64 Great Chess Games: Instructive Classics from the World of by Tim Harding

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G3? 25 h3 blocks the flank in the wrong way. Black at least wants to force a weakness on the h1-a8 diagonal. 25 Èc2 h4 26 …ad1 h3 EK liked this move but my view is somewhat different. Black cannot win the game in one sector of the board alone. h3 later anyway, it would seem sensible to leave the kingside fluid for the time being and prepare the central breakthrough. That would force White to be watchful on two fronts without the attacker making any irrevocable commitment. 27 g3 †b7 28 †f2 EK suggested 28 …fe1, planning ‡f1 and ƒg1.

Xb5 is again threatened. Èxb5 22 axb5 ƒxb5 23 †c2 fxe4 24 Èxe4 (D) XIIIIIIIIY 9r+-+r+k+0 9zp-+q+-+p0 B 9-zp-zp-+p+0 9+lzpP+-+-0 9-+-vlN+-+0 9+-+-+-zPP0 9-zPQ+-+L+0 9tR-vLRmK-+-0 xiiiiiiiiy White only needs one more tempo to stave off the attack, but Black makes good use of his spare move to open a 55 new front. e2. …xe4+! 25 ƒxe4 25 †xe4? …e8 would be worse, but now the black † invades. †xh3 26 …xd4 White decides the only hope is to return some material and try to exchange light-squared ƒs. If 26 …d3 …e8!

H5 and if 23 fxe4? dxe4 attacks both ƒs. Therefore 21 ƒd4 is superior, when White has compensation for the pawn but there is a lot of play left. 21 f3 Èc5 22 ƒh7+ ‡h8 23 f4 Betins could have delayed this, keeping control of e4. However, his plan to attack with opposite-coloured ƒs appears correct. Èe4! g6 24 ƒxg6 fxg6? loses to 25 †xg6. ƒxh3 but then 25 e6! fxg6? 26 †xg6 Èxe6 27 †xh6+ ‡g8 28 †xh3ˆ. g. ‡h7? ) 30 †d2. …xf7 31 …xe8) 31 †xe7 …xf7 32 †xc5 winning a piece, or perhaps even better 30 ƒe3!

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