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1) 16 b3 17 tb3 Ji.xb5 (17 )xc4 18 Sxe4 Hxe4 19 ixd6 and 17 Sb8 18 Wa4 arc even worse for Black) 18 Axb5 2xc4 19 2xe4 )xe4 20 Ac6 2b8 21 Wa4 W6 22 Wxa7 and the a-pawn is potentially dangerous. 2) 16 xb5 17 Axb52b8 18 a4 (18 Ac6 b3 19 Wd3 seems better) 18 b3 19 Wbl a6 20 Ac4 2b4 21 Wd3 < & b6 22 i.xa6 Wxh3 23 a5 & bd7 24 Ad2 and although here Black has a lot of play, he must again look out for White's passed pawn, Lauber-Yu Shaoteng, Gyula 2000. 3a) 17 ic7 b3 18 Wbl (after 18 )xa6 bxc2...

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After the forced 4Q Wf8 the long-inactive knight decides the issue 41 Wg6+ h8 42 sd7 f7 43 xh6+ Wh7 (43 Ah7 44 ie5 f6 45 & g6+) 44 if6 . White played the opening rather insipidly. In particular, his novelty 15 c5 can't be recommended, as it gives Black a free hand in the centre. However, one can hardly credit Black with any tangible advantage in the strategically difficult phase between moves 16-21, when the contours of the position started forming without the pieces coming into immediate...

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This intuitive icrifice is far more energetic than 15 Sbl 1) 15 > 7b6 16 e4 & c4 17 Wd4 gives White an endgame advantage. 2) 15 h6 16c4 (I6 Axd5 is also possible, a hen to avoid material losses Black must play I6 hxg5 17 Ag2 and again the Catalan-like Mshop, in connection with ideas such as Wd6 or uVM, gives White the advantage) 16 2 6 i .ifter 16 Wxc4 17 Axd5 Black loses an ex-i hange 17 exd5 18 > d6 and Ael or 17 f xd5 IS Wxd5 exd5 19 k7) 17 Ae3 > xc4 (the...