preparing to place his Q on an inferior square. Much to be preferred was 8 ... B-K2 9 R-Ql P-K4 10 P-KR3 0-0 with a normal, solid position, although White has some counterchances on the Q-side (11 P-QN4!?).

9R-Q1 Q-B2

10B-B4 N-K4


12QR-B1 B-Q2

If Black seeks to side-step the coming combination with 12... Q-Nl then 13 BN5+! PXB 14 NXNP leads to pretty much the same sort of position as occurs in the game.

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