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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...