Considerably better than 20...£ic8, both because Black needs to be able to challenge the c-file by ...Ec8 and because the knight has greater chances of useful activation from the corner, as we shall see.

' Again rejecting castling, to give d6 extra

► support and presumably to be better able to i meet a break with g3.

Were Black's knight on c8, White could play Axa6 here.


23 a4 might be more pointed, to grab space.

This prevents g3. It looks as though Black has no idea what he's doing and is living moment-to-moment. But now he also has the possibility of responding to ¿.h4 with ...h6.

Neither Black's queen nor any of his pieces is particularly well placed, but he will now proceed to wander at length with his king, his dark-squared bishop, and his knight, coming out just fine in the end!

Someday ...h3 may come in handy, and in the meantime this discourages g3.

With this move, closing the kingside, White announces that he will try to win solely on the queenside. I'm not so sure. A hole on g3 is opened up on an open file and more importantly, White permanently forfeits the possibility of opening up a second front by g3 after, say, tying Black's pieces to the defence of the queenside.

One of the points behind ...£ia8. It may look as though the knight has designs upon the b5-square, but its eyes are elsewhere.

The bishop wasn't really doing much on b4, so White starts over.

Now we see part of Black's idea. The knight may not stand particularly threateningly on g3, but it will have great nuisance value that will help to coordinate Black's other pieces. These lengthy knight wanderings have been discussed in Chapter 3, Section 1. Here we have a case of ...£tt>8-d7-b6-a8-c7-e8-g7-h5!

Here's the other part! Black wants at long last to free this bishop by ...b5 and...JLb6, incidentally eliminating his opponent's best minor piece if he can.

To avoid ...a5 and ...b4. White looks a little disoriented, but it's hard to see how to make progress against Black's cramped game.

36...£>g3 37 <¿>dl ±b6 38 !.xg3! hxg3?!

38..JLe3! 39 #a5 hxg3 40 ®xa6 b4 41 a4 bxa3 42 Wxa3 i.c5 43 #b2 ®b6 gives Black compensation according to Bronznik; that is an

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