33...£W would have lost immediately to 34 Be1!

34 fxg6 Wd7

A typical mistake in such situations (correct was 36 £>f5!, with very dangerous threats). When the attack on the king becomes threatening, the opponent usually tries to parry it by giving up material. And here it is important not to sell yourself too cheaply. Often winning material is the logical outcome of your offensive, but it can happen that; if you are too greedy, you concede the initiative to your opponent. The attack comes to an end and your pieces, which were occupying excellent attacking positions, prove to be misplaced for the resulting positional battle.

37 gxf7 #xf7

38 h5

White is forced to continue his offensive -otherwise he will be unable to counter the powerful passed pawns on the queenside. But after the disappearance of his powerful knight, the success of his attack is problematic.

Another confirmation of the 'diagnosis', which was mentioned in the note to Black's 31st move - Magerramov again does not pay the slightest attention to his opponent's threats. He should have chosen between 39...We6 40 flg7 f5 and the immediate 39»., f 5»

40 dg7 y?e6

41 Wg3

Threatening 42 Sxh7+; if 41...2g8, then 42 He1 WcS 43 2xg8+ ^xg8 44 Se8 is decisive. Black resigns.

This position could have occurred in the game Khalifman-OII (Kiev 1984). White has an obvious positional advantage, but it may evaporate after the quiet 1 f4?! JLd1. If 2 Wc5 the simplest is 2...4>h6 followed by ...g7-g6.

Q 4-45. What happens in the event of 1 Wc3 ?

The answer to this question demands a deep and careful calculation of variations.

2 2xf3 ^d1 is unconvincing.

3...Axg4+ 4 4xg4 Wg-\ + 5 4>xf3 is hopeless for Black, as is 3...Wxc3 4 gxf5+ ^xf5 5 bxc3 &e4 6 Ab3 or 6 Ae6 followed by 7 &g3 (6 4>g3?! fic8 is less accurate).

A double attack - both 5...ffi'xf2 and 5..,®g4 mate are threatened. 4...4ti6 5 fixf3 is totally bad, while if 4...4g5 White wins by

5 Wd4! Wxf2 6 fTf4+ &h5 7 i.f7+ g6 8 ¿xg6+! hxg6 9 «fg4+ <&h6 10 Wxg6 mate.

Wxf2 6 Äf7+ (6 Wg4+ &h6 6...*h6! 7 lTf4+ g5 8 fxg6+


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Thus, 1 ®c3 leads by force to a win. Why then is it adorned not with two exclamation marks, but much more modestly - with an exclamation mark together with a question mark, expressing some doubt? The point is that there is a much simpler solution. By moving his king away in advance from possible checks: 1 &h3!, White immediately places his opponent in a hopeless position. 1...exf3 is bad because of 2 Sxc2!, 1...tf?h6 is met by 2 Wc3, and 1 ...i.d1 by 2 Wc5\

White to move

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