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Black can also play 7 Se7 with the same objective in mind to bolster up the e5-pawn, but his setup is too passive and presents no obstacles to White's quest for the opening initiative. We could illustrate the possible development of events with the following examples 8.2el g6 9. md2 Ag7 10. > fl (the game Tal - Zhukhovitsky, USSR 1969 saw 10 h6 ll. eS 0-0 when White could have obtained a considerable advantage with 12. d5 xd5 13.exd5 14.i.c2 A.g4 L5.dxe5 dxe5 16.h3 Axf3 17. Sxf3 ) 10 0-0 ll...

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18 exd4 The idea to surrender the centre is again in favour of White. 19.cxd4 d5 20.e5 Dror - Alme, IECG 1995. 18 g6 19.2bl (19.J.b5 19.Aa3) 19 c6 20.i.b5 Axb5 21.2xb5 . 18 Aa6 19.1xa6 2xa6 20. d5 c6 21.Sd3 Sc8 22.c4 cxd5 23. cxd5 fic4, Kunte - Babu, Nagpur 2002,24.Sdl (This strong move enables White to preserve his positional advantage.) 24 5ifd7 25.2e2 2c8 26. J.e3 Sc7 27.2cl hc5 28.2a2 . 18 Sc8, Large - Karolyi, London 1987, 19.1a3 a6 20. Ab5 J.xb5 (20 c6 21. .xa6 Sxa6 22.dxe5 dxe5 23.1x18...

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White will play d2-d4 anyway and anticipating it, Black hurries to counterbalance in the centre. Thus he obtains good prospects for a counterplay. The main variation branches here to numerous lines. They are of more or less equal worth since the position of Black is extremely solid - in all cases White will need a deep knowledge, patience and ingenuity. A direct assault is doomed to fail against any sensible response of Black. We'll analyse in this chapter a) ll le8, b) ll. c6 and...

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This move has been suggested by Svidler (25.fixb5 Svidler - Adams, Linares 1999) 25 fixb4 (25 ,fi.b6 26.Se2 Sf6 27. e3 Bxb4 28.& d5 Sd8 29. axb4 c6 30. M> 6 Sxb6 31.1.e3 Sc7 32.Sc2 fi,b7 33.1.xh7+ < 4> h8 34.Sc5 Be8 35. h5+-) 26.axb4 b7 27.Sd3 (The black pieces are shakily placed and cannot easily parry the growing activity of White.) 27 f5 28.Sfc4+ st h8 29.ii.do b6 30.fte3 Af6 31.iJ.c7 Sd4 32.Scl Sb2 33. fi.g3 g5 34. Sc7 f4 35.fi.xf4 Bxf4 36.Sxc8+ id8 37.1.f3 Bxb4 38.Bel+-. Chapter...

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White has a great advantage in the endgame. Black's king is vulnerable and his pawns are weak. 19 4c8 20.< 4> fl < sf6 21. axb5 axb5 22. d4 g4 23.h3 ixf2 24.2xa7 2xa7 25.< S xf2 Ba2 26.fid2 2d8 27.2e2 Sd5 28.b4 . Castling is a more solid continuation that has been tested in practice numerous times. White should play 8.jLg5 h6 9-.fi.h4 b5 This is an interesting move that has not been analysed exhaustively by theory. We are going to suggest to our readers a new way for White to fight for...

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White can now start his king-side assault because Black has no counterplay at all. Notice that the black knight cannot control the e5-square This is an essential prerequisite for White's successful attack. 29 exf4 30. xf4 2fe8 31. f3 4 gt g7 32. gt d4 f5 This is a desperate attempt to change the development of the fight, but it gets refuted swiftly. 33.fia8 fixa8 34.2xa8 2xa8 35.ex 5 -, and Black is hopeless, Stein - Matanovic, Tel Aviv 1964. The 12 M.d7 variation enjoys a good reputation and...