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Jozef Palkovi

Hedgehog ytem
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Against The /

Englih Opening

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Foreword

The Hedgehog variation of the English Opening is very popular nowadays.


The name comes from Black's thorny, defensive setup, which resembles that of
a threatened hedgehog when it rolls itself up and presents no surface for attack.
Black's strategy is not to get into any hand to hand fight at the beginning of the
game, but to develop, and then wait for the opponent's moves, in a position
which though somewhat under pressure, is nevertheless very stable and flexible.
If White tries to break Black's defence without the necessary circumspection,
he can receive a few uncomfortable prickles in very sore spots, and after per
haps losing the game he can think about how dangerous this opening can be.
For White the best chance to take the initiative and win the game is to utilise
the space-advantage with its better possibilities for manoeuvring . Usually White
can decide at the beginning of the game whether to play a calm or a sharp
variation. In many cases White wins by pressing in on the opponent, or after the
exchanges, when the queenside pawns or the d6 become weak.
Black, after finishing the development, tries to explode the White centre by
d6-dS and/or by b6-bS . This often results in a position where both players are
made to manoeuvre patiently, and during this patient play it usually becomes
clear who the better player is. Black's chances can also improve if White
overestimates his own possibilities and in so doing creates unnecessary weak
nesses in his own position.
Although the book has many parts, Black has basically two main possi
he can build up his position by e6 or by g6-.ltg7 . The variation with e6
hilities:
is played more often, but the g6-system is also a valuable continuation : in
games against Karpov, Kasparov deployed this variation many times, and could
hold equal without any problem.
In the variation with e6, the d6 pawn remains behind after cxd4 and in many
cases White's play aims to exploit this weakness. White can heighten the press
ure on the d6 pawn by e4 or by the knight manouevre tLJgS-e4.
White having space-advantage, usually tries to avoid the exchanges: Black
can for example exchange the b7 bishop after d4,cxd4, if White takes on d4
with his knight. Thereby in almost every case, Black reaches a comfortable
position. A more dangerous move is 'ii'xd4, because Black has to play much
better to reach an equal position.
In the g6 variation White plays after d4, cxd4 'ii'xd4 for the d5 square or after
'ii'd4-h4-.lth6 tries to exchange the active g7 bishop and with this advantage to
take the initiative on the queenside. tLJxd4 here is also not too dangerous.
These two main variations for Black can merge into each other, because in
the e6-.te7 variation the .tfS-g6-.tg7 manoeuvre is common, and in the g6-
.tg7 system the e6 move is also employed fairly often.
In both systems the 'iic 7-'iib S -'iia S manoeuvre is typical, this helps to put
more pressure on the diagonal and prepares for the d6-d5 centre explosion.
In the Hedgehog-system Black has to be careful with the move-exchanges,
because an incorrect move-order can lead to unpleasant suprises. Of course it is
impossible to show all the variations, but I have tried to collect the more
frequently played ones.
Many worldclass grandmasters show a preference for the Hedgehog-system:
Kasparov, Adams, Andersson, Ftachnik, Portisch, Ribli, Adorjan, Lobron, Gav
rikov, Hjartarson and Psakhis, among others, have all employed it.
As a result of Opening Theory and of contest practice this opening secures a
very valuable game for Black, and can be used effectively.
J6zsef Palk6vi
Notations

+- White has a decisive advantage


White stands better
t White stands slightly better
= even
00 unclear
00
with compensation
=+= Black stands slightly better
=+= Black stands better
-+ Black has a decisive advantage
0 better is
0 only move
with the idea
l' with initiative
with attack
with counterplay
8 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

. . . a6 9. e4 d6 1 0. ttJe1 White wants


CHAPTER 1
to play on the kingside, but this vari
ation does not cause much trouble for
1 . c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
black 1 0 . . . . ttJc6 ! ? 1 1 . f4 ttJe8 1 2 .
b7 5. 0-0 e6
ttJc2 bS ! As i t says i n the books:
against an attack on the wing, you
must counterstrike in the center or on
the opposite side. 1 3 . ttJc3 i.f6
Galliamova - Arsovic 1 989 Chelia
binsk
6. e3 White wants to build a strong
center. 6 . . . . i.e7 7. d4 cxd4 8. exd4
dS 9. ttJeS (9. b3! ?) 9 . . . . 'ii'c 8 ! 10.
ttJc3 dxc4 1 1 . i.xb7 'ii'xb7 1 2 . ttJxc4
0--0 1 3. i.f4 nd8+ In these types of
positions white needs his white
squared bishop to compensate for the
6. ttJc3
weak d4 pawn with activ play, Bla
sco-Pogorelov 1 995 Las Palmas
6. d4 usually transposes into the 6.
6. d3 a solid move 6 . . . . dS 7. cxdS
ttJc3, 7 . d4 variation by a different
move order. ttJxdS (7 . . . . exdS ! ? Palkovi) 8. d4 (8.
ttJc3 i.e7 9. 'ii'a4t 'il'd7 10. 'il'g4 hS !
A) 6 . . . . i.e7 ? ! It is inadvisable to Now the g7 pawn is poisoned: 1 1 .
allow dS . 7. dS ! White takes the ad it'c4 ttJc6 Romanishin-Georgadze,
vantage now : 7 . . . . exdS 8. ttJh4 g6 1 972 USSR) 8 . . . . cxd4 9. 'ii'xd4 ttJc6
(8 . . . 0-0 9. cxdS d6 10. ttJfS ne8
, 10. 'iig4 Ivanov,M-Ostenstadt 1995
11. ttJc3 i.f8 12. e4;l; Chandler Gausdal 10 . . . . ttJf6= Palkovi
Hess 1 981 Wiesbaden) 9. ttJc3 0-0
Bradford-Rajkovic, 1 98 1 Lone Pine (1)
10. cxdS d6 1 1 . e4;l; Palkovi
6. ... d6
B) 6 . . . . cxd4 7. 'ii'xd4 i.e7 8. ttJc3
See: 6. Hc3 This move often transposes into other
variations
6. b3 i.e7 7. b2 0-0 (7 . . . . d6 8 .
'ii'c 2 ttJbd7 9. ttJc3 a 6 10. e 3 nc8 1 1 . 6 . ... d5? ! Opens early the standing
nad1 0-0 1 2 . a4 nc7 1 3 . d3 dS= Pa 7. cxdS ttJxdS (7 . . . , exdS 8. d4;l;) 8 .
devsky-Raicevic 1 989 Dortmund) 8 . ttJxdS xdS 9. d 4 ttJd7 10. 'ii'a4 !
d 3 ( 8 . e 3 ttJc6 9. 'ii'e 2 dS 1 0. d 3 Now 'ii'c 8 1 1 . dxcS i.c6 ( 1 1 . . . . i.xcs 1 2 .
white gets a hedgehog setup. 10. . . . b4 ! i.d6 Otherwise ttJeS 1 3 . nd 1
nc8 1 1 . ttJc3 'ii'd7= Todorcevic-Ro and black gets into an uncomfortable
driguez Lopez 1 995 Las Palmas) 8. bind on the d-file) 1 2 . 'iif4 bxcS 1 3 .
CHAPTER 1 5 . . . . e6 9

4le5 liJxe5 14. 'ii'xe5 xg2 1 5 .


<Jo>xg2 'ii'c 6t 1 6 . 'it'g i f6 1 7 . 'ii'c 3 h5
18. h4 ! e7 1 9 . e3 'it'f7 20. l:tac 1
Serper-Yemelin 1 995 Novgorod

7. l:tel

7. d3 a6 8 . e4 White occupies the


l:enter, and after defending the e4
pawn, wants to play d4. 8 . . . . e7

A) 9 . l:te l e5 ? ! (9 . . . . liJbd7 10. h3 0-0


II. ttJh2 ! ? An original plan, but
Black has enough counterplay. 1 1 . 8. ... i.e7
. . . l:tb8 1 2 . f4 liJe8 1 3 . i.. d2 b5 ! 14. 8 . ... a6 9. d4 cxd4 10. liJxd4 'tic7
'tIt'e2 ttJc7 15. liJf3 l:te8 16. 'tif2 1 1 . liJd5 ! See: 7 . . . . a6 8 . l:te l
41b6 1 7 . i.. f! Portisch-Ljubojevic 8. .. liJeS? ! Black plays for ex
.

1975 Milano 17 . . . . d5 ! 1 8 . cxd5 changes, but neglects the developing


exd5 1 9 . e5 f5 ! 00 Florian) 10. liJh4 ! and loses a lot of tempi. 9. d4 ttJxf3t
0-0 1 1 . liJf5 liJc6 1 2 . f4 liJd4 1 3 . 10. i.. xf3 cxd4 1 1 . 'tixd4 e7 12. b3
J:tf l !? liJxf5 1 4 . exf5 i.. x g2 1 5 . 13 . .lia3 'tWb8 ( 1 3 . . . . c7 ! ?;t;
xg2 exf4 1 6 . g 4 ! prevents d5, so L\ 1 4 . liJb5 'ii'c6 Palkovi) 14. l:tad l
Black can not reach an equal posi l:td8 1 5 . l:te3 ! Black has problems
with d6, and it's difficult for him to
tion . ( 1 6. i.. xf4? ! d5 ! ) 16 . . . . liJd7
develop on the queenside as well, Va
17 . i.xf4 liJe5 1 8 . liJd5;t; Kurajica ganian-Hjartarson 1 99 1 Germany
Raicevic,I 1 990 Yugoslavia
8 . ... l:tc8 9. d4 ! cxd4 10. liJxd4
Ii) 9.h3 ttJbd7 10. i.. b 2 1 1 . 'tie2 .l:!.xc4 ? ! Black was playing for this,
(II. liJe I l:tb8 e5 was threatened 1 2 . but now white gets a strong attack.
1'4 b5 ! 1 3. liJc2 .lia8 1 4 . 'ii'e2 liJe8 1 1 . liJxe6 ! ? a sacrifice that has
15. 4'ld l a5 Kharitonov-Yudasin chances 1 1 . . . . fxe6 1 2 . e5 i.. x g2 1 3 .
1990 Lvov) 1 1 . . . . 'ii'c7 1 2 . d4 cxd4 exf6 liJxf6 ! ( 1 3 . . . . i.. b 7? 1 4 . fxg7
.lixg7 1 5 . .l:!.xe6t 'it'f7 1 6. l:txd61' Pal
13. liJxd4 l:tfe8 14. l:tfe l .lif8 1 5 .
kovi) 14. l:txe6t 'it'd7 1 5 . c;t>xg2
llad 1 l:tad8 and the usual type of
a8t ! 16. f3 .l:!.xc3 17 . .l:!.xf6 l:txc 1
position came about, Smejkal-Ftac 1 8 . .l:!.f7t 'it>e6 1 9 . 'ifb3t d5 20.
nik 1 995 Germany .l:!.xf8 ! l' Greenfeld-Ftacnik 1 990 Beer
7. d4 cxd4 8. 'ii'xd4 e7 See: 6 . . . . Sheva
i.e7 9. d4 cxd4
liJbd7 10. liJxd4 c7
7. ...
8. e4 Black has delayed a6 for a while
10 S. ... e6 CHAPTER 1

1 1. e3

1 1. tLldb5?! White cannot increase


the pressure against the d6 pawn; so
after a6, the knight on bS has to go
back. 11. ... 8 12. f4 0-0 13. Si.e3
(13. g4 a6 14. tLld4 c8 IS. gS tLle8
16. g4 tLlf8 17. i.fl tLlg6! threaten
ing eS 18. tLlf3 bS! 19. h4 bxc4 20. hS
tLlf8 21. fS An apparently frightening
white attack, but Black's position is
elastic enough. 21. ... i.d8! f6 was
threatened 22. g6 fxg6 23. hxg6 (2.1)
i.b6t 24. 'it'h1 tLlf6!+ Black gets a
7. d4
counter-attack, Vaganian-Razuvaev
1981 Moscow) 13. ... c8!? 14. e2 7.b3 d6
a6 IS. tLld4 'iIIc7 16. acl xc4CXJ
A) 8. d4 cxd4 9. tLlxd4 (9. xd4 Si.e7
lackelen-Zeller 1995 Germany
See: 6. ... i.e7 7. d4 cxd4 8. xd4)
11. . ..
9. ... c7!? 10. i.xb7 (10. e4 bS!) 10.
J::tcS
... 'i'xb7 11. i.b2 Si.e7 12. e4 0-0
12. c1 bS !
(12.... tLlxe4? 13. g4!t) 13. e1
13. b3 0-0
tLlc6 14. tLlxc6 xc6 IS. cl 7
14. f4 tLlc5 16. a4!? IIfd8 17. l::!.c2 ac8 18. d2
15. f2 'iVaS h6 19. ne3 White lines up against the
16. e2 feS d6 pawn 19. . .. tLle8! Relives the e7
bishop from the defence of d6, so that
Vaganian-Zeller 1994 Germany it can more actively take part in
Black's counterplay. 20. h4 i.f6 21.
1. c4 c5 2. tLlf3 tLlf6 3. g3b6 4. g2 'i'e2 c6 22. h2 cS! Korchnoi
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tLlc3
Hjartarson 1988 Reykjavik
(2) B) 8. Si.b2 Si.e7 (8. ... tLlbd7 9. el
b8 10. e4 bS!? 11. d3 b4 12.
6. ... a6 ! ?
tLldS!? exdS 13. exdSt Smejkal
Earlier this move was thought to be Ljubojevic 1977 Moscow) 9. d4
inaccurate, but in the last few years cxd4 10. tLlxd4 Si.xg2 11. xg2 0-0
new possibilities have been found for See: 6. ... Si.e7
Black, and 6. ... a6 is a fully viable
move according to the standing of to 7. . .
. cxd4
days theory. S. 'iVxd4 d6
CHAPTER 1 5 . . . . e6 11

1 2 . b3 0-0 See: 6 . . . . Fe7 ) 1 1 . 'iVe2


lLlge5 1 2 . lLld4 ! Of course white does
not want to exchange because the
black knights are not standing so well
12 . . . . l:tc8 1 3 . b3 i.e7 1 4 . f4lLlc6 1 5 .
lLlc2 ! Timman-Hort 1 990 Prague
9. ... lLlbd7
10. lLlgS
a typical maneuver, wich eyes the d6
pawn
10 . ... xg2
(2.1.1) 11. xg2 e8 !
9. e3 The plan: the d6 pawn will be de
fended by l:tc6, and meanwhile press
9. fi \gS ! ? Interesting plan : White tries
uring the c4 pawn.
to attack the pawn on d6 immedi
IItlly. 9 . . . . i.xg2 1 0. 'i!txg2 'ilic7 ( 1 0 . 11 . . . . e7 1 2 . lLlge4 lLlc5 ? (0 1 2 . . . .
.. l,i)C6 ! ? 1 1 . 'iVf4 i.e7 1 2 . lLlce4 0-0 'ilc7 1 3 . l:tfdl 0-0) 1 3 . l:tfd l lLlfxe4
1.1. lilxf6t i.xf6 14. lLlxh7 'i!txh7 1 5 . 1 4. lLlxe4 lLlxe4 1 5 . 'ilxe4 l:tb8 1 6 .
'ir'c41" g8 1 6 . 'iVxc6 l:tc8 1 7 . 'iVe4 i.f4 0-0 1 7 . l:tac l 'ilc7 1 8 . b4 Sa
1.:7 18. :d l 'ii'x c4 19. 'iVxc4 :txc4 hovic-Gipslis 1978 Yunnala
20. :'xd6 b5 2 1 . l:txa6 l:tc2 22. 'i!tf3 12. lLlee4
l:XdH ! 23. i.e3 i.xb2 24. b l b4
i\dorjan-Suba 1993 Budapest) 1 1 . 12. lLlge4 l:tc6 1 3 . lLlxf6t ( 1 3 . b4?
'\l'\'4 4lxe4 1 2 . 'ii'xe4 ! ( 1 2 . lLlxe4 'ii'c 8 and White has problems with
t.; \et ) ! Black has won an importamt the c4 pawn) 13 . . . . lLlxf6 14. l:tac l
h'lIlJlO for its development. 1 3 . 'ii'c 3 i.e7 1 5 . lLle4 0-0 1 6. l:tfd l 'fic7 1 7 .
(.\\ 14. b3 'ti'c6 1 5 . f3 i.e7= Phom b 3 b5 ! Piket-Prie 1990 Cannes
illyll) 12 . . . . 'iVc6 1 3 . l:td l The fight, 12. ... h6!
as lIsually in this opening, is about 13. lLlf3
till' d6 pawn. 1 3 . . . . h6 1 4 . 'iVxc6t
l.i\xc6 1 5 . lLle4 0-0-00 1 6 . i.f4 !
After this black can develop without
'JJc7 1 7 . l:tac l g 5 1 8 . i.e3 'it'b7 19. any problem
:'d3 ! f5 ? Overlooks the opponent's 13. lLlxf6t 'iVxf6 ! 14. 'ilxf6 gxf6 1 5 .
tal.:tical threat. (0 1 9 . . . . d5 20. cxd5 lLlf3 l:txc4 1 6. ac l d 5 1 7. b 3 l:txc l
llxd5 2 1 . l:txd5 exd5 22. lLlf6;!;) 20. 1 8 . l:txc l 'i!td8 ! 19. l:tc6 i.c5 20.
llh] ! fxe4 2 1 . i.xb6 Adorjan-Pho i.xc5 bxc5 2 1 . l:txa6 'i!te7'+ White
lIIillyh 1990 Balassagyannat won the pawn back, but the black
9. c4 lLlbd7 1 0. 'iVe3 lLlg4? ! a suspi
pieces stand more hannoniously.
dOllS outing before finishing devel 13. ... lLlxe4
opment (0 1 0 . . . . e7 1 1 . lLld4 'ilc7 14. 'ii'xe4 ..we7 !
12 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

Not allowing the white queen into b7 iLd4 20. i.xdS 'iVxdS 2 1 . lLlc2 'ii'fS 22.
lLlxd4 cxd4 23. 'ii'g 7 rJ;e7 24. 'ii'xd4
15. ::'ac1 i.e7
Miles-Wojtkiewicz 1 989 New York)
16. lLld4 lLlf6
1 8 .::'ac 1 ( 1 8 .::'xd5 ? exd5 1 9.::'e 1 bS+
17. 'iVf3 0-0 =
Wirthenson - Greenfeld 1 989 Beer
Black got a comfortable position, Sheva) 1 8 . . . . c4 ! ao The problem of the
Belov-Yudasin 1 990 Podolsk black king is still unsolved, but it is
also hard for White to increase the
1. c4 c5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2 pressure, Hergott-Suba 1 993 Sitges
i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. lLlc3 a6 ! ? 7. d4 10. ::'adl i.e7 1 1 . iLxf6 ? ! lLlxf6 1 2 .
cxd4 8. 'iVxd4 d6 lLla4 bS ! 1 3 . lLlb6 ( 1 3 . cxbS axbS 1 4 .
(2.1.2) lLlc3 0-0 This i s the difference com
pared to when White plays the f-rook
9. i.g5 to d 1 ; if White takes on bS, the a2
pawn is hanging.) 1 3 . . . . eS ! 14.
lLlxeSD iLxg2 I S . rJ;xg2 dxeS 16.
'iie 3 'iVb8 1 7 . lLlxa8 'ii'xa8t 18. rJ;g l
e4 ! + Miles-Kindermann 1 989 Bad
Woerishofen
10. 'iVd2 ::'c8 1 1 .i.f4 ::'xc4 1 2 . iLxd6
i.xd6 1 3 . 'ii'xd6 'ii'e7 14. 'ii'd 3 ::'c7=
Schulz-Wahls,M 1 9 8 8 Bad Woeri
shofen

10. ... i. xg2


1 1 . xg2 i.e7

9. ... lLlbd7 1 1 . ... ':'c8? ! 1 2 . lLlce4 ! The reason to


10. lLld2 use this knight is so the c4 pawn is
10. ::'fdl iLe7 1 1 . i.xf6 ! ? lLlxf6 1 2 . defended. 1 2 . . . . ::'c6
lLla4 ::'b8 ( 1 2 . . . . O-O? ! White has an A) 1 3 . iLxf6 ? ! gxf6 ! ( 1 3 . . . . lLlxf6?
advantage after this 1 3 . 'ii'xb6 'iVxb6 14. lLlxf6t 'ifxf6 I S. 'ife4 rJ;d7 16.
14. lLlxb6 ::'ab8 I S . cS ! dxcS 16. lLlc4 b4t Illescas) 14. b4 i.e7 ! I S . bS
iLdS 1 7 . lLlfeS ::'fc8 1 8 . b3;t Hergott axbS 1 6.cxbS ::'c2 1 7.lLlxd6t iLxd6
Ionescu,Co 1 990 Novi Sad) 1 3. cS ! ? 1 8 . 'iVxd6 lLleS ! 1 9 . 'ii'x d8t rJ;xd8
White sharpens the position 1 3 . . . . 20. ::'fd l rJ;e7'{}. Illescas-Seirawan
dxcS ( 1 3 . . . . bxcS? 14. lLlxcs AdxcS 1 993 Buenos Aires
I S . 'iVa4t lLld7 1 6. lLleS+- Palkovi) B) 1 3 . b4 ! Later bS, Illescas
( 1 3 . . . . iLxf3 ? ! 14. iLxf3 dxcS I S . 'ii'eS
'ii'c 8 16. ::'d6 ! t) 14. 'ii'eS i.dS I S . e4 ! 12. lLlde4 'iVc7
lLlxe4 1 6 . 'ii'x g7 i.f6 1 7 . 1i'h6 'ii'e7 13. ]:lfdl O-O!
( 1 7 . . . . bS ? ! 1 8. lLle 1 ! bxa4 1 9 . iLxe4 14 . .l:tac1
CHAPTER 1 S . . . . e6 13

14. ti.Jxd6? ! It's not advisable to take vantage for White, Serper - Ashley
the pawn sacrifice. 1 4 . . . . l:.ad8 ! 1 996 New York
A) I S . ti.Jce4? h6 ! 16. i.xf6 ( 1 6. i.f4 17. i.xf6 ti.Jxf6
eS 1 7 . ti.JfS i.cs 1 8 . ti.JxcS bxcS-+) IS. b3 l:acS=
( 1 6. ti.Jxf6t ti.Jxf6 1 7 . i.f4 i.xd6
1 8 . i.xd6 'it'c6t 1 9 . f3 ti.Je8-+ ) Korchnoi-Adorjan 1 985 Cannes
( 1 6. i.e3 ti.Jxe4 1 7 . ti.Jxe4 ti.JcS ! -+)
16 . . . . ti.Jxf6 17. ti.Jxf6t i.xf6 1 8 . 1. c4 cS 2. ti.Jf3 ti.Jf6 3. g3 b6 4. i. g2
'if4 e S 1 9 . 'id2 i.e7-+ Adorjan i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ti.Jc3 a6 ! ? 7. d4
cxd4 S. 'ii'xd4 d6
B) I S . ti.Jde4 ti.JeS 16. 'it'e3 ti.Jxc4 1 7 .
'ic 1 l:.xd 1 1 8 . ti.Jxd l ti.Jxe4 1 9 . (2.1.3)
i.xe7 l:te8 ! +
9. l:dl
C ) I S . b 4 ti.Jb8 ! 1 6 . c S ti.Jc6 1 7 . 'it'f4
ti.Jxb4 ! 1 8 . 'ixb4 bxcS 1 9 . 'ib7
i.xd6 20. 'ixa6 i.eS+ Adorjan
14. l:.d2 l:.fd8 I S . l:.ad 1 h6 16. i.e3
ti.JcS ! = Drasko-Grunberg 1 985 Po
lanica Zdroj
14. ti.Jxf6t a simple move 14. . . .
ti.Jxf6 I S . ti.Je4 'ib7 1 6. f3 ti.Jxe4 1 7 .
i.xe7 'it'xe7 1 8. 'ixe4 l:.ac8 1 9 . a4
'ic7 20. b3= Szekely-Adorjan 1 995
Hungary

14 . ... l:lfdS
15. 'it>gl This position can arise from many
different move orders.
15. f3 h6 1 6 . i.e3 l:.ab8 1 7. ti.Jxf6t
9. ... ti.Jbd7? !
ti.Jxf6 1 8 . b3 'ic6 1 9 . ti.Je4 White ac
cepts weakness to get a space advant 09. ... i.e7 See: 6 . . . . i.e7 7 . d4 cxd4
age, but Black maintains equality. 1 9 . 8. 'ixd4 d6 9. l:.d1 a6
. . . ti.Jxe4 20. 'ii'xe4 'ixe4 2 1 . fxe4
i.gS ! 22. i.f4 eS 23. i.d2 i.xd2 24. 10. ti.JgS !
l:.xd2 <it>f8 2S. l:.d5 'it>e7 26. a4 White puts his knight o n e4, s o that it
l:.dc8= Hort-Ribli 1 986 Reggio Emi can effectively attack d6. Practice
lia shows that Black cannot totally solve
his opening problems after this con
15. ... h6
tinuation, so 9 . . . . i.e7 is more accur
16. ti.Jxf6t i.xf6
ate.
16 . ... ti.Jxf6 1 7. i.e3 l:tab8 1 8 . ti.Je4 10. e4 i.e7 See: 6 . . . . i.e7 7. d4 cxd4
ti.Jxe4 1 9 . 'it'xe4 With a minimal ad- 8. 'id4 d6 9. l:.d l a6 1 0. e4
14 5 . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

10. ... xg2 13 . ... e5? 14.lL'lxf6tlL'lxf6 1 5 . 1i.xe5


1 1 . xg2 :c8 'ii'a 8 16. 1i.xf6 ! :xc4t 1 7 . 'ii'd5+
Ghitescu
Black wants to defend d6 from the c6
square. 14. gl
1 1 . .. , 'ilic7 1 2 .lL'lge4lL'lxe4 1 3 . lL'lxe4 14. lL'ld5? ! exd5 1 5 . cxd5 :c5 !
lL'le5 14. b3 ltd8 1 5 . 1i.e3 ! b5 16. Otherwise white would get a strong
'iVb6 'ii'x b6 1 7 . i.xb6 :d7 1 8. cxb5 attack for the sacrificed piece. 16.
axb5 1 9 . :ac l ! Larsen-Gheorghiu lL'lxc5 bxc5 1 7 . 'ii'e 3t 'itt d 8 1 8 . 'ii'd 3
1 976 Las Palmas h6 19. e4? (0 1 9 . h40e Palkovi) 19 . . . .
1 1 . ... lL'lc5? 1 2 . b4! The black knight g 5 ! 20. d2 lL'le5 2 1 . 'ii'e2 g 4 22.
has to go back to b7, where it stands 1i.c3 lL'lfd7+ Anastasian-Moutousis
pretty badly. The b6 pawn also gets 1 992 Debrecen
weak. 12 . . . . lL'lb7 1 3 . 1i.e3 :c8 14. 14. 'ilid3 lL'lg4 ! ? ( 1 4 . . . . lL'lxe4 1 5 .
lL'la4 b5 15. 'ii'a7 ! bxa4 16. 'if'xb7 lL'lxe4 lL'lc5 16. lL'lxc5 :xc5t 1 7. e4
1i.e7 1 7. 'ii'xa6+- Schmidt-Manaster c6 1 8 . b4 i.. e 7 1 9 . c5 e5 ! 20. 1i.e3
ski 1 976 Sandomierz bxc5 2 1 .bxc5 22.cxd6 :xd6= Za
1 1 . ... e7 See: 6 . . . . 1i.e7 7. d4 cxd4 gorskis-Dragomarezkij 1 994 Minsk)
8. 'ii'xd4 d6 9. :d l a6 1O.lL'lg5 1i.xg2 1 5 . b3 1i.e7 16. f3lL'lge5 1 7 . 'ii'e 3 0-0
1 1 . 'itt x g2 lL'lbd7? ! 1 8 . .!:[d2 iib8 19. :ad l b5 ! Csom
12. lL'lge4 :c6
Wojtkiewicz 1991 Ter Ape!
13. f4 ! 14. ... e5
1 3 . b 3 White wants to attack d6 from 14 . ... lL'lxe4 1 5 . 'ii'xe4 ! lL'lf6 16. 'ii'f3
the a3 square. 1 3 . . . . e7 14. 1i.a3 By now the d6 pawn is hanging 1 6 . . . .
'iVa8 1 5 . 'ittg l lL'lc5 ! 16. lL'lxc5 bxc5 'ii'c 8 1 7 . a4 ! However suprised: Black
1 7 . 'iVf4 = Smejkal - Rajkovic,D cannot do anything against lL'lb5 1 7 .
1 990 Altensteig . . . 1i.e7 ( 1 7 . . . . :xc4 1 8 . 1i.xd6 1i.xd6
13. ... 'ilia8 1 9 . :xd6 :b4 20. :ad l 2 1 .
: l d2 Ghitescu) 1 8 . lL'lb5 ! axb5 1 9 .
13 . ... lL'lxe4 1 4. 'ii'xe4 ! 'if'c8 1 5 .lL'ld5 ! axb5 1:txc4 2 0 . :a8 d 5 2 1 . :da l
White sacrifices a pawn for the initia 22. :xc8 :fxc8 23. :a7 Ghitescu
tive ( 1 5 . b3 1i.e7=) 15 . . . . :xc4 16. Foisor,O 1 989 Eforie-Nord
:ac l b50 17. :xc4 bxc4 (17 . . . 'ii'xc4
1 8 . 'ii'x c4 bxc4 19. lL'lc7t d8 20. 15. 'ilie3? !
lL'lxa6;!;) 1 8 . :d4 ! ( 1 8 . :c l ? ! 'ii'c 5 ! +
15. lL'l xf6 t ! lL'lxf6 1 6 . 'ii'e 3 1i.e7 ( 1 6.
1 8. :d4 i s better because i t protects
... h6 17. lL'ld5 1i.e7 18. lL'lxf6t 1i.xf6
the d5 knight too.) 1 8 . . . . 'ii'c 5 19.
19. 'ii'e4) 1 7 . 1i.g5 ! Adorjan
1i.g5 ! - 1i.c4 threatens - 1 9 . . . . lL'le5
20. f4 ! 1' White has a plenty of com 15. ... lL'lxe4
pensation for the pawn, Rogozenko 16. lL'lxe4 e7
Foisor, 1 990 Romania 17. g5 f6
CHAPTER 1 S . . . . e6 IS

Black seems to stand badly, but White is playing for e4


White has to solve the problem of the
7. ... d6
gS bishop.
7 . ... d5? ! If Black had played i.e7
IS. 1Vf3 0-0 instead of a6, than dS would be a
IS . ... fxg5? 19. liJxd6t i.xd6 20. fully viable move, but here it would
l:txd6 l:tc8D 2 1 . l:te6t d8 22. 'ii'f7 lead to a dubious position. 8. cxdS
liJxdS 9. e4 ! liJxc3 (9 . . . . liJb4 1 0. d4
A) 22 . . . . l:tc7 23. "ii x g7 l:tf8 (23 . . . . cxd4 1 1 . liJxd4 Than a3 and eS) 10.
l:te8 2 4 . 'iVxgS t+-) 24. l:td 1 +- bxc3 i.e7 1 1 . d4 In this position,
B) 22 . . . . c7 23. l:td 1 l:tcd8 24. l:te7 the a6 move represents a serious loss
"iic 8 2S. 'ii'x g7 l:the8 26. "ii xeSt of tempo for Black.
b7 27. 'ii'd5t rJ;;c 7 28. "ii d 6t+
S. e4
Palkovi
19. f5 liJc5 (2.2.1)
20. liJxc5 bxc5 S. ... liJbd7 ? !
21. 'ii'e 6t l:tt7
Not the most exact because with this
22. e3 lVcS
move order White has the possibility
23. 'ilVd5 l:tb6
of getting a strong attack by sacrific
24. b3 f5
ing a piece.
25. l:tabl 'ii'b7=
9. d4 cxd4
Romanishin-Dolmatov 1 987 Moscow 10. liJxd4 lVc7

1. c4 c5 2. liJf3 liJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 After the usual 10 . . . . i.e7? 1 1 . eS !


b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. liJc3 a6 ! ? would follow and Black would be in
trouble
(2.2)
1 1 . liJd5 !
7. l:te1
A brave sacrifice.
1 1 . e3
A) 1 1 . . . . 'ii'xc4? 1 2 . l:tc 1 "ikb4 1 3 .
liJb3+- And Black's greed costs
him his queen after 14. a3
B) 1 1 . . . . J:tc8 1 2 . l:tc 1 "ikb8 1 3 . b3 Va8
14. i.gS ! ? i.e7 lS. liJdS ! i.d8 ! (IS .

. . . liJxdS 1 6. exdS i.xgS 17. dxe6 !


with a strong attack) 1 6. i.f4 liJeS
17. liJxf6t i.xf6 1 8 . liJf3 ! ;i; Glek
Lau 1 994 Bad Ragaz
C) 1 1 . . . . i.e7 See: 8 . . . . i.e7
16 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

1 1 . b3 bS? (0 1 1 . . . . i.e7 Palkovi) fxe6 22. i.xc7+- Wojtkiewicz-Mein


1 2 . ttJdS ! This move is even stronger, sohn 1 992 Geneve
now that the moves b3 and . . . bS have IS. llbl l::t b S
been played. 12 . . . . exdS 1 3 . exdSt 19. l::t b 7 !t
d8 14. ttJc6t i.xc6 I S . dxc6 ttJcS
16. i.e3 c8 1 7 . b4 ttJa4 1 8 . cxbS With a strong attack for White, Cvi
axbS 1 9 . 'fid3 l::tb 8 20. 'fifSt c,tJd8 2 1 . tan-Foisor 1 990 Biel
i.d4 i.e7 22. l::te2 ! t With a decisive
attack, Ribli-Gschnitzer 1 988 Ger 1. c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
many i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 a6 ! ?
7 . llel d 6 S. e4
1 1 . ... exdS
12. exdSt dS (2.2.2)
S . ... i.e7
12 . ... i.e7? ! 1 3 . ttJfS ! ttJeS ( 1 3 . . . .
ttJg8 1 4 . i.f4 ! t) 1 4 . ttJxe7 'ikxe7 IS.
f4 ttJfd7 16. fxeS ttJxeS 1 7 . i.e3 'ikc7
1 8 . 'ika4t White won back the sacri
ficed material, and got a strong at
tack.
13. ttJc6t

13. i.f4 ! ? ttJeS 14. i.xeS dxeS I S .


d 6 'fid7 16. i.xb7 'ikxb7 1 7 . l::t xeSgg
Wells-Bischoff 1989 Bad Woeris
hofen
13 . ... i.xc6
This is the correct move.
14. dxc6 ttJcS
15. b4 ! ttJe6 9. d4 cxd4
16. cS bxcS 10. ttJxd4

16 . ... i.e7? ! 17. cxb6 'iVxb6 1 8. i.e3 eS threatening


'ikxb4 1 9. l::tb 1 'ikc4 20. c7t ! c,tJd7 2 1 . 10. ... c7
l::tc 1 +- Wojtkiewicz-Kalesis 1 993 Ko
motini (2.2.2.1)
16 . ... bS 1 7. a4 ! bxa4 1 8 . l::tx a4t 11. i.e3
Cvetkovic The other possibility is 1 1 . b3
17. bxcS cS 11. ttJdS? Now the piecesacrifice is
not correct, because black can beat
17 . ... dS? 1 8 . i.xdS ttJxdS 19. 'ikxdSt off the attack keeping the material ad
e8 ( 1 9 . . . . c8 20. l::t xe6 ! fxe6 2 1 . vantage 1 1 . . . . exdS 1 2 . exdS 0--0 1 3 .
'iVxe6t+-) 20. i.f4 ! l::td8 2 1 . 'ikxe6t ttJfS l::te 8 1 4 . i.gS i.c8 ! I S . ttJxg7 a
CHAPTER 1 S . . . . e6 17

desperate try ( 1 S . i.. xf6 i.. xfS-+) I S . tLlbdS bSfZ Glek-Wahls 1 993 Ger
. . . <J;; x g7 1 6 . 'tIkd4 tLlbd7 1 7 . b 4 h6 1 8 . many
i.. f4 tLlf8-+ Bosboom-Wojtkiewicz B) 14. g4 g6 I S . gS tLlhS 1 6 . fS? ! e5 !
1 993 Wijk 1 7 . f6 exd4 1 8 . ioxd4 .td8 19 . .th3
(2.2.2.1 1) tLlf4 20 . .tg4 tLleS ! + Wells-Ador
jan 1 989 Germany
1 1 . ... tLl bd7
C) 14. tLldS ! ? exdS a risky move
11 . ... xe4? 1 2 . ne l 'tIkb4 1 3 . (0 1 4 . . . . i.. d8 ! Palkovi) I S . exdS g6
tLlb3+- ( I S . . . . 0--0 16. tLlc6 i.. x c6 1 7 .
dxc6) 16. b 4 'i'c7 1 7 . tLlc6 .txc6
12. f4 ne8? !
1 8 . dxc6 tLlf8 1 9 . a4 ! tLle6 20. nb l
Black is not in a hurry to castle. In 0-0 2 1 . as ! bxaS 22. bS axbS 23.
fact he sometimes doesn 't in this cxb5t Libeau-Michaelsen,N 1 994
variation. With exact play, White can Germany
get an advantage, so 1 2 . . . . 0-0 is bet D) 14. b3 'i'a8 I S . .tf2 0--0 ( I S . . . .
ter. .td8 ! ? Palkovi) 16. g 4 g 6 1 7 . g S
tLlhS 1 8 . 'i'g4 nce8 ( 1 8 . . . . tLlg7 1 9 .
tLldS ! ? .td8D 20. nc3 b S 2 1 . nh3
exdS 22. 'i'xd7 dxe4<Xl Greenfeld
Shipov 1 994 Belgrade) 1 9 . ncd l
( 1 9. tLlxe6? fxe6 20. 'i'xe6t nt7 2 1 .
'iVxd7 i.. x gS+ Stohl) 1 9 . . . . 'i'c8 20.
tLlde2 ioc6 2 1 . tLlg3 tLlxg3 22 . hxg3
bS<Xl Hjartarson-Wahls 1 994 New
York

13. ... h5!?

13 . ... O-O ? ! 14. f5 ! eS IS. tLld5 !


White exploits the fact that the e7
13. iof2 ! bishop is undefended. 1 5 . . . . tLlxdS
The most exact move: eS is threat 16. exdS 'i'xc4 1 7 . tLlc6 .txc6 ( 1 7 . . . .
ened, and Black does not have enough nfe8? 1 8. ion And the queen is
time to realise the plan of'tlkb8-a8 . trapped) 1 8 . ne l ! 'i'xa2 1 9 . dxc6
!:i\; O. lrf-" ralKovl
13. ne1 ? ! A ft" h; Dl""h. "d11 re
13 . ... b8 14. eS !
.. .

alise the 'tIkb8-a8 maneuver, and get


fully viable play. 1 3. . . . 'tIkb8 ! 14. h3 g6
A) 14. 'i'e2 'i'a8 I S . .tf2 .td8 ! ? 1 6 . 15. net b8
fS e 5 1 7 . tLlc2 g6! Black plays with 16. e2 a8
originality. 1 8 . fxg6 hxg6 1 9 . tLlb4 17. b4! ? 0-0
f8 ! 20. h4 g7 2 1 . i.. h 3 nb8 22. 18. g4 !
18 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

After Black has castled, the h-file can 12. l:!.c1


be opened. 12. f4 tLlc6 ! ? Black tries to equalize
IS . ... hxg4 with exchanges, so 1 2 . l:!.c 1 is prob
19. hxg4 eS ably more exact. 1 3 . l:!.c 1 tLlxd4 14.
20. tLldS ! i.dS? ! .ixd4 tLld7 I S . b31;Iad8 1 6 . 'iVe2 .if6
1 7 . .ixf6 tLlxf6 1 8. h3 'itb8= Ar
20 . ... tLlxdS? ! 2 1 . exd5 sovic-Cosma,I 1 995 Belgrade
020 . ... l:!.feS 2 1 . fxeS tLlxdS (2 1 . . . .
12. ... tLlbd7
dxeS 2 2 . tLlxe7t l:!.xe7 23. tLlb3 !
cS) 22. exdS tLlxeS;j; Ftacnik 12 . . . . tLlc6? would be a mistake, be
cause after 1 3 . tLldS ! White would get
21. gS! tLlhS
an advantage.
21 . ... tLlxdS? ! 22. exdS exf4 (22 . . . . 12 . ... l:!.eS 1 3 . f4 .if8 ? ! (0 1 3 . . . .
exd4 23. 'iVg4 ! +- and 'iVh4, .ixd4) tLlbd7 See: 1 2 . . . . tLlbd7) 14. fS !
23. 'iVg4 ! tLleS 24. l:!.xeS ! dxeS 2S. tLlbd7 ( 1 4 . . . . eS I S . tLldS ! ) I S . fxe6
l:!.c3 With a decisive attack fxe6 1 6 . .ih3 See: 1 2 . . . . tLlbd7 1 3 .
22. g4 ! i.xdS f4 l:!.fe8 1 4 . fS .if8 ? !
23. cxdS l:!.xc 1 13. f4
24. l:!.xc1 b7 13. h3? ! 1;Iac8 14. g4 tLlcs I S . 'iVc2
2S. tLlfS! g6 16. 'itb 1 'itb8 1 7 . tLlde2 l:!.fd8fZ
Glek-Ftacnik 1 994 Germany Kagan-Yudasin 1 992 Beer-Sheva
13. ... l:!.feS
1. c4 cS 2. tLlt3 tLlf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
i.b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. tLlc3 a6 ! ? 7. l:!.e1 A versatile move, making space for
d6 S. e4 i.e7 9. d4 cxd4 10. tLlxd4 the bishop or knight to go to f8 de
c7 1 1 . i.e3 fending e6 and potentially playing a
role on the e-file after a break with dS .
(2.2.2.12) 13 . ... l:!.acS? ! An inaccurate move,
1 1 . ... 0-0 which White can take advantage of.
14. fS ! Black is forced to play eS,
which gives White an imposing space
advantage 14 . . . . eS I S . tLlb3 'itb8 16.
tLld2 .ic6 1 7 . g4 ! bS 1 8 . gS tLle8 1 9 .
.ih3 .id8 20. 'it'hSt Stangl-Dinstuhl
1 Y'u OCI IUU.UJ

13 . ... l:!.fcS? ! This rook should stay


on e8. 14. b3 .if8 I S . fS ! eS 1 6. tLldS
'iVd8 1 7 . tLlc2 bS 1 8 . cxbS axbS 1 9 .
tLlcb4 ! White has stabilized his posi
tional advantage. 1 9 . . . . 'iVaS 20.
'iVd2;j; Black got into a difficult posi-
CHAPTER 1 5 . . . . e6 19

tion where there aren 't many possi 15 . . . . l:tac8 16. f5 e5 17. ttJc2 ? !
bilities for counterplay. Kalanichev (0 1 7. ttJde2 !t Palkovi) 1 7 . . . . b5 !
Bischoff,K 1 995 Dresden 1 8 . ttJe3 'iVa5 1 9 . l:te2 Spasov
13 . ... l:tad8 ? ! 14. g4 ttJe5 Black has Stoica 198 1 Athens 19 . . . . ttJb6 20.
been playing for this tactical motif, ttJed5 ttJbxd5 2 1 . ttJxd5 .txd5 22.
but White also has a trick up his cxd5 ttJg4 ! = Spasov
sleeve. 1 5 . fxe5 dxe5 16. ttJdS ! exd5 C) 14 . . . . g6 1 5 . e5 dxe5 1 6. fxe5 ttJh5
17. cxd5 'iVd7 1 8 . ttJf5 Vekshenkov 17. ttJd5 ! exd5 1 8 . cxdS .tc5 1 9 .
Rodin 1 995 Vladivostok b41' Strauss-Short 1 984 England
14. ttJd5 ! ? A tipical piece sacrifice,
but after correct play by Black, White
gets no advanatage. 14 . . . . exd5 1 5 .
cxd5 'iib 8 ( 1 5 . . . . ttJc5 ? ! 16. b 4 'ii'd7
1 7 . bxc5 bxc5 1 8 . ttJb3 With the plan
of ttJa5 1 8 . . . . as 1 9. e5 !1') 16. ttJc6
.txc6 1 7 . dxc6
A) 1 7 . . . . ttJf8 ! ? 1 8 . e5 dxe5
A I ) 1 9. fxe5? ! 'ii'xe5 ! 20. xb6 (20.
f4 c5t 2 1 . h 1 'ii'x e1 t 22.
'iixe 1 l:txe 1 t 23. xe 1 ttJe6 24. c7
l:tc8 25 . .tb7 l:txc7-+) 20 . . . . 'ii'b 5 ! +
14. g4 ! ?
(20 . . . . 'itb 8 ? 2 1 . 'itb3 ! .td6 2 2 . c7
White sharpens the position l:txe 1 t 23. l:txe 1 'iic 8 24. 'fif3+-)
14. f2 threatening e5 A2) 1 9. c7 'fia7 20 . .txa8 'iVxa8ao
A) 14. . . . h6 Makes space for the Palkovi
knight on h7 1 5 . b3 l:tac8 16. h3? ! B) 1 7 . . . . ttJc5 1 8 . e5 dxe5 1 9. c7
White is over-finessing. (0 1 6. g4) 'ii'xc7 ! 20 . .ixa8 l:txa8 2 1 . b4 exf4
16 . . . . 'itb8 17. g4 ttJh7 ! Prevents 22 . .txf4 Ftacnik-Browne 1991 San
the g5-g6 plan 1 8 . .tg3 .td8 ! 1 9. a4 Francisco 22. . . . 'ii'b 7! 23. bxc5
.tc7 20. l:tc2 ttJc5 2 1 . l:tf2 After 2 1..
.txc5t 24 . .te3 .tb4= Ftacnik
b4, the c4 square would be weak.
2 1 . . . . l:tf8 22. h4 l:tcd8 23. g5 hxg5 14. f5? ! White shows his cards too
24. fxg5 d5 ! By opening the posi early. With correct play, Black can
tion at the right moment, Black got nullify the attack against the e6 pawn
good counterplay, Kramnik-Anna and occupy the weakened e5 square.
geldiev 1 994 Moscow A) 14 . . . . f8 ? ! The f8 square should
B) 14 . . . . .if8 1 5 . b3 ( 1 5 . g4 g6 16. have been reserved for the knight,
f3 h6 ! 17. h3 l:tac8 1 8 . b3 e5 ! 19. so that it could have dded the
ttJde2 exf4 20. ttJxf4 'itb8 2 1 . g2 pawn on e6.l S fxl$"lxe6 16. h3
.

b5 ! Neverov-Shipov 1 995 Yalta) 0cs, oj 1?'l:l4 !


20 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

A I ) 1 7 . . . . tbcxe4 1 8 . tbxe4 tbxe4 1 9 . 14. . .. g6


tbxe6 'i'c8 ( 1 9 . . . . 'i' f7 2 0 . tbxf8
14 tbc5?! I think it's too early for
l:txf8 2 1 . l:tn 'i'e7 22. 'i'd4 Wir
. ...

this move. White can later chase the


thenson - Rajkovic,D 1 990 Alten knight back with b4 and possibly get
steig) 20. tbf4 'i'd8 2 1 . tbdS tbgS an attack. I S . t2
22. g2 Bosboom-Rosenberger
A) IS . . . . dS ? Black immediately in
1 995 Germany
itiates counterplay in the center, but
A2) 17 . . . . eS 1 8 . bxcS exd4 19. cxb6 White is prepared to handle it. 16.
'i'xb6 20. xd4 'i'd8 2 1 . 'i'd3 tbd7 exdS !
22. xd7 ! The bishop pair is not
A I ) 16 . . . . 'i'xf4 1 7 . b4 tbcd7 ( 1 7 . . . .
nearly as important as keeping the
tbxg4 1 8 . g3+--) 1 8 . g3 'ii' x g4
way open for the d4 bishop. 22 . . . .
1 9 . d6 xg2 20. xg2 d8 (20 . . . .
'tixd7 23. tbdS l:tad8 24. l:tb l
'i'xd l 2 1 . tbxd l ! d8 22. cS+--)
Speelman - Psakhis 1988 Madrid 2 1 . 'iVxg4 tbxg4 22. tbe4 fS 23.
rapid tbd2 l:tc8 24. tb2b3+-- Palkovi
B) 14 . . . . d8 ! I S . fxe6 fxe6 16. h3 A2) 16 . . . . exdS 1 7. tbxdS tbxdS 1 8 .
tbf8 Black has comfortly defended cxdS b 4 threatening 1 8 . . . . a s 1 9 .
the e6 pawn, while the weaknesses tbfS Black has nothing for the
in whites position are still there 17. pawn, Gabriel,Chr-Kalesis 1 994 Bu
t2 tb6d7 18. b4 (18. 'i'h s g6 1 9 . dapest
'tie2 tbeS 2 0 . b 3 f6 2 1 . e3 'i'g7
B) I S . . . . eS 16. tbfS ! ( 1 6 . fxeS dxeS
22. 'iid2 gS ! t And black got a
1 7 . tbfS l:tad8 1 8 . tbdS tbxdS 1 9 .
strong initiative, Arsovic-Genov,P
cxdSt Agdestein - Ftacnik 1 985
1 994 Belgrade) 1 8 . . . . f6 1 9 .
Naestved) 16 . . . . 'i'd8 17. tbxe7t
tbce2 l:tac8 2 0 . 'ii'b 3 h8 ! 2 1 . 'iie 3
'iixe7 1 8. fS ! h6 1 9 . h4 l:tec8 20.
tbeS And the eS knight is unmo
l:tc2 ! c6 2 1 . l:td2 tbb7 22. b4
veable 22. tbf4 'iVf7+ Schlosser,P
Yermolinsky - Frias 1 994 Lioyds
Hoffmann,M 1 99 1 Lippstadt
Bank
C) I S . . . . g6 1 6. b4 !
C l ) 1 6 . . . . tbcd7 ? ! 1 7 . tbdS ! This
move must always be considered in
these types of positions. 1 7 . . . . exdS
1 8 . cxdS 'i'd8 ( 1 8 . . . . 'ii'b 8 19. tbc6
xc6 20. dxc6 tbf8 2 1 . eS ! dxeS
22. fxeS xb4 23. c7! 'iVa7 24. exf6
xe l 2S. xe l l:tac8 26. i.g3 An
active position plus the pawn on c7
is worth more than the exchange.)
19. tbc6 xc6 20. dxc6 tbf8 Lo-
CHAPTER 1 5 . . . . e6 21

bron-Greenfeld 1 989 Ljubljana 2 1 . is not easy to break open Black' s po


c7 ! 'tic8 22. xb6 Greenfeld sition, Quinteros-Ribli 1 98 1 Linares
C2) 1 6 . . . . !tad8 ! 17. 'tie2 ! ( 1 7 . bxc5 IS. gS ltJhS
dxc5 1 8 . ltJxe6 fxe6 1 9 . 'tif3 !tf8 ! t 16. fS
Shipov) ( 1 7 . 'tif3 ? ! ltJcxe4 ! 1 8 .
ltJxe4 ltJxe4 1 9 . !txe4 xe4 20. This move cuts both ways: it con
'i'xe4 d5+) 17 . . . . ltJcd7 1 8 . ltJd5 ! ? tinues the attack, but it gives up the
( 1 8 . .ltf3co With the plan of g5, e5 square.
Sarno-Shipov 1 995 Capelle la Gran
16. ... f8
de) 1 8 . . . . exd5 1 9 . cxd5 'ii'b 8 20.
17. f3 ltJeS
ltJc6 'tia8 This is the reason that . . . . 18. xhS gxhS
!tad8 had to b e played earlier. The 19. !te2 !
queen has a square on a8 and does
not have to taken on c6. 2 1 . 'tif3 Yermolinsky-Chekhov 1 984 USSR
(2 1 . e5 ! ?g;) 2 1 . . . . .ltf8 22. ltJxd8
'tIixd8 23. g5 ltJh5 24 . .lth3G; Tol 19 . ... ltJg4
20. h3 ltJxe3
stikh-Gipslis 1 993 Katowice
2 1. .i.Ixe3 eS
14 . ... h6 Makes space for the knight 22. b4 eS
on h7; the disadvantage is it weakens
the king 's position 1 5 . g5 ! ( 1 5 . h4? ! Yermolinsky
White's plan is g5, but it can't be
realized. 15 . . . . ltJc5 ! 16 . .ltf2 Cvitan 1. e4 eS 2. CLlf3 ltJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
Lautier 1 990 Novi Sad 16 . . . . d5 ! b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ltJe3 a6 ! ? 7. !tel
With the moves . . . h6 and h4 in d6 8. e4 e7 9. d4 exd4
cluded, this break in the center is ad 10. ltJxd4 e7
vantageous for Black. 1 7 . e5 ltJfe4
(2.2.2.2)
1 8 . ltJxe4 dxe4+ Cvetkovic) 1 5 . . . .
hxg5 16. fxg5 ltJh7 1 7 . g 6 ! O f course 1 1 . b3
White will not let his opponent con
solidate his position with ltJe5. 17 . . . .
ltJhf8 1 8 . gxt7t <3;xt7 1 9 . !tfl t ( 1 9 .
h3 .ltf6 20. ltJd5 ? exd5 2 1 . cxd5
ltJc5 ! 22. b4 !txe4 23. bxc5 dxc5 24.
'tib3 !txd4 ! 25. d6t c4-+ Pein-Suba
1 989 Barnsdale) 19 . . . . <3;g8? (0 1 9 . . . .
f6co Palkovi) 20. ltJd5 ! exd5 2 1 .
cxd5 'tid8 22 . ltJc6 ! Vaganian-Ione
scu,Co. 1 986 Sochi
14 . ... ltJf8 ! ? 1 5 . g5 ltJ6d7 1 6 . b3
!tac8 White has better chances, but it
22 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

White fianchettos his bishop, and Erevan) 14 . . . . ii.f8 I S . f4 .l:!.ad8 16.


tries to pressure black on the long di .l:!.d2 'i'b8 1 7 . .ltf3 ! ? Intending eS 1 7 .
agonal. . . . hS ? ! Black sacrifices a pawn but
will not have enough for it. 1 8 . .ltxhS
11. ... 0-0
eS 1 9 . tUc2 bS 20 . .ltf3 ! bxc4 2 l . fS !
1 1 . ... b5? Black takes action too dS ! 22. exdS cxb3 23. axb3 tUcs 24.
early, and from an undeveloped posi tUe3 e4 2S . .lte2 .ltd6 26 . .ltc4 tUd3
tion. He gets a just punishment. 12 . 27. tUxe4 ! Gulko-Marin 1 994 Mos-
.lta3 bxc4 1 3 . bxc4 tDbd7 14 . .l:!.b l cow
.l:!.b8 I S . tUdbS ! axbS 1 6 . tUxbS 'WW c 6
14. f4
1 7 . tUxd6t .ltxd6 1 8 . 'WW xd6 ! tUg8 19 .
.l:!.ed l .l:!.c8 20. 'i'b4 .lta8 2 l . .l:!.xd7 ! 14 . .l:!.c2 .l:!.fe8 I S . .l:!.d2 'i'b8 1 6. f4
1 :0, Novikov,I-Wegner 1 99 1 Belgo .ltf8 17. ii.f3 ! ? tUcS? ! (0 1 7 . . . . eSt
rod Palkovi) 1 8 . eS ! dxeS 19. fxeS tUfd7
12 . .tb2 tUbd7
20 . .ltxb7 tUxb7 2 l . tUxe6 ! tUxeS 22.
13. l:tc1 tUxf8 'it>xf8 23. 'it>g2 tUcs 24. tUdS
White 's pieces stand better, and
13. e2 .l:!.fe8 14 . .l:!.ad 1 g6 I S . tUc2 Black's king is in danger as well, Az
.l:!.ac8 16. tDe3 'WWb 8 17. f4 'i'a8 mayparashvili-Lemer 1 990 Lvov
Paehtz-Wahls,M 1 99 1 Erfurt
14. ... .l:!.fd8
13. f4 .l:!.fe8 14. fS ? ! Now this plan is
not as strong, as when the bishop is 14 . ... .l:!.fe8 I S . eS? Too hasty. (o IS.
on e3,because after eS the b2 bishop l::'t c 2;l; Palkovi) IS . . . . .ltxg2 16. exf6
gets shut out of the play. 14 . . . . eS I S . a8 ! 17. fxe7 'WW b7 1 8 . tUdS Forced
tUc2 bS ! 16. tUe3 b4 ! 1 7 . tUcdS tUxdS 1 8 . . . . exdS 1 9. tUfS d4 20. tUh4
1 8 . tUxdS .ltxdS 19. cxdS ? ! Opening l t-+ Hedge,R-Wahls 1 987 Lon
the c-file, but for the worse ! Black don
will take it over. (0 1 9 . exdS=) 19 . . . .
15. f5 ! ? e5
.ltgS ! 20. h 4 ii.h6 2 l . .ltfl l:tec8 22 .
16. tUd5 tDxd5
.ltc4 as 23. 'it>g2 a4+ Larsen-Quin
17. cxd5 tUc50
teros 1 982 Mar del Plata
18. tUf3 b8
13. 'iV d2 .l:!.fe8 14. h3 .l:!.ad8 ( 1 4 . . . . 19. g4;!;
.ltf8 ! ? il l S . .l:!.e3 g 6 1 6 . .l:!.ae 1 .lth6 1 7 .
f4 eS ! Palkovi) I S . .l:!.e3 .ltf8 16 . .l:!.ae 1 White has space advantage, but
g6 1 7 . 'i'd! ! .ltg7 1 8 . 'i'a l 'i'b8 19. Black's position is stable. Dzindzi
tUc2 .lth6 Larsen-Chandler 1 986 chasvili-Sunye Neto 1 996 New York
Hastings
1. c4 c5 2. tUf3 tUf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .tg2
13. ... .l:!.ac8 .ti>7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tUc3
13 . ... .l:!.fe8 14 . .l:!.c2 (14. h3 ii.f8 I S .
'it>h2 .l:!.ad8 1 6 . .l:!.c2 'i'b8 1 7 . .l:!.ce2 (3)
tUcs Petrosian,T - Balashov 1 975 6. ... tUc6
CHAPTER 1 S . . . . e6 23

ttJxdS= Salov-Seirawan 1 9S9 Rotter


dam
7. e3 .ie7 (7 . . . . l:tcS ! ? With the idea
that if S. d4 than cxd4 followed by
ttJaS and dS . 8. b3 dS 9. cxdS exdS
1 0. i.b2 ii..e7 1 1 . d4 0-0 1 2 . l:te l l:teS
1 3 . ttJe2 ttJe4 14. dxcS bxcS I S . ttJf4
ttJb4 1 6 . a3 ttJa6 1 7 . ttJd2 ii..f6 ! I S .
c2 ii..x b2 1 9 . 'tIYxb2 ttJf6 20. l:tfd l
6 Serper-Dvoirys 1 994 Mos
cow) S. d4 (S. b3 0-0 9. ii..b 2 a6 ! See:
7. b3) S . . . . cxd4 9. exd4 ttJaS (9 . . . .
A n eccentric move, which has good dS 1 0. cxdS ttJxdS 1 1 . ttJxdS exdS 1 2 .
surprise value. The bS knight stands ii..f4 0-0 1 3 . l:te l ii.. d6 14. ttJeS ! ;t
best on d7 with a few exceptions. Olafsson,H-Akesson 1 995 Katrine
holm) 10. b3 dS 1 1 . ttJeS l:tcS 1 2 .
(3.1) il..b2 0-0 1 3 . l:te l dxc4 14. ii.. xb7
7. d4
ttJxb7 I S . bxc4 ttJaS 1 6 . 'tIYe2;t Gon
zalez,I-Fedorowicz 1 9S6 Somerset
A nonnal move, after which Black 7. ttJe5 The exchanges are better for
can equalize. Other possibilities: black 7 . . . , 'i'cs S. ttJxc6 ii.. xc6 9. e4
7. b3 A solid reaction 7 . . . , ii..e7 S . d6 1 0. d4 cxd4 1 1 . 'tIYxd4 ii.. e7 1 2 .
i.b2 0-0 9 . e 3 a 6 ( 9 . . . . dS ? ! 10. cxdS ne l d7 ! 1 2 . . . . 0-0 would b e too
ttJxdS Black does not want to end up early because of 1 3 . ttJdS and white
with hanging pawns in the center. 1 1 . stands better. 1 3 . 'tIYd3 0-0 14. eS
ttJxdS xdS 1 2 . ttJeS ! 'ikd6 1 3 . d4;t) ttJe8 ! I S . ii..f4 ii.. x g2 16. xg2 'tIYc6t
(9 . . . . l:tcS 10. 'tIYe2 dS 1 1 . d3 dxc4 ! ? 17. 'ikf3 xf3t I S . 'it>xf3 dxeS 1 9 .
12. bxc4 l:tc7 ! 1 3 . l:tfd l l:td7 14. ttJe l
il.. xeS ii..f6= Georgiev,Ki.-Gheorghiu
aS= Miles-de Finnian 1 9S7 San 1 9S9 Palma
Francisco) 10. d3 ( 1 0. 'tIYe2 dS ! Now 7. ... ttJxd4 !
white cannot get an advantage with
7 . ... cxd4 ? ! After this black gets into
the aforementioned maneuver. 1 1 .
a pin on the h I-aS diagonal. S. ttJxd4
cxdS ttJxdS 1 2 . ttJxdS 'tIYxdS Ll 1 3 . i.e7 9. ttJdbS (9. ttJxc6? ! White vol
ttJeS?? 'ikxg2t 1 4 . xg2 ttJd4t) ( 1 0. untarily relieves the pressure on the
d4 cxd4 1 1 . ttJxd4 c7 a6 was im long diagonal, after which he cannot
portant, so that White cannot harass count on any advantage. 9. . .. ii.. xc6
the queen with ttJbS . 1 2 . ttJc2 ttJb4= 1 0. ii..x c6 dxc6 1 1 . ii..f4 0-0 1 2 . a3
Seirawan) 10 . . . , l:tcs 1 1 . e2 .iaS ! ? 'ikcs 1 3 . 'ikc2 l:tdS 14. l:tad l 'tIYb7=
Putting the bishop on a safe square to Petrosian-Bronstein 1 9S4 Belgrade)
avoid an annoying pin later on the 9 . . . . ttJaS 10. ii.. f4 0-0 1 1 . b3 Black is
long diagonal . 1 2 . l:tac l dS 1 3 . cxdS under a tiresome pressure 1 1 . . . . ttJhS
24 S . . . . e6 CHAPTER 1

1 2 . i.c7 'i'c8 1 3 . e4 tiJf6 14. i.d6 but Black's advantage in the center
'iVd8 I S . i.xe7 'i'xe7 1 6. tiJd6 Ko is at least as important in appraising
chiev-Trolldalen 1975 Groningen the position. Chiburdanidze-Maric,A
1 992 Shanghaj
8. tiJxd4 xg2
9. xg2 1 1. ... 0-0
12. f3 c8
9. tiJxe6 fxe6 1 0. xg2 dS 1 l . 'i'd3
13. e4 d6
i.e7 1 2 . i.f4 'i'd7 1 3 . f3 'i'c6 ! De
14. e3 d8
laune-de Finnian 1 987 Philadelphia
15. b3 b7
9. ... cxd4 16. ac1 h6
10. xd4 17. f2 ac8=
Black reached a comfortable position. Korchnoi-de Finnian 1 9 8 1 Baden
After the exchanges he can equalize Baden
easily.
1. c4 c5 2. tiJf3 tiJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
10. ... e7 b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tiJc3 tiJc6
10 . ... c8 1 1 . i.f4 i.cs 1 2 . 'i'd3 0-0
1 3 . ad l h6 14. e4 d6 I S . b3 eS !=
(3.2)
Andersson-Larsen 1 984 Bugojno 7. e4 !
10 . ... c5 ! ? 1 l . 'i'd3 h6 Preventing
i.gS. 1 2 . i.f4 0-0 1 3 . ad l 'i'c8 14.
'i'f3 'i'c6 IS. 'i'xc6 dxc6 16. i.d6
i.xd6 1 7 . l::txd6 fc8 1 8 . lHdl f8
The black king gets where it wants to
be in time. 1 9 . f3 e7 threatening
tiJdS 20. 6d2 d8= Mohr,G-Han
sen LB 1 99 1 Bled/Rogaska Slatina
1 1 . dl
1 1 . b3 0-0 1 2 . i.b2 'i'c7 13. fd l
( 1 3 . e 4 d 6 14. fd l fd8 I S . f3 h6
16. d2 a6 1 7 . adl 'i'b7 Gulko
Threatens to immediately cramp
de Finnian 1 987 USA) 1 3 . . . . fd8
Black with eS .
14. 'i'd3 'i'b7t I S . 'ilff3 'i'xf3t 1 6 .
xf3 d6= Tal-Benjamin,Jo 1 99 1 San 7. ... d6
Francisco 7 . ... c8? 8 . eS tiJg4 (8 . . . . tiJg8 9.
1 1 . f4 d6 Threatening an eS fork d3 d6 1 O. f4 tiJge7 1 1 . exd6 tiJg6
1 2 . 'it'd3 0-0 1 3 . b3 'ilfd7 14. 'ilff3 1 2 . i.gS 'it'xd6 1 3 . h4 ! Black's de
ac8 I S . fdl a6 16. d3 bS ! 1 7 . velopment faces big problems. Uhl
cxbS axbS 1 8 . a 4 bxa4 1 9 . bxa4 dS mann-Szabo 1 972 Amsterdam) 9. h3
White has an outside passed pawn, tiJh6 1 0. g4 e7 1 l . d4 tiJxd4 1 2 .
CHAPTER 1 5. ... e6 25

ltJxd4.i.xg2 13.'it>xg2 cxd4 14.'iWxd4 S. d4 cxd4


'iWc7 15. .i.xh6 gxh6 16. l:ladl h5 17. 9. ltJxd4 ltJxd4
ltJe4! Ivanchuk-Seirawan 1993 Mo
9 . .. :cS 1O.ltJxc6!? (10. b3 it.e7 11.
naco blind
.

it.b2 0-0 12. 'iWd2 a6 13. l:lfdl l:lc7


7. .. e5? ! A drastic attempt to pre
.
14. nac1 l:ld7 15. 'ii'e2 'iWa8! Hsu
vent e5, but it loses a tempo. 8. d3 Owoschina 1994 Moscow) 10. ...
A) 8. ... g6 9. ltJxe5!? A brave sacri xc6 11. il.f4 .i.e7 12. 'iWe2 0-0 13.
fice. (9. ltJh4 ltJh5! Then .i.e7, and l:lfdl 'iWc7 14. l:lac1 ltJdS threatening
White cannot play f4) 9. ... ltJxe5 14. ... 'iWb8 15. ltJb5! (15. ltJd5 exd5
10. f4 ltJc6 (10. ... .i.d6?! 11. fxe5 16. exdS .i.a4 17. b3 l:lce8! 18. bxa4
.i.xe5 12. .i.h6 And Black cannot ltJd7 Black has enough compensa
castle.) 11. e5 ltJg8 (11. ... ltJh5?! tion for the pawn, Beliavsky-Salov
12. g4 ltJg7 13. f5t Seirawan) 12. 1991 Reggio Emilia) 15. ... l:lfd8 (15.
f5! Granda Zuniga-Seirawan 1993 ... .i.xb5?! 16. cxb5 l:lxcl 17. l:lxcl
Buenos Aires l:lc8 18. l:lc6! Beliavsky) 16. e5!
Every white piece stands in its opti
B) 8. ... .i.e7 9. ltJh4 0-0 10. ltJf5
mal place, so its time to open the posi
ltJd4 11. g4 ltJe8 12. f4t Stean
tion. 16. ... dxe5 17. l:lxd8t .i.xd8 18.
Schneider,A 1980 Beer-Sheva
i.xe5 'iWa8 19. it.xc6 l:lxc6 20.ltJd6;t
7 . bS 8. d4 cxd4 9.ltJxd4ltJxd4
. . . Beliavsky
10. 'il'xd4 .i.d6!? Looks suspicious, 9 . .. ltJe5? 10. f4! And the c4 pawn
but it is not so easy to take advantage
.

is taboo because of'iWa4.


of the bishop's strange position. 11.
'il'd3! Taking the queen out from 10 . ..wxd4
under pressure of the d6 bishop, and
threatening f4. (11. .i.g5?! A loss of
tempo. 11. ... .i.e5 12. 'iWd2 h6 13.
e3 0-0 14. d4 After 14. f4 Black
can win the e4 pawn, with il.xc3,
which couldn't have been done earlier
because the g7 pawn was hanging. 14.
... .i.xd4 15. 'ii'xd4 e5! Black plays to
blockade the black squares. 16. 'iWd3
a6 17. l:lfdl nc8 18. b3'iWc7 19. l:lac1
l:lab8 20.'iWe3'iWc5!= Smejkal-Larsen
1976 Biel) 11. ... e5 12. b3 (12.
.i.d2!?) 12. ... 'iWd6! (12. ... 0-0 13.
.i.b2 d5? 14. exd5 exd5 15. cxd5 l:ld8 Now White has managed to play d4
16. l:ladl ltJxd5 17. ltJxd5 .i.xb2 18. and e4 while not allowing Black to
l:lfel! Tregubov) 13. 'iWxd6 .i.xd6 exchange the b7 bishop. White's re
14. l:lel.i.e5 15. it.b2;t Panchenko,A sulting space advantage makes it dif
Tregubov 1992 Katowice ficult for Black to maneuver.
26 5. ... e6 CHAPTER 1

10 . ... i.e7 a4!? Palkovi) 16. ... b5! 17. cxb5


11. b3 0-0 axb5 18. a3!;j; Akesson-de Finnian
12. i.a3 1994 Antwerpen
12. i.b2 'fic7 13. l1acl l1fd8 14. 13. :'ad l
l1fel White reserves dl for the c3
knight 14. ... l1ac8 15. ttJdl i.c6 16. 13. :'fdl :'d8 14. :'acl i.c6 15. h3
ttJe3 'itb7! ttJd5 was threatened. 17. a6 16. i.b4! White still wants to put
ttJc2 'fia8 18. 'fie3 i.b7 19. :'e2 h6 pressure on d6, but b5 was threat
20. :'cel ttJd7 21. lid2 a6 White ened, and that is why is the bishop is
did not get further. Yennolinsky-de in such an unusual place. 16. ... 1i'b7
Finnian 1993 Philadelphia 17. 'fie3 b5 18. cxb5 axb5 19. :'c2
12. ... b8? ! With double purpose: defending a2
and prepareing to double on the d
012. ... c7 ! Now the rooks are file. 19. ... i.f8 20. :'cd2;J; Vaganian
connected, and the e7 bishop is also Hellers 1990 New York
protected. 13. :'fdl (13. ttJb5?! White
cannot win the d6 pawn, so this move 13. ... :'d8
is just a waist of tempo. 13. ... 'ir'c6! 14. :'d2 a6
Attacking e4 and preventing e5 after 15. :'fd l i.c6
a capture on d6. 14. f3 :'fd8 15. 16. 'iVd3
:'fdl ttJe8 And with a6 Black can
send back the knight. White did not Lautier - Psakhis 1993 Barcelona,
achieve anything) 13. .. . :'fd8 14. Black has problems defending d6 and
:'d2 a6 15. i.b4 i.c6 16. :'adl (16. is forced into a passive game.
CHAPTER 2 S. ... e6 6. liJc3 j"e7 27

CHAPTER 2 11. fS Vaganian) 10. liJfS j"f8


11. it'a4! g6 If the white knight re
treated now, Black would have the
1. c4 c5 2. liJf3 liJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
chance to equalize, but instead White
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. liJc3 e7
can utilize his space advantage to
The most frequently played and poss play the game in a tactical way. (11.
ibly the best move. ... it'd7 12. h3!) 12. d4! liJd7 (12. ...
gxfS 13. exf5! cxd4 14. j"xc6t xc6
(1) IS. it'xc6t liJd7 16. liJb5) (12. ...
7. l:tel cxd4 13. liJxd4! exd4 14. eS+-) 13.
dxeS dxeS 14. liJh6 liJd4 IS. liJdS
j"c6 16. it'dl j"g7 17. h4 It is not
easy to see how the black king will
find safe refuge. Vaganian-Minasian
1991 USSR
7 . ... liJc6 8. e4 9. d4 cxd4 10.
liJxd4
A) 10 . .. . l:tc8?! 11. e5! (11. b3?! a6
12. j"b2 d6 13. l:tc1 l:te8 14. h3
j"f8 IS.l:tc2! White plans to pile up
on the d6 pawn. IS. ... liJxd4 16.
it'xd4 it'c7 17. j"a3 ed8 18. l:tdl
White plays for e4 c6 19.1:tcd2 iVb7 20.it'e3;!; Kram
nik-Tivj akov 1993 Belgrade) 11. ...
(1.1) liJe8 12. j"f4 d6? (12. ... a6 13. l:tcl
7. ... liJe4!? d6 14. 'il'a4! liJaS 15. j"xb7 ':xc4
16. liJc6 'i!Vd7 17. liJxa5! l:txa4 18.
Black wants to lighten his position
j"c6 it'a7 19. liJxa4 bxaS 20. j"xe8
with immediate exchanges, but Whi
l:txe8 21. exd6 j"f6 22. 1:tedl
te's solid advantage remains. Other
Stangl ) (012. ... liJxd4 13. j"xb7
possibilities:
l:txc4 14. j"a6 bSO 15. l:te4! liJf5
7 . ... d6 8. e4 (8. e3 Not as strong as 16. l:txc4 bxc4 17. j"xc4;!; Stangl)
8. e4 8 . . 9. b3 liJbd7 10. j"b2
. .
13. it'a4! lDxd4 14. j"xb7 l:tc7 15.
l:tb8 11. it'e2 a6 12. d4 liJe4 13. j"g2 l:td7 16. l:tadl Stangl-Moi
liJxe4 j"xe4 14. adl it'c7= Azmay seev 1995 Germany
parashvili-Hulak 1988 Amsterdam)
8. ... eS?! Black closes the center, but B) 10. ... liJxd4 11. 'iVxd4
with the symmetrical pawn structure Bl) 11. ... l:tc8 12. b3 dS?! An ag
White has better possibilities. 9. ressive equalizing attempt 13. exd5
liJh4! Immediately taking advantage liJxdS 14. liJxd5 Ehlvest-Illescas
of the fact that the bishop has gone 1990 Manila 14. ... j"xd5 15. cxdS
from c8. 9. ... liJc6 (9. ... g6 10. f4! f6 16. 'iVg4 j"xal 17. a3 (17.
28 5. . . . e6 6. ttJc3 i.e7 CHAPTER 2

dxe6!?) 17. . . . i.c3 18. i.xf8 'i'xf8 nian-Ftacnik 1992 Manila 10. i.f4!
19. .l:!.d1;!;; Ehlvest 0-0 11. .l:!.adl;!;; Ftacnik) 10. i.f4 'ilc7
B2) 1l. . . . d6 12. b3 'ilc7 13. i.b2 1l. .l:!.adl ttJc6 12. ttJg5! i.xg5 Black
(l3.i.a3.l:!.fd8 14.l:!.adl
. a6 threaten can not let ttJe4 13. xg5 h6 14. i.f4
ing b5, Palkovi) 13. . . . .l:!.fd8 14. h3 .l:!.d8 15. h4!;!;; Akopian-Adams 1995
i.f8 15. .l:!.ac1.l:!.ac8 16. <it>h2 'ilb8 Leon
Akesson-Kindennann 1988 Berlin S. ... i.xe4
7 . ... O-O? ! An inaccurate move. 8. 9. d3 i.b7
e4 d6 9. d4 cxd4 10. ttJxd4 Now
9 . ... i.xf3 ! ? 10. i.xf3 ttJc6;!;; Nav
Black is in trouble, because e5 is
rotescu-Kholmov 1992 Turgu Mures
threatened, and it cannot be defended
by the usual 'ilc7 because of ttJdb5. 10. e4 0-0
A) 10 . . . . ttJe8 1l. b3 (11. e3 a6 12. 10 . ... ttJe6 1l. d4 cxd4 12. ttJxd4
f4 ttJd7 13. .l:!.c1.l:!.c8 14. b3.l:!.c7 15. ttJxd4 13. 'i'xd4 0-0 14. i.f4! d6 15.
f5!;!;; Schlosser,P-Pohl,K 1996 Re 'ild3 'i'c7 Korchnoi-Ftacnik 1994
gensburg) 1l. . .. 'ild7 12. h3!? Ostrava 16. b4!?;!;; Ftacnik
ttJc6 13. ttJd5 ttJxd4 14. ttJxe7t
xe7 15. 'ilxd4 'iVf6 16. i.b2 1 1 . d4 exd4
'i'xd4 17. xd4;!;; Gulko-Vidarsson 1 1 . ... d6 ! ? 12. d5 exd5 13. exd5 i.f6
1996 Reykjavik 14. 'i'b3 ttJd7 15. f4!;!;; Agdestein
B) 10. . . . ttJfd7 1l. b3 a6 12. b2 Stefansson 1996 Reykjavik
'ilc7 13. .l:!.c1! ttJc6 14. ttJd5 Mou
12. ttJxd4 ttJe6? !
tousis-Tsevremes 1993 Katerini
C) 10. '" 'ilc8 1l. e3 (1l. b3 a6 12. The knight here stands in the way of
b2 ttJbd7 13. .l:!.c1;!;; Palkovi) 1l. the bishop. It seems to be more natu
. . . ttJbd7 12. .l:!.c1 a6 13. f4 g6 14. ral to put it on d7.
i.f2 l:td8 (14. . . . .l:!.e8 15. g4t Pal 12 . ... a6 ! ?
kovi) 15. f5! exf5 16. ttJd5!.l:!.e8 17.
13. i.e3 a6
exf5 i.d8 18. .l:!.xe8t ttJxe8 19. fxg6
14 .l:!.c1 .l:!.eS
hxg6 20. i.h3! Ornstein-Karlsson

15. h3 e7
1981
16. b3 i.e5
S. ttJxe4 17. d3 ttJxd4
IS. i.xd4 i.xd4
S. e2 ! ? ttJxc3 9. dxc3! (9. 'i'xc3
19. xd4 d6
After this move, white has to lose too
20 . .l:!.edl .l:!.fdS
many tempi, and any chance for an
21. .l:!.e3 !;!;
opening advantage is gone. 9. . . . i.f6!
10. 'i'c2 ttJc6 1l. a3 0-0 12. .l:!.b1 a5 Ribli-Atlas 1994 Gennany. Black has
13. d3 d5= Lobron-Adams 1992 ) 9. nothing to compensate for the d6
. . . d6 (9. . . . O-O? would be bad be weakness, but it is hard for White to
cause of 10. ttJg5) (9. . . . ttJc6 Vaga- increase his advantage.
CHAPTER 2 S . . . . e6 6. Gt:Jc3 !i.e7 29

1. c4 cS 2. Gt:Jt3 Gt:Jf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 Ie 1 976) 10 . . . . 'tid3 ! Provoking the


b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. lLlc3 e7 7.l:rel rook to leave from e l , which leaves
the queen on dl undefended. 1 1 . l:re3
(1.2) 'tid8 1 2 . d4 cxd4 Now the knight can 't
7. ... dS ! ? recapture on d4. 13. l:rd3 !i..xe4 1 4 .
l:rxd4 !i.dS I S . l:rxdS ! White 's only
chance to avoid a worse position. IS .
. . . exdS 16. lLleS 17. !i.xdS !i.f6
1 8 . !i.f4 lLla6 1 9 . !i.xa8 'tixd l t 20.
l:rxd l l:rxa8 2 1 . l:rd7 lLlcs= Kholmov
9. ... lLlxc3
9 . ... lLlb4?! 10. d4 ! cxd4 1 1 . lLlxd4
lLl8c6 ( 1 1 . . . . ? 1 2 . a3 lLl4c6 1 3 . e5 !
a6 14. !i.e3 l:ra7 I S . lLlxc6 !i.xc6 1 6 .
'tli'xd8 !i.xd8 17. l:rad 1 threatening
1 8 . l:rxd8; and Black has to face
serious difficulties, Ftacnik-Meduna
Right o ff the bat Black tries to pre 1 978 Czechoslovakia) 1 2 . lLlxc6 !
vent his opponent from building a big lLlxc6 ( 1 2 . . . . 'tixd l 1 3 . l:rxdl !i.xc6
center. Larsen-Szmetan 1 992 Buenos Aires
14. a3 lLla6 I S . b4 ! Bagirov) 1 3 . eS !
8. cxdS
'tixd 1 ( 1 3 . . . . 14. 'tig4 ! White
8. d4 dxc4 9. dxcS Gt:Jbd7 ! 10. 'tia4 exploits the fact that his opponent did
!i.xcs 1 1 . lLleS !i.xg2 1 2 . xg2 not exchange queens and whips up a
1 3 . l:rd l lLlxeS ! 14. l:rxd8 l:rfxd8 strong kingside attack. 1 4 . . . . h8 I S .
Garcia,R-Ricardi 1 995 Buenos Aires !i.f4 'iib 8 1 6.l:rad 1 !i.b4 1 7 . l:rd7 !i.xc3
8. lLleS 0-0 9. d4 Panno-Morovic 1 8 . bxc3 lLld8 1 9 . !i..h6 ! gxh6 20. 'iWh4
Fernandez 1 988 Vina del Mar 9 . . . . !i..x g2 2 1 . 'tif6t g8 22. xg2+- L1
cxd4 1 0 . 'tixd4 !i..c Soo Panno l:re4, Bagirov-Brodsky 1 992 Helsinki)
14. Ihd 1 l:rb8 I S . lLlbS ! ( 1 S . !i.e3? !
8. ... lLlxdS lLlxeS ! 1 6 . !i.f4 f6 17. l:rac 1 !i.xg2 1 8 .
8 . ... exdS 9. d4 Naturally, it' s not xg2 l:rd8 ! 1 9 . !i..xe5 fxeS 20. lLlbS a6
advisable to allow White to play d4. 2 1 . lhd8 t xd8 22. l:rd 1 t c8 23.
9 . . . . See: E I 7 lLld6t c7 24. lLlf7 l:rf8 2S. lLlxeS
!i.f6= Vaganian-Portisch 1988 Saint
9. e4 John) IS . . . . 0-0 ( 1 S . . . . lLlxeS 16. !i..f4
f6 17. !i..xeS fxeS 1 8 . lLlxa7 Bagirov)
9. lLlxdS? ! A feeble move which does
1 6. !i.f4 gS 1 7. l:rac l ! Larsen-Gli
not cause any special problems. 9 . . .
goric 1 979 Bled
'tixdS ! 10. e4 Andonov-Kholmov
1 989 Frunze ( 1 0 . d4 cxd4 1 1 . 'tixd4 10. bxc3 0-0
0-0= Schmidt, W Rodriguez,Am Hal-
- 1 1 . d4
30 S . . . . e6 6. ttJc3 e7 CHAPTER 2

White has built up a stable center, but 12 . ... exd4 1 3 . cxd4 .l:!.c8 ? ! 14. dS !
Black can use strategies known from exdS I S . exdS .tf6 1 6 . .l:!.c 1 .l:!.xc 1 1 7 .
the Gruenfeld defense to attack Whi .txc 1 a8 1 8 . ttJgS h 6 1 9. ttJe4
te's pawn center and get counterplay. A) 19 . . . . xdS ? 20. g4 ! (20 . .ta3 ? !
1 1 . ... ttJd7 .l:!.d8 ! 2 1 . ttJxf6t ttJxf6 2 2 . .te7
.l:!.e8 ! and Black has defended the
11 exd4 1 2 . cxd4 ttJc6 1 3 . b2

threats) 20 . . . . .l:!.d8 2 1 . .txh6 Pal
( 1 3 . .te3 Now Black can gain a kovi
tempo because the e-pawn lacks
B) 19 . . . . eS 20 . .ta3 .l:!.d8 2 1 . f4
defense. 1 3 . . . . ttJaS ! 14. ttJeS !tc8
f6 22. ttJxf6t ttJxf6 2 3 . .te7;J;
Yudasin ) ( 1 3 . dS ? ! White is clearly
Stangl-Pichler 1 996 Germany
playing first and foremost for this
breakthrough. However, in this par 13. ttJe5 lIe8
ticular position, it is too early. 1 3 . ' "
exdS 14. exdS ttJb4 I S . .ta3 .tcS+ Threatening 14 . . . . cxd4 I S . cxd4, . . . .
White has difficulties defending the .tb4 then . . . . .tc3
dS pawn.) 1 3 . . . . .tf6 1 4 . .l:!.b l Aiming 14. d3 exd4
for a dS push . 14 . . . . ttJaS ( 1 4 . . . . nc8 15. cxd4 b4
I S . dS exdS 16. exdS ttJaS 17 . ..\txf6 16. lIed l 1:Ie3 !
xf6 1 8 . ttJeS ! .l:!.fd8 1 9 . .l:!.b4 ! ;J; Ftac 17. e2 a8 !
nik-Yudasin 1 993 Biel) I S . c3 ttJc4 18. b2 a5
1 6. d3 .ta6 17 . .l:!.bd l .l:!.c8 1 8 . 1 19. t3 lIfe8=
c7 1 9 . 1k l .l:!.fd8 20. h4 h6 2 1 . b3
Christiansen-Hoffmann,M 1 994 Ger Beliavsky-Tivjakov 1 993 Belgrade
many 2 1 . . . . bS ! ?oc Palkovi
1. e4 e5 2. ttJt3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
11 . ... ttJe6 ? ! 1 2 . dS ! White exploits
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJe3 e7
the fact that the knight cannot go to
b4. 12 . . . . exdS 1 3 . exdS ttJaS 14. (2)
ttJe5 .td6 IS. g4 c7 16. f4
.l:!.ad8 1 7 . .l:!.e3 ! c8 1 8 . S bS 19. 7. b3
ae l .tb7 20. g4 ! t h3,Dok
hoian-Dolmatov 1 988 Klaipeda
12. f4

12. d5 exdS 1 3 . exdS f6 with the


plan of c4 followed by ttJcS, Tivjakov
12. a4 cxd4 1 3 . cxd4 ttJf6 14. d3
.l:!.c8 IS . .tb2 .l:!.c7 ! aiming for a8,
Hjartarson-Rozentalis 1 994 Tilburg
rapid
12. ... ttJf6 !
CHAPTER 2 S . . . . e6 6. tilc3 !1Le7 31

For the time being white does not 19. tiJf3 .l::tfe8+ Ostl-Ribli 1 987 Ger
want to reveal wheather he is playing many
for d4 or something else.
9. ... O-O ! ?
(2.1) 9 . ... cxd4 1 0. tiJxd4 xg2 1 1 . 'it>xg2
7. ... d6 'ikc7 and then 0-0, see: 7 . . . . 0-0
Black is also waiting to see whether 10. d5!
he should set up his game with or
without a6. 10. e3? ! a6 1 1 . .l::tc 1 ( 1 1 . 'iJle2 tiJe4 !
Not allowing e4. 1 2 . .l::tfdl 'ifb8 1 3 .
7 . ... a6 8. b2 d6
tiJxe4 xe4 1 4 . tiJeS i.xg2 I S . tiJxd7
A) 9. e3 0-0 1 0. d4 cxd4 1 1 . exd4 'illb7 1 6.tiJxf8 f3 1 7 ....d3 .l::t xf8 ! 1 8 .
After taking back with the pawn .l::td2 fS I t i s actually Black who i s up
white still has a solid advantage in the exchange, because the f3 bishop
the center, but d6 will not be weak practically cripples White 's position.
any more. ( 1 1 . tiJxd4 xg2 1 2 . 1 9 . .l::te 1 'iVc8 20. "'c3 .l::tf6t Smys
'it>xg2 See: 7 . . . . 0-0 ) 1 1 . . . . tiJbd7 lov-Kasparov 1 98 1 Moscow) 1 1 . . . .
12 . .l::te 1 ( 1 2 . "'e2 .l::te 8 1 3 . .l::tfd 1 bS ! 1 2 . dS exdS 1 3 . tiJxdS tiJxdS 1 4 .
f8 14. tiJe 1 'tWb8 I S . xb7 'iVxb7 cxdS f6 ! I S . xf6 tiJxf6 Speel
16. "'f3 .l::tab8 1 7 . a4 dS ! 1 8 . cxdS man-Kasparov 1 98 1 Graz
tiJxdS 1 9 . tiJxdS exdS 20. tiJd3
.l::tb c8 2 1 . .l::tac 1 d6= Poley-Csom 10. ... exd5
1 99 1 Rimavska Sobota) 12 . . . . .l::te 8
10 . .. , e5 1 1 . e4 tiJe8 1 2 . tiJe 1 g6 1 3 .
1 3 . "'d2 f8 14. tiJh4 xg2 I S .
tiJd3 tiJg7 1 4 . 'iJld2 i.c8 I S . f4 f6 16.
tiJxg2 g 6 16. a4 i.g7= Georgadze
.l:l f2 ;!; Schmidt,Wl .-Konikowski 1 988
Hjartarson 1 993 rapid
Dortmund
B) 9. d4 cxd4 10. tiJxd4 xg2 1 1 .
'it>xg2 0-0 See: 7 . . . . 0-0 1 1 . tiJh4 g6

S. i.b2 tiJbd7 11 . . . .l:.bS 1 2 . cxdS g6;!; Bemat


.

9. d4 Rubinetti 1 979 Buenos Aires


9. 'ii'c 2 0-0 10 . .l::tad 1 a6 1 1 . e4 ( 1 1 . 12. cxd5!
a3 'iJlc7 1 2 . 'tWb 1 .l::tac8 1 3 . tiJh4 xg2
12. tiJxd5? ! tiJxdS 1 3 . i.xdS xdS
14. tiJxg2 'tWb7 I S . a4 .l::tfe8 16. d3
14. "'xdS xh4 I S . gxh4 "'xh4 1 6 .
i.f8 1 7 . e4 dS ! lohanessen-Giddins
1 " vausdal) 1 1 . . . . O:l l 1 2 . d3 'ifb6
'iJlxd6 "'g4t 17. 'iV g 3 "'xe2 1 8 . "'c3
1 3 . "'e2 tiJg4 14. tiJe l tiJge5 l :l . f4 f6+ Kramnik
tiJc6 1 6 . tiJdS A typical pseudo sacri u. ... tiJe8
fice, which usually leads to White's 13. f4 !
advantage, but here Black has taken
precautions against this too. 1 6 . . . . Kramnik-Topalov 1 996 Amsterdam
exdS 1 7. exdS f6 ! 1 8 . dxc6 xc6 13. tiJf3 i.f6=
32 5 . . . . e6 6. ttJc3 iLe7 CHAPTER 2

13. ... ..ixh4 xg2 .l:tc7 1 3 . 'fIf3 ttJc6 1 4. ttJxc6


14. gxh4 'iVxh4 .l:txc6 1 5 . .l:tfd 1 'iVa8 Panchenko,
15. e4 AG-Ionescu,Co 1 995 Badalona) 10 .
. . . d5 1 1 . cxd5 ttJxd5 1 2 . .l:tfd 1 ttJd7
Kramnik
1 3 . d4 ttJxc3 14. iLxc3 'fIa8 ! = Plas
1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . ..ig2
kett-Short 1 985 England
..ib7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 ..ie7 7. b3 9. ... cxd4
(2.2) 10. ttJxd4 ..ixg2
1 1 . xg2 c7
7. ... 0-0
8 . ..ib2 1 1 . .. 'iVc8 ! ? 1 2 . e3 d6 1 3 . 'fIf3 ( 1 3 .
.

f4 ! ? ttJc6 14. 'fIf3 ttJxd4 1 5 . exd4 'fId7


1 6 . d5 b5 ! 1 7 . cxb5 axb5 1 8 . dxe6 fxe6
1 9 . f5 b400 Gross,S-Wojtkiewicz 1 996
Regensburg) 13 . . . . .l:ta7 ! 1 4 . ttJa4 ! ?
( 1 4 . .l:tfd 1 .l:tc7= followed by b 5 or
ttJc6) 14 . . . . .l:tb7 ! It's better for Black
to keep the queens on because it is
easier to defend the weaknesses. 15 .
.l:tac 1 'ii'd7 ! 1 6. ttJc3 .l:tc8 Karpov,
An.-Wahls 1 990 Biel
11 . ... d6 1 2 . e3 .l:ta7 ! ? 1 3 . 'iVf3 'ii'c 7
( 1 3 . . . . .l:td7 ? ! This square should be
(2.2.1) reserved for the b8 knight. 14 . .l:tac 1
'ii'c7 1 5 . .l:tfd l .l:tc8 16. h3 'fIb7 1 7 .
8. ... a6 'ii'xb7 .l:txb7 1 8 . f4 ! ttJc6 1 9 . ttJxc6
9. d4 .l:txc6 20. f3;j; Panchenko-Vuckovic
9 . .l:tc1 d6 1 0. e3 'fIc7 1 1 . d3 White 1 994 Munster) 14 . .l:tfd 1 :c8 1 5 .
chooses a solid structure, but Black .l:tac 1 iLf8 1 6. ttJe4 ttJxe4 1 7 . 'iVxe4
hardly has anything to fear. 1 1 . . . . ttJd7 1 8 . g l 'ii'b 8 ! = Korchnoi-Por
ttJbd7 1 2 . .l:tc2 .l:tfd8 1 3 . ttJe 1 iLxg2 tisch 1 983 Bad Kissingen
14. ttJxg2 'fIb7 1 5 . e4 ttJe5 ! ? Heading
for the d4 square. 16. ttJe3 b5 17. f4 (2.2.1.1)
ttJc6 1 8 . .l:tg2 Lobron-Suba 1 987 12. e3
New York
(See diagram)
9. e3 :a7 ! ? (9 . . . . d6 10. d3 ttJbd7 1 1 .
'fIe2 'fib8 ! Black j!' pla:riug for b5. White's plan is to answer 1 2 . . . 'fib7t
12. tDh4 ,j"xg2 13. ttJxg2 b5 1 4. f4 with 1 3 . 'iWf3, having faith in the po
'fIb7 1 5 . .l:tab 1 d5 Poldauf,D-Bi sitional trumps the ending has to
schoff,K 1 993 Gennany) 10. 'fIe2 offer. Black of course does not have
( 1 0. d4 cxd4 1 1 . ttJxd4 ..ixg2 1 2 . to exchange queens.
CHAPTER 2 S . . . . e6 6. ltJc3 i.e7 33

IS. exd5 e4t


19. g2 ltJbd7
20. l:tac1 b5ao
Volzhin-Csom 1 995 Budapest

1. e4 e5 2. ltJt3 ltJf6 3. g3 b6 4. J.g2


J.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ltJe3 J.e7 7. b3 0-0
S. J.b2 a6 9. d4 exd4 10. ltJxd4
J.xg2 1 1 . xg2 'it'e7

12. ... d6

12. ... ltJe6 ! ? 1 3 . l:tc 1 ( 1 3 . ltJxc6


'it'xc6t 14. 'it'f3 lUc8 ! I S . 'it'xc6
l:txc6= Antunes-Suba 1 993 Sevilla)
1 3 . . . . 'iib7 14. 'Wf3 l:tfc8 I S . l:tfd 1
l:tab8 ! 1 6 . ltJxc6 'it'xc6 17. ltJe2 l:tb7
1 8 . ltJd4 'it'xf3t 1 9 . xf3 White has
managed to force the exchange of
queens, but Black's pieces stand well
enough to keep the game balanced. (2.2.1.2)
19 . . . . hS ! 20. h3 l:tbc7 2 1 . e4 d6 22 .
ltJe2 ltJd7= Tajmanov-Astrom 1 994 12. e4
Stockholm
12. J:[c1 d6 ( 1 2 . . . . 'iib 7t ! ? Palkovi)
12 . ... ii'b7t ? ! Black plays into Whi 1 3 . g l ltJbd7 14. e4 'iWb7 I S . 'it'e2
te 's hands. 1 3 . 'it'f3 l:ta7 ( 1 3 . . . . l:tfe8 1 6 . l:tfe l J.f8 1 7 . ltJf3 ? ! This
'it'xf3t 1 4 . xf3 d6 I S . e2 l:ta7 16. lets Black out. 17 . . . . bS ! Mayer
f4 g6 17. f3;t Nogueiras-Hjartarson Appel 1 988 Germany
1 993 Luzem) 14. 'it'xb7 l:txb7 I S . f4
d6 1 6 . fS ! ? eS 17. ltJc2 ltJc6 Other 12. ... d6
wise ltJb4, with advantage to White. 13. l:c1
1 8 . l:tad 1 bS 1 9. cxbS axbS 20. b4 13. f4 ltJbd7 14. 'it'f3 'iib 7 I S . l:tad 1
l:td8 2 1 . ltJdS Karpov-Hjartarson ltJcS 1 6 . l:tfe l .l:tfc8 1 7 . g4 bS ! Na
1 990 Rotterdam chon-Nedobora 1 995 La Corona
13. f4 'ii'b 7t 13. f3 ltJbd7 14. 'it'd2 ( 1 4. 'it'e2 l:tfe8
14. 'it't3 'it'xf3t I S . l:tad1 J.f8 1 6 . l:fe 1 'iWb7 1 7 . l:td2
15. xt3 :eS l:tac8 1 8. ltJc2 l:tc7 1 9 . J.a3 ltJcs 20.
16. f5 e5 l:ted1 l:tec8 Kestler-Ribli,Z 1 98 1
17. ltJe2 d5! ? Baden-Baden) 1 4 . . . . l:tfd8 I S . l:tad 1
34 5 . . . . e6 6. ttJc3 J.. e7 CHAPTER 2

( 1 5 . .!:tfe 1 'ifb7 16 . .!:tad 1 ttJc5 1 7 . White leaves his central set-up unde
.!:te2 liJe8 ! ? 1 8 . 'ii'c2 J.. f8 1 9 . a4 .!:tac8 cided .
20. J.. c 1 liJf6 2 1 . 'iWb2 ttJcd7= Gavri 9. d4 cxd4 10. ttJxd4 xg2 1 1 .
kov-Ehlvest 1 989 Tallinn) 15 . . . . J.. f8 cJtxg2 'fic7 1 2 . 'ii'd 3 liJc6 1 3 . ttJxc6
1 6 . 'ii'e 3 'iib7 1 7 . .!:td2 .!:tac8 1 8 . .!:tfd 1 'ii'x c6t 14. 'ii'f3 .!:tfc8 15 . .!:tfd 1 a6 1 6 .
ttJc5 Pribyl,M-Vasilchenko Policka .!:tac 1 h 6 1 7 . a 4 .!:tab8= Tajmanov
1 993 Spasov 1 989 Palma
13 . ... 'tWb7 ttJbd7
9. ...
14. 'tWe2 liJbd7 liJe4
10. d4
15. f3 ::tfeS
A known maneuver from the Queen 's
15 . ... :fcS ! ? 1 6 . .!:tfd 1 .!:tc7 17. ttJc2 Indian which helps allaviate some
liJe5 Buchholz-Spraggett Montreal pressure.
1 98 1
10 . ... l:tbS ! ?1 1 . 'ii'e 2 ( 1 1 . d5 exd5
1 6. .!:tfdl .t.fS 1 2 . cxd5 b5 ! Palkovi)
17. 'tWf2 :adS A) 1 1 . . . . .!:f.e8 ! ? 1 2 . e4 cxd4 1 3 . liJxd4
IS. ttJc2 ttJe5 a6 1 4. f4 .t.f8 1 5 . e5 ? (0 1 5 . .!:f.ae 1
19. ttJe3 b5! Palkovi) 1 5 . . . . dxe5 1 6. fxe5 ttJxe5 !
Djukanovic-Ilic,Z 1988 Belgrade 17. 'ii'x e5 .t.d6 1 8 . 'if'e3 e5 1 9 .
.t.xb7 exd4 2 0 . 'ii'f3 .!:te3 ! 2 1 . 'ii'g 2
1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .t.g2 dxc3 22. c 1 .!:f.e7::;: Dzindzichas
.t.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 .t.e7 vili-Ribli 1 978 Amsterdam
7. b3 0-0 S . .t.b2 B) 1 1 . . . . a6 1 2 . a4 'jic7 1 3 . .!:tac 1
liJe4 ! 14. .!:f.fd 1 liJxc3 1 5 . xc3
(2.2.2) .t.e4 ! = So the bishop doesn't get
S. ... d6 snuffed out after d5, Krasenkov
Psakhis 1 989 Moscow

1 1 . liJxe4

1 1 . d5 liJxc3 1 2 . xc3 exd5 1 3 .


cxd5 b5 ! 1 4 . e 4 b 4 1 5 . .t.b2 a 5 1 6 .
a3 ! Otherwise a4 and Black gets a
strong initiative. 1 6 . . . . .t.f6 1 7 . 'ii'c 2
a6 18 . .!:f.fd 1 .!:f.e8 19 . .!:f.a2 'iWb6
Pigusov-Razuvaev 1 986 Irkutsk
1 1 . 'tWe2 .!:f.c8 1 2 . l:tac 1 liJxc3 1 3 .
.t.xc3 'ii'c7 1 4 . .!:f.fd 1 liJf6 1 5 . liJd2
cxd4 1 6 . xd4 .!:f.fd8 17 . .t.xb7 'ii'xb7
1 8 . 'if'f3 'iWb8 1 9 . e4 a6 Spiridonov
9. e3 Shipov 1 995 Paris
CHAPTER 2 5 . . . . e6 6. liJc3 i.e7 35

1 1. ... ..txe4 15. liJxg2 liJf6


12. 'ii'e2 '*ic7 16. l:tac1 cxd4
13. :fdl 'ii'b 7 17 . ..txd4 ':'fd8=
14. liJel ..t x g2 Korchnoi-Bischoff,K 1 992 Bmo
36 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

9 . ... O-O ! ? 10. b3 ( 1 0. e4 "ikcs 1 1 . b3


CHAPTER 3
"ikb7 1 2 . f3 tDc6 1 3 . b2 .l:tfdS 14 .
.l:te l Capablanca-Vidmar 1 927 New
1 . c4 c5 2. tDf3 tDf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
York) 1 0 . . . . a6 1 1 . b2 d6 1 2 . 'ii'd 3
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tDc3 e7
( 1 2 . e3 .l:ta7 1 3 . Vi'f3 l:tc7 14 . .l:tfd l
7. d4 "ikcs I S . .l:tac l tDbd7 1 6. tDe4 tDxe4
17. 'ii'xe4 tDf6 1 8 . 'ii'f3 .l:td8= Uhl
mann-Ribli 1 977 Vrbas) 1 2 . 00' 'ii'c 7
1 3 . "ikf3 .l:ta7 ! 14 . .l:tfd l .l:tc8 IS . .l:tac 1
"ikb7 ! 16. "ikxb7 .l:txb7= pfleger-Kar
pov 1 976 Montilla
9 . ... a6 10. e4 d6 1 1 . 'ii'a4t tDfd7 !
1 2 . e3 0--0 1 3 . .l:tac l 'ii'c7 1 4. tDce2
'iVb7 I S . f3 tDeS Hertneck-Dolma
tov 1 992 Tilburg
10. Vi'd3
10. b3? ! dS !
10. f4 0-0 ( 1 0 . 'ii'x c4? 1 1 . tDdbS
The main variation, White opens the
0 0 .

tDa6 1 2 . tDd6t .i.xd6 1 3 . xd6


position immediately.
Black can hardly move.) 1 1 . e4 ( 1 1 .
7. ... cxd4 tDdbS a6 1 2 . .i.d6! tDc6 1 3. xe7
7 . ... tDe4? S. d5 ! tDxc3 9. bxc3 f6 tDxe7 14. tDd6 'ii'c 6t I S . f3 tDcS ! 16.
10. f4! A direct refutation of tDce4 tDxe4 1 7.tDxe4 'ii'xc4 1 8 .'ii'xd7
Black's ideas. 10. . . . 0--0 1 1 . e4 ! 'ii'xe2t 19 . .l:tf2 'ii'b S ! = Nei-Gipslis
xc3 12 . .l:tc 1 aS 1 3 . d6 .l:teS 14. 1 98 1 Tallin) 1 1 . 'ii'x c4 ! ? 1 2 . tDcbS
0 0 '

h4 f6 IS. hS+- Shamkovic-Grigorian tDc6 ! ( 1 2 . tDxe4 1 3 . .l:tc 1 'ii'dS 14.


0 0 '

1 972 USSR f3 tDf6 I S . tDc7 'ii'b 7 16. tDxa8 'ii'x a8


1 7 . 'ii'a4t Black stands allright ma
(1) terially, but his pieces are passive,
and it is hard to develop them. Lar
8. tDxd4 sen-Olafsson 1 9S6) 1 3 . .l:tc l 'ii'xa2
This is not so dangerouos, as Black 14 . .l:ta l 'ii'xb2 IS . .l:tb l 'ii'a 2= Bagi
can equalize without any problem. rov-Gipslis 1 992 Podolsk
8. tDb5? ! An artifical plan. The knight 10. ... tDc6
does not stand better on d4 than on c3.
S . . . 0--0 9. tDbxd4 a6 10. b3 "ikc7 1 1 .
10 . ... 0-0 1 1 . b3 a6 1 2 . b2 d6 1 3 .
"ikf3 .l:ta7 ! = Nicolai-Flesch Dortmund
.

b2 d6 1 2 . .l:tc l tDbd7= Lentrodt-Bi


schoff,K 1 994 Germany 1 976
1 1 . b3
8. ... xg2
9. 'it>xg2 Vi'c8 tDeS was threatened
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 37

11. It)xc6 1i'xc6t 12. e4 ( 1 2 . 'i'f3


l:tc8 1 3 . 1i'xc6 l:txc6 14. b3 d5 1 5 .
It)b5 a6 16. It)d4 l:tc8= Gorbatov-An
astasian 1 993 Katowice) 1 2 . . . .
1 3 . d2 l:tac8 14. b3 l:tfd8 1 5 . 'ii'f3
a6 1 6 . l:tfe l d6= The black pieces
stand harmoniously, and the disad
vantage in space is of no conse
quence. Hort-Ta1 1 966 La Habana
1 1 . ... 0-0

1 1 . ... It)e5 ! ? 1 2 . 1i'e3 'ifb7t 1 3 . f3


It)g6 14. l:td l ? ! (0 14 . .l1i.b2) 1 4 . . .. Just as in the g6-.l1i.g7 set-up, taking
1 5 . .ib2 h5 ! 16. 'ii'd 3 h4 17. e4 back with the queen gives Black a
It)h5 ! + threatening It)f4t, Nej-Gurge harder task.
nidze 1 967 USSR
(2. 1 )
1 1 . ... a612. b2 It)e5 ! ? 13. 1i'd2
'ifb7t 14. f3 1 5 . l:tad l l:tfd8 16. 8. ... It)c6
e4 l:tac8 17. l:tfe 1 f8 18. 1i'e2 d6 Black immediately drives the queen
Gurieli-Suba 1 990 London away and wins a tempo for develop
ment. But the knigth is a bit clumsy
12. b2 :d8
on c6.
12 . ... d5? This is too early here. 1 3 . 8 . ... a6? 9. e3 ! c5D 10. 'ii'd 3
cxd5 It)b4 1 4 . 1i'f3 It)bxd5 1 5 . It)xd5 xe3 1 1 . 1i'xe3 Black can not defend
It)xd5 1 6. e4 ! The position has op the weak pawns after the dark
ened to Black's disadvantage. 16 . . . . squared bishops are exchanged. 1 1 . . . .
It)f6 1 7 . l:tac 1 'ifb7 1 8 . It)c6 ! Etruk d6 1 2 . l:tfd l Skembris
Gipslis 1 969 USSR
9. 'ii'f4
13. l:tac1 It)xd4
14. 'ii'xd4 c5 White put his queen in a safe place
15. 'ii'f4 'ii'b 7t where the opponent cannot attack it,
16. 'ifi1g1 d5= meanwhile eyeing the d6 square.
9. 'ii'd2? ! It)a5 ! t o. b3 d5 1 1 . cxd5
Bronstejn-Kotov 1 953 Zurich It)xd5 1 2 . b2 .l1i.f6 ! ( 1 2 . . . . It)xc3? 1 3 .
1i'xc3 f6 1 4 . It)e5 ! Now the knight
1. c4 c5 2. It)f3 It)f6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 on as suddenly gets into a precarious
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. It)c3 e7 position. 14 . . . . l:tc8 1 5 . l:tfd l ! ':xc3
7. d4 cxd4 16. l:txd8t xd8 17 . .l1i.xc3 xg2 1 8 .
'itlxg2 f6 1 9 . b4! Kupreichik-Novi
(2) kov 1 986 Kuibishev) 1 3 . It)xd5
8. 'ii'xd4! xd5= Geller-Keres 1 955 Goteborg
38 i. d4 CHAPTER 3

9. ... 0-0
9 . ... 'ii' b 8? Aiming to exchange, but
White occupies the d6 square, and
gets an advantage. 10. liJb5 ! (}-() 1 1 .
'ii'x b8 l:laxb8 1 2 . f4 l:lbd8 1 3 . d6 !
..txd6 14.liJxd6 ..ta8 1 5 . l:lfd l White
obtains a considerable space advant
age, while Black is condemned to a
passive defence. Korchnoi - Barcza
1 967 Leningrad
9 . ... a6? ! 10. l:ld l (}-() ( 1 0 . . . . d6
1 1 . b3 ! 'ii'c 7 12 . ..ta3 l:ld8 1 3. 1:[ac l
10. ... 'ii'b 8
'iVb8 Black has seemingly defended
himself, but White lays his finger on Black moves out of the pin, and of
the weakness. 14. l:lc2 0-0 1 5 . l:lcd2 fers an exchange of queens.
liJe8 16. 'ii'e 3 ! ..ta8 1 7 . liJdS ! Ftac
10 . ... d6 1 1 . b3
nik-Stefanov,K 1 98 1 Czechoslova
kia) 1 1 . b3 l:lc8 12 . ..tb2 'ii'c7? ! 1 3 . A) 1 1 . . . . 'ii'd 7? ! In the hedgehog
'ii'xc7 l:lxc7 1 4. liJd5 ! Espig-Ti variation the queen rarely stands
moshchenko 1 993 Berlin well on d7. 1 2 . ..tb2 l:lfd8 1 3 . h3 !
- liJd5 threatening - 1 3 . . . . 'ii'e 8 14.
10. ltdl liJb5 ! But now the queen 's absence
10. e4 d6 1 1 . l:ld l 'ii'b 8 1 2 . b3 is felt on the queenside. 14 . . . . 'ii'f8
1 5 . liJc7 ! e5 ( 1 5 . . . . l:lac8? ! 1 6 .
A) 1 2 . . . . liJe5 ? ! 1 3 . b2 (0 1 3 .
liJxe6 ! fxe6 1 7 . ..txe6t h8 1 8 .
..ta3 ! ) 1 3 . . . . liJxf3t 14. 'ii'xf3 a6
liJg5t Palkovi) 1 6 . 'ii'd2 l:lab8 1 7 .
1 5 . 'ii'e2 liJd7 1 6. l:ld2 l:le8 17.
liJd5 liJxdS 1 8 . cxd5 liJa5 1 9 . ..tc3
l:lad l;!; Sznapik-Rashkovsky 1 974
..ta6 20. e4 liJb7 2 1 . b4 ! Szabo
Sochi
Tatai 1 972 Saraevo
B) 1 2 . . . . l:ld8 1 3 . ..tb2 See: 10 . . . .
'ii'b 8 1 1 . b3 l:ld8 1 2 . b2 d6 1 3 . e4 B) 1 1 . . . . 'ii'b 8 See: 10 . . . . 'ii'b 8
C) 1 2 . . . . liJd7 ! ? 1 3 . 'ii'e 3 l:le8 14. 10 ... l:lc8? ! 1 1 . e4 b4 12. e5 !
.

..tb2 a6 Black employs a typical xc3 1 3 . bxc3 liJe8 14. a3 Black


flexible variation. 1 5 . 'ii'e2 Trying cannot take advantage of the double c
to prevent the break on b5 . 15 . . . . pawns, but Black's own dark-squared
..tf8 1 6 . h4 ! ? liJde5 ! Black tries to weaknesses decide the game in Whi
get rid one of his knights to allow te 's favour. 14 . . . . liJe7 1 5 . 'ii'h4 liJg6
for easier maneuvering. 17. liJg5 f6 ( 1 5 . . . . f6 16. liJd4 ! ..txg2 1 7 . tbxe6+
1 8 . liJh3 liJa7 playing for b5 19. a4 Palkovi) 16. 'ii'x d8 l:lxd8 17. xf8+
'ii'c 7;!; White has a solid advantage Korchnoi-Veresov 1 967 USSR
but it is hard to increase it, Korch 10 . ... b4 1 1 . d2 ( 1 1 . liJb5 d5 !
noi-Skembris 1 993 Beer-Sheva 1 2 . ..td2 'ii'e7 1 3 . xb4 liJxb4 14.
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 39

'iVd6 'iVxd6 I S . ltJxd6 a6 ! = Nikitin 1 8 . f4 ! Secures eS 1 8 . . . . gxf4 1 9 .


Gurgenidze 1 969 USSR) 1 1 . . . . ltJaS gxf4 Petrosian-Portisch 1 974
1 2 . b3 'ike7 1 3 . ltJbS ! Forcing the ex Palma de Mallorca) 1 7 . exd6 xd6
change of bishops, after which the 1 8 . xd6 ltJxd6 19 . .l:td2 The
dark squares become weak. 1 3 . . . . queenside pawn majority offers a
xd2 1 4 . .l:txd2 dS I S . 'iVd6 'iVxd6? solid advantage, Karpov-Petrosian
(o I S . . . . .l:tae8 Then a6,Palkovi) 16. 1 975 Milano
ltJxd6 a6 17. cxdS ltJxdS 18. B) 1 1 . . . . .l:td8 1 2 . eS ? ! This attack is
ltJeS ! Kushnir-Gaprindashvili 1 969 too early because Black can easily
USSR get rid of his advanced pawn. ( 1 2 .
10 . ... 'iVc8 1 1 . b3 ! .l:td8 12. b2 b 3 See: 1 1 . b3) 1 2 . . . . ltJe8 1 3 . b3
8 Panno-Karpov 1 988 Thessa d6 ! 14. exd6 xd6 I S . 'ii'h4 ltJe7 !
loniki 1 3. 'iVxb8 .l:taxb8 14. ltJd4 16. ltJgS h6 1 7 . ltJge4 ltJfS 1 8 .
ltJxd4 I S . .l:txd4 Karpov 'ir'g4= Neamtu-Gipslis 1 994 Biel
(2.1.1) 1 1 . ... l:taxb8

1 1 . 'iVxb8 11 ... .l:tfxb8? ! 1 2 . f4 .l:td8 1 3. ltJbS


.

ltJaS 14. d6 f8 I S . xe7t xe7


was popular in the SO's, but the best
16. ltJd6 ltJe8 ? ! (0 1 6 . . . . .l:tab8 Pal
defence for Black was eventually
kovi) 1 7 . ltJxb7 ltJxb7 1 8 . ltJeS Por
found to lead to equality. Nowadays
tisch-Csom 1 973 Ljubljana
it is a rare variation.
1 1 . h3 .l:td8 1 2 . g4 h6! 1 3 . b3 'iii'xf4
14. xf4 .l:tac8 I S . ltJbS dS 16. ltJeS
ltJxeS 1 7 . xeS a6 1 8 . ltJc3 c6 1 9 .
cxdS ltJxdS 20. ltJxdS xdS= Gorba
toy-Kholmov 1 995 Moscow
1 1 . e4
A) 1 1 . . . . 'iVxf4? ! 1 2 . xf4 .l:tfd8 1 3 .
eS ! Black is pushed back. 1 3 . . . .
ltJe8 14. ltJd4 ( 1 4 . b 3 ltJaS I S . .l:td3
d6 16 . .l:tad l dxeS Black is relived
of the weak pawn, but White's little
advantage persists. 17. ltJxeS xg2
1 8 . xg2 f6 ! 19 . .l:txd8 ':'xd8 20 . 12. f4 l:tbc8
.l:txd8 xd8 2 1 . ltJd3 In the end 12 . .. l:tbd8? 1 3 . ltJbS d5 14. ltJeS !
.

game White's queenside pawn ma And Black got into a n annoying pin,
jority is easier to mobilize, Cherep Benko-Kovacevic,Vl. 1 975 Sombor
kov-Misuchkov 1 974 USSR) 14 . . . .
13. ltJbS
ltJaS A bid to get rid of the pin as
soon as possible. I S . b3 xg2 16. 13. ltJeS d6 ! ( 1 3 . . . . .l:tfd8 ? ! 14. ltJbS !
xg2 d6 ( 1 6 . . . . gS? ! 17. e3 g7 dS Rozenberg-Szabo 1 9S 8 I S . ltJxc6 !
40 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

.l:txc6 1 6 . .l:tac 1 a6 1 7 . Ci:Ja7 .l:tc5 1 8 . .Jtf8 20. xf6 gxf6 2 1 . ':c7 ':xd6=
b4 ! ) 1 4.Ci:Jxc6 xc6 1 5 .xd6 xd6 Schulze-Benko 1 995 Germany
1 6 . .l:txd6 xg2 1 7 . xg2 .l:txc4 1 8 . 13. ... dS!
.l:tad 1 14. cxdS Ci:JxdS
A) 1 8 . . . . g6? ! 1 9 . f3 ! .:lfc8 ( 1 9 . . . . 15. d6
g7 20. e4 threatening e5 20 . . . . e5
15. Ci:Jd6 Ci:Jxf4 1 6.Ci:Jxc8? ! (0 16. gxf4
But now there is a hole on d5 . 2 1 .
.Jtxd6 17. ':xd6=) 1 6 . . . . Ci:Jxe2t 1 7 .
.l:t 1d3 l:tfc8 22. f2 ':4c6 23. e3
fl Ci:Jxg3t 1 8 . hxg3 .l:txc8+ Palkovi
f8 24. ':xc6 ':xc6 25. ':d8t e7
26. ':a8 Olafsson-Tal 1 958 Porto 15. ... a6
roz) 20. e4 ! f8 2 1 . ': 1 d2 Ci:Je8 22. 16. xe7 Ci:Jdxe7
':6d3 .l:t4c5 23. f2 Black is 17. Ci:Jc3 ':'fdS=
forced into a passive defense, Olafs Torre-Giardelli 1 978 Buenos Aires
son-O' Kelly 1 959 Beverwijk
B) 1 8 . . . . g5 ! Making luft and pre 1. c4 cS 2. Ci:Jf3 Ci:Jf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
venting a squeeze on the kingside. b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. Ci:Jc3 e7 7. d4
1 9 . h3 ':fc8 20. f3 Krogius-Geor cxd4 S. xd4 ! Ci:Jc6 9. f4
gadze 1 975 Riga 20 . . . . h5 ! 2 1 . e4 0-0 10. ':dl bS
g4=
(2.1.2)
13. d6 xd6 14. ':xd6 Ci:Je7 A
1 1 . b3 !
multipurpose move avoiding a pin on
the long diagonal, planning Ci:Jf5 and
of course hitting c4. ( 1 4 . . . . .l:tfd8? !
This loses an important tempo. 1 5 .
.l:tad 1 f8 16. b3 e7 17. Ci:Jg5 ! t
Szabo-Ivkov 1 976 Amsterdam)
A) 1 5 . Ci:Jd2 xg2 ( 1 5 . . . . a6? ! 16.
Ci:Jde4 ! Ci:Jxe4 17. xe4 ':c7 18.
':ad 1 t Doda-Gipslis 1 972 Lublin)
16. <iti>xg2 ':c6 !=
B) 1 5 . b3 Ci:Jf5 16. ':d3 dS 17. cxd5
Ci:JxdS 1 8 . Ci:Jxd5 xd5= Bronstejn
13. e4 ':fd8 14. e5 Ci:Je8 1 5 . Ci:Jb5 The most promising move
a6 ! ( 1 5 . . . . a8? ! 16. b3 h6 17. h4
f8 1 8 . ':ac l c5 1 9 . Ci:Je1 a6 20. 1 1 . ... l:[dS
Ci:Jd6 Ci:Jxd6 2 1 . exd6 e5 22. e3 11 . ... d6
Smyslov-Benko 1 975 Szolnok)
A) 12. a3 dS ! After the usual ex
13. ':' ac1 ':fd8 1 4. Ci:Jb5 d5 1 5 . Ci:Je5 changes the position ends up equal.
Ci:Jxe5 16. xe5 a6 1 7 . Ci:Ja7 ':a8 ( 1 7 . 1 3 . xe7 ( 1 3 . 1i'xb8 ':'axb8 1 4 .
. . . ':c5? 1 8 . b4) 1 8 . cxd5 .l:txa7 1 9 . d6 xe7 Ci:Jxe7 1 5 . cxd5 Ci:Jexd5=
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 41

Dambrauskas-Vuckovic 1 993 Bu rotivica) ( 1 3 . . . . l:!.a7 14. tUce4 tUe5


dapest) 1 3 . . . . tUxe7 14. tUe5 dxc4 1 5 . tUxf6t i.xf6 1 6. tUe4 e7 1 7 .
1 5 . xb7 'iWxb7 1 6 . tUxc4 tUed5 l:!.d2 tUg6 1 8 . 'iVe3t Smyslov-An
17. tUxd5 tUxd5 1 8 . 'iWf3 'iWe7= dersson 1 976 Biel) 14. xb7 'iWxb7
Freisler,P-Knazovcik 1 995 Czecho 1 5 . tUce4 tUg6 1 6 . 'iWf3 tUxe4 1 7 .
slovakia tUxe4 'iWc7 1 8 . 'iWc3t Hort-Olafsson
B) 1 2 . b2 1 977 Tilburg
B l ) 12 . . . . tUe5 ? ! 1 3. i.a3 ! Because B3) 1 2 . . . . l:!.d8 See: 1 1 . . . . l:!.d8 1 2 .
of the imprudent tUe5 Black cannot i..b 2 d6
play e5 now, so the d6 pawn stays 11 . ... xf4? ! 1 2 . xf4 l:!.fd8 1 3 .
under pressure. 1 3 . . . . tUxf3t 14. tUb5 ! d5D 1 4 . tUc7 l:!.ac8 1 5 . cxd5
ii.xf3 xf3 1 5 . 'iWxf3 a6 Preventing ttJxd5 16. tUxd5 l:!.xd5 17. tUe5 !
b5 16. b4 ! l:!.c8 1 7. l:!.ac l l:!.a7 1 8 . Ftacnik-Simic,M 198 1 Vrsac
l:!.c2 b 5 1 9 . cxb5 axb5 2 0 . l:!.dc l
Hort-Nicevski 1 970 Yugoslavia 12. i. b2
B2) 12 . . . . a6 The idea is to bring the
12. xb8 The queen exchange does
rook on a8 into play through l:!.a7,
not give any advantage either. 1 2 . . . .
but it is a hard plan to carry out.
l:!.axb8 1 3. f4 l:!.bc8 14. tUe5 ( 1 4 .
B2a) 1 3 . e4 l:!.a7 ( 1 3. . . . 'iWc7 ! ? 14. i.. d6 ! ? tUe8 ! Immediately trying to
l:!.ac l tUe5 Palkovi) 14. 'iWe3 i.a8 get the control of d6 back. 1 5 . xe7
1 5 . 'iWe2 Prevents b5 15 . . . . l:!.d8 1 6 . tUxe7 1 6. tUb5 a6 17. tUd6 tUxd6 1 8 .
ttJe l l:!.ad7 17. l:!.d2 ttJa7 1 8 . l:!.ad l l:!.xd6 l:!.c6 1 9 . l:!.ad l l:!.xd6 20. l:!.xd6
b5 1 9 . e5 ! t After the exchanges ttJc8 2 1 . l:!.d l f8= Tal) ( 1 4. tUb5 d5
White's queenside pawns are easier 1 5 . tUe5 tUxe5 1 6 . xe5 a6 17. tUc3
to mobilize than Black's pawns in b5 ! 1 8 . cxb5 i.c5 ! Robatsch-Bres
the center, Portisch-Tatai Mallorca tian 1 988 Tmava, threatening 1 9 . . . .
1 97 1 i.xf2t and 1 9 . . . . d4) 1 4 . . . . d5 ! ( 1 4.
B2b) 1 3 . 'iWe3 ttJd7 ( 1 3. . . . 'iVc7 ! ? Pal . . . d6? ! 15. ttJxc6 xc6 16. l:!.d2t )
kovi) 14. tUg5 tUc5 1 5 . l:!.d2 h6 16. ( 1 4 . . . . i.a8? ! With this, Black loses
ttJge4 l:!.d8 17. l:!.ad l 'iWc7 18. f4 ! an importamt tempo. 1 5 . tUb5 ! tUxe5
l:!.d7 19. g4 l:!.e8 20. 'iWg3 Ervin 16. xe5 xg2 17. xg2 a6 1 8 .
Sahovic 1977 Lone Pine ttJd6 l:!.c6 1 9 . h3 ! Parrying the threat
of ttJg4 19 . . . . xd6 20. xd6 b5 2 1 .
B2c) 1 3 . l:!.ac l ttJe5 14. a4 ( 1 4. ii.a3 c5 Gelfand-Kholmov 1 988 Klai
b5 ! Palkovi) 14 . . . . 'iWc7 ! 1 5 . a3 peda) 1 5 . cxd5 ( 1 5 . tUxc6 i.xc6 1 6 .
l:!.ad8 1 6 . 'iVd4 l:!.d7 17. e4 l:!.c8 cxd5 tUxd5 17. tUxd5 i.xd5 1 8 .
Vaganian-Petrosian 1 983 USSR
xd5 l:!.xd5 1 9 . l:!.xd5 exd5= The
B2d) 1 3 . tUg5 ttJe5 ( 1 3. ... h6 14. weakness of the d5 pawn has no im
ttJge4 l:!.d8 15. h4 l:!.a7 16. l:!.d2 a8 portance because Black controls the
17. l:!.ad l tUe8 1 8 . g4 ! tUe5 1 9 . c-file.) 1 5 . . . . tUxe5 16. d6 l:!.xd6 ! D
'iVg3 Kovacevic-Spasov 1 976 Vi- 1 7 . xb7 l:!.xc3 1 8 . xe5 l:!.xd l t 1 9 .
42 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

:xd 1 :c2 20. f3 :xa2 2 1 . :c 1 22. d6 xd6 23. :xd6 Stangl


:d2= Timman-Tal 1 987 Kholmov 1 99 1 Bmo) I S . cxdS a6 1 6 .
12. liJgs ! ? 'iWxf4 1 3 . Sl.xf4 liJaS 14. liJc3 liJxdS 17. liJxdS xdS 1 8. :ac 1
liJge4 dS ! It is not advisable to allow f6 19. liJd4 xg2 20. '.t>xg2 '.t>f7? !
liJd6. I S . cxdS ( I S . liJxf6t Sl.xf6 16. (020 . . . . eS;!;) 2 1 . :c7 ! :b7 22. :dc 1
:ac 1 Sl.xc3 17. :xc3 dxc4 18. :xd8t :d7 23. :c8 Romanishin-Gipslis
:xd8 1 9 . Sl.xb7 cxb3 20. axb3 liJxb7 1 973 USSR
2 1 . :c7 liJcs 22. :xa7 liJxb3 23.
Sl.c7= Kholmov) I S . . . . liJxdS 16. 13. gxf4 liJas
liJxdS Sl.xdS 1 7 . :ac 1 :ac8 1 8. :xc8! 14. liJd4 !
:xc8 1 9 . 1iJd6 xd6 20. xd6 xg2
2 1 . '.t>xg2 f6;!; Titov-Kholmov 1 99 1 14. :ac1 dS ! I S . cxdS liJxdS 16.
Bardejov liJxdS xdS 17. liJeS Sl.xg2 1 8 .
'.t>xg2 f6= Dorfman-Hulak 1988 Sa
raevo

14. ... xg2

14 . ... ds? ! I S . cxdS liJxdS 16. liJxdS


Sl.xdS 17. liJfS ! Sl.f8 1 8 . Sl.xdS exdS
1 9 . :d3 ! f6 20. :ad 1 :ac8 2 1 . liJe3
Karpov-Andersson 1 989 Marostica

15. xg2 ds
16. cxds liJxds
17. liJxds :xds
(2.1.2.1) IS. e4 ! :ddS
12. ... 'ilY'xf4 19. :ac1 a6
12 . ... a6 1 3 . :ac 1 'ikxf4?! ( 1 3 . . . . d6 20. fs !;!;
1 4. 'iVe3 bS ! l S . liJe4 liJxe4 16. 'iixe4
liJeS 17. 'iie3 liJxf3t 1 8 . exf3 Sl.f8= White is more active, Benko-Saidy
Pekarek-Zaichik 1 986 Tbilisi) 14. 1 969 USA
gxf4 liJaS? (0 1 4 . . . . :ab8;!;) l S . liJa4 !
:ab8 ( I S . . . . bS 16. liJb6 :a7 1 7 . 1 . c4 cs 2. liJf3 liJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
cS ! ) 16. eS ! d6 17. c3 liJd7 1 8 . b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. liJc3 e7 7. d4
liJd4 Cebalo-Hulak 1 989 Yugosla cxd4 S. 'ilY'xd4! liJc6 9. -.f4
via 0-0 10. :dl -.bS 1 1 . b3 !
12 . ... liJaS 1 3 . 'iix b8 :axb8 14. liJbS :dS I2. b2
dS ( 1 4 . . . . a6 I S . liJd6 c6 16. liJeS ! (2.1.2.2)
Sl.xg2 17. '.t>xg2 :f8 1 8 . g4 ! liJc6 1 9 .
gS liJxeS 2 0 . Sl.xeS liJhS 2 1 . liJe4 :b7 12. ... d6
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 43

'iia7 1 7 . 'Wxa7 ! l:r.xa7 1 8 . tiJc3 bxc4


1 9 . bxc4 tiJaS Usually it is better for
Black if the c4 pawn is isolated, but
now the black pieces are com
pletely misplaced, and the dS is
weak as well, so White stands bet
ter. 20. tiJdS Rodriguez-Debamot
1 975 Las Palmas
B) 14. h3 bS? The beginning of a bad
combination (0 1 4 . . . . tiJd7 Palkovi)
I S . cxbS axbS 1 6 . tiJxbS tiJxe4 1 7 .
13. e4 'iVxe4 tiJeS 1 8 . 'iif4 i.. xf3 1 9 .
13. tiJe4? ! A safe move, but Black tiJxd6 ! xd l 2 0 . i.xeS i.xd6 2 1 .
equalizes. 1 3 . . . . tiJxe4 1 4 . 'Wxe4 xd6 l:r.xd6 22. i.xa8 Portisch,L
tiJeS ! I S . 'Wf4 tiJg6 1 6. 'iid4 f8= Larsen 1 966 Santa Monica
Smejkal-Hort 1 970 Czechoslovakia C) 14. 'iie 3 'iia7? ! (0 1 4 . . . . 'Wc7 I S .
13. l:r.ac 1 a6 14. 'iie 3 bS ! After the a l l:r.ac l tiJeS;i; Palkovi) I S . tiJe l l:r.ab8
rook leaves i ts place, i t i s easier for 16. tiJc2 a8 1 7 . 'iie2 1i'b7 1 8 .
Black to play bS because the a2 pawn a4 ! The black pieces stand quite
is hanging . I S . a l h6 ! ? 16. h3 bxc4? ! poorly, Tajmanov-Kholmov 1 967
( 1 6 . . . . 'iVa7 ! ? 17. 'Wxa7 tiJxa7tz Pal USSR
kovi) 1 7 . bxc4 'iia7 ( 1 7 . . . . 'iic7 ? ! 1 8 . 14. tiJd4 a6
tiJdS ! ) 1 8 . 'iixa7 ! l:r.xa7 1 9 . tiJa4 ! 15. h3 iY'a7 !
tiJd7 20. tiJd4;i; The White pieces are Black puts the queen on a7 rather
more active and the rook does not than c7, so that after l:r.ac8 'iia 8 can
stand so well on a7, Romanishin-Gip follow.
slis 1 987 Yurmala 16. iY'e3 l:r.ac8
13. tiJ g5 tiJeS 14. tiJce4 tiJxe4 I S . 17. l:r.d2 tiJed7
tiJxe4 tiJg6 16. 'Wf3 fS? ! 17. 'Wc3 eS 18. l:r.adl iY'a8
1 8 . tiJd2 i.xg2 1 9 . 'it?xg2 'iib 7t 20. 19. 'iit h2 i.f8;t;
'iif3 ! 1i'xf3t 2 1 . tiJxf3 'it?f7 22 . tiJd2 Both player have completed their de
dS 23. cxdS l:r.xdS 24. e4 ! fxe4 2S. velopment. White is more active, but
tiJxe4 Schulze-Fahnenschmidt 1 995 Black's set-up is stable, Novikov
Germany Rosentalis 1 98 8 Odessa
13. ... tiJe5
13 . ... tiJd7 ! ? Then tiJdeS,Palkovi 1. c4 c5 2. tiJf3 tiJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
13 . ... a6 i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tiJc3 i.e7
7. d4 cxd4 8. iY'xd4
A) 14. l:r.ac l bS I S . tiJe2 eS? This
weakens the position for no reason. (2.2)
(o I S . . . . tiJd7tz Palkovi) 1 6 . 'We3 8. ... O-O ! ?
44 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

C) 9 . . . . lLlc6 10. 'ii'd2 ( 1 O.'ii'f4 See: 8 .


. . . lLlc6) 1 0 . . . . lLla5 1 1 . b3 d5 ! 1 2 .
cxd5 lLlxd5 1 3 .lLlxd5 "'xd5 1 4 ....e l
'ii'h5 Karpov-Andersso n Maros
tica 1 989
D) 9 . . . . 'ii'c 8 10. i.. f4 ( 1 0. 'ii'f4 lLla6
1 1 . b3 d5 ! 1 2 . i.b2 dxc4 1 3 . l:tac l
'ii'c7 ! ",,) 1 0 . . . . lLlc6 1 1 . 'ii'd2 lLla5
1 2 . b3 i..b4 1 3 . i.. e5 lLle4 14. ""2
lLlxc3 1 5 . i.. x c3 i.. x c3 16. 'ii'x c3;J;;
Savon-Tukmakov 1 970 USSR

This is also a possible variation, 9. ... lLlc6


which often leads to the main line. 9 . ... d6 See: 8 . . . . d6
9. e4 9 . ... "'c8 ? ! 10. e5 ! lLlc6 Kushnir-
GaprindashviIi 1 969 USSR 1 1 . 'ii'h4 !
Threatening to play e5 when the op lLle8 ( 1 1 . . . . lLld5 1 2 . cxd5 ! .txh4 1 3 .
portunity arises. dxc6) 1 2 . i.. g 5
9. i.. f4! ? Trying to go into d6 imme 9 . ... lLla6 ? ! 10. e5 ! lLle8 1 1 . l:tdl d6
diately. 9 . . . . d6 10. 1i'd2 "'c8 ! 1 1 . 1 2 . i.. f4 dxe5 1 3 . 'ii'x d8 .txd8 14.
l:tac l l:td8 1 2 . l:tfd l ( 1 2 . b3 lLlbd7 1 3 . lLlxe5 i.. x g2 1 5 . 'it>xg2 lLlf6 16. lLlb5 !
"'c2 lLlc5 1 4 . l:fdl h6= Black has Bukic-Forintos 1 975 Vrsac
developed normally and has no prob
lems, Paunovic,D-Cabrilo Vrnjacka 10. "'e3
Banja 1 988) 12 . . . . lLlbd7 ! 1 3 . "'e l
10. "'d3 ? ! d5 ! 1 1 . e5 lLld7 1 2 . cxd5
lLlfS 14. lLlb5 lLle8 White cannot in
crease the pressure any more. 1 5 . h4 lLlb4 1 3 . "'e4 lLlxd5 14. "'g4 Korch
a6 16. lLlc3 "'c7= Romanishin-Gar noi-Gipslis 1 967 USSR 14. ' " lLlxc3
1 5 . i.. h 6 i.. f6 !
cia,G 1 977 Leningrad
9. b3 lLlc6 1 0. "'d2? ! (0 10. "'f4 10. ... i.. c S! ?
""8 1 1 . l:td l See: 8 . . . lLlc6) 1 0 . . . . d5 !
An unusual plan
1 1 . cxd5 exd5 1 2 . "'d l ( 1 2 . l:td l ? !
lLle4 ! ) 1 2 . . . . l:te8 1 3 . i.. b 2 i.. c 5 1 4 . a3 10 . ... d6 1 1 . l:tdl "'c7 1 2 . b3 a6;J;;
a5 Black has enough play for the
11. 'ii'e2 d6
isolated pawn,Garcia,G-Dzindzichas
12. b3 lLld7
viii 1 978 Buenos Aires
13. i.. b2 lLldeS
9 l:d l
.
14. l:adl 'ii'e 7
A) 9 . . . . d6 See: 8 . . . . d6 9. l:td l 0-0 15. lLlbS a6
16. lLlbd4;t
B) 9 . . . . d5 ? ! An early attempt to
equalize. 10. lLle5 i.. c 5 1 1 . 'iWh4 Smejkal-Gligoric 1 977 Vrbas
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 45

1. c4 c5 2. tiJt3 tiJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 10. tiJb5 ! d5


b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tiJc3 e7 1 1 . cxd5 xd5
7. d4 cxd4 8. -.xd4 12. tiJc3

(2.3) Opening the d-file, on which White


can exert pressure.
8. ... d6
12. ::tac 1 ! ? 0--0 1 3 . tiJc7 c5 ? ! ( 1 3 .
. . . l:tc8 1 4.tiJxd5 tiJxd5 1 5 . l:txc8 'W'xc8
16. xe7 tiJxe7 1 7 . l:tda Palkovi) 14.
'W'f4 ! tiJh5 1 5 . xd8 tiJxf4 16. gxf4
l:tfxd8 1 7 . tiJxd5 exd5 1 8 . l:tfd l tiJf6
19. tiJe5 Nickoloff-Stone,B Canada
1 987
12. ... c6 !
Defending d7 and preventing 'W'a4.
12 . ... O-O ? ! 1 3. tiJxd5 tiJxd5 14.
xe7 'W'xe7 15. l:tac l l:tac8 1 6 . l:tfd l
l:tfd8 1 7 . e4 tiJ5f6 1 8 . e5
The most frequently played move by 12 . ... b7 1 3 . J:r.fd l h6 ( 1 3 . . . . O--O ?
Black. 14. tiJe5 ! ) 14. xf6 xf6 1 5 . 'W'a4 a6
16. tiJe5 ! b5 17. tiJxb5 ! axb5 1 8 .
(2.3.1) 'W'xb5 xe5 1 9 . 'W'xb7 :b8 20. 'it'a7 !
9. g5 l:tc8 2 1 . 'W'a4t

White does not want to lose time de 13. ::tfd l 0-0


veloping the rook, and Black always 13 . ... -'c8 14. :ac l ""7 1 5 . b4 ! b5
has to count on the possibility of 16. a4 ! a6 17. tiJxb5 ! axb5 1 8 . l:txc6
.ixf6 and the attack of the d6 pawn. 'W'xc6 1 9 . tiJe5 'W'a6 20. axb5 -.a7 2 1 .
xa8 'W'xd4 22. l:txd4 tiJxe5 23. f4+
(2.3.1.1)
Sapi,Schneider,A
9. ... tiJbd7 ? ! 14. -.f4 !
Black would like t o take back on f6 14. -'c4 ! ? 'W'c8 ( 1 4 . . . . :c8 1 5 . 'W'a6
with the knight, but now the fact that 'W'c7 1 6 .tiJb5 ! xb5 1 7 . 'it'xb5;t Ftac
he 's behind in development will be nik) 1 5 . e4 h6 Korchnoi-Ftacnik 1 984
felt as the position. Biel ( 1 5 . . . . tiJc5 ? ! 16. e5 tiJd5 17. b4 !
9 . ... h6? White wants to take on f6 tiJd7 1 8 . tiJxd5 exd5 1 9 . 'W'h4
anyway. 10. xf6 xf6 1 1 . -.d3 ! A Kengis-Shabalov 1 985 Yurmala) 1 6 .
sly move. 1 1 . . . . O--O ? ? (0 1 1 . . . . tiJa6 f4 ! Hinders e 5 1 6 . . . . b5 1 7 . tiJxb5
Palkovi) 1 2 . tiJg5 hxg5 1 3 . xb7+ 'W'b7 1 8 . tiJc3 ! tiJb6 1 9 . ""3 tiJxe4
Illescas-Adams 1 992 Chalkidiki 20. tiJd4 tiJxc3 2 1 . .i.xc6 tiJe2t 22.
46 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

'it>f1 xd4 23 . .i.xb7 xb3 24. axb3 1. c4 c5 2. f3 f6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2


l:tadS 25 .l:txdS l:txdS 26. l:txa7 Ftac i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. c3 i.e7 7. d4
nik cxd4 S. 'ii'x d4 d6 9. i.g5
14. e5 ? ! xe5 1 5 . 'ii'xe5 'tieS ! 16. (2.3.1.2)
'tic7 .i.xg2 17. 'it>xg2 h6 IS . .i.f4
i.b4 1 9 . .i.d6 .i.xd6 20. l:txd6 'ticS= 9. ... O-O? !
Schussler-Suba 1 9S2 Luzem

14. ... d5

14 . ... h6? ! A risky move. 15 . .i.xh6 !


gxh6 16. 'tixh6 h7 17. h4 ! 'tic7 I S .
g5 .i.xg5 1 9 . hxg5 i.xg2 20. 'it>xg2
.l:tfdS 2 1 . l:td4 ! dfS (2 1 . . . . 'tie5 22.
l:tad 1 dfS 23. e4 ! ) 22. l:th4 'tie5
23. e4 'tig7 24. l:tab 1 ! White 's at
tack is so strong, he can even afford
to exchange queens. 24 . . . . l:td5 25 .
f6t xf6 26. gxf6 'tixh6 27. l:txh6
g6 2S. l:th7 l:tadS 29. l:tg7t 'it>fS 30.
l:thh7 l:tSd7 3 1 . f4 ! +- Black cannot 10. l:tfd 1 !
even move, Sapi,Schneider,A
1 0 . i.xf6 ? ! i.xf6 1 1 . 'tid3 threaten
14 . ... 'iVb8 1 5 . l:tac 1 ! 'tixf4 16. gxf4 ! ing g5 1 1 . . . . c6 ! 1 2 . l:tad 1 b4
l:tfdS 17. e5 ! .i.xg2 I S . 'it>xg2 c5 1 3 . 'tid2 'tie7 ( 1 3 . . . . d5 ? 14. a3) 14.
1 9. c6 l:txd 1 20. l:txd 1 'it>f8 2 1 . b4 e4 i.xe4 1 5 . 'tixb4 threatening c5
a6 22. xe7 'it>xe7 23. a3 c7 24. 1 5 . . . . .i.xf3 ! (15 . . . . d5? ! 16. 'tixe7
e4 ! .i.xe7 17. cxd5 .i.xd5 I S . d4 l:tfdS
1 9 . .i.xd5 l:txd5 20. c6 ! .i.f6 2 1 .
15. xd5 i.xd5 l:txd5 exd5 22 . b3 l:tcs 23. l:te l fS
16. i.xe7 'fixe7 24. l:tc2;!;) 1 6 . .i.xf3 l:tadS 17. l:td2
17. e4 i.c6 'tic7 I S . l:tfd 1 i.e7= Palkovi
18. 'fid6! 'ii'x d6
19. l:txd6 l:tac8 10. ... c6
20. d4 b8
21. xc6 ':'xc6 10 . ... h6? ! 1 1 . .i.xf6 i.xf6
22. ':'xc6 xc6 A) 1 2 . 'tixd6 ? ! After this sacrifice
23 . .l:tc1 l:tcS Black gets counterplay. 12 . . . . 'tixd6
24. f4 ! f8 1 3 . l:txd6 a6 ( 1 3 . . . . .i.xc3 ? Giving
25. i.f1 e7 up the e5 square too early 14. bxc3
26. l:td1;!; a6 1 5 . e5 ! ) 1 4. l:te l l:tfdS 1 5 .
l:txdSt l:txdS 1 6 . l:tdl l:tcS ! Ser
Sapi,Schneider,A per-Notkin 1 994 St. Petersburg
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 47

B) 1 2 . f4 ! From here the queen de 1 . c4 cS 2. lLJt3 lLJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2


fends c4, prevents Black's play and i.b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. lLJc3 i.e7 7. d4
attacks d6. 1 2 . . . . i.xc3 1 3. bxc3 cxd4 S. 'ii'xd4 d6 9. i.gS
lLJa6 14. lhd6 ike7 1 5 . l:tad l Ser
per-Nepomnishay 1 995 St. Peters
(2.3.1.3)
burg 9. ... a6 !
10 . ... a6? ! 1 1 . i.xf6 ! gxf6 1 2 . lLJe4
Gulko-Sherzer 1 987 New York
10 . ... lLJeS 1 1 . i.xe7 ikxe7 1 2 . ikh4 ! ?
.xh4 1 3 . lLJxh4 i.xg2 14. lLJxg2 lLJc6
1 5 . lLJb5 lLJa5 16. lLJe3 lLJb7 17. l:td3;!;
Larsen-Adams 1 990 Cannes
10 . ... lLJa6? ! 1 1 . l:tac l h6 1 2 . i.xf6
i.xf6 1 3 . 'ii'xd6 'ii'xd6 14. l:txd6 lLJc5
1 5 . b4 ! i.xc3D 16. bxc5 i.b2 ( 1 6 . . . .
i.b4? 1 7 . l:td7 ! ) 1 7 . l:tcd l ! ( 1 7 . l:tb 1 ? !
i.a3 1 8 . l:td7 i.e4 ! + Palkovi) 1 7 . . . .
bxc5 1 8 . l:tb 1 i.xf3 19. i.xf3 l:tab8
20. l:ta6 i.c3 2 1 . l:tb5 l:tbd8 22. The best move. It prevents lLJb5 and
l:txa7 Stanec-Lobron 1 995 Ptuj makes way for l:ta l -<i 1 defending the
10 . ... lLJbd7 1 1 . lLJb5 ! d5 1 2 . cxd5 d6 pawn when necessary.
i.xd5 1 3 . lLJc3 See: 9 . . . . lLJbd7 10. 10. i.xf6
lLJb5
10. lLJa4? ! b5 ! ( 1 0 . . . . lLJbd7? 1 1 .
1 1 . "'f4 ! lLJeS i.xf6 ! )
11 . ... bS 1 2 . l:td2 lLJe5 1 3 . lLJxe5 ! 10. l:tfd l lLJbd7 See: 6 . . . . a6 7. d4
Although the weak d6 pawn disap cxd4 8. ikxd4 d6 9. i.g5 lLJbd7 10.
pears, White will occupy the open d l:tfd 1 i.e7
file ; so White keeps the advantage. 10. ... i.xf6
13 . . . . dxe5 14. 'iVh4 i.xg2 1 5 . 'it>xg2
ikb7t 1 6 . f3 l:tac8 17. l:tadl e4 1 8 . (2.3.1.3 1)
b3;!; Karpov-Smirin 1 988 Moscow
1 1 . 'fid3 lta7 !
12. i.xe7 'fixe7 1 1 . ... i.e7 ! ? 1 2 . l:fd 1 l:ta7 ! ( 1 2 . . . .
13. l:tac1 lLJd7 ? ! 1 3 . lLJe4 i.xe4 1 4. ikxe4 ltc8
13. lLJd4 ! ? lLJxd4 14. 'fixd4 i.xg2 1 5 . l:tac 1 0-0 1 6 .lLJd4 ! i.f6 1 7.b3 ikc7
1 5 . 'it>xg2;!; Stohl 1 8 . l:tc2;!; Hubner-Ljubojevic 1 982
Bugojno) 1 3 . lLJe4 0-0 See: 1 1 . . . . :a7
13. ... l:dS 1 2 . l:tfd l i.e7
14. b3;!;
11 . ... O-O? 1 2 . l:tfd l i.e7 1 3 . lLJg5 !
Gostisa-Atlas 1 995 Ptuj i.xg5 14. i.xb7 l:ta7 1 5 . i.e4 ! Black
48 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

is hanging in two places, so he must 12. l::tfd l .ie7 1 3 . lLle4 Now the plan
make even more concessions. I S . . . . of lLld4, f4 would not be reasonable
fS 1 6 . .ig2 l:!.d7 17. f4 .if6 1 8 . e4 ! because the rook is not on f1 any
Vaganian-Hubner 1 984 Thessaloniki more. 1 3 . . . . O-O! 14. l:!.ac 1 .ia8 I S .
1 1 . .. 'ilic7 1 2 . l:!.ad l .ie7
.
'tie3 ( I S . a 3 l:!.d7 1 6 . b 4 h 6 Black
prevents lLlgS before playing 'tic7 .
A) 1 3. lLle4 O-O! 14. lLlfgS g6 I S .
17. lLlc3 'tic7 1 8 . h4 l:!.c8 1 9 . 'tie3
'tid4 h 6 ! ( I S . . . . lLld7? ! 1 6 . .ih3 ! 1'
l:!.dd8 20. lLla4 lLld7 2 1 . lLlb2 'ii'b 8 =
Ftacnik-Short 1 983 Hastings) 16.
Zagorskis-Greenfeld 1 995 Vilnius)
lLlf3 .ixe4 17. 'tixe4 lLlc6= Palkovi
I S . . . . lLlc6 16. lLlc3 'ii'b 8 17. lLld4
B) 1 3 . lLld4 ! .ixg2 14. Iitxg2 lLlc6 I S . lLleS 1 8 . b3 l:!.c8= Black is developed
f4 0-0 ( I S . . . . g6? ! 1 6. b3 lLlxd4 1 7 . and his pieces stand harmoniously,
'tixd4 0-0 1 8 . l:!.f3 l:!.fd8 19. fS ! Grigorian-Karpov 1 975 USSR
gxfS 20. e41' Greenfeld-Browne
1 984 Thessaloniki ) ( 1 S . . . . lLlxd4 12. ... .i e7
16. 'tixd4 0-0 17. fS l:!.ac8 1 8 . fxe6 13. lLle4
fxe6 1 9 . 'tig4 'tixc4 20. l:!.d4 'tic6t
13. lLld4 .ixg2 14. xg2 'tic8 ! Reser
2 1 . l:!.e4 .if6 22. 'tixe6+ Ftacnik
Browne 1 985 Naestved) 1 6. lLlxc6 veing the 2nd rank for the rook and
( 1 6. b3 ! ? followed by fS, Palkovi) defending the e6 pawn, which can be
16 . . . . 'tixc6t 17. l:!.f3 bS ! 1 8 . cxbS important after an f4-fS attack. ( 1 4 . . . .
axbS 1 9 . 'tixbS 'tixbS 20. lLlxbS l:!.c7? ! I S . f4 ! The f4-fS attack i s a
l:!.fb8 2 1 . lLlxd6 l:!.xb2= Bellin reccuring theme in this variation. I S .
Browne 1 986 Reykjavik . . . lLlc6 16. lLlxc6 'tia8 17. l:!.f3 'tixc6
1 8. b3 Ehlvest-Greenfeld 1 983
11 . ... .ixf3 ? ! 1 2 . exf3 ! l:!.a7 1 3 . f4 Groningen) ( 1 4. . . . O-O? ! Castling
0-0 14. l:!.ad l Nikolic,Pr.-Deze 1 982 right into White's attack. 1 5 . f4 g6 1 6 .
Novi Sad g4 ! ? 'tic8 17. fS1' Konopka-Brustkem
1 993 Germany) I S . f4
A) 1 5 . . . . l:!.c7? Pawn hunting is al
ways dangerous before completing
development. 16. fS ! eS Nikolic,Pr
Ribli 1 982 Luzem 1 7 . f6 ! exd4
Otherwise lLlfS 1 8. fxg7 l:!.g8 1 9 .
'tixh7+- Nikolic,Pr.
B) IS . . . . lLlc6 ? ! 1 6 . f5 ! lLle5 1 7 . 'tie4
0-0 1 8 . fxe6 fxe6 1 9 . l:!.xf8t .ixf8
20. lLlf3 ! Diverting away Black's
best piece. 20 . . . . lLlxc4 2 1 . b3 lLleS
22. lLlxe5 dxe5 23. 'tixeS Dorf
12. l:!.adl man-Psakhis 1 984 USSR
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 49

C) 15 . . . . g6 16. f5 ! ? gxf5 17. e4 fxe4 18 . ... b S 1 9. cxb5 axb5 20. l:lc2


1 8 . ttJxe4 f5 ! 1 9.ttJg5 ! ? ( 1 9 . ttJxf5 ? ! 'ii'a 5 Atlas
cxf5 20. l:lxf5 'ii'c6 2 1 . 'ii'f3 l:lf8 ! +)
19. ttJd4 !
( 1 9. ttJc3 ttJc6 ! 20. 'ii'e2 ttJxd4 2 1 .
'ifh5t d7 22. l:lxd4 'ii'c 5 White 19. b3? ! b5 ! + And now White can
has some initiative for the pawn, not occupy the c-file.
hut Black has better chances, Tal
19. ... ..tf6
Gavrikov 1 985 Tallin) 19 . . . . ..txg5
20. h4 'ii'c s
20. ttJxe6 'ii'xe6 2 1 . l:lde l 'ii'xe l 22.
21. b3 dS!=
l:txe l t l:le7 23. 'ii'd4 l:lg8 ! 24.
l:txe7t xe7 25. 'ii'xb6 ttJd7 26. Korchnoi-Atlas 1 995 Ptuj
'iVxa6 l:lb8 ! 27. b3 ..te3= Tal-Short
1985 Naestved 1 . c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 ..tg2

J) 15 . . . . ttJd7 ! 1 6 . b3 g6 1 7 . e4 l:lc7 ..tb7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 ..te7 7. d4


1 8 . ttJce2 'ii'b 7 Gschnitzer-Ftac cxd4 8. 'ii'x d4 d6 9 . ..tgS a6
nik 1 993 Germany 10 . ..txf6 ..txf6
(2.3.1.32)
13 . ... O-O!
1 1 . 'ii'f4
13 . ... ..txe4 14. 'ii'xe4 After this,
White has less of an advantage.
14. 'ii'e3

White cannot take on d6 because of


14 . . ..txf3 followed by l:ld7 .
. .

1 4. l:td2 'ii'c7 ( 1 4 . . . . ttJd7 ? ! 1 5 . l:lfd l


lilc5 16. ttJxc5 bxc5 17. ttJe l ! 'ii'a 5
1 8 . ..txb7 l:lxb7 1 9 . b3;j; Black is
forced to a passive sit and wait, Ro
manishin-Vaisser 1 982 Sochi) 1 5 .
lileg5 g 6 1 6. h 4 ttJd7 17. b 3 ttJf6 ! 1 8 .
li)d4 ..txg2 1 9 . xg2 'ii'b7 t 20. f3
White still wants to attack d6, but
115= Smyslov-Short 1 985 Montpellier
here Black canno t annoy the queen so
14. ... ..ta8 much.
IS. l:td2 l:[d7
(2.3.1.321)
16. l:tfdl 'ii'c7
17. 'ii'f4 11. ... ..txf3 ! ?

1 7. b3 b5 ! Now this move i s not so bad com


pared to when the queen is on d3,
17 . ... ..txe4! because after 1 2 . exf3, White cannot
18. 'ii'xe4 l:tc8 ! ? play a quick f4. That is why White
50 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

usually does not recaprure with the open file belongs to White's tripled
pawn. major pieces. 2 1 . . . . d4 22. l:td3
Karpov - Browne 1983 Bath) 16.
12. 'iixf3
.tg2 'ikc7 17. b3 g6t Palkovi
12 .txf3 l:ta7

12. ... l:ta7


A) 1 3 . l:tad l i.eS ! ? ( 1 3 . . . . i.e7 14. 13. lUd l
b3 0-0 15. lbe4 l:td7 16. h4 'ikc7
17. a4 lbc6 1 8 . .tg2 lbb4 ! 19. 1:tc l 1 3 . l:tadl 0-0 14. b3 lbd7 ! ? ( 1 4 . . . .
dS ! = Christiansen - Browne 1 995 l:td7 I S . l:td3 'ikc7 1 6 . l:tfd l i.e7 1 7 .
San Francisco) 14. 'ike3 ( 1 4. 'iid2 ! ? a4 l:tc8 1 8 . h4 l:tdd8= With the plan of
Palkovi) 1 4 . . . . l:tc7 1 5 . b 3 bS 16. lbd7, Greenfeld-Ftacnik 1 988 Gron
lbe4 bxc4 17. bxc4 l:txc4 18. ingen) 1 5 . lbe4 ( 1 5 . l:txd6?? lbeS-+)
lbxd6t .txd6 1 9. 'ikd3 l:ta4 20. 1 5 . . . . i.e7 16. 'ikf4 lbes 17. 'ikd2 l:td7
'ii xd6 'ikxd6 2 1 . l:txd6 l:txa2 22. 1 8 . f4 lbg4 19. fS dS ! Hebert
];te l 0-0 23. l:tc7 Velikov-Ftacnik Greenfeld 1 984 Thessaloniki
1 984 Trnava
13. ... 0-0
B) 1 3 . l:tfd l i.eS The white bishop
blocks the way of the f-pawn, so 13 . ... l:[d7 14. l:tac l 0-0 1 5 . b3 \ic7
Black can defend d6 like this too. 1 6. a4 l:tc8 17. lba2 \id8 1 8 . 'ikd3 as !
14. 'ikd2 ( 1 4. 'ike3 ? ! l:tc7 1 5 . b3 bS ! It is unusual to play aS in this open
Now lbe4 is not good, unlike after ing, but in this position it is correct.
l:tad l . 16. l:tab l 0-0 17. lbe4 bxc4 1 9 . i.e4 h6 20. 'ikf3 'ikc7 2 1 . l:td2
1 8 . bxc4 l:txc4 1 9 . .tg2 lbc6+ lba6= Salov-Portisch 1 987 Szirak
White has nothing for the pawn,
Andersson-Browne 1 98 1 Brazilia) 14. l:tac1
14 . . . . 0-0 ( 1 4 . . . . l:tc7 ? ! 1 5 . lbe4 !
l:txc4 16. lbxd6t i.xd6 17. \ixd6 14. l:td2 l:td7 1 5 . l:te l 'ikc7 16. b3
'ikxd6 1 8 . l:txd6 l:tb4 19. l:te l t l:tc8 17. a4 lbc6? ! ( 1 7 . . . . \id8 ! ? fol
White got a dangerous attack.) 1 5 . lowed by lbc6, Palkovi) 1 8 . 'iix c6 !
l:tae l l:td7 ( 1 5 . . . . fS? ! 16. e 3 g S 17. Simplifying into a better endgame.
.tg2 f4 Black is doing everything ( 1 8 . lbdS?? exdS 1 9 . cxdS lbeS-+)
to avoid moving the bishop from 1 8 . . . . 'ii'xc6 19. i.xc6 l:txc6 20.
eS , but the price is that the white lba2 ! t Andersson-Browne 1 982 Til
squares become weak. 1 8 . 'ike2 ! burg
l:tg7 1 9 . lbe4 'ike7 20. l:td2t ) ( 1 5 . 14. ... lbd7
. . . bS? A typical move, but i t is 15. b3 \ib8
wrong here. 16. 'ike3 ! Forcing the 16. 'ii'd 3 .t e7
rook off the a-file. 1 6 . . . . l:td7 17. 17. e3 l:tc8
cxbS axbS 18. b4 ! Fixing the weak 18. a4 l:tac7
bS pawn, and threatening to take it 19. h3 g6
immediately. 1 8 . . . . i.xc3 19. 1:txc3
dS 20. \ics 'ikf6 2 1 . l:tdc l The only Ribli-Hoffmann,M 1 994 Germany
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 SI

1 . c4 c5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .ig2 B) 16 . . . . .l:te8 17 . .l:td2 .l:tc7 1 8 . e3


.ib7 5. 0-0 e6 6. lLlc3 .ie7 7. d4 i.fS 1 9 . 'iWb 1 lLld7 20 . .l:tfd l An
cxd4 8. xd4 d6 9 . .ig5 a6 dersson-Grunfeld 1 982 Luzem
10 . .ixf6 .ixf6 1 1 . 'ii'f4
12. ... .ie7
(2.3.1.322) 13. lLle4

1 1 . ... 0-0 Now Black has to give up the b7


bishop.
13. ... .ixe4
14. 'iixe4 .l:ta7
15. lLld4

15. 'iie 3 ! ? A suggestion of Laszlo


Sapi and Attila Schneider. The ana
lysis connected to it is their work too.
A) IS . . . . lLlc6 1 6 . .l:tac 1 'iWb8 1 7 . .l:td3 !
:c8 ( 1 7 . . . . dS 1 8 . cxdS lLlb4 1 9 .
d6 ! i.xd6 2 0 . l:tdd l lLldS 2 1 . 1Wd3
threatening e4 2 1 . . . . i.cs 22. lLld4 !
.ixd4 23. 1Wxd4 .l:td7 24. i.xdS
Black does not make hasten to take .l:txdS 2S. 1Wc4 bS 26. 1Wc6;!; In this
on f3 . This is also a viable continua materially equal position White is
tion. more active.) 1 8 . .l:tb3 bS 1 9 . cxbS
axbS 20 . .l:txc6! .l:txc6 2 1 . lLld4 .l:tcS
12. :fdl
22. lLlc6 1Wc7 (22 . . . . .l:txc6 23.
12. l:tad l (.l:tfd l seems to be more i.xc6 .l:txa2 24. .l:txbS 1Wc7 2S.
natural, but if White doubles on the 1Wb6 ! In spite of the opposite-col
d-file it doesn't matter which rook oured bishops, Black has problems
goes to dl first.) 12 . . . . .ie7 1 3 . lLle4 in the endgame because of the b2
i.xe4 14. 'iWxe4 .l:ta7 I S . lLld4 'fic8 pawn.) 23. lLlxa7 1Wxa7 24 . .l:txbS
1 6. b3 1Wxa2 2S . .l:tb8t .ifS 26. i.e4;!;
A) 1 6 . . . . 'ficS ? ! The queen will not be B) IS . . . . 'fic7 16 . .l:tac 1 .l:tc8? ! (0 1 6 .
well-placed here. 17. a4 .l:tc7 1 8 . . . . .l:te8 Palkovi) 17. lLld4 ! Not let
.l:td2 'ii'eS ( 1 8 . . . . lLld7? 1 9 . lLlxe6 ! ting the black knight out. Black also
fxe6 20. 1Wxe6t .l:tf7 2 1 . .idS lLleS has to consider lLlxe6 in some posi
22 . b4 ! 1Wxb4 23. f4+- Kavalek) 1 9 . tions. 17 . . . . i.f6 1 8 . 1Wd2 1Wd8 1 9 . '
'ii'b l l:tfc8 20 . .l:tfd l lLld7? (020 . . . . 'ii'b4 i.e7 20. 'iWb3 .l:tac7 2 1 . .ih3 !
g6;!; Kavalek) 2 1 . b4 ! g6 (2 1 . . . .
'i'd7 22. cS ! t
.l:txc4? 22. i.b7) 22. bS ! axbS 23. C) I S . . . . .l:tc7 1 6 . .l:tac l 1Wc8 ( 1 6 . . . .

cxbS dS 24. lLlc6 Kavalek-Velikov lLld7 1 7. lLld4 ! lLleS 1 8 . b3;!;) ( 1 6 . . . .


1 984 Solingen .l:te8 ! ? Palkovi) 17. lLld4 ! Defend-
52 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

ing the c4 pawn tactically. 1 7 . . . . A) I S . . . . ':cS ? ! The rook cS here


.i.f6? ! After this Black has to only causes trouble. 1 9 . ':a2 .i.fS
reckon with the weak d6 pawn. ( 1 7 . 20. e3 'it'e7? ! (020 . . . . ttJd7 then
. . . ':xc4? I S. ttJc6 ! ':xc6 1 9 . .i.xc6 ttJf6 followed by dS, Palkovi) 2 1 .
ttJxc6 20. 'iVxb6+-) ( 1 7 . . . . ':eS ! ? ':c2 g6 22 . a2 ! 'it'g5 2 3 . h4 'it'f6
L\ I S . .i.h3 .i.f8 Palkovi) I S . .i.h3 ! 24. b4 ! ':'5c7 25. b5 as 26. ttJc6;!;;
C l) I S . . . . .i.xd4 1 9 . ':xd4 ':dS ( 1 9 . Andersson-Seirawan 1 9S2 London
. . . dS ? 2 0 . ':xdS ! ) 2 0 . ':cdl ':cd7 B) I S . . . . ':eS ! ?
2 1 . .i.xe6 ! ? fxe6 22. 'it'xe6t hS C) I S . . . . ttJd7 1 9. ':a2 ttJf6 20. ttJc2
23. ':xd6 ':xd6 24. ':xd6 'it'xe6 25. ':dS 2 1 . ttJb4 'it'cs 22. ttJd3 ':c7 2 3 .
':xe6 ttJd7 26. ':d6 ! 'itgS 27. b3 ':c 1 d5 ! = Pigusov-Aseev 1 9S4 Vil
f7 2S. f4 e7 29. ':c6 White nius
has three pawns for the knight, and
the rook is well-placed too. So in 17. ... .c7
this endgame White has better 18. l%adl .i.f6
chances. 19. ttJf3 bS!
20. ':'xd6
C2) I S . . . . ':eS 19. b3 This time c4
really was hanging. 19 . . . . ':c5 ? ! 20. cxbS d5 !
( 1 9 . . . . hS ! ? Palkovi) 20. ttJxe6 ! 20. ... bxc4
fxe6 2 1 . ':xd6 .l:tc6 22. ':cd l f7 21. bxc4 l%xc4
23. 'iVe4 ! g6 24. ':xc6 'iVxc6 25 . 22 . bl aS
'iVxc6 ttJxc6 26. ':d6 ttJb4 27. a3 !
ttJc2 2S. ':xb6 ttJxa3 29. ':xa6 Benjamin,I-Browne 1 99 1 USA
Sapi, Schneider,A
1 . c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 .i.g2

IS. ... Ac7 .i.b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 .i.e7 7. d4


cxd4 8 . xd4 d6
IS .c8! ? 16. b3 ( 1 6. ':ac 1 ':eS
...

17. 'it'e3 ':c7 I S . b3 .i.fS Ulybin (2.3.2)


Shipov 1 995 St. Petersburg) 16 . . . .
9. e4
l%eS 17. a 4 .c5 I S. ':a2 .i.f6 1 9 .
':ad2 Ac7 20. 'it'b l .i.e7 2 1 . b 4 1i'h5
22. ':c2 :ecS Karpov-Kasparov
1 9S 1 USSR
16. b3 l%cS ! ?

Now', when the knight stands o n d4, it


is not advisable to move the bS knight
for a while.
17. l% d3

17. a4 'it'c7 I S . 'it'b l


CHAPTER 3 7. d4 S3

White occupies the center immedi 1 4. l:tac l ! threatening lll d S 14. . . .


ately and prepares the 1i'e3-lll d4 ma lllxd4 I S . 'ii'xd4 -tfS Otherwise lll a4
neuver, whereby he can keep a space is very strong. 1 6 . l:tfd 1 lll d7 17. 1i'e3
advantage without exchanging the g2 l:tacS I S. l:td2 lllc s 1 9 . h3 'ilbs 20.
bishop. GM Uhlmann is the old and h2 -tc6 2 1 . f4 bS 22. b4 ! llld7 23.
steady follower of this set-up. cxbS axbS 24. -tfl;!; Uhlmann-Hart
ston 1 976 Hastings
9. ... a6
13. -tb2
In the next few moves transpositions
are possible. Usually it has no im 13. -ta3 Obviously White is not lin
portance which move order Black ing up against d6, so there is not
chooses. much reason to put the bishop on a3.
9 . .. 0-0 1 0. 1i'e3 lll bd7 Black tries
.
1 3. ... l:tfeS 14. h3 -tfS IS. l:tfe 1
to spare the a6 move. 1 1 . lll d4 l:teS l:tad8 1 6. l:tad 1 lll c s 1 7 . f3 g6 1 8 . g4
1 2 . b3 dS ! ? 1 3 . exdS exdS 1 4. lllfS ! i.g7 Uhlmann-Bonsch 1 976 Halle
( 1 4. lll xdS lll xdS I S . cxdS -tf6 1 6 . 13. ... l:fe8 !
'iVd2 lll c s 1 7. -tb2 llle4+ Uhlmann)
14 . . . . i.b4 ! I S . 'ii'g S g6 Uhlmann As we can see many times, this rook
Atlas 1 996 Osterreich 16. lllxdS has its place here. It gives the bishop
lll xdS 1 7 . lllh 6t g7 I S . cxdS -tc3 the fS square if White attacks with
19. lllfSt ( 1 9. l:tb 1 'ii'x gS 20. i.xgS f4-fS , it defends and last but not least,
-tf6 2 1 . h4 l:te2) 19 . . . . gS 20. if Black gets to play dS, it is good
lll h 6t= Atlas,Gelfand because White's queen is on e3.
13. ... .l:tab8? ! Because White often
10. 'llVe3
controls bS, there is not much reason
10. l:dl See: 9. l:td1 to put the rook on bS. 14. h3 lUcS? !
(0 14 . . . . l:tfeS;t Palkovi) I S . l:tac 1
10. ... 0-0
1i'dS 1 6 . f4 ! lll e S 17. l:tcd 1 -tf6 I S .
1 1 . lll d4
l:tf2 The black pieces are uncoordi
11. b3 lll bd7 1 2 . i.b2 'ilc7 1 3 . h3 nated, Gheorghiu-Estevez 1 976 Sochi
l:tfeS 14. l:tae 1 i.fS= Hubner-Gli
goric 1 977 Tilburg
1 1. ... 'llVe 7
12. b3 lll b d7
12 ... lll e 6 After this White gets a
.

little advantage 1 3 . i.b2 ':fd8 ( 1 3 . . . .


lllxd4 14. 'ii'xd4 -tc6 I S . l:tac 1 'ilb7
16. a4 l:tacS 17. b4 ! Suddenly it
becomes clear that the bishop on c6
stands badly. 17. . 'ifbs I S . bS;t
. .

Gheorghiu-Ornstein 1 977 Le Havre)


54 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

(2.3.2. 1) 1 . c4 c5 2. ltJf3 ltJf6 3. g3 b6 4 .tg2


.tb7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ltJc3 .te7 7. d4


14. hl cxd4 S. xd4 d6 9. e4 a6 10. 'ti'e3
White prepares for f4 by moving 0-0 1 1 . tLld4 c7 12. b3 ltJbd7
away the king so as not to have any 13 . .tb2 lIfeS!
trouble on the g l -a7 diagonal. Other (2.3.2.2)
possibilities:
14. l:1fel
14 . .l:r.ac1 l:1ac8 1 5 . h3 'iib 8 16. g4 ! ?
White sharpens the position 1 6 . . . . h6
17. f4 .tfS I S . 'iti'h 1 .taS 1 9 . l:1ce 1
l:1c5 ! 20. 'ii'e2 Uhlmann-Ribli 1 976
Manila 20 . . . . e5 ! 2 1 . fxe5 l:1cxe5ao
And Black has good counterplay on
the e-file.
14. h3 .tfS 1 5 . l:1ac l ( 1 5 . l:1ae 1 ltJc5
1 6. 'iti'h2 l:1adS 17. l:1e2 g6 I S . ltJc2
i.g7 19 . .ta l d5 ! = Uhlmann-Gheor
ghiu 1 976 Manila) 15 . . . . .l:tacS 1 6 .
g4 ! ? h6 17. l:1fe 1 ( 1 7 . f4? A s long as
the king stands on g l , white has to be
careful about the moving of the f White wants to put the a 1 rook on d 1 .
pawn. 1 7 . . . . e5 ! l S . ltJf5 d5 ! +) 1 7 . . . . 14. . .
. .tfS
g5 ! ? Black tries to block the position 15. l:1e2
I S . ltJf3 ltJe5 ! 1 9 . ltJxe5 dxe5 20.
'ii' g 3 ltJd7= Uhlmann-Jansa Leipzig 15. 'YWe2 ? ! g6 1 6 . l:1ad l l:1adS 1 7 .
1 976 ltJc2 ? ! .tg7 I S . ltJe3 ltJc5 ! 1 9. f3 d5 !
White is in a pin on the e-tilc. 20.
14. l:1fd l See: 9. l:1d l cxd5 exd5 2 1 . exd5 .txd5 22. ltJcxd5
14. ... .tfS ltJxd5 23 . .txg7 l:1xe3 ! + Vilela-Spiri
15. f4 g6 donov 1 977 Varna
16. :tae1 .tg7 15. h3 Controlling g4, and preparing
17. 'ti'd2 for a possible kingside pawn storm.
A) 1 5 . . . . l:1acS 1 6. l:1e2 'ii'b s
Uhlmann-Rodriguez,Am. 1 976 Halle
A I ) 17. l:1d1 'ii' a S I S . 'ii'd2 'ii'b S? !
17. h3? ! e5 ! l S . ltJc2 exf4 1 9 . 'ii'xf4
Black is playing too passively. ( I S .
( 1 9 . gxf4 d5 ! t Palkovi) 1 9 . . . . ltJc5 . . . d5 ! 1 9. exd5 exd5 20. cxd5
20. ltJb4 ltJh5 2 1 . 'ii'f2 'ii'd7+ Stefa ltJxd5=) 1 9 . .tal .taS 20. 'iie 1 This
nov,P-Gheorghiu 1 975 Romania maneuver is typical in this variation.
17. ... l:1adS !? 20 . . . . .tb7 2 1 . l:1e3 .taS 22 . .tb2
.tb7 23. g4! h6 24. 'iif l l:1cdS;t
Palkovi Uhlmann-Ermenkov 1 9S2 Berlin
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 55

A2) 17. 'Wd2 ttJc5 18. d 1 'Was 1 9 . kovi) 2 1 . g4 ! t Uhlmann-Schneider,A


'tie l g 6 2 0 . ttJc2 ttJcd7 2 1 . ttJa4 ! b5 1 98 8 Debrecen
22. iLxf6 ! bxa4 23. iLb2 axb3 24. 17. dl 'iVbS
axb3 ttJc5 25. ttJb4 ! ;!; Kramnik
17 . ... ttJeS 1 8 . ttJc2 ttJg4 Black wants
Ehlvest 1 995 New York
to transfer the knight to e5 . ( 1 8 . . . .
B) 1 5 . . . . ad8 1 6 . e2 1i'b8 1i'b8 ! ? Palkovi) 1 9 . ttJe3 ! ( 1 9 . iLal
B l ) 1 7 . d l g6 1 8 . "ilVc l ( 1 8 . 'ild2 ! ? g7 20. ttJe3 ttJxe3 2 1 . 'i'xe3 c6 22.
Palkovi) 1 8 . . . . iLg7 1 9 . 'Wa i ! iLa8 ed2 a5 ! ? 23. lif4 e5 ! Uhlmann
( 1 9 . . . . 'Was ! ? Palkovi) 20. ttJc2 e7 Gheorghiu 1 9 84 GDR) 19 . . . . h6 20.
2 1 . ttJe3 ttJe8 22. ed2;!; Uhlmann f4 ttJxe3 2 1 . lixe3 g7 22. b4 ! ;!;
Vilela 1 98 1 Halle Uhlmann-Womacka 1 985 GDR
B2) 17. ae l g6 1 8 . "iVd2 g7 ( 1 8 . . . . IS. 'iVel eS? !
ttJc5 1 9 . 'it'd l 'Was 20. ttJc2 iLg7 This weakens d5 too much .
2 1 . iLal h5 ! Preventing White 's IS . ... 'iVaS ! ? Palkovi
kingside advance, Uhlmann-Ador 19. ttJe2 bS
jan 1 982 Budapest) 1 9 . lid l ttJc5 20. exbS axbS
20. iLc 1 ? ! (20. a i ! ? Palkovi) 20.
21. ttJb4 ! ttJeS
. . . c8 2 1 . .tg5 h6 22. iLc 1 ed8 22. c1 aS
23. b2 b5 ! 24. cxb5 d5 ! A typical 23. gS;!;
breakthrough. 2 5 . exd5 ttJxd5 26. Uhlmann-Ftacnik 1 989 Debrecen
ttJxd5 .txd5 27. b4 .txg2 28. 'it>xg2
e5 29. bxc5 exd4t Hubner-Kaspa 1. e4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
roy 1 9 8 1 Tilburg b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJe3 e7 7. d4
IS. ... adS exd4 S. 'iVxd4 d6 9. e4 a6 10. 'iVe3
I S . ... dS? This is too early. 16. e5 ! 0-0 1 1 . ttJd4 "ite7 12. b3 ttJbd7
ttJg4 1 7 . 'it'f4 ttJgxe5 1 8 . cxd5 13. b2 lUeS!

1 5 .. aeS 16. d l 1i'b8 1 7 . lid2


. . (2.3.2.3)
4Jc5 1 8 . a 1 lia8 1 9 . f3 l:ted8 20. 14 . .l:.fd l
'it>h l g6 2 1 . 'fie3 g7 22. ed2 e8
23. lif2 Getting off the e-file. 23 . . . .
iLh6 24. e2 .l:ted8 2 5 . ttJc2 ! The
knight hurries to e3 . 25 . . . . ttJe8 26.
ttJe3 iLg7 27. ed2;!; Uhlmann-Gron
berg,H.U. 1 985 Dresden
16. 'iVd2 g6
16 . ... 'iVbS 17. dl 'Was 1 8 . 'We I
"fIIa 7 ( 1 8 . . . . g6! ?) 1 9. 'it>h l a8 ? !
(0 1 9 . . . . g 6 d20. f3 h5 ! And White
cannot attack so easily on the king
side.) 20. f3 lic7 (20 . . . . h5 ! ? Pal-
S6 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

White would rather play in the cen Vukic-Suba 1 977 Vinkovci) 17 . . . .


ter, and it often happens that later exdS 1 8 . cxdS ttJcS ( 1 8 . . . . 'fib8 1 9 .
white puts his rooks on d l and e 1 . ttJc6 'iVa8 2 0 . ttJxd8 xd8 2 1 . iLxf6
ttJxf6 22. 'it'xb6 Palkovi) 1 9 . ttJfS !
14. ... f8 ttJxdS 20. ttJh6t xh6 2 1 . 'iVxh6 f6
14 . ... d5? I S . cxd5 exd5 16. exdS 22 . exd5 Rhasid - Wiedenhofer
iLa3 17. 'iWd2 1 984 COIT.
14 . ... ac8 I S . h3 iLf8 16. 'iWd2 'fib8 C2) 16 . . . . 'fib8 1 7 . e l g6 ( 1 7 . . . .
1 7 . e l 'i'a8 1 8 . e3 g6 ! threatening iLa8 1 8 . ttJc2 ttJeS 1 9 . 'it'e2 ttJg6 ! ?
h6 1 9 . 'iWe l iLg7 20. d l ttJcS 2 1 . An unusual regrouping. 20. ttJe3
iLa l Chemin-Hubner 1 993 CIichy 2 1 . bS !oo Hubner-Pritchett 1 975 GDR)
. . . cd8 ! 22 . ttJc200 Stohl (22 . b4? ! 1 8 . cd l iLa8fi Polugaevsky-Wil
ttJcd7 23. ttJb3 ttJeS ! And White has Iiams 1 978 Buenos Aires
problems with defending the c4 16. h3
pawn.)
16. d3 ! ? 'fib8 1 7 . 'fib l 'iVa8 1 8 .
15. ac1 ac8 ! ? e l ttJg4 ! ? 1 9 . h3 ttJgf6 20. cd l
15 . ... ad8
ttJcS 2 1 . f3 cd8 22. e2 'fib8 23.
de l g6= Unrath,H-Sanz 1 995 Es
A) 1 6. el 'fib8 17. 'iWd2 ttJcS 1 8 . panol
e2 iLa8 1 9 . ce l g 6 20. 'iWc2 iLg7
2 1 . d l iLb7 22. 'i'b l 'iWa8 23. 16. ... b8
de l c8= Liberzon-Adorjan 1 980 17. e1
Baden 17. f4? eS ! 1 8 . ttJfS dS ! + Csema
B) 16. 'iWe2 'fib8 17. e l g6 1 8 . cd l Portisch 1 975 Hungary
g7 1 9 . 'it'c2 a8 ( 1 9 . . . . ttJcS 20. 17. ... g6
c;!;>h l 'i'a8 2 1 . f3 'fib8 ! 22. 'i'f2
iLa8fi Karpov-RibJi 1 98 1 Linares) 17 . ... ttJc5 1 8 . cd l dS? Early ex
20. 'fib l ttJcS 2 1 . e2 ttJg4 22 . h3 plosion in the center. (0 1 8 . . . . g6) 1 9 .
ttJf6 23. 'it>h2 hS ! fi Garcia,G-Kar eS ! ttJfe4 2 0 . cxdS exdS 2 1 . b4 !
pov 198 1 Linares Smejkal-Adamski 1 976 Sandomierz

C) 16. h3 18. cdl g7


C l ) 16 . . . . g6? This seems to be a 18 . ... ttJc5 1 9 . f3 ? ! ( 1 9. g4 ! ?) 19 . . . .
normal move, but it makes a tactical iLg7 20. c;!;>h2 (20. g4 ! ?oo Palkovi) 20.
motif possible. 17. ttJdS ! ( 1 7. c;!;>h2? . . . ttJhS 2 1 . e2 cd8 22. ttJc2 fS !
iLg7 1 8 . 'it'e2 'fib8 1 9 . 'iVc2 c8 20. 23. ttJa4 f4 ! 24. gxf4 h6t Smys
'iVd2 This kind of mutual maneuver lov-Sunye Neto 1 990 Manila
ing is very typical in this opening:
the two opponents are trying to get a 19. g4! ?
kind of a grip on each other. 20 . . . . 19. f4? ! eS ! The e-file opens up, and
ttJcS 2 1 . e l 'it'a8 2 2 . f3 'fib8= the weak d5 square has no import-
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 S7

ance. 20. fxeS ttJxeS 2 1 . l:tfl ..tc6 22.


a4 bS was threatened 22 . . . . ..ta8 23.
l:tf2 ttJfd7 24. l:tdfl ttJcS t And ttJb3
is threatened, Plaskett-Adams 1 989
England
19. ... h6
20. g3 !

The queen not only helps the kingside


attack, but also puts pressure on the
d6 pawn.

20 . ... ttJc5 White develops the bishop to the


2 1 ..tal
l:tedS side, maybe to a3.

21 . ... ':'cdS ! ? Palkovi (2.3.3.1)


22. f3 ..taS 9. ... ttJbd7
23. ..tn ttJcd7 Black prepares to defend the pawn
24. l:td2 g5! ? with ttJcS in answer to ..ta3 .
9 . ... ttJc6 ! ? 1 0. 'ii'd2 ! ? ( 1 0. 'ii'f4 0-0
Black secures the e S square for his
1 1 . l:td l 'ii'b 8 See: 8 . . . . ttJc6 9. 'ii'f4
knight, and via eS-g6 it threatens to
0-0 10. l:td l d6 1 1 . b3 'ii'b 8) 1 0 . . . .
jump in to f4.
0-0 1 1 . l:t d l l:tc8 1 2 . ..tb2 ( 1 2 . ..ta3
25 . ..tb2 ttJe5 dS ! =) 12 . . . . l:tc7 ! 1 3 . l:tac l l:td7 14.
26. l:ted 1 'fia7 'ii'f4 Kengis-Hansen.L.B. 1 99 1 Gaus
27. h1 dal 14 . . . . a6 ! Kengis

Getting out of the pin. 10. ttJb5


This is an attempt to attack d6 di
27 . ... ttJg6 rectly, but with exact play by Black,
2S. 'fin 'fic7
it does not lead to an advantage.
A dinamic balance has come about in 10. ':'d1 a6 See: 9. l:td l a6 10. b3
the position, Tisdall-Adams London ttJbd7
1 990 10 . ..ta3 ttJcS 1 1 . l:tfd l a6 See: 9.
l:td l a6 1 0. b3 ttJbd7 1 1 . ..ta3 ttJcS
1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . ..tg2
..tb7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 ..te7 7. d4 10. ... ttJc5
cxd4 S. 'fixd4 d6 10 . ... d5? ! Less exact, because an
(2.3.3) open position is White's favour. 1 1 .
cxdS ..txdS ( 1 1 . . . . ttJxdS? 1 2 . 'ii'x g7 !
9. b3 l\..tf6 1 3. ttJd6t e7 14. 'ii'x f7t <ifi1xd6
S8 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

I S . a3 t+- Korchnoi) ( 1 1 . . . . exdS ! ? cisive attack) 16 . .txe4 .txe4 17. f4


Palkovi) 1 2 . 'iWf4 0-O 1 3 . ..Itb2 a6 ( 1 3 . a6 ( 1 7 . . . . 'iWf6 1 8 . fxeS ! 'iWxh6 1 9 .
. . . c6?! 1 4 . tiJbd4 ..ItdS I S . l:tfd l 'iWb8 tiJxd6t <3;; e7 20.xh6 .tg6 2 1 . gSt
16. nac l White occupies both open <3;;f8 22 . .tf6+- In spite of being the
files. 1 6 . . . . 11t'xf4 17. gxf4 .td6 1 8 . exchange up, Black is busted.) 1 8 .
fS ! Stohl-Valiente 1 990 Novi Sad) fxeS axbS 1 9 . 'iWg7 nf8 2 0 . .th6 'ike7
1 4. tiJc3t Korchnoi 2 1 . exd6+- Korchnoi
1 1 . ndl 12. cxdS exdS!
Otherwise black kicks the knight back Black takes on the isolated d-pawn.
with a6. 12 . ... tiJxdS? ! 1 3 . e4;l; Korchnoi
13. b2
13. h3 Preventing tiJe6 13 . . . . 0-0
14. fS tiJce4 ! threatening ..Itcs I S .
'iWb2 ..Itcs 1 6. tiJbd4 'ike7p. Black's
activity gives him enough compensa
tion for the isolated dS pawn, Stohl
Browne 1 990 Dortmund
13. ... 0-0
13 . ... tiJe6 ! ? Palkovi
14. if4 tiJce4
dS! IS. tiJd2 tiJcs
1 1. ...
16. l:tac 1 tiJe6
1 1 . ... tiJfe4? 12. 'ikxg7 ! Taking ad 17. ifS id7
vantage of Black's underdevelop 18. tiJc3 d4!
ment and his king 's precarious posi 19. tiJce4 nad8
tion. ( 1 2 . b4 Andersson-Greenfeld 20. tiJxf6t xf6
1 988 Thessaloniki 12 . . . . a6 ! Green 21. e4 xe4
feld) 12 . . . . .tf6 1 3 . 'YiVh6 xa l 14. 22. tiJxe4 e7
tiJgS ! Undennining the position of 23. e3 idS !
the e4 knight. 14 . . . . .teS Korchnoi 24. ixdS nxdS
Greenfeld 1 990 Beer-Sheva ( 1 4 . . . . 2S. xd4 nfd8
'ikf6 I S . tiJxe4 tiJxe4 1 6 . .txe4 0-0- 26. tiJc3 nSd7
O Korchnoi ) ( 1 4 . . . . .tf6 I S . tiJxe4 27. tiJe2
.txe4 1 6.tiJxd6t <3;;e7 17 . .tgS xgS
1 8 . 'ikxgSt <3;; f8 1 9 . 'ikf4 ..Itg6 20. 27. eS f6 L12 8. nxd7? ! nxd7 29.
..Itxa8 'ii'x a8 2 1 . b4 tiJa6 22. f6 Itg8 b8? ? nb7 30. f4 gS-+ Palkovi
23. tiJbS <3;;e 8 24. cS+- Korchnoi) I S . 27. ... cS
tiJxe4 ! tiJxe4 ( 1 S . . . . ..Itxe4 16. gS ! 28. nc4 g6
f6 17. f4 fxgS 1 8 . fxeS+- With a de- 29. a4 a6=
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 59

Black is a pawn down, but his oppo Horgen 1 7 . b4 ! tLicd7 1 8 . f4 ! t Lautier


nent cannot get out of the pin on the ) ( 1 0 . . . . a6 See: 9 . . . , a6 10. 1:td l 0-0)
d-file. Also b5 is a threat winning the 1 1 . e4 ( 1 1 . tLib5 tLie4 ! 1 2 . 'iVe3 a6 1 3 .
pawn back, Georgiev,Ki .-Yennolin tLifd4 tLidf6 1 4 . tLic3 tLixc3 1 5 . 'iVxc3
sky 1 993 Groningen .ltxg2 1 6 . xg2 'iWc7= Jurek-Bischoff
1 995 Schwabisch Gmund)
1. c4 c5 2. tLif3 tLif6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 A) 1 1 . . . . 1:te8? 1 2 . i.a3 ! After e4,
i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tLic3 i.e7 7. d4 1:te8 the preceding safe plan gives
cxd4 8. '(ixd4 d6 9. b3 an advantage to White. 1 2 . . . . tLic5
(2.3.3.2) 1 3 . e5 ! dxe5 1 4. 'iWxd8 1:texd8 1 5 .
tLixe5 xg2 1 6. xg2 1:tdc8 Kram
9. ... 0-0 nik-Ivanchuk 1 995 Riga 1 7 . f4 ! a6
1 8 . xc5 ! .ltxc5 1 9 . tLia4 And
Black has big problems, Krarnni k
B) 1 1 . . . . 8? White can play the
same plan as after 1 1 . . . . 1:te8 ? 1 2 .
i.a3 ! tLic5 1 3 . e5 ! dxe5 14. 'iWxe5
'iVc8 ( 1 4 . . . 'iVxe5 1 5 . tLixe5 i.xg2 1 6 .
xg2 1:tfc8 See: 1 1 . . . . 1:te8 ?) 1 5 .
'iVe2 a6? 1 6 . tLia4 tLifd7 ( 1 6 . . . . 'iWc7
1 7 . 'iWe5 ! Palkovi) 1 7 . 1:txd7 ! 'iVxd7
1 8 . tLixb6 'iWc7 1 9 . tLixa8 xa8 20.
1:td l +- Salov-Adams Wijk aan Zee
1 993
Black does not care that his opponent C) 1 1 . . . . a6! See: 9. 1:td 1 a6 10. b3
can immediately attack d6, and as the tLibd7 1 1 . e4 0-0
ory stands now, this is a fully viable 10. tLig5 xg2 1 1 . xg2 'iWc7 1 2 .
continuation. b2 tLibd7 1 3 . tLige4 J:tfd8 14. %:.ac l
10. i.a3 a6 1 5 . 1:tfd l 7 1 6 . g l tLie8 1 7 .
a3 tLif8= Black has defended him
Trying to take advantage of the fact self and White cannot increase the
that black cannot play tLic5 . But if pressure, Meyer,P-Bischoff,K 1 994
Black plays correctly, White cannot Gennany
count on any edge.
10. ... tLia6
10. %:. dl tLibd7 ( 1 0 . . . . tLia6 ? ! A less
natural move than tLibd7, and White 10 . ... tLic6 ? ! 1 1 . 'iVf4 d5 1 2 . xe7
can exploit the difference. 1 1 . e4 ! tLixe7 1 3 . 1:tfd1 ( 1 3. tLie5 ! ?;i; Stohl)
White does not have to put the bishop 13 . . . . tLig6 1 4. 'iVe3 'iVe7 1 5 . cxd5
on a3. 1 1 . . . . 'iWc8 1 2 . 'iWe3 tLic5 1 3 . tLixd5 1 6.tLixd5 i.xd5 1 7 . tLid4 i.xg2
tLid4 a 6 1 4 . b2 1:te8 1 5 . 1:tac l f8 1 8 . 'it'xg2 1:tac8= Ftacnik-Adams Ma
1 6. 'iWe2 g6 Lautier-Gavrikov 1 994 nila 1 990
60 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

10 . ... dS! ? An interesting possibility 13 . ... .tf6? 14. 'ike3 .txa 1 1 5 . bxc5
1 1 . iLb2 ( 1 1 . i.xe7 'ikxe7 1 2 . cxd5 iLf6 16. c6 ! .txc6 1 7 . ttJfd4 iLxb5
ttJxd5 1 3 . ttJxd5 iLxd5= Klinger) 1 1 . I S. ttJxb5 ttJc5 1 9 . 1:txd6
. . . ttJc6 1 2 . 'ikf4 ttJh5 ! 1 3 . 'ikg4 ttJf6 14.
'iih 3 Avioding a repetition of moves. 14. e3 a6
14 . . . . dxc4 1 5 . ttJg5 e5 ! Hertneck White goes back.
Klinger 1 9S7 Munich 16. bxc4 'ikcs
1 7. ttJd5 'iix h3 I S. ttJxh3= Klinger IS. ttJbd4 c8
16. ttJd2 ttJxd2
1 1 . l:tfdl 17 . .txb7 ttJxc4
1 1 . e4 ttJc5 1 2 . e5 iLxf3 ! 1 3 . .ll xf3 18. ..wb3 l:tc7
dxe5 14. 'iVe3 (14. 'ikxe5?? ttJcd7 1 5 . 19 . .txa6 ttJxa3
iLxe7 ttJxe5 1 6 . i.xdS ttJxf3t 17. <&t>g2
Schwartzmann-Ribli 1 993 Odorhieu
l:taxdS-+) 14 . . . . e4 ! Quickly giving
Secuiesc
back the pawn, so that White 's bishops
don 't control the whole board. 1 5 . 20. xa3 ttJc3
ttJxe4 ttJfxe4 1 6.i.xe4 ttJxe4 1 7 .i.xe7 21. l:tdc1 .tf6
'ikxe7 I S . 'iixe4= Vaulin-Notkin 1 994 22. l:txc3 .txd4
Elishta 23. l:txc7 xc7=
1 1 . ... ttJcS
12. ttJbS 1. c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .tg2
.tb7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 .te7 7. d4
Opening total fire on the d6 pawn. cxd4 8. xd4 d6 9. b3
12. ttJ el Not too dangerous a move.
(2.3.3.3)
1 2 . . . . iLxg2 1 3 . ttJxg2 a6 14. l:tac 1
'tibs 1 5 . ttJe3 l:tdS= Onishchuk-Ftac 9. ... a6
nik 1 993 Hamburg
12. e3 l:tcS 1 3 . l:tac 1 a6 14. h3
'ikc7 1 5 . ttJd4 l:tfeS 1 6 . i.xb7 'iVxb7
17. iLb2 ttJfe4 Epishin-Beliavsky
1 99 1 Reggio
12. ... ttJfe4
Here the knight stands more actively
than on eS .
13. b4
13. e3 a6 14. ttJbd4 'ikc7 1 5 . l:tac 1
l:tacS 16. iLb2 l:tfeS= Suba-Stefa
nov,P 1 9S0 Romania (2.3.3.31)
13 . ... ttJa4 ! 10 . .ta3 ttJc6 ! ?
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 61

1 0. ... O-O ? ! l 1 . l:Hdl ( 1 1 . nad 1 ttJe8 14. ... xg2


1 2 . ttJe4 na7 ! 1 3 . c5 i.xe4 14. cxb6 IS. 'it>xg2 0-0
nd7 1 5 . 'iixe4 'iixb6 1 6. 'iVa4 ttJf6 16. ttJge4 ttJeS
1 7 . e4 nc8t:t Kusch-Zagrebelny 1 995 17. 13 "bS
Yalta) 1 1 . . . . ttJe8 The knight does IS. b2 b7
not stand so well here. 1 2 . .ib2 ttJd7 19. ttJf2 bS! t:t
1 3 . e4 ttJc5 14. 'iVe3 'iWb8 1 5 . ttJd4
Szuhanek-Marin 1 995 Romania
ttJf6 1 6 . h3 nc8 17. g4 ! 1' Karpov
Csom 1 977 Bad Lauterberg 1. c4 cS 2. ttJ13 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
1 1. f4 b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 e7 7. d4
cxd4 S. xd4 d6 9. b3 a6
1 1 . "d2 'iVc7 1 2 . nac 1 ttJa7 1 3 . nfd 1
nd8 14. 'ii'f4 0-0 1 5 . ttJd2 xg2 1 6 . (2.3.3.32)
'it>xg2 nd7 17. ttJde4 nfd8= Cuadras 10. b2
Suba 1 992 Roses
1 1 . ... c7
11 . ... dS? ! A typical move, but too
early. 1 2 . xe7 ttJxe7 1 3 . ttJe5 ! 0-0
14. nfd l 'iWb8 Going to a safe square.
( 1 4 . . . . 'iVc7? ! 1 5 . ttJg6 ! nfc8D 16.
'iVxc7 nxc7 17. ttJxe7t nxe7 1 8 .
cxd5 Salov) 1 5 . cxd5 ttJexd5 16.
ttJxd5 exd5 ( 1 6 . . . . xd5 1 7 . e4 i.b7
1 8 . nac 1 Karpov-L. B. Hansen 1 988
Thessaloniki) 17. ttJd3 Black is in a
hard position because of the d5 weak
ness, Salov-Gurevich,M 1 993 Biel White does not strike at his opponent
11 . ... b8 1 2 . nfd l d5 1 3 . xe7 immediately.
ttJxe7 14. ttJe5 0-0 See: 1 1 . . . . d5 10. ... ttJbd7
12 . .l:tfdl 1 1 . nfdl

12. nac1 threatening ttJd5 12 . . . . 1 1 . ttJgS i.xg2 1 2 . xg2 0-0 1 3 .


ttJe5 ? ! (0 1 2 . . . . ttJa7 ! Palkovi) 1 3 . ttJce4 ( 1 3 . nfd 1 See : 9. n d l a6 1 0. b 3
.l:tfd l 0-0 14. 'iVe3 ttJfg4? (0 1 4 . . . . ttJbd7 1 1 . i.b2 0-0 1 2 . ttJg5 xg2
ttJxf3+;t Palkovi) 1 5 . 'iVd4 nfd8 1 6 . 1 3. xg2) 1 3 . '" ttJe8 1 4. ttJf3 b5 ! t:t
ttJa4 Benko-Diesen 1 976 Lone Pine Tichy-Meduna 1 995 Czechoslovakia
1 1 . nadl 0-0 1 2 . e4 ( 1 2 . ttJg5 xg2
12. ... nd8
1 3. xg2 'iVc7 14. ttJge4 nfd8 1 5 .
13. nac 1 ttJa7!
ttJxf6t ttJxf6=) 1 2 . . . . b5 ! ? 1 3 . cxb5
14. ttJgS
axb5 14. nfe l e5 ! Preventing e5 and
14. e4! ? driving the queen into a bad square.
62 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

1 5 . 'ilfb4 ii.c6 16. lLld5 xd5 17. B2) 1 3. lLlg5 ii.xg2 14. 'it>xg2 b5 ! 1 5 .
exd5 .!:[xa2 18 . .!:[d2+ Lentrodt-Hoff cxb5 axb5 1 6 . 'it>g l 'ilfb7 Made
mann,M 1 993 Munich brink-Lindberg 1 995 Switzerland
1 1 . ... 0-0 B3) 1 3 . e4 See: 1 2 . e4
12. h3 Preventing lLlg4 1 2 . . . . 'ikc7
(2.3.3.321) ( 1 2 . . . . lLlc5 ? ! 1 3 . b4 ! lLlce4 14. lLlxe4
lLlc5 was too early, because now it 's
12. lLlel
not possible to take on e4 with the
An ineffective move knight. 14 . . . . ii.xe4 1 5 . 'iVe3 If the
queen now stood on c7, Black would
0 12. e4 See: 9 . .!:[d l a6 10. b3 lLlbd7
reach a comfortable position after
1 1 . e4 1 2 . b2 'ilfb7. 1 5 . . . . ii.b7 1 6. a4 .!:[c8 1 7 .
12. lLld2 ii.xg2 1 3 . 'it>xg2 .!:[b8 14. a4 .!:[ac 1 'ir'c7 1 8 . lLld4 ! ;!; Espig-Tarjan
'ikc7 1 5 . '!:[ac l lLlc5 ! 1 6. e4 .!:[fd8 17. 1 976 Odessa) 1 3 . .!:[ac 1 .!:[ac8 14. 'ii'e 3
f3 lLle8 1 8. 'ike3 .i.f6 1 9 . .!:[c2 'ifb7 '!:[fe8 1 5 . lLld4 ii.xg2 1 6. 'it>xg2 f8
20 . .!:[a l '!:[bc8 2 1 . b4 lLld7+ Quin 17. 'it>g l 'iib 8 1 8 . 'ikf3 lLle5 1 9 . 'ir'g2
teros-Ljubojevic 1 974 Manila .!:[c7= Pekarek-Adorjan 1 988 Thessa
12. 'ii'd2 'ikc7 1 3 . lLld4 ii.xg2 14. loniki
'it>xg2 'ilfb7t 1 5 . f3 '!:[fc8 1 6. e4 lLle8 12. e3 See: 9 . .!:[dl a6 10. b3 lLlbd7
1 7 . 'ike2 .i.f6 18 . .!:[ac 1 lLle5 19 . .!:[d2 1 1 . ii.b2 1 2 . 'ike3
h6 20. lLld l lLlc6 2 1 . lLlxc6 .!:[xc6 22. 'ii' b 8
12. ...
xf6 lLlxf6 23. lLle3 b5 ! = Uhlmann
Gheorghiu 1 975 Amsterdam 12 . ... xg2 ? ! White would have
gone to e3 with the knight via g2 any
12 . .!:[ac1
way, so this is a loss of tempo. 1 3 .
A) 12 . . . . b5? ! Opening the position lLlxg2 'ilb8 1 4 . lLle4 .!:[d8 1 5 . lLle3
too early. 1 3 .a3 ! bxc4 ( l 3 . . . lLlc5? lLlc5 16. lLlxf6t ii.xf6 17. 'ii'd2 lLle4
14. cxb5) 14. ii.xd6 cxb3 1 5 . axb3 1 8 . 'ikc2 xb2 1 9 . 'ir'xb2 lLlf6 20.
xd6 16.'ii'xd6 .!:[c8 17. lLla4;!; Chi .!:[d4 lLle8 2 1 . .!:[ad l ;!; Pelts-Spragett
burdanidze-Aleksandria 1 9 8 1 Bor 1 98 1 Montreal
zomi
12 . ... c7 1 3 . lLle4 .!:[fd8 14. lLlxf6t
B) 12 . . . . 'ikc7 lLlxf6 1 5 . .!:[ac l .!:[ac8 1 6 . e4 .i.f8 1 7 .
B l ) 1 3. lLle l ii.xg2 ( 1 3 . . . . .!:[fd8 ! ? e 5 xg2 1 8 . lLlxg2 dxe5 1 9. 'ir'xe5
Palkovi) 14. lLlxg2 'iib7 1 5 . ii.a3 'i'c6= Ostojic,N-Arsovic,Z 1 990 Pula
.!:[fd8 ! 1 6. lLle3 lLle5 17. f4? b5 ! It 13. lLld3
becomes clear that the e5 knight is
not hanging, because after 1 8 . fxe5 13. e4 .!:[c8 14. 'ir'e3 .!:[a7 1 5 . lLlf3
dxe5 Black wins the piece back. 1 8 . Korchnoi-Garcia Martinez Moscow
ii.xd6 lLlxc4 ! 1 9 . bxc4 .!:[xd6 20. 1 975 1 5 . . . . lLlc5 ! ?
'ir'e5 .!:[xd l t 2 1 . lLlcxd l .!:[cS+ Kro 13. xb7 'ir'xb7 14. lLlg2 '!:[fe8 1 5 .
gius-Wahls 1 995 Berlin .!:[d2 .!:[ac8 1 6 . .!:[ad l .i.f8 1 7 . lLle3 h6
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 63

1 8 . ctJg4 bS ! 19. ctJxf6t ctJxf6 20. 12. ... S.xg2


cxbS axbS 2 1 . 'iVb4 dS ! 22. xbS 13. xg2 c7
xbS 23. ctJxbS ctJe4 24. d3 c2
2S. f3 xb2 26. fxe4 xa2= Grimm 13 . ... b8 ! ? With this move Black
Okrajek 1 993 Bad Worishofen also wants to support bS. A possilble
13. ... xg2 drawback to this set-up is that it's
Now it is worthwhile to exchange the hard to find the right places for the
bishops, because White only can take black rooks on the back rank. 14.
back with the king . ctJge4 d8 I S . ctJxf6t xf6 (o I S . . . .
ctJxf6= Shipov)
14. xg2 b7+
15. e4? ! A) 16. Wixd6 ? ! 'iVb7t 1 7 . g l ( 1 7 .
0 15. gl= Palkovi f3 ? ctJeS 1 8 . a3 ctJg4 ! 1 9 . xd8 t
xd8 20. ctJe4 ctJe3t 2 1 . g l e7t
15. ... b5!
And Black got a dangerous initia
16. cxb5 axb5
17. f3 tive, Ruderfer-Psakhis 1 980 Kras
h6
18. l:td2 fc8+ noyarsk) 17 . . . . ctJeS 1 8 . a3 ctJc6
1 9 . ctJe4 e7 20. ctJd6 c7 2 1 . cS
Pestov-Shipov 1 994 Moscow
bxcS 22. ctJc4 ctJd4 Kovacevic-Lju
1. c4 c5 2. ctJf3 ctJf6 3. g3 b6 4. S.g2
bojevic 1 978 Uzice 23. xd4 cxd4
S.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ctJc3 S.e7 7. d4 24. 'tIVaS= Kovacevic
cxd4 8. xd4 d6 9. b3 a6 10. B) 16. d2 ! b7t 17. f3 Pushkov
b2 ctJbd7 11. fdl 0-0 Shipov 1 994 Elishta 17 . . . . i.eS ( 1 7 .
. . . e7 ? ! A routine move but a poor
(2.3.3.322)
one. After this White gets a strong
12. ctJg5 initiative. 1 8 . ctJe4 ctJcS 1 9 . d4 !
i.f8 20. ctJf6t! 'ith8D 2 1 . 4 h6
22. ctJg4t Shipov) 1 8 . ctJe4 ( 1 8 .
'itg l ! ?) 1 8 . . . . dS 1 9 . cxdS exdS 20.
ctJc3 d4 2 1 . ctJe4 ctJf6 22. ctJxf6t
i.xf6= Shipov
13 . ... c8 ! ? Black defends the weak
pawn from the c6 square, and, al
though this move is rarely played, it
is worthy of consideration. 14. ctJge4
c6
A) I S . ac l 8 16. ctJxf6t i.xf6
White plays for ctJge4, to have one ( 1 6 . . . . ctJxf6 ! ? Palkovi) 17. d2
more piece attacking the d6 pawn. llfc8 1 8 . ctJe4 i.e7 1 9. a3 'iVb7 !
12. ctJd2 xg2 1 3 . xg2 Wic7 14. 20.f3 ctJcS 2 1 .ctJxcS bxcS= Kamp,C
ctJde4 See: 1 2 . ctJgS Hoffmann,M 1 993 Gennany
64 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

B) I S . f3 'iib 8 16. a4 llfc8 17. lla2 anyway. 20. f4 ! ? ..tf6 2 1 . 'ii'f3 llc7p
ttJcS= Pytel-Gheorghiu Le Havre Klinger-Wahls 1 9 89 Dortmund
1 977 16. ttJf2 'iib 7 1 7 . 'ii'e4 lldb8 1 8 . 'ii'x b7
14. ttJge4 J:fdS llxb7 1 9 . e4 bS= Timoshchenko
Adamski 1 976 Polanica Zdroj
14 . ... ttJeS At first sight this seems
passive. It would be better to play it if 16. ... 'ii' b 7
the rook were not on f8. I S . g l 17 ..ta3
ttJbS ! ?
'iib 7 16. i.. a 3! Tal-Ljubojevic 1 974 I S . ttJf2
Moscow On e4 the knight was not making
14 . ... 'ii'c 6! ? I S . f3 llfd8 1 6. ttJxf6t threats any more, so White redeploys
( 1 6. llac 1 ttJcS ! Getting rid of the e4 his pieces.
knight 17. ttJxcS bxcS 1 8 . 'iif4 dS 1 9 . IS. ... ttJc6
cxdS exdS 2 0 . e 4 dxe4 2 1 . fxe4 'iie6p 19. e3 b5!
Hort-Browne 1 980 Buenos Aires) 1 6 . The significance of the ttJb8-c6 ma
. . . ttJxf6 17. 11ac l i.. f8 1 8 . e4 ttJd7 19. neuver becomes clear.
ttJe2 llac8= Sarno-Belotti 1 994 Reg
20. ttJce4 :acS
gio Emilia
21. h4 h6
15. 13 22. ttJd3 ..tfSp
15. ttJxf6t ttJxf6 16. a4 i.. f8? ! (0 16. Vaganian-Wahls 1 994 Biel.Black has
. . . llac8=) 17. 'ii'f4 ttJd7 18. ttJe4 ttJeS a flexible position and appropriate
1 9. llac 1 llac8 20. lld2 'iib 8 2 1 . llcd 1 counterplay,
ttJg6 22. 'ii'f3 h6 23. h4 ! Sunye-Gar
cia,G 1 976 Caracas 1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . ..tg2
..tb7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 ..te7 7. d4
15. ... ttJeS ! ? cxd4 S. 'ii'xd4 d6
1 5. ... ttJc5 1 6. llac 1 'iib7 17. ttJxf6t (2.3.4)
i.. xf6 1 8 . 'ii'g 4 ( 1 8 . 'ii'd2 dS ! 19. cxdS
exdS 20. e3 d4 2 1 . exd4 ..txd4= 9. :dl
Schmidt,W-Gligoric Buenos Aires
1 978) 1 8 . . . . bS ! 1 9. cxbS axbS 20. b4
ttJa6 2 1 . a3 llac8p Agudelo-Pazos
1 987 Medellin
16. Aac1
16. 'ii'e3 'iib7 17. a4 ( 1 7 . ..ta3 ttJf8 1 8 .
..tb4 llac8 1 9 . a4 llc6 20. lld2 h6p
Kapelan-Rajkovic,D 1 98 1 Vrsac) 1 7 .
. . . llac8 1 8 . ttJd2 h6 1 9. 'ii'e4 'iib 8 !
Avoiding the exchange, because the
white queen is poorly placed on e4
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 6S

9. ... a6 ! tiJxe3t 17. fxe3 :adS+ Wahls) I S .


. . . tiJxf6 1 6 . .te3 ( 1 6 . .txf6 .txf6
9 . ... O-O? ! An inexact move which
17. 'ii'd 3 bS ! t) 1 6 . . . . bS ! 1 7 . cxbS
White can take advantage of. axbS+ Lev,R-Wahls 1 990 Bern
A) 10. e4 tiJbd7 1 1 . 'i6'e3 'i6'c7 12. b3
10. ... .txg2
a6 1 3 . tiJd4 See: 9. e4
1 1. xg2
B) 10. tiJbS tiJc6 1 1 . 'ii'd3 'ii'b S! 1 2 .
b 3 :dS ? ! It i s a waist of time be
cause White is not threatening to
take on d6 yet, and the rook would
be better on eS . (0 1 2 . . . . a6 1 3 .
tiJbd4 'i6'c7 1 4 ; .tb2 lUeS Pal
kovi) 1 3. i.b2 a6 14. tiJbd4 .l:r.a7? !
I S . 'i6'e3 ! h6 1 6 . .th3 ! .taS 17.
tiJxe6 ! fxe6 I S . 'ii'xe6t WfS 19.
tiJh4 tiJeS 20 . .txeS dxeS 2 1 . tiJg6t
WeS 22. tiJxeS :d6 23. 'ii'f7 t WdS
24. 'ii'x g7+- Alburt-Tarjan 1 9S 1
USA
C) 10. i.gS !t See: 9 . .tgS O-O?! 10. 1 1 . ... tiJc6!
:fd l !
The best move.
(2.3.4.1) 11 . ... tiJbd7? ! Black does not have
10. tiJgS time for this now. 1 2 . tiJge4 ! :cS ( 1 2 .
. . . 0-0 1 3 . tiJxd6 'ii'c7 14. tiJde4 :adS
10. b3 tiJbd7 1 1 . tiJgS .txg2 1 2 . Wxg2 IS . .te3 tiJg4 16 . .tf4 tiJdeS 17. tiJd5 !
A) 12 . . . . 'ii'c7 1 3 . tiJge4 0-0 See: 1 2 . exdS I S . cxdS t With a strong attack.
. . . 0-0( 1 3 . . . . 'W'c6? 14. f3 0-0 I S . Horvath,T-Ilijin 1 9S 1 Virovitica) ( 1 2 .
tiJxd6 ! :fdS 16. e4 e S 17. tiJfS ! . . . 'ii'c7 1 3 . tiJxd6t .txd6 14. 'i6'xd6
Gurevic,M) 'ii'xc4 I S . .tgS :cS 1 6 . :ac l 'ii'c 6t
1 7. tiJd5 ! +-) 1 3 . tiJxd6t .txd6 14.
B) 1 2 . . . . 0-0 1 3 . tiJge4 'ii'c 7 14. 'ii'xd6 :xc4 I S . i.gSt
i.gS ? ! Having alraedy played b3,
the bishop should go to b2. On gS 11 . ... :a7? In such a sharp variation
it will prove to be misplaced. ( 14. two moves cannot be inverted with
tiJxd6? :fdS IS. e4 eS-+ And now out punishment. 12 . .te3 ! tiJbd7 1 3 .
the knight cannot get out of the tiJge4 0-0 1 4 . tiJxd6 'ii'a St I S . f3
pin.) 14 . . . . h6 ! ( 1 4 . . . . 'W'c6 I S . f3 :dS 1 6. tiJde4 Wojtkiewicz-Jurek
:fdS 16. tiJxf6t i.xf6 1 7 . i.xf6 1 993 Bern
tiJxf6 I S . :ac l l:acS= Olafsson,H 1 1 . . O-O ? ! 1 2 . tiJce4 ! Threatening
. .

Gurevich,Mi. 1 9S5 Akureyri) I S . tiJxf6t and 'i6'e4. ( 1 2 . tiJge4 tiJeS 1 3 .


tiJxf6t ( I S . .te3 tiJg4 ! L1 1 6. tiJxd6 b 3 tiJd7 14 . .ta3 tiJcS ! I S . tiJxcs bxcS
66 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

1 6.'iWf4 f6tt Gschnitzer-Blees 1 990 13. b3 0-0 14. b2 d7 I S . lDge4


Budapest) ( I S . lDce4 lDxe4 16. lDxe4 fS ! ? 1 7 .
A) 12 . . . . a7 1 3 . lDxf6t xf6 14. lDd2 e S 1 8 . "iVf3 e 4 1 9 . 'iWc3 f6 20.
'iWg4 e7 I S . h4 ! ? ( l s . lDf3 d7 16. 'iWc 1 xb2 2 1 . 'iVxb2 dS ! =F Spasov
e3;t Robatsch-Vladimirov Erevan Stankov 1 976 Bulgaria) I S . . . . e8
1 982) l s . . . lDd7 16. b3 lDf6 17. 'iWf3 1 6. ac 1 White plays without any
d7 1 8 . b2;t Adorjan-Lau 1983 particular plan, which gets its just
Plovdiv punishment. 16 . . . . dS ! 17. cxdS exdS
1 8. lDd2 d4+ Webb-Hort 1 978 Hast
B) 12 . . . . lDe8 ! ? 1 3 . 'iWd3 g6 14. h4
lDd7 I S . b3 lDcs 1 6. 'iWe3 ! ( 1 6 . ings
lDxcS bxcS= The exchanges only 13. lDce4 ! ?
help Black.) 16 . . . . lDxe4 17. lDxe4 A) 1 3 . . . . lDeS ? ! 14. lDxf6t ( 1 4 . b3
lDg7 1 8 . b2 lDfS 1 9. 'iWc3 f6;t lDg6 I S . 'iWe3 'iWa8 16. f3 h6 ! ? 1 7 .
Jirovski-Ftacnik 1 994 Czechoslo lDxf7 A forced move. Otherwise
vakia Black gets the advantage with
12. f4 lDxe4. 1 7 . . . . <i!txf7 1 8 . lDxd6t
xd6 19. xd6 eSex> Magerramov
The d6 pawn is still the target. Gavrikov 1 979 Moscow) 14 . . . .
12. "iVd2 This is not as strong. 1 2 . . . . xf6 I S . lDe4 e7 16. b3 0-0 1 7 .
a7 ! 1 3 . b 3 d7 14. b2 0-0 I S . b2 'iWb8 1 8 . d2 ! b S 19. ad 1
lDf3 'iWb8 16. 'iWf4 Finally the queen lDg6 20. 'iWe3 bxc4 2 1 . 'iWc3 f6 22.
gets to f4, but with a loss of tempo. bxc4 dS 23. cxdS b4 24. 'iWc6
16 . . . . h6 17. lDe4 lDe8 ! tt Kobatov xd2 2S. 'iWxe6t <i!th8 26. xd2;t
sky-Gavrikov 1 979 USSR White has two pawns and an active
(2.3.4.1 1) position for the exchange, Han
sen,Cu.-Gheorghiu 1 986 Reykjavik
12. ... l:ta7 B) 13 . . . . d7 ! White can win a pawn,
Preparing to defend d6 with d7. but his opponent will have enough
compensation. 14. lDxf6t xf6 I S .
12 . ... "iVc7? ! 1 3 . lDge4 lDxe4 14.
lDxe4 0-0 I S . b3 If Black's knight lDxh7 xh7 1 6. 'iVe4 hS ! 1 7 . 'iVxc6
were on d7, he would not have prob cS 1 8 . 'iVe4 ( 1 8 . 'iVa4 'iVa8t 1 9 .
lems. But now it is not so easy for <i!tg 1 'iVc6= Ribli-Wahls 1 988 Ger
him to defend himself. ( l S . lDxd6? eS many) 1 8 . . . . 'iVc8 ! 19. e3 l:txc4
16. 'iWd2 l:[ad8-+) I S . . . . lDeS 16. 20. l::tac 1 l:[dc7 2 1 . xc4 xc4 22.
a3 lDg6 17. 'iWc l l Otherwise Black 'iWf3 'iWc6 23. 'iWxc6t xc6 24. b3
would equalize with dS. 17 . . . . fd8 dS= Adorjan-Bischoff,K 1 986 New
1 8 . <i!tg l l ac8 19. b2;t Illescas York
Gallego 1 993 Lisboa
13. ... l:[d7
13. lDge4 14. e3
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 67

14. b3 dS ! White is not playing the


matically, and Black can take over the
initiative. I S . cxdS tiJxdS ( I S . . . ,
exdS ! ?) 1 6. tiJxdS exdS 17. tiJd2 iH6
1 8 . 'u'b l 0-0 1 9 . b2 d4 The advanced
d-pawn guarantees Black a space ad
vantage in this fairly rare variation of
the Hedgehog. 20. 'u'bc 1 eS ! (20 . . . .
tiJb4?! 2 l . tiJe4 e7 2 2 . 'u'c4 fS 2 3 .
'i'eS ! Andrianov-Wojtkiewicz 1 980
Sochi) 2 l . 'i'e4 d3 ! 22. xeS tiJxeS
23. tiJf3 (23. 'i'xeS? 'u'e8 and dxe2) 23 .
. . . tiJxf3 24. 'i'xf3 dxe2 2S. 'i'xe2= 13. tiJce4
14. ... tiJeS 13. b3 'u'a7 14. b2 ( 1 4. a3 This
IS. tiJxf6t plan is not so successful because Black
can defend d6. 14 . . . . 'u'd7 I S . tiJge4
IS. b3?? tiJhS-+
tiJe8 1 6 . h4 h6 1 7 . 'u'ac 1 'iifb 8 1 8 . tiJd2
IS. ... xf6 tiJeS 1 9 . tiJf3 bS ! t Gonzalez,L-Elgue
16. tiJa4 a8t zabal 1 993 Alcobendas) 14. '" h6 ! ?
( 1 4 . . . . 'u'd7 I S . tiJce4 tiJe8 See: l 3 .
16 . ... bS ! ? 17. tiJb6 tiJxc4 ! ( 1 7 . . . . tiJce4 tiJe8 1 4 . b 3 11a7 I S . b2 'u'd7)
'u'b7? ! 1 8 . cS) 1 8 . tiJxc4 bxc4 1 9 . I S . tiJf3 ( I S . tiJge4 l1d7 16. 'u'ab l
'i'xc4 'i'a8t 20. 'it;g l 0-0= Makarov tiJxe4 17. 'i'xe4 'i'c8 1 8 . f4 ! ? 'u'e8 1 9 .
Ulybin 1 99 1 USSR 'i'f3 'iifb7 20. a4 tiJaS ! Krasenkov
Brodsky 1 993 Rostov) I S . . . . 'u'd7 16.
17. c.t>gl c6
'u'ac 1 'iifb 8 17. tiJe4 tiJxe4 18. 'i'xe4
18. tiJxb6 nb7
'u'c8= Adorjan-Gheorghiu 1 984
19. cS dxcS
Thessaloniki
20. tiJc4 tiJxc4
21. xc4 xb2 13. tiJge4 tiJe8 ! Now the e4 knight
22. 'u'abl 0-0 stands poorly. 1 4. b3 'u'a7 I S . b2
23. xcS a4= 'u'd7 1 6. 'i'e3? (0 1 6. 'u'ac 1 Palkovi)
16 . . . . dS ! 17. cxdS exdS 1 8 . 'i'd2D
Kasparov-Ribli 1 989 Skelleftea d4 1 9 . tiJb l fS 20. 'i'c2 'u'c7 2 l . 'i'c4t
h8 22. tiJed2 tiJb4 23. 'i'xd4 'i'xd4
1. c4 cS 2. tiJf3 tiJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 24. xd4 tiJc2+ Landenbergue-Gav
b7 S.O-O e6 6. tiJc3 e7 7. d4 cd4 rikov 1 9 9 1 Switzerland
8. xd4 d6 9. 'u'dl a6 10. tiJgS
xg2 1 1 . 'it>xg2 tiJc6 12. f4 13. ... tiJe8!

(2.3.4.12) Safely defending d6. Also, White al


ways has to think about an fS, eS ad
12 . ... 0-0 vance.
68 7 . d4 CHAPTER 3

14. b3 .l:.a7 1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . ..tg2


..tb7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 ..te7 7. d4
14 . ... b5! ? I S . cxbS ( I S . ttJf3 ! ?) I S . cxd4 S. 'iVxd4 d6 9 . .l:.dl a6
. . . axbS 16. ttJf3 fS ! ? 17. ttJc3 ttJc7
1 8. ii.. b 2 b4 1 9. ttJa4 ttJdS 20. 'ii'd2 (2.3.4.2)
ii..f6+ Olivier-Prie 1 989 Lugano
10. ..tg5 ttJbd7
15 . ..tb2 b5!

Black immediately shows up actively


on the queenside.
15 . ... .l:.d7
A) 16 . .l:.ac 1 'ii'a 8 1 7 . ttJf3 'ii'b7 ( 1 7 .
. . . bS 1 8 . g l bxc4 1 9 . .l:.xc4 ! dS
20. ttJcS .l:.d8 2 1 . .l:.cc 1 ;!; Black
could play dS, but the white pieces
stand better, van der Sterren-Kin
dennann 1 988 Munich) 1 8 . g l h6
19 . .l:.d2?? A glaring blunder. (0 1 9 .
'iVd2) 1 9 . . . . fS 2 0 . ttJc3 e S 2 1 . 'ii'e 3
e4 22. ttJxe4 If the knight on f3 1 1 . 'iVd2
moves, ..tgS wins. 22 . . . . fxe4 23.
Not an especially dangerous move.
'iVxe4 ttJd8+ Tukmakov-Ribli 1 982
Las Palmas 1 1. ttJd2 ..txg2 1 2 . xg2
B) 1 6. ttJf3 'ii'a 8 1 7 . g l .l:.d8? (0 17. A) 12 . . . . .l:.c8 ! ? Black wants to de
. . . h6 Palkovi) 1 8 . 'iVe3 bS 1 9 . .l:.ac l fend the weak pawn from the c6
bxc4 20. bxc4 'ii'b 7 2 1 . ..ta3 ttJb4 sqare. 1 3 . ttJde4 .l:.c6 14. ttJxf6t
22. l:[b 1 as 23 . ..txb4 axb4 24. a3+ A I ) 14 . . . . ..txf6 I S . ii.. xf6 ttJxf6 1 6 .
Adorjan - Schneider,A 1 984 Hun ttJe4 ! ( 1 6. e 4 'iVc7 1 7 . b3 0-0=
gary. Trauth-Kovacevic 1 992 Cannes) 16.
. . . ttJxe4 1 7. 'ii'xe4 'ii'c 7 18. a4 0-0
16. ttJf3
( 1 8 . . . . .l:.xc4? 1 9. 'ii'a 8t 1i'c8 20.
16. cxb5 ? ! axbS1' Than dS,'ii'a 8 1i'xc8t .l:.xc8 2 1 . .l:.xd6 Palkovi)
19. b3 h6 20 . .l:.d4 ! ;!; Yusupov-Soko
16. ... 'iVaS lov 1 987 Leningrad
17. :tac1 h6!
A2) 14 . . . . ttJxf6 I S . ttJe4 0-0 16.
After this, White has to deal with the ttJxf6t ..txf6 1 7 . ..txf6 1i'xf6 18.
possibility of an fS, eS advance. 'ii'xf6 gxf6 1 9. b3 bS= Khuzman
Zhidkov 1 989 Kiev
IS. ttJed2
19. gl B) 12 . . . . ttJcS? 1 3. b4 ! A beginning of
a big give-and-take, from which
Wojtkiewicz-Ftacnik 1 993 Budapest White comes out on top. 1 3 . . . . h6
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 69

14. bxc5 bxc5 1 5 . 'ti'h4 l:lg8D 16. 1 5 . ttJe5 Palkovi) 1 5 . ttJd4 ! ?;\; Pal
i.xf6 i.xf6 17. 'ii'f4 i.xc3 1 8. ttJe4 ! kovi
Black's weak point is d6 here as B) 12 . . . . ttJe8
well. 1 8 . . . . .i.e5 19. ttJxd6t i.xd6
20. l:lxd6 'il'f6 2 1 . 'ii'e4 ! 'ii'xa l 22. B l ) 1 3 . ttJg5 ? ! This typical maneuver
'ir'xa8t 1;e7 23. 'il'xg8 1;xd6 24. does not offer any advantage in this
'ii'f8t 1;c6 25. 'il'xf7 Sturua-Karp case. 1 3 . . . . .i.xg2 14. 1;xg2 l:lc8 1 5 .
man 1 989 Podolsk b 3 h6 ! 1 6. ttJf3 ( 1 6. ttJge4 e 5 1 7 .
C) 12 . . . . 'ii'c7 1 3 . ttJde4 0-0 See: 6 . . . . .i.e3 f5 1 8 . 'ii'd5tD l:l f7 1 9 . ttJd2
a6 7. d4 cxd4 8. 'ii'xd4 d6 9. i.g5 ttJef6 20. 'ii'd 3 e4 2 1 . 'ii'c 2 d5t Pal
ttJbd7 10. ttJd2 .i.xg2 1 1 . 1;xg2 i.e7 kovi) 16 . . . . l:lc6= Then ttJef6, Geor
12. ttJde4 'ii'c7 1 3 . l:ld l 0-0 giev,Ki.-Adams 1 992 Tilburg
1 1 . .i.xf6 ttJxf6 1 2 . ttJa4 See: 6 . . . . a6 B2) 1 3 . l:lac l
7. d4 cxd4 8. 'ii'xd4 d6 9 . .i.g5 ttJbd7 B2a) 1 3 . . . . 'ii'c7 14. e4 l:ld8 ! ?
10. l:lfd l i.e7 1 1 . i.xf6 B2a 1 ) 1 5 . b3? ! VWb8 1 6. 'il'e2 'il'a8 1 7 .
1 1 . ttJel This is not so dangerous for ttJe l h 6 1 8 . f3 VWb8 1 9 . ttJd3 ttJef6
Black. 1 1 . . . . i.xg2 1 2 . 1;xg2 0-0 1 3 . 20. 1;h l (20. e5? ttJh5 ! ) 20 . . . .
%:tac l 'ii'c 7 1 4 . f3 h 6 1 5 . .i.e3 Vi'b7= l:lfe8 Piampuu-Ulybin 1 995 Ber
Stem-Michaelsen 1 992 Germany lin
B2a2) 1 5 . 'ii'e2 ttJef6 ( 1 5 . . . . ttJe5 ? !
16. ttJxe5 dxe5 17. l:lxd8 .i.xd8 1 8 .
i.. e3 .i.e7 1 9 . c5 ! Opening the posi
tion when the knight stands badly.
19 . . . . bxc5 20. ttJa4 Ftacnik) 1 6 .
ttJd2 ( 1 6. e 5 dxe5 1 7 . ttJxe5 ttJxe5
1 8 . .i.xe5 'il'c8=) 1 6 . . . . l:lfe8
Bonsch-Ftacnik 1 98 8 Tmava 17.
b4 ! ;\; Followed by ttJb3 with the
plan of c5 .
B2b) 1 3 . . . . l:lc8 14. b3 l:lc7 ! ? ( 1 4 . . . .
'ii'c7 1 5 . e4 h 6 1 6 . h4 ! VWb8 1 7 .
1 1 . ... 'il'e7 ! g4 ! t Georgiev,Ki.-Sokolov,A 1 987
Leningrad) 15 . .i.e3 ? ! (0 1 5 . e4 Pal
The most natural move. Other possi kovi) 15 . . . . VWb8 ! After ttJa4, i.. c 6
bilities: can follow. 16. 'ii'd 3 h6 1 7 . ttJd4
11 . ... 0-0 12 . .i.f4 ! .i.xg2 1 8 . 1;xg2 ttJef6 1 9 . ttJf3
A) 1 2 . ' " d5? ! 1 3 . cxd5 ttJxd5 14. VWb7 Bany-Dolmatov 1 987 Po
ttJxd5 exd5 Wojtkiewicz-Yermolin lanica Zdroj
sky 1 99 1 New York ( 1 4 . . . . i.xd5 ? 1 1 . ... ':'e8 1 2 . i.. f4
70 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

A) 1 2 . . . . eS? ! If not necessary, it is B) 12. b3 ! ? 0--0 l 3 . l:tac 1 l:td8 ( l 3 . . . .


not advisable to weaken the dS h6 1 4 . i.e3 ttJcS I S . 'fib2 ! i.c6 1 6 .
square. 1 3 . i.gS i.xf3 ( l 3 . . . . l:txc4? ttJe l i.xg2 1 7 . ttJxg2 'fib7 1 8 . a4;j;
14. ttJxeS+-) 14. exf3 ! Opening the Karpov) 14. 'iVb2 'ii'c7 ( 1 4 . . . . i.c6
e-file, and also making it possible to I S . a4 ! 'fib7 1 6. ttJe l ;j;) I S . a4 l:tac8
harass Black with a future f4. 1 4 . . . . 1 6. ttJe1 i.xg2 1 7 . ttJxg2 ttJeS 1 8 .
l:txc4 Black had been playing for ttJe3 'fib7 1 9 . f3;j; Karpov-Ftacnik
this, but it leeds to a passive posi- 1 988 Thessaloniki
tion. I S . 'fie2 bS ( I S . . . . 'fic8? 16. 12. b3 ttJcS
i.h3 ! Another pin 1 6 . . . . l:tc6 17. f4
12 . ... l%dS 1 3 . l:tac 1 0--0 1 4. i.f4 ttJeS
0--0 1 8 . fxeS 1 -0, Konopka-Csom ( 1 4 . . . . ttJcS ! ? Palkovi) I S . ttJa4 La-
1 995 Zalakaros) 16. a4 ! 0--0 1 7 . gunov-Stem 1 995 Germany IS . . . .
axbS axbS 1 8 . ttJxbS White won i.c6 ! Palkovi
the pawn back and got an advant
age, Badea-Galliamova 1 990 Pres 13. i.f4 l:tdS
twich 14. l:tac 1 0-0
IS. 'ii'b2 'iVbS
B) 12 . . . . l:txc4 l 3 . i.xd6 l:tc8 ! Pre 16. h3 h6
venting the ttJeS threat ( 1 3 . . . . 17. b4 ttJce4
i.xd6? 1 4 . 'ii'xd6 l:tc6 I S . 'fia3 ! Not IS. ttJxe4 i.xe4
allowing Black to castle. IS . . . . l:tc7
16. ttJeS ! t Suba-Ftacnik 1 986 Szi Dizdarevic-Lautier 1 989 Moscow
rak) ( l 3 . . . . 0--0 14. ttJeS ! ) 14. ttJg5
1. c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
i.xg2 I S . xg2 0-0 16. i.xe7 i.b7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJc3 i.e7 7. d4
'fixe7 17. 'iWd6 !;j; White controls the cxd4 S. 1i'xd4 d6 9. l:tdl a6
d6 square, and the weak queenside
pawns can cause problems for (2.3.4.3)
Black, Illescas-Yudasin 1991 Pam 10. b3
plona
1 1 . ... 'iVcS ! ?
A ) 1 2 . i.f4 ttJcS ! Now we can see
why Black did not put his queen on
c7. Now after i.xd6?? ttJce4 would
win. l 3 . 'fic2 ( l 3 . ttJe1 i.xg2 14.
ttJxg2 0--0= Vaganian-Portisch,L.
1 988 Brussels) ( 1 3 . 'iVe3 ttJg4 14.
'ii'd2 ttJf6= Wojtkiewicz-Hjartars
son 1 989 Aalborg) 1 3 . . . . 'ii'c7 14.
l:tac l 0--0 I S . b4 ttJce4 ! 1 6. ttJxe4
i.xe4= Velikov,P-Ulybin Herakleio
1 993 10. ... ttJbd7
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 71

(2.3.4.31) 14. e4 c7
IS. tLld2
1 1. a3 tLlcS!
12. b2 Defending c4 making tLlb3 followed
by cS a possibility should opportunity
12. tLld2 .ltxg2 1 3. xg2 'tic8 14. f3
arise.
'ifb7 I S . b4 eS ! ? An interesting idea.
( 1 S . . . . tLlcd7=) 1 6. 'tie3 tLle6 17. IS. ... l:f.ac8
tLlde4 tLlxe4 1 8. tLlxe4 0--0 1 9. tLlxd6 16. l:f.ac1 l:f.fe8
.ltxd6 20. nxd6 tLld4 2 1 . .ltb2 ! D tLlfS 17. h3 f8
22. 'tixeS nae8 23. 'ir'xfS nxe2t 24. 18. tLle2 b8
'Ot>g l nxb2 Skembris-Agnos 1 995
Ano Liosia A normal hedgehog set-up has come
12. nac1 'tic7 1 3 . b4 tLlcd7 14. bS? ! about.
After this, cS comes under Black's 19. a3
control. ( 1 4. tLld2 xg2 IS. xg2 0-
o 16. tLlde4 'ib7 17. f3 bS ! t Black 19. e3 .lta8 and bS, Ftacnik
takes advantage of the bishop 's posi
tion on a3, Braathen-Tisdall 1982 19. ... c6
Gausdal) 14 . . . . tLlcs I S . bxa6 nxa6 20. e3 a8
16. tLlbS 'ib8 17 . .ltb4 0--0+ Romani
20 . ... bS? ! 2 1 . tLld4 ! .lta8 22. cxbS
shin-Csom 1974 Olot
axbS 23 . .ltfl Ftacnik
12. tLle1 'ir'c7 Black does not have to
be overhasty with taking on g2. 1 3 . 2 1 . d4
i.. xb7 'ir'xb7 1 4 . tLld3 0--0 I S . 'tie3
21. tLld4 dS ! .,z
nfd8 16. tLlxcs bxcS= Andersson
Browne 1 982 Luzem 21. ... eS ! ?
12. f4 0-0 1 3 . tLld2 .ltxg2 14. 'Ot>xg2 22. al bS
'fic7 I S . 'tif3 nfd8 16. nac 1 f8 17. 23. cxbS axbS
tLlde4 tLlfxe4 18. tLlxe4 tLlxe4 1 9 . 24. tLlc3 tLlb6 ! ?
'i'xe4 'ifb8= Fischer,M-Polajzer 1 988
Baden-Baden A brave pawnsacrifice

12 . ... 0-0 2S. tLlxbS dS


13. b4! ? 26. exdS

This plan is double-edged, bacause 26. l:f.xc8 tLlxc8 27. 'i'e2 d4 The b5
along with the space advantage c4 knight loses its way a bit.
can be weak.
13. _ ... tLlcd7
\ 26 . ...
27. e2
tLlbxdS
c6 !
28. f1 e4
13 . ... tLlce4! ? 14. tLlxe4 .ltxe4 I S .
nac 1 'i'c7.,z then 'ifb7, Palkovi Ljubojevic-Ftacnik 1 992 Novi Sad
72 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

1 . c4 c5 2. tLif3 tLif6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 17. i.a3 i.f8 1 8 . lia2 liad8 1 9 . lic2


b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tLic3 e7 7. d4 tLifd7 20. 'it'c 1 tLic5 Moldobaev
cxd4 8. xd4 d6 9. lidl a6 Yennolinsky 1 988 Blagoveshchenks
10. b3 tLibd7 12 . ... lie8 ! ? This is mostly just a
(2.3.4.32) change of move order. 1 3. tLid4 xg2
14. 'it>xg2 f8 1 5 . liac 1 'it'c7 1 6. h3
1 1 . b2 liac8 17. i.a3 'tj'J,8= Ribli-Gligoric
1 977 Vrbas
13. l:tac1

13. tLid4 .ltxg2 14. 'it>xg2 tLie5 ! ? ( 1 4 .


. . . life8) 1 5 . f3 'tj'J,7 16. lid2 lifc8 1 7 .
h 3 lic7 1 8 . a4 tLifd7 1 9 . tLib l f6
Seirawan-Browne 1 980 USA
13. ... life8

13 liac8 14. tLid4 xg2 1 5 . xg2


..

tLic5 16. 'it>g l 'ii'b7? ! (0 1 6 . . . . l:!:fe8


Palkovi) 1 7. b4 ! tLicd7 1 8. tLif5 ! tLie5
1 1 . e3 0-0 12. tLid4 .ltxg2 1 3 . 'it>xg2 1 9 . tLixe7t 'iVxe7 20. tLie4 ! t Condie
lic8 14. f4 ! ? g6 15 . .ltb2 lie8 16. 'it'f3 Nijboer 1 982 Groningen
lic7 17. e3 .ltf8 1 8 . g4 h6 1 9 . lid2
'it'c8 ! 20. liad l b5 ! t Hoelzl-Wahls 14. tLid4 l:!:ac8
1 988 Budapest 15. xb7 xb7
16. f3 c7 !
1 1 . ... 0-0
12. e3 It's better for Black not to exchange
the queens.
Not a high standarded move: White
plays for tLixd4, but after the ex 17. h3 f8
change of the white-squared bishops 18. tLie4 tLixe4
Black can easily equalize. A higher 19. xe4 b8
level and more dangerous move is 20. tLif3 h6=
when White plays 'iVe3 and tLid4 after
e4. Brestian-Ribli 1 9 9 1 Vienna

12. . c7 1. c4 c5 2. tLif3 tLif6 3. g3 b6 4. g2


12 . ... b8 1 3 . tLid4 xg2 14. 'it>xg2 b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. tLic3 e7 7. d4
tLie5 ( 1 4 . . . . 'tj'J,7t ? ! 1 5 . 'iVf3 ! This cxd4 8. 'iix d4 d6 9. l:!:dl a6
exchange is better for White 1 5 . . . . 10. b3 tLibd7
'iVxf3t 1 6 . tLixf3 lifc8 17. tLid4 liab8
(2.3.4.33)
1 8 . liac 1 ;!; Karpov-Gheorghiu 1 977
Moscow) 1 5 . g l 'tj'J,7 16. a4 life8 1 1 . e4
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 73

11 . ... ttJeS ! ? 1 2 . e5 dxe5 1 3 . ttJxe5


( 1 3 . "if'e3 ! ? "if'c7 14. "if'xe5 "if'cS ! 1 5 .
b2 0-0 1 6 . "if'e2 "if'c7 1 7 . "if'e5
"if'cS ! = Lechtynsky-Ftacnik 1 9S3 Bra
tislava) 13 . . . . "if'c7 14. xb7 'iVxb7
15 . .i.g5 0-0 1 6 . b4 .l:tadS 17. 'iVe3
ttJcd7 I S . ttJxd7 .l:txd7 19 . .l:txd7 'iVxd7
20. "if'xb6 "if'd3 ! 2 1 . .l:te l "if'xc4 22. a3
h6= Rubinetti-Adorjan 1 9S2 Toluca
12 . .i.a3
12 . .i.b2 0-0
White can play the e3-e5 plan, or
ha can make a "if'e3-ttJd4 set-up: As A) 1 3 . ttJel .l:tacS ( 1 3 . . . . .l:tfeS 14.
an example of the latter, 9. e4 a6 10. ttJd3 .l:tadS 15. h3 .i.f8 1 6. "if'e3
'ilVe3 0-0 1 1 . ttJd4 "if'c7 1 2 . b3 ttJbd7 "if'bs 17 . .l:tac l "if'as I S . 'it'f4 h6 1 9 .
1 3 . .i.b2 .l:td2 ttJe5 2 0 . .l:te l ttJg6 ! ? 2 1 . 'it'f3
ttJd7 Gavrikov-Tolnai 19S5 De
(2.3.4.331) brecen) 14. ttJc2 .l:tfeS 15 . .l:tac l
11. ... "fie7 .i.f8 16. ttJe3 'tibs White prevents
d5 for a long time 1 7 . b4 ! ? "if'aS
'ilVc7 is usually good in Black's set ( 1 7 . . . . .i.aS ! ? Palkovi) I S . a3 .i.c6
up, but in this case after 12 . .i.a3 ttJc5 19 . .l:tc2 b5 20 . .l:tdc 1 ttJe5o Tukma
1 3 . e5 dxe5 14. "if'xe5 White wins a
kov-Averkin 1976 USSR
tempo because c7 is hanging. So the
queen is usually put on bS. B) 13. h3 .l:tadS 1 4 . .l:tac l .l:tfeS 1 5 .
.
1 1 . . . .l:ta7 ? ! A usual maneuver, but it
ttJh2 f8 1 6. ttJ n "if'bs 1 7 . h l
Planning to play f4. 1 7 . . . . ttJc5 I S .
does not work here. 1 2 . a3 ttJc5 1 3 .
e 5 .i.xf3 ( 1 3 . . . . dxe5 1 4 . "if'xdSt .l:te l 'iVaS 1 9 . b4 ttJcd7 20. a 3 .l:tcs
xdS 15 . .i.xc5 ! bxc5 1 6. ttJxe5) 2 1 . ttJe3 .l:tedS Renman-Kasparov

!

14. xf3 dxe5 1 5 . "if'xe5 ttJcd7 16 .
.i.xe7 "if'xe7 17. "if'e3 7 ( 1 7 . . . . 0-
O?! I . ttJd5 ! t) I S . ttJa "if'b4? ! (o I S .
19S0 Skara
C) 1 3 . 'it'e3 l:IfeS 14. ttJd4 See: 9. e4
a6 10. "if'e3 0-0 1 1 . ttJd4 "if'c7 1 2 . b3
. . . b5=) 1 9 . a 3 "if'a5 20. d6 q;e7 2 1 . ttJbd7 1 3 . .i.b2 .l:tfeS 14 . .l:tfd l ( 1 4 .
.l:td4 Tiller-Lobron 1 9S2 Randers
h3 .i.fS 1 5 . .l:tac l .l:tacS 16 . .l:te l "if'bs
1 1 . ... .l:te8 ! ? 1 2 . a3 ttJc5 1 3 . e5 17. "if'e2 "if'aS I S . ttJd2 .i.c6 19. a4
.i.xf3 ! 1 4. xf3 dxe5 1 5 . "if'xe5 Az g6 20 . .l:tcd l 'tibs Schirm-Stangl
mayparashvili-Portisch 1 990 Amster 1 992 Germany)
dam 1 5 . . . . ttJcd7 16 . .i.xe7 ttJxe5 ! 17.
xdSt .l:txdS I S . .i.xdS ttJxf3t 1 9 . 12. ... ttJeS
g2 ttJh4t 20. gxh4 xdS= 13. eS !
74 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

suren 1 986 Moscow) 1 6. lLlxe5 .Jtxg2


1 7 . 'itixg2 lLlfd7 ! 1 8 . lLlxd7 lLlxd7 1 9 .
lLle4 :tc6 ! 20 . .Jtf4 f6=
15. ... :txe7
16 . .tel ! ? lLlfe4
16 . ... O-O? 1 7 . .Jtf4 :td7 1 8 . lLle5 !
:txd l t 1 9 . :txd l .Jtxg2 20. 'iti>xg2
:tc8 2 1 . .Jte3 :tc7 22. lLla4 Henley
Schneider,A 198 1 Biel
17. lLlxe4 i.xe4
18. i.f4 :te8
White tries to open the position, 19. i.d6
counting on his lead in develope 19 . .te5 f6 20 . .Jtd6 lLlb7 ! = Black
ment. does not let his opponent into the 6th
13. ... dxe5 rank.
14. xe5 :te8
19. :td2 .Jtc6 20. :tad l f6 2 l . .Jte3
14 . ... e8? ! After this White gets a 'iti>f7 22. lLle l :the8= Nogueiras-Short
strong attack. 1 985 Montpellier
A) 1 5 . 'fie3 16. lLla4 lLlg4 ! ( 1 6 . . . . 19. ... i.f6
'fic7? 17. 'fie5 ! ) 1 7 . 'fie l 'fic7 1 8 . 1 9 . ... :te6? ! 20 . .Jtxe7 'iti>xe7 2 l . b4 !
lLlxc5 There i s n o time for h 3 be
lLla4 22. lLle5 SLxg2 23. :td7t ! Gut
cause lLla4 is already threatened.
man-de Firmian 1 98 1 Lone Pine
1 8 . . . . .Jtxc5 19 . .Jtxc5 'fixc5= Ce
balo-Ftacnik 1 98 1 Vrsac 19 ... lLld3 ! ? 20 . .Jtxe7 'iti>xe7 2 l .
.

lLld4 .Jtxg2 22. 'iti>xg2 lLle5 23. :td2


B) 1 5 . lLla4 ! lLlfd7 ( 1 5 . . . . lLlcd7 1 6 .
:thd8= White has a theoritical ad
'iVb2 SLxa3 17. 'fixa3 b5 1 8 . cxb5
vantage from the extra pawn on the
axb5 1 9 . 1Lld4 ! Korsunsky-Morga
queenside, but it has no iniportance
lev 1 977 Baku) 16. 'fixg7! .Jtf6 17.
here, Gutman-Ljubojevic 1985 Biel
'irb6 .Jtxa l 1 8 . lLlxc5 lLlxc5 1 9 .
:txa l t White has a strong attack for 20. lLle5 lLlb7!
the sacrificed exchange, Olafs 20 . ... i.xg2? 2 1 . 'iti>xg2 .Jtxe5 22.
son,H-Kindermann 1 982 Reykjavik .Jtxe5 f6 23 . .Jtd6 :tc6 24. :td4 e5 25.
15. xe7 :td5 Ribli-Ambroz 1 982 Baile Her
culaine
15. i.c1 'fixe5 ( 1 5 . . . . ? 1 6. 'fixc7
:txc7 17. SLf4! Now Black cannot pre 21. f4 lLlxd6
vent the invasion of the white pieces. 22. :txd6 i.e7 !
1 7 . . . . :tcc8 1 8 . .Jtd6 An effective ma 23. :tddl i.xg2
neuver. 1 8 . . . . :tfe8 1 9 . 1Lle5 SLxg2 20. 24. <;t>xg2 f6
'iti>xg2 'iti>f8 2 1 . :td4 lLlfd7 22. lLlxd7t 25. lLlf3 i.e5=
lLlxd7 23. :tadl Kengis-Ljaghva- Andersson-Browne 1 985 Copenhagen
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 7S

1 . e4 e5 2. ttJt3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .i.g2 13. ttJd2 !teS ( 1 3 . . . . 'ii'c 7 14. ttJf1


.i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. ttJe3 .i.e7 7. d4 !tacS I S . ttJe3 'fibs 1 6 . 'it'd2 !tfeS
exd4 S. 'ii'xd4 d6 9. ':dl a6 17. f3 iof8 I S . !te l i.c6 1 9 . !tad 1
10. b3 ttJbd7 1 1. e4 Espig-Michaelsen,N 1 993 Germany)
14. 'it'd3 .i.f8 I S . 'it'e2 'fib8 ! ?
(2.3.4.332) Hurrying to a7 16. !tel 'it'a7 1 7 . h3
1 1. ... 'ii'e S ! ? !tadS= Smejkal-Ribli 1 9S 5 Munich
13. h3 !tdS ( 1 3 . . . . !teS 1 4 . 'it'e3 'it'c7
I S . !tac 1 !tadS 16. ttJh2 ! ? 'fibs 1 7 .
ttJg4 ioaS I S . ttJe2 ttJxg4 1 9 . hxg4 h6
20. !tc2 ttJeS ! 2 1 . f3 dS t Espig-Wo
macka 1 993 Germany) 1 4 . 'it'e3 'it'c7
I S . ttJd4 !tacS 16. f4 .i.fS 17. 'it'e2 g6
I S . ttJf3 iog7 19. !td2 ttJcS Fried
mann-Wojtkiewicz 1 993 New York
13. ... !teS
14. h3 .i.f8
14 . ... 'ike7 I S . ttJd2 !tacS 16. a3
'iVbs 17. b4 !tedS ! ? I S . 'it'e3 i.aS 1 9 .
Black i s preparing to meet eS . 'ife2 ttJeS Black wanted t o keep open
the possibility of i.f6, so i.f8 was
12 . .i.b2 not played. 20. ttJf1 .i.b7 2 1 . 1;h2
Now White can play a normal 'it'e3- ttJef6 22. ttJd2 ttJeS= Karpov-Ribli
ttJd4 set-up with an extra tempo, but 1 9S6 Dubai
in this position it doesn 't have much 15. ttJd2 ! ?
importance.
15. 'Yi'e3 'it'c7 1 6 . ttJd4 !tadS
12 . .i.a3 Compared to the 'it'c7 set-up,
Black is a tempo up, so White cannot 15. ... Viie 7
expect too much. 12 . . . . cS 1 3 . eS 16. a3 ':aeS
i.xf3 ! 14. i.xf3 dxeS l S . YiWe3 ( I S . 16 . ... !tadS 17. b4 1Wbs I S . 1;h2 g6
'it'xeS ?? ttJcd7-+) I S . . . . !tbS 1 6. ttJa4? 19. 'it'e3 dS ! Pelletier-Wahls 1 994
( 1 6. iob2 ttJcd7 17. ttJe400 Anic-Sallen Biel
1 993 Lyon) 1 6 . . . . ttJxa4 1 7 . i.xe7
1;xe7 I S . 'it'xeS 'it'cS ! 1 9 . 'it'e 1 ttJb2 17. 'ii'd3
20. !td2 ttJxc4 2 1 . bxc4 !thdS+ Black 17. :el 'fibs I S . b4 .i.aS 1 9 . 'it'd3 g6
is developed and the c4 pawn is rather 20. 'it'e2 .i.h6 2 1 . kd 1 'it'c7 Po
weak, Schneider,A-Wojtkiewicz 1 990 gorelov-Suba 1 995 Las Palmas
Stara Zagora
17. ... 'Yi'bS
12. ... 0-0 IS. 'iii' h2 .i.e6
13. !tac1 19. 'ii'n g6
76 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

Antunes-Suba 1 995 Benasque, both ttJa4 ttJcd7 16. 'fib2 .txa3 17. -'xa3
players are developed so the ma bS 1 8 . ttJb2 .te4+ Kunsztowicz-Lo
neuvering can begin, which is so typi bron 198 1 Bochum
cal for this variation.
14 . ... l:tfxdS
IS. ttJxeS .txg2
1. e4 eS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .tg2
16. xg2
.tb7 S. 0-0 e6 6. ttJe3 .te7 7. d4
exd4 S. xd4 d6 9. ':'dl a6 Black has two problems: the ttJa4
10. b3 ttJbd7 1 1 . e4 threat and the weakness on c6; both
(2.3.4.333)
cannot be solved at once.

1 1 . ... O-O? ! 16 . ...


16 . ... %IdeS 17. ttJa4 ! l:tab8 18 . .txcS
bxcS ? ! (0 1 8 . . . . .txcS 1 9. ttJxcS l:txcS
20. f4 bS;j; Vaganian) 1 9 . l:td3 l:tb7
20. f4 'it?f8 2 1 . l:tad l l:tcc7 22. g4 'it?e8
23. l:th3 ! g6 24. fS ! Vaganian-No
gueiras 1 989 Rotterdam
16 . ... .td6 1 7 . ttJc6 l:td7 1 8 . ttJa4 !
Shahade-Klein 1 989 Philadelphia
16 . ... l:txdl 1 7 . l:txd l l:td8 1 8 . l:txd8 t
.txd8 1 9. ttJc6
17 . .txeS ! .txeS
An inexact move. Now White can put 17 . ... bxeS 1 8 . ttJa4 ( 1 8 . f4 l:td6 1 9 .
his opponent in an awkward situ l:txd6 .txd6 20. 'it? f3 .txeS 2 1 . fxeS
ation. ttJd7 22. f4 'it>f8 23. ttJa4 'it?e7 24.
12 . .ta3 ! l:td 1 ':a7 2S. g4 ! Vaganian-Hubner
1 993 Germany) 1 8 . . . . ':'d6 1 9 . 'it?f3 !
12 . .tb2 'ikc7 This would lead to a hS 20. h3 ':a7 2 1 . g4t Ftacnik-Am
normal hedgehog position. broz 1 98 1 CSR
12. ... ttJeS
IS. ttJa4 ':dbS
12 . ... eS? ! 1 3 . -'e3 'fib8 14. ttJe l
l:te8 I S . ttJc2 ttJcS 1 6 . .tb2 as 17. IS . ... ttJe4 19. ttJxcS bxcS 20. ttJc6
ttJa3 Gavrikov - Ceshkovsky 1 98 1 ':xd l 2 1 . ':xd1 ttJc3 22. ':d2 Gheor
USSR ghiu-Mascarinas 1 993 Switzerland
IS. ... f8? Overlooking the op
13. eS ! dxeS
ponent's threat. 1 9 . b4 ! .td4 20. ttJc6
14. ii'xdS
.txa1 2 1 . ttJxd8 bS 22. ttJb6+- de
14. xeS? Gives up the advantage, Firmian-Zivanovic Smeredevska Pa
and what is more . . . . 1 4 . . . . -.c8 I S . lanka 1 98 1
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 77

19. llJc6 l:[b7 tempo, White cannot take advantage


20. llJxcs bxcs of it. 1 5 . 'fIe3 nac8 1 6. 'fIe2 llJe5
2 1 . l:d3;t 17. h3? (0 1 7 . 'it>h l ao Ftacnik) 17 . . . .
h5 ! 1 8 . f4 llJg6 1 9 . llJf3 d5 ! t Polu
Ivanov,I-Gurevich,M 1 989 Philadel gaevsky-Ftacnik 1 982 Luzem
phia
12. ... llJcs
1. c4 cs 2. llJf3 llJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .i.g2 13. es
.i.b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. llJc3 .i.e7 7. d4
cxd4 8. xd4 d6 9. l:[dl a6 13. llJd2 Not a very dangerous move.
10. b3 llJbd7 1 1 . e4 1 3 . . . . 14 . .i.b2 nd8 1 5 . b4 llJcd7
1 6. a3 'fIc7 17. nac l nac8 1 8 . h3
(2.3.4.334)
h5 ! ? 1 9 . llJe2 h4 20. g4 e5 ! 2 1 . 'fIe3
1 1 . ... ..wb8 llJh7= Ribli-Hulak 1 985 Zagreb/Ri
jeka

13. ... dxes

13 . ... .i.xf3 ? ! Taking the pawn is too


risky. 14 . .i.xf3 dxe5 15 . .tc6t ! An
important interpolation. 15 . . . 'iti'fS 1 6 .
'fIe3 na7 1 7 . b4 ! ( l 7 . llJa4 ? ! 'fIc7 1 8 .
.i.xc5 bxc5 1 9 . 'ii'f3 g6! 20. nd2 g7
2 1 . llJc3 nc8+ Black has completed
development and kept the material
advantage, Vaisser - Ftacnik Tmava
1 983) 17 . . . llJcd7 1 8 . c5 ! White opens
The most frequently played variation. the position immediately, not leaving
Its rationale is that after 12 . .ta3 llJc5 time for Black to develop. 1 8 . . . . g6
1 3 . e5 dxe5 14. 'ii'xe5 the queen is ( 1 8 . . . . nc7 19 . .i.xd7 llJxd7 20. llJe4
defended, and Black does not have to h5 2 1 . h4 'iti'g8 22. nac l 'fIa7 23. c6 !
lose a tempo. Marshalek-Eperjesi 1 986 Vrsac) ( 1 8 .
. . . ..wc7 1 9 . .i.xd7 llJxd7 2 0 . nxd7 ! ? A
12 . .i.a3 continuation that offers chances. 20 .
12 . .i.b2 . . . 'ii'xd7 2 1 . cxb6 na8 22. nd l 'fIc6
23. llJe4t Stempin-Ksieski 1983 Po
A) 1 3 . llJe l nc8 ? ! (0 1 3 . . . . ne8) 14. lanica Zdroj) 1 9 .1lJa4 bxc5 20. 'iVh6t !
'ii'e 3 ne8 1 5 . 'ii'e2 'ii'c7 1 6 . 'iti'h l g8 2 1 . bxc5 'ir'fS 22. 'fIe3t White
nad8 1 7 . f4? ! The e4 pawn will be has a strong attack for the sacrificed
weak 17 . . . . ""8 1 8. nd2 b5 ! tz pawn, Majorov-Andrianov 1 983 Yur
Suba-Ftacnik 1 982 Luzem mala
B) 1 3. llJd2 l:[d8 14. a4 'fIc7 Although
the queen reached c7 with a loss of 14 . ..wxes
78 7. d4 CHAPTER 3

i.xa3 1 7 . 'iix a3 b5 1 8 . ttJb2 ttJe4


( 1 8 . . . . 'iic 5 ! ?;!; Palkovi) 1 9 . ttJd3
The fight is over c5 . 19 . . . . bxc4 20.
bxc4;!; Georgiev ,Ki . -Genov ,P . 1 993
Bulgaria
14 . ... O-O ? ! 1 5 . 'iix b8 l::ta xb8 1 6 .
ttJe5 i.xg2 1 7 . <j;xg2 l::tfc8 1 8 . ttJa4
Golubovic-Gostisa 1 994 Bled
15. 'iVxb8t l::t x b8
16. i.el
16. i.xe7 xe7 17. l::td2 ( 1 7. ttJd4
White plays for to exchange queens, l::th c8 ! 1 8 . l::tac l g5 ! 1 9 . i.xb7 l::t xb7
to occupy c6 afterwards, and to forge 20. f3 l::tbc7 2 1 . ttJce2 h5 ! t Lautier
ahead on the queenside. Kamsky 1 995 Groningen) 17. . . .
l::th c8 1 8 . l::tc l l::tc 7 1 9 . ttJd4 ..ixg2 20.
14. ... ttJcd7!
xg2 l::tb c8 2 1 . l::t dc2 ttJb8 22. ttJa4
14 . ... 'iVa7? ! This is a less accurate ttJbd7= Pigusov-Gavrikov 1 986 Ir
move. kutsk
A) 1 5 . i.b2 ? ! White missed the 16. i.d6? ! White acquires the d6
possibility to get an advantage. 1 5 . square, but it does not worth much.
. . . l::tc 8 1 6. 'iie2 ( 1 6. h 3 'iia 8 ! 1 7 . 1 6 . . . . ..ixd6 17. l::txd6 <j;e7 1 8 . l::tad l
ttJe l i.xg2 1 8 . ttJxg2 19. ttJf4 l::th c8 ! 1 9 . ttJg5 b5 ! 20 . ..ixb7 l::t xb7
'fib7 20. 'iie2 l::tfd8= Anic-Kalesis 2 1 . l::txa6 bxc4+ The black pieces
1 993 Budapest) 16 . . . . 'iia 8 ! 17. stand more harmoniously, and White
ttJe l i.xg2 18. ttJxg2 1 9 . ttJe l can have problems with his pawns,
l::tfd8 20. l::tx d8t l::tx d8 2 1 . l::td l h6= Rothstein-Shipov 1 993 Minsk
Smejkal-Portisch 1 986 Dubai 16. ... l::t c 8
B) 1 5 . i.xc5 bxc5 ( 1 5 . . . . i.xc5? 16.
ttJd5 ! t) 1 6 . ttJel ..ixg2 17. ttJxg2 It's worth for Black to move the rook
1 8 . l::td3 l::ta d8 1 9 . l::tad l l::txd3 from b8, so that ..if4 does not come
20. l::tx d3 ttJd7 Shabalov-Ozolinsh with tempo.
1 985 Riga 16 . ... 0-0 17. i.f4 l::tb c8 1 8 . ttJe5 ! ;!;
C) 1 5 . ttJa4 ! White strengthens the 17. i.b2 ! ?
pressure. 1 5 . . . . ttJcd7 ( 1 5 . . . . ttJxa4?
1 6 . i.xe7 <j;xe7 1 7 . 'ii'c 7t <j;e8 1 8 . Defending the c 3 knight, and i n so
ttJe5+-) ( 1 5 . . . . l::tc 8 1 6 . ttJxc5 bxc5 doing, hindering b5.
17. i.b2 i.c6 1 8 . :d3 1 9 . 1::tad l 17. l::td3 ? i.c6 ! 1 8 . i.f4 b5 1 9 . ttJd2
l::tfd8 20. l::tx d8t i.xd8 2 1 . ttJg5 i.xg2 20. <j;xg2 ttJc5 This is the draw
i.xg2 22. xg2 ..ie7 23. f3 Ribli back of 17. l::td 3?, the rook stands
Sokolov,A 1 985 Lugano) 1 6. ""2 poorly. 2 1 . 1If3 ? (02 1 . l::t e 3 ttJg4 22.
CHAPTER 3 7. d4 79

l:l:e2 g5+') 2 1 . . . . b4 22. lbe2 l:l:d8=F the knight that defends d7, and Black
Ionescu,Co.-Dolmatov 1 987 Moscow can no longer prevent White's inva
sion of the 7th rank, Georgiev,Ki.
17. ... l:l:gS ! ?
Ftacnik 1 985 Wijk aan Zee
An imaginative idea which involves
omitting castling . IS. lbe2
17 . ... 0-O? 1 8 . lbe5 ! xg2 1 9 . 1bxd7 IS. lbg5 xg2 1 9 . Wxg2 l:l:c6 20.
f3 20. lbxb6 l:l:b8 2 1 . l:l:d3 lbge4 lbxe4 2 1 . lbxe4 f5 ! =
17 . ... l:l:c7 Defending the bishop on
b7. 1 8 . lbd4 xg2 1 9 . Wxg2 lbc5 IS. ... g5 !
19. lbe5 xg2
( 1 9 . . . . O-O ! ? 20. l:l:ac 1 l:l:fc8 Pal
20. xg2 lbxe5
kovi) 20. l:l:ac l 0-0 2 1 . lbf3 lbcd7 22.
lbe2 ! l:l:fc8 23. lbe5;l; Nogueiras 21. xe5 lbd7
22. b2 lbc5
Browne 1 985 Taxco

17 . ... h5 1 8 . 4 (0 1 8 . h3 ! ;l; Ftacnik)
23.
24.
h3
lbc3
f6
f7
1 8 . . . . l:l:c7 19. lbg5 xg2 20. 'it>xg2 25. l:l:d2 l:l:gdS
0-0 2 1 . l:l:ac l lbc5 22. Wf3 ! ? l:l:fc8 26. l:l:adl l:l:xd2
23. l:l:c2 Wf8 24. We2 lbe8? (024 . . . . 27. l:l:xd2=
'it>e8 ! =) 2 5 . l:l:cd2 f6 26. lbh3 Wf7
27. lbf4 g6 28. lbd3 ! This removes Pelts-Browne 1 986 New York
80 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 4 7. ttJc3 ttJc6 ! ?


A) 8. d4 cxd4 9. exd4 0-0 10. f4
1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 ttJaS ! 1 1 . b3 ( 1 1 . cS ttJdS 1 2 . ttJxdS
4. g2 b7 5. 0-0 xdS+ Miralles-Andersson,U 1 989
Cannes) 1 1 . ... d5+ Eising-Keene
5. ... g6 1 975 Mannheim
B) 8. b3 dS (8 . . . . ttJe4 ! ? 9. ttJxe4
i.xa 1 10. d4 fSco Ftacnik) 9. i.b2
0-0 (9 . . . . d4? 10. exd4 ttJxd4 1 1 .
ttJxd4 i.xg2 1 2 . ttJe6) 10. ttJxdS
ttJxdS 1 1 . i.xg7 1;xg7 1 2 . cxdS
'iiVxdS 1 3 . d4 .l:tfd8= Ftacnik-Miles
1 982 London
7. ... 0-0
7 . ... cxd4 ! ? 8. exd4 'iiVc 8 9. ttJa3 d5
1O . .l:te 1 dxc4 1 1 .'iiVa 4t ttJbd7 1 2 .'iiVx c4
a6co Korchnoi-Miles 1 985 Tilburg
7 . . .. e6 ! ? p followed by 0-0 then d5,
(1) Palkovi
6. e3 ! ? 8 . .l:tel

White tries to build a strong center 8. d5 bS ! 9. ttJfd2 bxc4 10. ttJxc4 d6


quickly, but practice shows that Black 1 1 . i.d2 ! ttJfd7 12. ttJba3 ttJb6 1 3 .
has enough counterplay. A recurring i.aS=
theme in this variation is that after d4, 8. ttJc3 ttJe4 9. i.d2 (9. ttJe2 cxd4
Black should not allow dS burying the 1 0. exd4 dS ! 1 1 . cxdS ttJf6 1 2 . gS
bishop on b7. ttJxdS= Fedorowicz-Ivanov,A 1 992
USA,ch. ) (9 . ttJxe4 i.xe4 1 0. dS e6 !
6. ... g7 1 1 . ttJh4 i.xg2 1 2 . ttJxg2 ttJa6 1 3 . e4
6 . ... d6? ! 7. d4 cxd4 8. exd4 e6 9. ttJc7 14. a4 exdS I S . exdS d6 16 . .l:ta2
dS ! eS (9 . . . . exdS 10. ttJh4 Palkovi) a6 1 7 . b3 'iiVd7 1 8 . i.b2 i.xb2 1 9 .
10. ttJh4 g7 1 1 . f4 ttJbd7 1 2 . ttJc3 .l:txb2 bSp Kapetanovic-Marinkovic
0-0 1 3 . fS ! .l:tc8 14. b3 a6 I S . a4 ttJcS 1 99 1 . Belgrade) 9 . . . . ttJxc3 10. xc3
16 . .l:ta2 Fedorowicz-Kudrin 1 992 i.e4 ! 1 1 . .l:tc 1 d6 1 2 . i.h3 White
would like to wall in the bishop or
New York
force it to be exchanged. 12 . . . . e6 !
7. d4 1 3 . g2 'fic7 14. 'fie2 ttJd7= Milos
Schussler 1 984 Thessaloniki
7. b3 dS ! 8. b2 dxc4 (8 . . 0-0 is
. .

possible) 9. bxc4 0-0 10. d4 cxd4 1 1 . 8. ... e6 !


exd4 ttJc6 ! ? 1 2 . 'iiVe2 .l:tc8 1 3 . ttJbd2 8 . ... cxd4 9. exd4 dS 1 0. ttJeS 'iiVc 8
ttJaS 14 . .l:tfe 1 e6p Ashley-Yermolin 1 1 . ttJc3 dxc4 1 2 . i.xb7 'iiVxb7 1 3 . dS
sky 1 992 New York .l:td8 14. 'fif3;!;
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 81

9. b3 t A I ) 8. b4 cxb4 9. l:xb4 a6 10. l:tb l


10. cxd5 e d5 'iVc8 ! 1 1 . a3 Markov - Szieberth
1 1. b2 a6 1 993 Budapest ( 1 1 . d3? ! d5 ! 1 2 .
12. c3 'fie7 xd5 xd5 1 3 . cxd5 xd5+ Pal
13. l:c1 l:fdS
kovi) 1 1 . . . . l:le8 1 2 . d3 d5 ! 1 3 . xd5
The position is similar to that from xd5 14. cxd5 xd5 Palkovi
the double fianchetto variation, but
A2) 8. a3 d6 9. d3 e6 10. b4 bd7 1 1 .
here the rook on e l is somewhat mis
placed. b2 'iVe7= Gullulu-MacKay 1 98 8
Arnhem
14. a3 :acS
15. a4 B) 7 . . . . c6 8. b3 (8. a3 ! ? 0--0 9. b4
Palkovi) 8 . . . . 0--0 9. b2 d5 10.
15. d2? ! e4 ! + Korchnoi - No
cxd5 xd5 1 1 . xd5 'fixd5 12. a3
gueiras 1 988 Thessaloniki
xb2 13. l:txb2 l:tfd8 14. d3 d4 !
15. ... e4 1 5 . 'fib l 'iVh5+ Andersson-Larsen
Palkovi 1 977 Copenhagen
7. a4? ! c6 ! not allowing a5 8. d4
1. c4 c5 2. f3 f6 3. g3 b6
a5 9. b3 d5 ! 10. cxd5 xd5 1 1 .
4. g2 b7 5. 0-0 g6
b2 l:c8 1 2 . l:lc l 0--0 1 3 . a2 e6+
(2) Tisdall-Ivanov,1. 1 993 Gausdal
6. c3 g7 7. d3 d5 ! 8. cxd5 xd5 9. d2 xc3
(09 . . . . 0--0 Palkovi) 1 0. xc3 xc3
1 1 . bxc3 0-0= Brynell-Helgason 1 993
Malmo
7. e3 0--0 See: 6. e3
7. b3? ! Imprecise move, which Black
can exploit. 7. . . . d5 ! 8. cxd5 If b2,
0--0 had happened, White could have
taken on d5 with the knight, after
which he would have a chance to reach
a better position (see: 6. b3 g7 7.
b2 0--0 8. c3 d5 9. xd5 !), but
now Black can easily equalize. 8 . . . .
(2. 1 ) xd5 9. b2 0--0 1 0 . 'iVc2 c6 1 1 .
7. a3 l:tac l l:tc8 1 2 . 'fib l c7 1 3 . l:tfdl e5
Other possibilities: Vokac-Brestian 1988 Trnava
7. l:tbl 7. ... 0-0
A) 7 . . . . 0--0 S. d3 d5
S2 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

8 . ... d6 9. d2 lLlc6 10. l:tb l Niko (l:tc7, WaS) represents a typical, re


lic,Z-Skembris 1 9S9 Vrnjacka Banja curring motif in this set-up.) 9. a3 dS
1 0 . . . . Wd7= 1 0. b4 ! ? ( 1 0. cxdS lLlxdS 1 1 . lLlxdS
9. cxdS lLlxdS WxdS 1 2 . b4 Wa2 ! 1 3. e3 lLld4=
10. 'ii'b3 lLlc7 Toran-Bellon 1 970 Malaga) 10 . . . .
11. e3 lLlc6 dxc4 1 1 . dxc4 lLld7 ! 1 2 . lLla4 cxb4
12. lLle4 l:t b8 1 3 . axb4 'fIc7 14. f4 eS I S . e3
13. J:[abl lLle6= l:tfdS 1 6. lLlc3 lLlf6 17. Wb3 h6= Va
ganian-Smyslov 1 97 1 Leningrad
Sellos-Koch,lR 1 99 1 Montpellier
8. gS h6 9. d2 dS 10. We I h7
13 . ... eS! ? M4. gS WdS I S . WxdS
1 1 . cxdS lLlxdS 1 2 . a3 e6 1 3 . l:tb l
lLlxdS 16. lLld6 aS Palkovi
lLla6 14. Wc2 Wd7 I S . l:tfe I l:tacS=
Vadasz-Polgar 1 972 Hungary
1. c4 cS 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. lLlc3 g7 8. f4 ? ! l:teS 9. Wd2 lLlc6 1 0. h6? !
(0 10. lLleS Palkovi) 10 . . . , dS ! 1 1 .
(2.2) l:tad l d4 12. lLle4 lLlxe4 1 3 . dxe4
7. d3 hS ! + Bilek-Adorjan 1 9 S 1 Hungary
8. ... lLlc6
8 . ... dS 9. cxdS lLlxdS 1 0. Wc l lLlc6
1 1 . h6 lLlxc3 ( 1 1 . . . . l:tcS 1 2 . xg7
xg7 1 3 . lLle4 lLld4 14. l:te l 'ii'd7 I S .
b3= Felegyhazi-Mate 1 993 Debre
cen) 1 2 . bxc3 Wd7 1 3 . xg7 xg7
14. a4 l:tabS I S . 'ii'e 3 l:tfdS= Lieb
stein-Luckis 1 94 1 Montevideo
9. a3
9. J:[bl d6 10. lLlgS ? ! h6 1 1 . lLlge4
lLleS ! Of course Black does not ex
White wants to set up with e4 in the changes off the weak knight on e4.
center. Now fS is threatened. 1 2 . f4 'iVd7 1 3 .
a 3 e 6 1 4 . lLl f2 fS I S . e4 lLlc7 1 6. b4
7. ... 0-0
lLld4+ Petek-Csom 1 994 Zalakaros
(2.2.1) 9. ... d6
8. d2 10. lLlel ! ? 'ii'd 7
11. lLldS e6
8. l:r.bl lLlc6 (S . . . . dS ! ? 9. cxds lLlxdS
12. lLlxf6t xf6
1 0. Wb3 lLla6 1 1 . gS lLlac7 1 2 . lLle4
13. c3 xc3
lLle6 1 3 . d2 l:tcS 14. l:tbe I l:tc7 ! I S .
14. bxc3 fS=
l:tfd l WaS Nemeth,A-Kostin 1 994
Szekszard. Black's last two moves Alburt-Benjamin 1 993 Philadelphia
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 83

1 . c 4 c5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g 3 b 6 4. g2 B) 9. h3 lLlbd7? ! Black does not even


.i.b7 5. 0-0 g6 6.lLlc3 g7 7. d3 0-0 try to utilize4e weakening of d4 .
10. gS ( 1 0. U b l ! ? ltJe8 1 1 . d4
(2.2.2) cxd4 12. lLlxd4 .l:tc8 1 3 . b3 a6 14.
S. e4 b2 e6 I S . 'it'd2;i;; Magerramov
Goldin 1 988 Klaipeda) 10 . . . . .l:tc8
( 1 0 . . . . h6 1 1 . e3 h7 1 2 . 'ii'd2
lLleS 1 3 . lLlh4 ! e6 14. f4;i;; McNab
Adams 1 989 London) 1 1 . 'ii'd2 a6
12 . .l:tfe l e6 1 3 . a4;l; Larsen-Adams
1 989 London
C) 9. a3 a6 10 . .l:tb l lLlfd7 1 1 . d2 ? !
(0 1 1 . e3=) 1 1 . . . . bS ! 1 2 . cxbS
axbS 1 3 . lLlxbS a6 14. a4 lLlc6 IS .
.l:te 1 6+ Mariotti - Velimirovic
1 978 Praia da Rocha

This move has more significance. On


occasion eS is a threat it prevents dS .
With the plan lLlh4, f4 White can at
tack on the kings ide. On the other
hand, White can try to play d4, and
the g2 bishop will not be exchanged,
which is better for White.
S. ... lLlc6 !
Black aims immediately at the weak
d4 square, and keeps his options open
to set up with d6 or e6-dS. A usual (2.2.2.1)
maneuver for Black is lLle8-c7-e6,
which firmly controls d4. 9. l:tbl
S . ... d6 is possible too White plays for a3-b4. Other possi
A) 9. lLlel lLle8 ! 10. g4? ! ( 1 0. e3 bilities:
lLlc6 Not allowing d4 1 1 . 'ii'd2 lLld4 9. lLle1 White wants to get a kingside
12 . .l:td l ? ! .l:tb8 1 3 . lLlc2 a6 14. b3 initiative with f4, but it is a too clumsy
lLlc7 I S . lLle2 lLlxe2t 16. 'ii'xe2 eS ! plan. Black can easily equalize. 9 . . . d6
17. b4 lLle6 1 8 . .l:tb l fSt Zlatilov 1 0. f4 lLld7 ( 1 0 . . . . lLle8 1 1 . lLlf3 lLld4
Kolar 1 99 1 Ptuj) 10 . . . . eS 1 1 . f4 1 2 . e3 'ii'd7 1 3 . 'ii'd 2 fS ! 14 . .l:tac 1
(0 1 1 . gS lLlc7 1 2 . h4 lLle6 1 3 . lLlc7= Quinteros-Zuckerman Cleve
h3F Stohl) 1 1 . . . . exf4 1 2 . xf4 land 1 975) 1 1 . lLlf3 lLld4 1 2 . lLlxd4? !
ltJc6+ Polgar,Zsu.-Stohl 1 993 Bmo (0 1 2 . e3= Palkovi) 1 2 . . . . cxd4 1 3 .
84 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

lLlb l ( 1 3 . lLle2 ? ! fS ! 14. exfS .txg2 J.h6 fS 17. J.xg7 xg7+ Suba
1 5 . 'itxg2 gxf5 1 6. lLlg l eS ! 17. lLlf3 Kengis 1987 Timisoara
'ii'f6t Uhlmann-Hecht 1 973 Vrsac) B) 9 . . . . d6 ! ? 10. l:tb l lLld7 1 1 . a3
1 3 . . . . f5 14. lLld2=
B l ) 1 1 . . . . e6 12. J.g5 'ii'b 8 1 3 . 'ii'd2
9. J.g5 lLle8 (9 . . . . h6 ! ? 1 0. J.e3 lLlg4 lLlde5 14. lLlxe5 dxeS ( 1 4 . . . . lLlxe5? !
1 1 . J.d2 d6 Palkovi) 10. 'ii'd2 lLld4 1 5 . f4 lLlg4 16. h3;!;) 1 5 . b4 cxb4 16.
( 1 0 . . . . lLlc7 1 1 . J.h6 lLle6 12. J.xg7 axb4 'ii'd6 17. cS ! bxcS 1 8. bxc5
'itxg7 1 3 . lLlh4 lLled4 14. f4 f5 1 5 . 'ii'd7 19. 1Llb5 l:tab8 20. lLld6 J.a8oo
exf5 gxfS 1 6 . b4 ! ? cxb4 17. lLlb5 Karlsson"L-Miles 1983 Gjovik
Romanishin-Winants 1 986 ) l 1 . lLlh4
d6 1 2 . l:tae l 'ii'd7 1 3 . b3 e6 14. J.h6 B2) 1 1 . . . . a6 1 2 . lLle2 bS Klinger
J.xh6 1 5 . 'ii'xh6 f6 16. f4 'ii'g 7 17. Cebalo 1 989 Bern
'ii'x g7t lLlxg7 1 8 . lLlf3 J.c6 19. :f2 C) 9. . . . lLle8 Lets go to the weak d4
l:tae8= Vaganian-Kosten 1988 Esb square!
jerg
C l ) 1 0. l:tb l lLlc7 1 1 . h4 lLle6? ! Un
9. J.e3 lLlg4 ! This is why the J.e3 necessarily allowing the advance of
plan is usually started with h3. 10. the h-pawn. (a l l . . . . h6= Palkovi)
J.d2 d6 1 1 . lLle 1 f5 ! ? 12. exf5 gxf5 12. h5 lLled4 1 3 . lLlxd4 lLlxd4 14.
1 3 . h3 lLlf6 14. lLlc2 'ii'd7 Gostisa J.e3;!; Pigusov - Marinkovic 1 989
Ionescu,Co. 1 992 Manila Biel
9. :el C2) 10. J.e3 lLld4 ! Of course not
allowing d4. 1 1 . l:tb l lLlc7 1 2 . lLle2
e5 1 3 . b4 d6 1 4. bxc5 dxc5 1 5 . lLlc3
f5 I. Ivanov-Kengis 1989 Chicago

A) 9 . . . . e6 1 0. J.f4 ( 1 0. e5 ! ? Palkovi)
10 . . . . lLle8 1 1 . 'ii'd2 ( 1 1 . e5 ! ;!; Pal-
kovi) 1 1 . . . . d6 12. ltab l lLlc7 1 3 . a3
lLld4 14. lLlxd4? ! (a I4. J.h6=) ( 14. 9. ... lLl e8!
b4? lLlxf3t IS. J.xf3 gS! 1 6. J.e3
'ii'f6-l-) 14 . . . . cxd4 I S . lLle2 ( 1 S . White plays for a3-b4, but now must
lLlbS lLlxb5 16. cxb5+) I S . . . . e S 1 6 . lose a tempo to defend c3 .
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 8S

9 . ... d6 10. a3 ( 1 0. h3? ! lZ)e8 1 1 . 13. ... lZ)ed4


e3 lZ)d4 ! 1 2 . lZ)e2 lZ)xf3t 1 3 . xf3 14. lZ)exd4 lZ)xd4
'it'd7 14. g2 fS I S . 'it'd2 lZ)f6 An 15. lZ)xd4 xd4
dersson-Funnan 1 973 Madrid) 16. h6 :eS
A) l D . . . . lZ)d7 1 1 . e3 ! lZ)d4? (0 1 1 . 17. hl e6=
. . . eS;!;; Palkovi) 1 2 . xd4 ! cxd4 1 3 . Frias-Benjamin 1 98 8 USA-ch
lZ)bS Hoffmann,H-Grooten 1 989
Lugano 1. c4 cS 2. lZ)t3 lZ)f6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
B) lD . . . . lZ)e8 See: 9 . . . . lZ)e8 b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. lZ)c3 g7
7. d3 0-0 S. e4 lZ)c6
10. d2
(2.2.2.2)
10. a3 d6 (o l D . . . . lZ)c7 ! Palkovi) 1 1 .
9. lZ) h4
e3 lZ)d4 1 2 . lZ)e 1 as ( 1 2 . . . . lZ)c7 1 3 .
b4 'it'd7 1 4 . 'it'd2 lZ)ce6 I S . f4 fS 16.
lZ)d5;!;; Zysk-Clara 1 989 Gennany) 13.
a4? ! = Homung-Steingrimsson 1 992
Biel(0 1 3 . b4;!;; Palkovi)
10. e3 lZ)d4 1 1 . lZ)e2 eS ! 1 2 . b4 d6
1 3 . bxcS dxcS 14. lZ)exd4 cxd4 I S .
i.d2 lZ)c7 16. lZ)e 1 lZ)e6 ( 1 6 . . . . lZ)a6
1 7. a4 i.c6= Korchnoi-Kuzmin 1 973
Leningrad) 17. b4 ne8 1 8 . f4 exf4
19. gxf4 'it'c7 20. 'it'g4 lZ)cS= Kar
pov,An.-Savon 1 973 USSR

10. ... lZ)c7


White wants to attack with f4-fS and
1 1 . a3
maybe g4 on the kingside. Black can
1 1 . lZ)dS ? ! The white knight comes choose: allow fS and look for counter
back anyway, so this move is only a play on the queenside, or play fS him
waist of time. 1 1 . . . . lZ)e6 1 2 . lZ)e 1 self after moving the knight from f6.
lZ)ed4 1 3 . b4 d6 ! 14. bxcS dxcS I S . f4 9. ... d6
e6 16. lZ)c3 fS 17. eS ZIf7+ Bellon
Lopez-Dorfman 1991 Oviedo, rapid 9 . ... lZ)eS ! ?
A ) 1 0. e3
1 1 . ... lZ)e6
12. b4 d6 A I ) 10 . . . . e6 1 1 . 'it'd2 lZ)eS ? ! 1 2 . h3
13. lZ)e2 lZ)d6 1 3 . ];tad ! ! ( 1 3 . f4?? lZ)exc4 14.
dxc4 lZ)xc4 I S . 'ji'e2 lZ)xe3-+) 13.
13. h4 ! ? lZ)ed4? ! (0 1 3 . . . . h6= Pal . . . fS 14. f4 lZ)c6 Hertneck-Green
kovi) 14. lZ)xd4 lZ)xd4 I S . hS 'ji'd7 16. feld 1 987 Groningen I S . es lZ)f7 16.
f4;!;; Cvitan-Erdelyi 1 994 Ticino lZ)f3;!;; then d4
86 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

A2) 1 0. ' " ttJc7 ! 1 1 . 'ti'd2 ttJe6 12. C) 1 1 . . . . ttJe8 1 2 . ttJf3 fS ( 1 2 . . . .


ii.h6 ttJed4 1 3 . i.xg7 <i;xg7 14. f4 ttJc7 ! ? 1 3 . fS dSoo Popov) 1 3 . exfS
d6 ( 1 4 . . . . fS ! ? Palkovi) I S . nae l exfS ( 1 3 . . . . gxfS ! ? Palkovi) 14.
( I S . fS ! ? Palkovi) I S . . . . fS ! 16. exfS ttJgS ii.d4t IS. <i;h l ttJc7 16. ttJdS
gxfS 17. ttJf3 'IlVd7= Heyken-Keit ttJb4 17. ttJe7t ( 1 7 . ttJxc7? 'IlVxc7
linghaus 1 989 Bad Worishofen 1 8 . a3 ii.xg2t 1 9 . xg2 'ti'b7++
B) 1 0. f4 fS ! A typical counter: Black Debarnot-Popov,L 1 974 Amster
does not allow himself to be press dam) 17 . . . . 'ti'xe7 1 8 . ii.xb7 nab8
ured with fS . ( 1 0 . . . . ttJd4? ! Ribli 1 9 . i.g2 'ti'd7=
Debarnot 1 972 Skopje 1 1 . fS ! d6 10 . ... nbS 1 1 . g4 a6 1 2 . a4 ttJd4 1 3 .
1 2 . i.e3 Later d2, nf2, nafl <i;h l ttJd7 1 4 . ttJf3 ii.c6 I S . ttJxd4? !
Ribli) (o I S . i.e3) I S . . . . cxd4 16. ttJa2 ttJcS
B l ) 1 1 . eS e6? (0 1 1 . ' " d6! .1 1 2 . 17. ttJb4 Romanishin-Rodriguez,Am.
ii.dS t <i;h8 And White cannot in 1 985 Moscow 1 7 . . . . ii.d7 ! 1 8 . fS e6
crease the attack.) 12. ttJf3 ! d6? 1 3 . 1 9 . b3 as 20. ttJa2 ii.eS+ Rodri
ttJgS ttJc7 ( 1 3 . . . . 'IlVd7 14. ttJxe6 !+ guez,Am.
) 14. ttJbS ! dxeS I S . ttJxc7 xc7 1 1 . a4
16. ttJxe6+- Koshnitsky-West 1 994
Melbourne 1 1 . i.. e3 ttJd7 1 2 . 'iid2 ttJd4 1 3 . fS bS
B2) 1 1 . ttJf3 Pfleger-Jansson 1 974 14. b3 e6 I S . ii.h6 ne8? 16. ii.xg7
Nice 1 1 . . . . d6= Black reached flex <i;xg7 17. f6t ! <i;h8 ( 1 7 . . . . ttJxf6? 1 8 .
ible defensive position. eS+-) 1 8 . nf2 ii.c6 1 9 . nafl Schnei
der-Conquest 1 986 Schmallenberg
10. f4 a6! ?
1 1 . f5 bS ! 12. i.. g S? ! ttJeS 1 3 . b3 h6 !
Black looks for counterplay immedi 14. i.. xf6 i.xf6 I S . nc 1 e6 1 6 . ttJf3
ately on the queenside. aS+ Alburt-Speelman 1 986 London

10 . ... ttJd7 Preparing to answer fS 1 1 . g4 bS 12. gS ttJd7 1 3 . ttJdS nb8


with ttJeS . 1 1 . i.e3 ttJd4 12. 'iid2 14. nb l e6 I S . ttJe3 bxc4 1 6. ttJxc4
fS= Bukal-Planinc 1 977 Yugoslavia ( 1 6 . dxc4 ttJd4) 16 . . . . ttJb6 1 7 . ttJe3
fS ! 1 8 . gxf6 'ti'xf6 1 9 . ttJf3 dSp Yap
10 . ... e6 1 1 . g4 Speelman 1 984 Thessaloniki
A) 1 1 . . . . ttJxe4? 12. ttJxe4 'ti'xh4 1 3 .
ttJxd6 Palkovi 1 1. ... nbS
12. i.. e3 e6
B) 1 1 . . . . ttJd7 ! ? 12. ttJf3 ttJd4 1 3 . 13. i.. f2 ttJe S
ii.e3 ( 1 3 . fS ! ?) 1 3 . . . . fS 1 4 . ii.xd4? 14. ttJf3 ttJd4
The start of a suspicious-looking 15. h3 f5
plan. 14 . . . . cxd4 I S . ttJbS ttJcS ! 16. 16. exf5 gxf5
gxfS exfS 17. exfS nxfS 18. ttJfxd4 17. nel ttJc7=
i.. x g2 1 9 . xg2 nhS+ Fauland-
Foldi,I 1 990 Budapest Lerner-Cheskovsky 1 986 Moscow
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 87

1 . c4 cS 2. liJf3 liJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. liJc3 g7
7. d3 0-0 S. e4 liJc6

(2.2.2.3)
9. h3

A) 10. gS
AI) 1 0 . . . . liJe8 1 1 . 'ii'd2 liJc7 1 2 . l1ae 1
liJe6 1 3 . h6 xh6 ( 1 3 . . . . liJed4 14.
liJh4 eS ? ! I S . liJd5 liJe7 1 6. xg7
c3i;xg7 17. f4t McNab-Kwiatkowski
1 988 England) 14. 'ii'x h6 liJeS ! I S .
'iVd2 liJxf3t 1 6 . xf3 liJd4 17. g2
Preparing e3, but losing time in eS 1 8 . liJe2 liJxe2t 19. l:.xe2 'ii'd7=
the process. Black gets appropriate McNab-Kosten 1 989 Hastings
counterplay. A2) 10 . . . . a6 1 1 . 'ii'd2 liJd7 1 2 . liJh2
liJd4 1 3 . liJdS f6 ! An ugly move,
9. . .
. e6 but in this position, it is important
to chase back the imposing white
With the plan of d5 . Other possi pieces. 14. e3 e6 l S . liJf4 'ii'e7 1 6 .
bilities:
l:.ae 1 liJeS 17. b 4 bS ! =+= McNab
9 ... liJeS
. Ward 1 994 Menchik memorial
A) 10. e3 liJd4 ( 1 0 . . . . liJc7 Vyde A3) 10 . . . . h6 1 1 . e3 c3i;h7 ( 1 1 . . . .
slaver-Zilberman 1 99 1 Beer-Sheva liJd7 1 2 . d4 e S 1 3 . dxcS dxcS 14.
1 1 . d4 ! cxd4 12. liJxd4 Palkovi) liJdS McNab-Tumurhuyag 1 990
1 1 . 'ii'd2 liJc7 1 2 . liJh4 eS 1 3 . f4 Novi Sad) 1 2 . 'ii'd2 a6 ( 1 2 . . . . e6
exf4 14. xf4 d6 Vaganian-Osnos Larsen,B-Olafsson,H 1 992 Nordic
1 973 USSR 1 3 . d4 Palkovi) 1 3 . d4 liJaS 14.
B) 10. gS liJc7 1 1 . 1i'd2 liJe6 1 2 . 'iWd3 bS ! ? McKay-Chandler 1 988
h6 liJed4 1 3 . liJxd4 liJxd4 1 4 . London
xg7 c3i;xg7 I S . liJe2 liJxe2t 1 6 . B) 1 0. l:.b 1 ? ! If White plays for a3-
'ii'xe2 e S 17. c3i;h2 d6= Alburt-Va b4, then there is no reason for h3.
ganian 1 975 USSR 10. ... liJe8 1 1 . a3 liJc7 12. d2
9 . ... d6 liJe6 1 3 . c3i;h2 'iWd7 14. b4 fS ! ? I S .
88 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

b5 cd4+ enegaz-AuTegui 1 993 12. d4 cxd4


artinez 13. xd4 aS
C) 1 0. i.e3 a6 ( 1 0 . . . . e6 1 1 . d4 cxd4 14. b3
1 2 . xd4 xd4 1 3 . i.xd4 'ike7 14. 14. cxdS xd5 1 5 . xd5 i.xd5 16.
'ike2 l:fd8 1 5 . lUd l ;!; Vaganian b3 l:tc8+ Sunye Neto-iles 1 985
Contin 1 994 Reggio Emilia) ( 1 0 . . . . Amsterdam
l:tc8 1 1 . 'ikd2 7 1 2 . 2 d4 1 3 .
f4 e 6 1 4 . h l a 6 1 5 . g 4 f5 ! 14. ... dxc4
Schunk-Kyas 1 992 Gennany) 1 1 .
14. ... l:c8! ? Palkovi
'ifd2 ( 1 1 . d4 cxd4 1 2 . xd4 d7 1 3 .
xc6 i.xc6 1 4 . i.d4;t; Uhlmann IS. i.xb7 xb7
Spiridonov 1 98 1 Polanica Zdroj) 16. -.0 cS
C l ) 1 1 . . . . l:[b8 1 2 . i.h6 Fiorito-Giar 17. l:adl -'c8
delli 1 993 Buenos Aires ( 1 2 . d4 ! ?) 18. i.gS -.b7
1 2 . . . . d4 1 3 . i.xg7 c:J;;x g7= Pal 19. c6 l:ac8
kovi 20. l:d6
C2) 1 1 . . . . d7 1 2 . d4 cxd4 1 3 . xd4 20. i.xf6 :xc6 ! 2 1 . d5 i.xf6 22.
l:c8 14. b3 l:te8 1 5 . l:tac 1 ;!; Pan xf6t g7+
chenko,A.N.-Agdestein 1 994 os
20. e7t? 'ikxe7 2 1 . d5 xd5+
cow
20. ... e8!
10. i.e3
21. e7t 'it'h8
10. l:e1 22. -.xb7 xb7
A) 10 . . . . d5? 1 1 . e5 ! ( 1 1 . exd5 ? exd5 23. l:dd l !
1 2 . i.g5 h6 !+ Cafferty-iles 1 980 23. xc8? exd6 2 4 . xd6 xd6
England) 1 1 . . . . d7 1 2 . i.g5 'fib8 25. i.e7 l:c8 26. i.xd6 cxb3+
1 3 . cxd5 cxe5 14. xe5 xe5
1 5 . f4 d7 16. dxe6 Akesson 23. ... l:cS
Psakhis 1 988 Berlin 24. cdS cxb3
B) 0 1 0 . . . . d6 1 1 . i.e3 a6 ( 1 1 . . . . 2S. axb3
e5 ! ?) 1 2 . d4 cxd4 1 3 . xd4 e5 Wojtkiewicz-Palkovi 1 987 Naleczow
14. b3 'ifc7 1 5 . f4 ed7 16. 'ikd2
l:tac8 Palkovi 2S. ... l:bS+
10. eS e8 1 1 . Ae l d6! 1 2 . i.f4 ( 1 2 . Palkovi
d4 xd4 1 3. xd4 i.xg2 1 4 . xe6
fxe6 1 5 . 'iitx g2 i.xe5+) 12 . . . . e5 ! 1. c4 cS 2. f3 f6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
1 3 . xe5 i.xg2 14. xg2 dxe5 1 5 . i.b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. c3 i.g7
i.xe5= Palkovi
10. ... dS
(2.3)
1 1. exdS exdS 7. l:el
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 89

14. f4;\; Miralles-Koch,l 1 989 Paris)


10 . .th6 ! With this tactical possi
bility White gets an advantage. 10 .
. . . .txh6 1 1 . 'ii'xd4 0--0 1 2 . 'ii'xe4
liJc6 1 3 . l:tad l ( 1 3 . l:ted l ? ! 'ii'c 7 14.
h4 .tg7 Now White cannot play b3.
I S . l:tab l :ad8 1 6. b4 e6 17. e3 liJeS
1 8 . liJxeS .txeS 1 9 . lIb3 l%c8 20.
l:tbd3 d6 2 1 . f4 .tf6 22. lIxd6
'ii'xc4= Nogueiras-Rodriguez, Am .
1 99 1 Holguin) 1 3 . . . . lIc8 14. e3
.tg7 I S . b3 d6 1 6. h4 liJeS 1 7 . liJd4
Compared to the d3-e4 set-up, White a6 1 8 . hS;\; Lobron-Andruet 1 989
wants to play e4 without losing a Amsterdam
tempo with d3 . After e4, on occassion 7 . ... d6 8 . e4
eS will be a threat as well.
(2.3.1)
7. .. . dS
Trying to hinder the white plan from
the start. Other possibilities:
7 . liJe4 8 . liJxe4 .txe4
. . .

A) 9. d3
A I ) 9 . . . . .tb7 10. l:tb l 0--0 1 1 . a3 d6
( 1 1 . . . . dS ! ? Palkovi) 1 2 . b4 liJd7 1 3 .
.tb2 .txb2 14. l:txb2 l:tb8 I S . 'ii'd2
a6 16. l:teb l 'ii'c7 1 7 . h4 hS= Dzind
zichashvili-Kudrln 1 989 USA A) 8 . . . . 0--0 See: 7 . . . . 0--0 8 . e4 d6
A2) 9 . . . . .tc6 10. l%b l 0--0 1 1 . a3 dS B) 8 . . . . liJbd7 9. d4 cxd4 10. liJxd4
12. b3 'iid6= Dizdarevic - Hulak l%b8 ( 1 0 . . . . lIc8? 1 1 . eS ! dxeS 1 2 .
1 994 Makarska .txb7 exd4 1 3 . .txc8 dxc3 1 4 .
B) 9. e3 0--0 1 0. d3 .tb7 1 1 . d4 d6 .txd7t liJxd7 I S . l:tb l 0--0 16. bxc3
( 1 1 . . . . .te4 ! ? L1 1 2 . d5 e6) 1 2 . dS 'ii'c 8 1 7 . lIxe7 l:td8 1 8 . .tf4+- Ci
liJd7 1 3. e4 a6 14. l:tb l bS I S . b3;\; fuentes Parada-Grooten 1 993 Wijk)
Romanishin-Dvoyris 1 98 8 USSR B l ) 1 1 . f4 0--0 1 2 . .te3 a6 1 3 . l:tc l
C) 9. d4 cxd4 (9 . . . . 0--0 1 0. d5 d6 1 1 . .ta8 1 4. b4 ! ? l:tc8 I S . liJdS e6 ! 16.
.th3 ! Now the bishop on e4 stands liJxf6t liJxf6 1 7 . .tf2 eS ! Now
rather awkwardly and liJd2 is threat White cannot utilize the d5 weak
ened, so the next move is forced. 1 1 . ness, while Black gets appropriate
. . . .txf3 1 2 . exf3 liJd7 1 3 . 'ii'a4 liJf6 counterplay in the open position.
90 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

1 8 . tiJb3 exf4 1 9 . gxf4 l:te8 20. e5


dxe5 2 1 . 'iWxd8 l:tcxd8 22. iLxb6
l:tb8 23. fxe5 (23 . c5? iLxg2 24.
'i!txg2 tiJd5+ Palkovi) 2 3 . . . . tiJd7
Schuh-Hoffman 1 993 Gennany
B2) 1 1 . b3 0-0 1 2 . iLb2 a6 1 3 . 'iWe2
( 1 3 . 'iWd2 l:te8 14. l:tac l iLa8 1 5 .
tiJd5 ? ! e6 16. tiJc3 'iWc7 17. l:tc2
tiJc5 1 8 . f3 l:tbd8 19. b4 tiJcd7
Lobron-Appel 1 989 Gennany) 13 .
. . . e6 14. l:tad l ( 1 4 . .ia3 tiJc5 M 5 .
b4? tiJfxe4 ! 1 6.tiJxe4 tiJxe4+ Stohl) 8 .... dxe4
14 . . . . l:te8 1 5 . iLa3 iLf8 ( 1 5 . . . .
8 . ... e6? ! 9. cxd5 exd5 10 . .ig5 !
tiJc5? 1 6. e5 ! ) ( 1 5 . . . . 'iWc7? ! 1 6 .
Now, without having played e3, it is
tiJdb5 ! ) 1 6. 'iWd2 tiJc500 Rothstejn
worthwhile for White to utilize the
Grooten 1 993 Wijk iLg5 possibility, after which he can
C) 8 . . . . e5 ? ! Black makes drastic at destroy Black's center. 10 . . . . 0-0
tempts to hinder the d4 move, but 1 1 . e4 ! dxe4 1 2 . tiJxe4 Andonov
because of his underdevelopment Bandza 1 989 Sofia
White will have his will with a tac
9. 'aVa4t
tical motif. 9. d4 ! tiJc60 (9 . . . .
cxd4? 1 0 . tiJxd4) 1 0. dxe5 dxe5 9. dxeS 'iWxd l 1 0. l:txd l tiJe4 ! 1 1 .
1 1 . tiJd5 h6 iog5 was threatened 1 2 . tiJxe4 .ixe4 1 2 . tiJd2 .ixg2 1 3 .
a 3 ( 1 2 . b4 ! ? cxb4 1 3 . iLb2 tiJd7 1 4 . 'i!txg2 tiJd7 ! 1 4 . cxb6 tiJxb6= Stohl
a 3 b3 ! 1 5 . "ii'xb3 tiJc5 16. 'iWc2 0-0 9. ... tiJbd7
1 7 . l:tad 1 l:te8 Romanishin-Gure 10. dxeS 'aVe8 !
vich 1 987 Moscow) 12 . . . . 0-0 1 3 . 1 1 . xe4
b 4 'iWd6 14. l:tb U : van der Sterren
1 1 . exb6? ! axb6 1 2 . 1Wi>4 tiJe4 ! ( 1 2 .
Hertneck 1 988 Munnich
. . . 'iWc5= Stohl) ( 1 2 . . . . O-O? ! 1 3 .
7 . ... tiJe6 8. d4 ! White takes advant .ie3 ! I t would b e too dangerous to
age of Black's untimely move order. take the e7 pawn. 1 3 . . . . tiJd5 14.
(8. e4 e5 9. d3 0-0 10. a3 h6= Szekely tiJxd5 iLxd5 Gabriel,Chr.-Palkovi
Csom 1 995 Budapest) 8 . . . . tiJxd4 (8 . 1 996 Budapest) 1 3 . tiJxe4 .ixe4+
. . . cxd4 9. tiJxd4 And Black gets into Palkovi
an annoying pin.) 9. tiJxd4 .ixg2 10.
tiJf5 ! gxf5 1 1 . 'i!txg2;t Orso-Uhl 1 992 1 1 . ... 'WxeS
Budapest 1 1 . ... tiJxeS 12 . .ie3 0-0 ( 1 2 . . . .
8. d4
tiJce4 ! ? 1 3 .'iWxc8t l:txc8 14.tiJd2 tiJd6
1 5 . .ixb7 tiJxb7= Mandel-Roeder
8. exdS tiJxd5 9. 'iWa4t tiJd7= Stohl 1 992 Gennany) 1 3 . l:tac 1 ( 1 3 . iLxc5? !
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 91

Since Black is not forced to take on cS S . ... d6 9. d4 cxd4 10. ttJxd4 This is
immediately, White will stand worse now a "real" hedgehog position, but
after giving up the bishop pair. 1 3 . . . . it is in White's favour, that Black
ttJd7 ! 1 4 . ttJdS 'i'xcs I S . 'i'xcs ttJxcS could not exchange the g2 bishop,
16. ttJxe7t 'it>h8+ Stohl) 1 3 . . . . ttJce4 and this guarantees him the advant
14. 'i'b3 'i'e8 I S . ttJgS ttJd6 16. ttJbS age .
.Jtxg2 l 7 . ttJxd6 'i'd7 1 8 . 'it>xg2 ( 1 8 .
ttJdxf7?? dS-+) 1 8 . . . . 'i'xd6 1 9 . A) 1 0 . . . . ttJbd7?? 1 1 . eS+-
..:ted l ;t Ekstrom-Dizdarevic Switzer B) 10 . . . . 'i'c8 ? ! 1 1 . ttJdS ! ( 1 1 . b3? !
land 1 990 Missing the opportunity to put a
clamp on Black's position. 1 1 . . . .
12. h4 0-0
ttJbd7 1 2 . b2 a 6 1 3. 'i'd2 ..:te8 1 4 .
13. e4 ..:tacS
h 3 'i'b8 I S . ..:tad l 'i'a7 1 6 . ..:te2
14. e3
..:tac8;t Berger-Verdihanov Berlin
van der Sterren-Stohl 1 990 Prague 1 994) 1 1 . . . . ..:te8 1 2 . gS ttJbd7
( 1 2 . . . . 'i'xc4? 13 . ..:te l +-) 1 3 . 'i'd2
14 . ... aS a6 14 . ..:tae l ..:tb8 I S . b4 Hartung
IS. h6 xh6 Armas 1 988 Naestved, Black is to
16. xh6 ttJeS tally cramped.
17. ttJxeS xeS=
C) 10 . . . . ttJfd7 1 1 . .JtgS h6 1 2 . e3
Stohl ttJc6 13 . ..:te l ..:tc8 14. b3;t Farago,S
Honos,A 1 992 Hungary
1. c4 cS 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
.Jtb7 S. 0-0 g6 6. ttJc3 g7 7 . ..:tel 9. eS !

(2.3.2) This quick pawn assault guarantees


the advantage for White.
7. ... 0-0
S. e4 9. d3 See: 7. d3 0-0 8. e4 ttJc6 9.
..:te l

9. ... ttJeS

9 . ... ttJg4 10. h3 ttJh6 1 1 . d4 ! ttJxd4D


( 1 1 . . . . cxd4? 1 2 . ttJxd4) 1 2 . ttJxd4
xg2 1 3 . xg2 cxd4 14. 'i'xd4 ttJfS
( 1 4 . . . . d6 I S . xh6 ! ) I S . 'i'e4 d6 1 6 .
f4;t Lobron-Makarychev 1 9 9 1

10. d4 ttJxd4
11. ttJxd4 xg2
12. $>xg2 cxd4
13. xd4 d6
S . ... ttJc6 14 . .Jtf4 dxeS
92 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

14 . ... tDc7 I S . 'i'e3 tDe6 16. h6 B) 8 . . . . d6 9. e4 The position bears


xeS ? ! (0 1 6 . . . , ':c8;!; Palkovi) 17. resemblence to the Queen 's Indian,
xf8 'iixfS 1 8. ':ac 1 ':c8 1 9 . b3 'iie 8 but the bishop on b7 stands poorly.
20. tDd5 Polajzer-Cicak 1 995 Bled 9 . . . , tDbd7 10. f4 a6 1 1 . a4 tDe8
12. 'i'd2;!; Benko-Dimitrievic 1 987
15. 'ii'x dS AxdS
New York
16. xe5;!;
Lobron-Olafsson,H 1 989 New York S. tDxe4 xe4
9. d5!
1. c4 cS 2. tDf3 tDf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 It is not so easy for Black to solve the
b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. tDc3 g7 problem of the bishop on e4 .
(2.4) 9. e3 tDc6 10. dS xf3 1 1 . xf3
7. d4 tDeS 1 2 . 'i'c2 tDxf3t 1 3 . exf3 d6 14.
h4 'iid7 I S . g2 bS Vadasz-Pytel
1 978 Buenos Aires
9. ... 0-0

9 . . b5? ! An aggressive attempt to


..

break out. 10. tDd2 xg2 1 1 . xg2


'i'b6 1 2 . e4 0-0
A) 1 3 . 'i'e2 d6 14. cxbS? ! White ac
cepts the pawnsacrifice, but withit
opens the queensidd and allows
Black enough compensation. 14 . . . .
a6 I S . bxa6 'i'xa6 1 6. tDc4 ( 1 6 .
'iixa6 tDxa6 1 7 . tDc4 :fb8 Pal
Rather than waiting, White decides to kovi) 16 . . . . tDd7 1 7 . 'i'c2 tDb6 1 8 .
clarify the situation in the center. tDe3 ':fb8 Balinas-Ogaard 1 975
(2.4.1) Manila
7. ... tDe4 B) 1 3 . h4 ! White does not react to bS,
because if Black takes on c4, White
The motif is known from the Queen 's wins a tempo and the d2 knight gets
Indian: Black tries to equalize with to a good square. 1 3 . . . . tDa6? ! ( 1 3 .
exchanges. . . . d6;!; And tDd7, Palkovi) 1 4. 'ii'e2
7 . ... O-O? ! 8. d5 ! tDc7 I S . hS Schmidt - Ornstein
A) 8 . . . . e6 9. e4 exdS 1 0. eS ! tDg4 1 1 . 1 976 Erevan
gS f6 1 2 . exf6 xf6 1 3. tDxdS !
10. 'ii' b3
tDc6 ( 1 3 . . . . xgS 14. tDxgS 'iix gS
I S . h4 ! Palkovi) 14. tDxf6t tDxf6 White wants to play h3, so that
I S . 'i'd6 'i'e7 16. ':ad 1 Prednieks after xf3 he can take back with the
Kivlan 1 980 Riga queen.
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 93

10. ltle1 ? xg2 1 1 . :;g2 b5 ! A big Usually in closed positions the knight
difference compared to 9 . . . . b5? ! The is better than the bishop, but now, be
white knight stands on el and not on cause of the weakness of the white
d2, so the queenside break is much squares the h3 bishop can be dan
more effective. 1 2 . cxb5 ""6 1 3 . gerous, Karpov - Timman Brussels
'i'a4 "" 7 14. 'i'c4 d 6 1 5 . a 4 a 6 1 6 . 1 986
:a3 axb5 1 7 . axb5 ltld7 1 8 . e4 l:txa3
19. bxa3 l:tb8 20. g5 h6 ! + Black 1 . c4 cS 2. ltlf3 ltlf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
wins back the sacrificed pawn, and b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. ltlc3 g7 7. d4
his pieces stand much better, Vaga
nian-Timman 1 978 Niksic (2.4.2)
10. h3 ! ? This a viable move too. It 7 . ... cxd4
is not hard to guess White's plan: he is
dying to get rid of the e4 bishop. 10 . . . . (2.4.2.1)
i.xf3 Forced 1 1 . exf3 e 5 ( 1 1 . . . . e6? !
S. ltlxd4
12. l:te l d4 1 3 . h6 :e8 1 4. 'i'a4 !
Preventing b5. In addition, Black has
problems developing now. 1 4 . . . . a6
15. f4 l:ta7 1 6. :ad l Korchnoi
Panno 1 985 Luzem) ] 2. f4 ! ? White
sacrifices a pawn, but gets fme com
pensation for it. 12 . . . . exf4 1 3. xf4
i.xb2 14. l:tb l f6 1 5 . 'i'a4 Kar
pov-Timman 1 98 1 Amsterdam
10. ... eS

10 . ... e6 1 1 . dxe6 dxe6 1 2 . g5 'i'c7


1 3 . 'i'e3 'i'b7 1 4. :adl xb2 1 5 . h6
l:te8 16. l:td2 h8 17. :fdl c6 1 8 .
As today 's opening theory stands 8 .
'i'f4 Djukanovic-Rajkovic,D 1 978
'i'xd4 i s a more dangerous move.
Belgrade
After ltlxd4 Black exchanges the b7
1 1 . h3 xf3 bishop and gets appropriate counter
12. 'i'xf3 fS play. Black often puts the queen on
13. e4 ! b7 to support breaks in the center and
put pressure on the long diagonal .
Blocking in the bishop on g7 while
activating the one on h3. S. ... xg2
9. xg2
13 . ... f4
14. 'i'dl "tl6 (2.4.2.11)
15. d2 as
16. 'i'a4;1; 9. ... 'i'cs
94 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

This usually transposes into the 9 . . . . 9 ... lLlc6! ? An interesting idea, White
.

0-0 variation by a different move offers further exchanges. 1 0. lLlxc6


order. ( 1 0. b3 hS ! ? A double-edged move.
9 . 'fie7 10. b3 0-0 ( 1 0 . . . . 'iVb7t 1 1 . f3 h4 12 . .i.e3 8 1 3 . f4 'ifb7o
Nikolaidis-Pavlovic,Mi 1 995 Iliou
. ..

See: 9 . . . . c8)
polis) 10 . . . . dxc6 1 1 . a4 'iVcS 1 2 . e4
A) 1 1 . e4 See: 9 . . . . 0-0 0-0 1 3 . c2 .!::td S 14. f3 lLld7= Zukho
B) 1 1 . b2 7t 1 2 . lLlf3 ? After 1 2 . vitsky-Suetin 1 994 Biel
f3 comes d S equalizing, but the text 10. b3
is worse because White has to lose
more tempi to get set up correctly. 10. 'iV'd3 lLlc6 1 1 . lLlxc6 dtc6 1 2 . f4
1 2 . . . . d6 1 3 . d2 lLlbd7 14. g l a6 0-0 1 3 . .!::tfd 1 Panzer-Murdzia 1 995
I S . .!::tae l .!::t a c8 16. lLld4 lLlcs 17. f3 Germany 13 . . . . .!::t d S= Palkovi
dS ! 1 8 . b4 ( 1 8 . cxds lLlxdS 1 9. 1LlxdS 10 .i.gS ! ? An interesting pawn sac

xdS 20. e4 'fid7 And White gets rifice. 10 . . . . xc4 1 1 . :tc 1 0-0 1 2 . e4
into a very troublesome pin.) 1 8 . . . . With the plan of lLldS . 12 . . . . lLlxe4 !
dxc4 ! Three lost tempi cannot go 1 3. lLlxe4 .xd4 1 4 . xd4 .i.xd4 I S .
unpunished in an opening. 1 9 . bxcS .i.xe7 .!::te 8 1 6. lLld6 ! Agudelo-Ro
bxcS 20. lLle6 (20. lLlc2 .!::tfd8 !-+ driguez,Am. 1 983 Envigado
Palkovi) 20. . . . fxe6=F Padevski
Pigusov 1 989 Moscow
C) 1 1 . f3 ? ! Preparing e4, but Black
can prevent it. 1 1 . . . . dS ! ( 1 1 . . . .
lLlc6 1 2 . .i.b2 7 1 3 . e4 a 6 1 4 .
.!::tc 1 .!::ta c8 I S . .!::te l d6 1 6. a4 lLlxd4
17. 'iVxd4 lLld7= Ivanov,I-Rodri
guez,Am 1 98 8 New York) 1 2 .
lLldbS ( 1 2 . lLlxdS lLlxdS 1 3 . cxdS
'ii'c 3 1 4. lLlc2 .!::tc 8 I S . d2 xc2
16 . .!::te l fS-+ Rodriguez,Am.)
( 1 2 . .i.f4? ! 7 A 1 3 . lLldbS dxc4
10. 'fib7t
14. lLlc7 lLlhS ! I S . lLlxaS lLlxf4t 16. ...

gxf4 xc3-+ Rodriguez,Am.) 12. 10 . .. dS 1 1 . lLlxdS lLlxdS 1 2 . cxdS


.

. . . 'ifb7 13. cxdS a6 cS 1 3 . e3 xdSt 14. f3 ! See: 10 .


C 1 ) 14. lLla3 bS ( 1 4 . . . . lLlxdS ! ?) 1 5 . . . . 7t(14. lLlf3 'iib7 I S . .!::te l 0-0=
lLlc2 b 4 1 6. lLla4 lLlxdS 17. .!::tb 1 Ghitescu-Hecht 1 974 Wijk aan Zee)
lLld7+ 1 1. 13
C2) 14. lLld4 lLlxdS I S . lLlxdS xdS 1 1 . gl ? ! White gives up the h I -aS
16. i.b2 lLlc6 17. lLlxc6 xc6= Ro diagonal unnecessarly. 1 1 . . . . 0-0 1 2 .
driguez,Am. b2
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 9S

A) 12 . . . . d6? ! Black does not exploit 14. ... lLle6


White's inaccurate handling of the IS. lLlxe6 'iWxe6
opening and instead chooses the un 16 . .l:tc1 'iie6
usual set-up. 1 3 . .l:te l lLlbd7 14. e4 16 . ... ii'b7 17 . d3 0-0 I S . .l:tfd l
a6 I S . f3 ! ? Aiming to play eS. I S . Polugaevsky-Spassky 1 976 Manila
. . . .l:tab S ! 1 6 . .l:tad l .l:tfeS 17. h 3 e6 16 . ... 'iWb5 The most active reply, but
I S . i.. a 3 .c7? Black overlooks a White stands better even here. 17 . .l:tc7
typical combination, after which 0-0 IS . c2 .l:tfdS 19 . .l:td l .l:txd l 20.
White obtains a serious advantge. .xd l .tf6 2 1 . i.. h 6 .eS 22. 1Wd7;!;
(o I S . . . . lLlcs Now if White sends Dizdar-Djuric 1 9S4 Saraevo
the knight on cS back with b4, he 17. 'iWd3 0-0
has to consider the weakening of the IS. :fdl l:feS
c4 square, against which Black can IS . ... f5? ! 1 9 . 1Wc4 ! c:j,;f7 20. 1Wxe6t
line up quickly. Palkovi) 1 9 . lLldbS ! c:j,;xe6 2 1 . .l:tc6t Tal-Polugaevsky
axbS 20 . .txd6 'iib7 2 1 . i.. x bS b4 1 976 USSR
22. i.. d 6 bxc3 23 . d3 ! Getting out 1 9 . .l:txeSt ii'xeS
of the pin, to put pressure on Black
19 . ... .l:txeS? ! 20 . d7 !
with eS. 23 . . . . .l:taS 24. a4 hS 2S. eS
20. 'iWd7 ii'xd7
lLleS 26 . xc3 Black is forced into
21 . .l:txd7 f8;!;
a total defensive posture, lakobsen
Barnero 19S5 Copenhagen Polugaevsky, Black faces a hard end
game.
B) 12 . . . . dS ! 1 3 . cxdS lLlxdS 14.
lLldbS lLlf6 ! Black does not ex 1. c4 c5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .tg2
change, because the bS knight has .tb7 5. 0-0 g6 6. lLlc3 .tg7 7. d4
difficulty finding the right place. IS . cxd4 S. lLlxd4 .txg2 9. xg2
d3 lLlbd7 1 6 . .l:tfd l lLlcs 17 . f3
(2.4.2.12)
"'xf3 I S . exf3 a6 1 9 . lLld4 .l:tfcS+
Pomar-Andersson Haifa 1 976 9. ... 0-0

1 1 . ... dS? !

Opening the position early, while un


developed.
all. .. 0-0 See: 9 . . . . 0-0
.

12. exdS lLlxdS


13. lLlxdS 'ir'xdS
14 . .te3 !

Better than 14. .tb2, which puts


White into a self-imposed pin.
96 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

10. e4 got a decisive material advantage.


Adorjan
White occupies the center immedi
ately. 1 1 . 'ii'd3 a6 ! The black knight stands
well on c5 in any case, but now it
10. c2 ? ! 'ii'c7 ! Now White cannot
seems as if White invited it there. 1 2 .
play b3. 1 1 . a3 Korpics-Palkovi
c2 .:tac8 1 3 . e3 cS 14. 1i'c2 e6
1 996 Hungary 1 1 . . . . a6! + Palkovi
I S . i.d2 d6 1 6 . ':ad1 cq7 1 7 . a4
10. ... 'ii'c7 'W'b7 ! Adorjan
10 . ... a6 ! ? 1 1 . b3 cS 1 2 . f3 e8 ! ? 1 1 . 'ii'e2 c6! Usually it is more flex
Black comes up with a genuine plan, ible to set up with d6-bd7, but now
which will be fulfilled in the game. 1 3 . that the White queen does not defend
i.b2 a 6 1 4. 'ii'd2 d6 I S . :fe 1 f6 ! co the knight on d4, Black can gain a
Keene-Ljubojevic 1 974 Nice tempo. 1 2 . c2 ( 1 2 . xc6 'ii'xc6 1 3 .
i.d2 e6 1 4 . .:tae l= Gavrikov-Psakhis
10 . ... d6 1 1 . b3 a6 1 2 . i.b2 'ii'c 8 1 3 .
1 989 Tallinn) 12 . . . . a6
'W'e2 'W'b7 14. f3 bd7 I S . ':fd1 ':ac8
16 . .:tac 1 eS 1 7 . 'W'e3 IUd8 1 8 . h3
e6 Burger-Fishbein 1 987 New York
1 1 . b3
The most natural move, but Black
does not have to play the usual
hedgehog position. He can equalize
in a tactical way. Other possibilities:
1 1. i.e3 ? ! Sacrificing a pawn, but
with exact play Black can get an ad
vantage. 1 1 . . . . 'W'xc4 ! ( 1 1 . . . . c6? !
1 2 . b3 'W'b7 1 3 . f3 e6 14. ':c 1 :lfd8
I S . 'W'd2 a6 16. ]:tfd 1 eS 1 7 . i.f4 d6 A) 1 3 . i.gS e6 1 4. :lae l ( 1 4 . .:tfd 1 d6
1 8 . 'W'e2 ]:tac8 1 9 . ':c2? Overlook l S .llae l h6 ! 1 6.i.xf6 i.xf6 17.'W'd2
ing a tactical counterstroke. 1 9 . . . . eS ! 1 8. e3 'W'b7 ! 1 9. f4 c6
ed7 ! Now eS i s threatening. 20. Petrosian,A-Adorjan 1 98 1 Riga) 14 .
i.xd6 eS+ And now the knight on d4 . . . .:tfc8 I S . b3 ( I S . a3 e8 ! = With
has no square, Maeser-Palkovi 1 994 the plan of i.f8, Psakbis) IS . . . . e8
Germany) 12 . .:tc l 'W'a6 ! ( 1 2 . . . c6? ! ( 1 S . . . , 'W'b7 1 6 . f3 e8 1 7 . a4? !
After this White can force a draw. 1 3 . Black is playing for bS anyway. 1 7 .
cbS 'W'xa2 1 4 . .:ta l 'W'c4 I S . .:te l= . . . b S 1 8. cS 'ii'c 7 1 9 . i.e3 d 6 20.
Ftacnik - Adorjan 1 983 Gjovik) 1 3 . d3 bxc4 2 1 . bxc4 f6+ White will
cbS ( 1 3 . e S 'W'b7t 1 4 . 'ii'f3 'ii'x f3t have problems with the c4 pawn,
I S . <it>xf3 e8 1 6. d5 e6+ Adorjan) Vukanovic-Marinkovic,I 1 993 Yu
13 . . . . 'W'b7 1 4. c7 xe4 I S . 'W'f3 goslavia) 16. i.d2 'W'b7 1 7 . f3 bS !
i.x.d4 ! 1 6 . i.xd4 c6--+ And Black White controls the bS square more
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 97

times, but if he takes it, Black gets This position can appear after 9. . . .
the a2 pawn. 1 8 . e3 fS ! ? Disrupt 'ilc7/c8 1 0 . b 3 'iib 7t 1 1 . f3 0-0 1 2 .
ing the center from both sides. 1 9 . e4 too.
exfS gxfSoo Vukic-Psakhis 1 985 Bor A) 1 2 . . . . c6 ? ! The d6-bd7 plan is
B) 1 3 . l:td l e6 14. b3 'iib7 IS . .i.b2 more flexible. 13 . .i.b2
l:tfd8 1 6. f3 d6 1 7. e3 eS ! 1 8 .
A I ) 1 3 . . . . l:tac8 14. 'ild2 a6 I S . l:tac l
l:t d2 gS ! The gS-g4 plan i s usual in
l:Ud8 1 6 . l:tfd l xd4 ( 1 6 . . . . d6 ! ?
this type of position. 1 9 . l:tad l hS !
Palkovi) 1 7 . 'ifxd4 e8 1 8 . 'ifd2;!;
Strenghtening the g4 threat. 20. c2
Portisch-Tal l 976 Varese
(20. l:txd6 l:xd6 2 1 . l:txd6 g4 22.
fxg4 xe4) 20 . . . . g4 2 1 . e l (2 1 . A2) 1 3 . . . . a6 14. :te l xd4 I S . 'iVxd4
f4 f3 22. l:txd6 l:txd6 23. ':xd6 d6 ( I S . . . . g4? ! 1 6 . 'ild2 eS 1 7 .
bS ! + And the white center falls to f4 Kochiev-Pytel 1 97 8 Dortmund)
pieces, Adorjan) 2 1 . . . . bS ! t The 1 6 . dS l:tab8o
perfect example how Black should B) 12 . . . . a6 ? ! An inaccurate move
play in the Hedgehog. Hansen,Cu. which White can exploit. 13 . .i.e3
Adorjan 1983 Gladsaxe/Farum ( 1 3 . .i.gS ! ?) 13 . . . . cS 14. l:c l
1 1 . ... xe4 ! l:tac8 I S . d5 ! Now Black does not
have time to chase back the knight
1 1 .. a6! ? Black wants t o avoid the
. .

with e6 after the usual d6, l:tfe8.


beaten tracks and plays the usual
( I S . 'iVe2 ? ! d6 1 6. l:[fd l a6 1 7 . dS
Hegdhog set-up. 1 2 . .i.b2 e6 1 3 .
%:te l d6 1 4 . 'iVe2 bd7 I S . :tfd l lUe8 Of course the knight on d5
l:tad8 1 6 . c2 l:tfe8 1 7 . e3 'ifc6 cannot be taken, because afterwards
1 8 . f3 eS 1 9 . b l gS ! In this the d4 knigt would drop in on c6
type of position it is a usual plan to and Black would have a very
play gS-g4, weakening the h I -a8 cramped position. 1 8 . .i.gS cd7 !
diagonal, and the white king posi 1 9 . .i.e3 e6 20. xf6t xf6 2 1 .
g l dS ! A typical break in the cen
tion, Vians-Winants 1 987 Budel
ter, one of the basic ideas of this
1 1 . .. 'iVb7 ! ? 1 2 . f3
.
set-up. 22. eS d7 2 3 . f4 dxc4 24.
l:txc4 l:txc4 2S. 'iVxc4 %:tc8= Lez
cano-Rodriguez,Am. 1 99S Aceimar)
IS . . . . l:tfe8 ( 1 S . . . . d6 16 . .i.gS And
Black cannot play cd7 . ) 1 6 . b4 !
It's rarely good to play b4 with
White, but now the cS knight can
only go to bad squares, because d6
has not been played. ( 1 6. :f2? !
Missing the opportunity to cramp
Black with 1 6. b4. 1 6 . . . . d6 1 7 .
l:t d2 cd7 Preparing e 6 1 8 . 'iVe2 a6
1 9 . a4 Morovic Femandez-Psakhis
9S S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

1 990 Novi Sad 1 9 . . . . e6 20. tLJxf6t 12. tLJdS 'fib7 ( 1 2 . . . . .-dS 1 3 . I:te l
tLJxf6= followed by dS, Psakhis) 16. e6 14. I:txe4 exdS I S . cxdS tLJa6=
. . . tLJa6 17. 'fib3 White has a space Gochev-Vilela 1 9S5 Teteven) 1 3 . f3
advantage and the a6 knight is quite tLJc6 ! 14. fxe4 tLJxd4 I S . tLJxe7t hS
passive. 16. tLJdS tLJe6 17. iLa3 tLJcs I S . '-c2
I:taeS 19. I:tae l d6= Nemet- ebalo
C) 12 . . . . a6 1 3 . a4 d6 14. iLe3 tLJbd7 1 9 9 1 Reggio memo Chiocco
I S . I:ta2 e6 Black is not afraid that
the d6 pawn will be weak. 16. 12. ... 'ii'e S
tLJde2 I:tfdS 17. I:td2 tLJeS IS. 'fib 1
tLJeS 1 9 . h3 tLJc7 ! Playing for dS 20.
I:tfd l i.. fS 2 1 . f4 tLJc6 22. h2 bS !
The b6-bS plan should be con
sidered by both sides. If Black can
play it, it often leads to equality. 23.
cxbS axbS 24. tLJd4 tLJxd4 2S. iLxd4
iLe7 Black got rid one of the two
binding pawns (e4 and c4), and got
to a comfortable position, Giffard
Miralles 1 9S9 FRA-ch
D) 12 . . . . d6 1 3 . iLb2 tLJbd7 14 . .-d2
a6 I S . I:tad l I:tfeS 1 6 . I:tfe l I:tacS 17. 13. 'ii't3 ! 'ii'xd4
I:te2 tLJcs In this usual maneouver 14. iLa3
Black does not have to be afraid of 14. iLe3? 'ii'eS I S . I:tad l ( I S . cS tLJc6
b4, because afterwards the c4 pawn 1 6. cxb6 axb6 17. a4 '-e6 I S . I:tab l
is hard to defend. I S . I:tee l ? ! White tLJeS 1 9 . '-e2 h6+ Kapelan-Adorjan
fails to find a plan. I S . . . . tLJfd7 1 9 . 1 9S3) I S . . . . 'ilc7 1 6 . iLf4 'ilc6+
'ii'c2 tLJeS 2 0 . I:td2 i.. h6 ! 2 1 . I:tdd l Haritonov-Gavrikov 1 9S3 USSR
The f4 move brings with it the wea 14. lIbl 'ileS ! IS. iLf4 '-e6 For bet
kning of the e4 pawn and the hI-aS ter or worse White has to take the
diagonal. Both players always have exchange, because if Black plays
to weigh the pros and cons of these tLJc6, White will not have enough
pawn advances. The question is compensation for the sacrificed pawn.
whether White is putting pressure ( I S . . . . 'ilaS ? Black loses an important
on his opponent or weakening his tempo in this sharp position and
position. 2 1 . . . . e6 22. h4 fS ! + stands worse afterwards. 1 6. tLJf6t !
Black's pieces stand optimally and iLxf6 1 7 . .-xaS tLJc6 1 S . 'ii'b7 'i1fS I 9 .
he got a strong counterplay, Krzy I:tbdl i.. d4 2 0 . I:tfe l e S 2 1 . iLe3 i.. c 3
22. I:te2 S 23. ':xd7 ! White sacri
wicki-Wojtkiewicz 1 992 Wisla
fices back the exchange, and sim
12. tLJxe4 plifies to a better endgame. 23. . . .
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 99

'it'xe2 24. 'it'xc6 Karolyi,T. jr.-Hor 18. !:tdS llJxf3 1 9 . !:txa5 !:tfe8 20. !:td5
vath,T 1 985 Hungary) 16. llJf6t (20. 'it?xf3 ? ! bxa5 2 1 . i.. g 5 f5+ Logi
i.. xf6 17. 'it'xa8 llJc6 1 8. 'i6'b7 g5 ! nov-lvanov,A 1 984 Borzomi) 20 . . . .
Black takes advantage of the oppor ttJxh2 2 1 . xh2 !:txe7=
tunity and gets a strong kingside in
18. ... llJxd7
itiative. 19. 'iVxd7 jVxa2 !
A) 1 9 . i.. e 3 !:tb8 20. 'iVa6 'iVe4t 2 1 .
It is risky to keep the exchange, but
g l llJe5 ! 22. 'iVxa7 !:ta8 23. 'it'xb6
ttJf3t 24. h 1 !:txa2-+ Adorjan after this move Black has no prob
lems.
B) 19. i.. d2 !:tb8 20. 'iWa6 'iWe4t 2 1 .
f3 'iVc2 ! t 20. i.. xfS !:txfS
21. !:tel
C) 1 9 . i.. c7 h5 20. !:tbd 1 (20. !:tbe 1
'ii'f5 2 1 . f4 h4 ! t Adorjan) 20 . . . . h4 21. 'iVd3 as 22. l%e l a4 23. bxa4
2 1 . h3 g4 ! 22. hxg4 'it'e4t 23. f3 'it'xa4 24. 'it'd5 'iVa5= Brunner-Ma
'it'e2t 24. h3 hxg3 ! 25. xg3 rinkovic 1991 Germany
g7 26. !:th 1 i.. h4t!-+ Adorjan 21. ... 'iVxb3
D) 19. !:tbe 1 'it'f5 20. i.. e l h5 2 1 . f3 22. llJd6 'iVc3
'it?g7t Followed by h4 and Black 23. :e7 'iVf6=
has plenty of compensation for the Karpov-Kasparov 1 985 Moscow
exchange, Adorjan
1. c4 cS 2. llJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.. g2
14 . ... llJc6
i.. b 7 5. 0-0 g6 6. llJc3 i.. g7
15. !:tad 1 'ilVeS
7. d4 cxd4
16. !:txd7 jVaS !
(2.4.2.2)
16 .. 'iVfS? ! 17. 'it'xf5 gxf5 1 8 . ttJg5
8. jVxd4
. .

i.. f6 19. ttJf3 !:tfd8 20. !:tfd 1 'it?f8 2 1 .


!:t7d5 'it?g7 22. !:t 1 d2 ! Now the f5
pawn is hanging . 22. . . . g6 23.
!:td7 And now that the king is
driven to g6, White brings the rook
to d7 again, from where it cannot be
driven away, Majorov-lvanov,Alexa
1983 USSR

17. i.. xe7!

17. b4 llJxb4 1 8 . !:txe7 llJc2 1 9 . i.. d6


ttJd4 Tajmanov

17 . ... llJeS For the time being White does not


18. 'iVdl want to make things easier for Black
1 00 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

by allowing the bishop on b7 to be A) 10. tLJd5 ? ! Now after 10 . . . . gS 1 1 .


exchanged. Later the queen can go tLJxf6t would follow, and Black'
back to d2, e3 or even to h4 with position would weaken. 1 0 . . . . ':c8
kingside threats. As long as Black has Lining up against the c4 pawn. 1 1 .
not castled, the g7 bishop does not .td2 ( 1 1 . l::t d l ? tLJaS 1 2 . tLJd2 .ta6+)
pose a big threat. 1 1 . . . . tLJaS ! 1 2 . i.. xaS bxaS 1 3 . :tad l
e6 14. tLJc3 'ifb6 I S . "'f4 0-0 1 6 .
(2.4.2.21) tLJbS ? ! d5 ! + Black h as doubled
S. ... tLJc6 pawns, but his active position and
bishop pair more than compensate,
Black immediately chases the queen Lever-Lebredo 1 98 1 Cuba
out of the center, and gains a tempo
for development. The drawback of B) 10. tLJd4
this move is, that the knight is clumsy
B l ) 10 . . . . l::t c 8? ! 1 1 . l::td l gS 1 2 .
on c6 and blocks the way of the b7
tLJxc6 .txc6 ? ! (0 1 2 . . . . gxh4 1 3 .
bishop.
tLJxd8 .txg2 1 4 . cottx g2) 1 3 . "'d4
S. ... tLJa6? ! An eccentric move 9. .txg2 1 4 . cottx g2 'ii'c 7 I S . b3 "'c6t
tLJd5 ! Sinse Black's queenside knight 16. f3 tLJhS 17. 'ii'e 3 Greenfeld
won't be going on d7, the position of Gudmundsson 1 982 Groningen
the f6 knight has weakened. 9 . . . . tLJcs
1 0. l::td l l::tc 8 1 1 . 'ii'h4 tLJce4 Black B2) 10 . . . . g S ! 1 1 . tLJxc6 dxc6 ! Not
plays for the c4 pawn but meanwhile allowing the white queen to d4. 1 2 .
falls behind in development, White 'iVh3 'ii'd7 1 3 . a4 'ii'xh3 1 4 . .txh3=
gets enough compensation for it. 1 2 . Kirov,Ni-Garcia Gonzalez Potsdam
.th6 .txh6 1 3 . tLJxf6t tLJxf6 14. 1 985
"'xh6 .txf3 ( 1 4 . . . . l::txc4 I S . tLJeS ! ) 9. 'ii'd3 l:tc8
I S . .txf3 l::txc4 1 6. l::t ac l l::txc 1 1 7 .
l::t xc 1 d5 1 8 . h4 e6 1 9 . 'ii'f4 ! 0-0 Black A) 10. b3 tLJb4 ! ? 1 1 . 'ii'b l Defending
has solved the problem of his king, the a 1 rook so that after 1 1 . . . .
but his position is still passive. 20. tLJe4?, 1 2 . tLJxe4 can b e played. 1 1 .
':c7 Tisdall-Christiansen 1 995 San . . . a6? ! This shows that Black's ag
Francisco gression has lead nowhere, because
now the knight has to retreat. ( 1 1 . . . .
9. 'ii'f4 ! d5 ! ? 1 2 . l::td l e 6 1 3 . .ta3 as ! Pal
kovi) 12 . .ta3 tLJc6 1 3 . lId l 0-0 1 4 .
9. 'ii'h4 The queen would stand well
.tb2 'ii'c 7 I S . tLJdS ! tLJxdS 1 6 .
here if Black were to castle because it
i.. xg7 cottx g7 1 7 . cxdS tLJb4 1 8 .
could support a kingside attack with
'ii'b2+ Lerner-Dvoirys 1 990 Lvov
the plan of .th6, tLJgS . But in the
current position such a set-up can be B) 10. e4 tLJg4 ! ( 1 0 . . . . O-O ! ? 1 1 . .td2
prevented. The queen on h4 proves to d6 1 2 . l:tac 1 tLJd7 1 3 . b3 tLJcs 1 4 .
be precarious. 9 . . . . h6! Now gS is 'ii'e2 tLJb4 ! I S . l::tfd l a S Oon
threatened winning a piece. chenko-Adianto 1 994 Biel) 1 1 . .tf4
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 101

lLlgeS 1 2 . lLlxeS lLlxeS 1 3 . .txeS 'it'xe4 l:r.fc8 20. 'iWb 1 l:r.Sc7 2 1 . h4


.txeS 14.f4 i.xc3 ! ? I S . 'it'xc3 0-0= bS Kengis-Makarichev Moscow
Korchnoi-Miles 198 1 Baden-Baden 1 986
9 .. 'iVb8 ! ? An original idea, but with
correct play White keeps the advant
age. 10. 'iWh4 ! ( 1 0 . 'it'xb8t ? ! This ex
change is only good for Black. 10 . . . .
l:r.xb8 1 1 . .tf4 d 6 1 2 . l:r.ac l 0--0 1 3 .
l:r.fdl h6= Jankovskis-Ambroz 1 993
Bern ) ( 1 0. l:r.d l ! ? 'iixf4 1 1 . .txf4
lLlhS 12 . .tgS h6 1 3 . .te3 d6 14. lLld4 !
lLlxd4 I S . .txb7 l:r.b8 1 6 . .te4 lLle6
17 . .tc6t f8 1 8. l:r.ac l ;!; White has
the bishop pair and better placed
pieces, Csom-Sjodell 1 993 Gausdal)
9. ... l:tc8 10 . . . . h6 l 1 . lLldS 'iid 8 ( 1 1 . . . . gS? ! 1 2 .
lLlxf6t i.xf6 1 3 . 'iWhS Palkovi) 1 2 .
As we have seen many times in this 'it'f4? ! Nothing threatened the queen
variation, Black does not need to on h4, so there is no reason for this
castle quickly. loss of tempo. ( 1 2 . l:r.d l ! ?;!; Palkovi)
9 . ... 0-0 10. 'tih4 ( 1 0. l:td l ! ?;!; Panno) 12 . . . . l:r.c8 1 3 . l:r.b l e6 14. lLlc3 0--0 I S .
10 . . . . l:r.c8 b 3 dS 1 6 . .ta3 l:r.e8 1 7 . l:r.bd l a 6 1 8 .
i.h l eS !oo Vaganian-Ambroz 1 994
A) 1 1 . i.h6 ! ? lLlb8 ( 1 1 . . . . lLlaS 1 2 . b3
Germany
l:r.cs 1 3 . i.xg7 'l;xg7 1 4. e4 lLlc6 I S .
l:r.ad l ;!; Najdorf-Emma 1 979 Buenos 9 ... lLla5
.

Aires, Black has to solve problem of A) 10 . .td2 ? ! This is a weaker move.


the rook on cS . ) 1 2 . b3 d6 1 3 . l:r.ad l 1 0 . . . . l:r.c8 1 1 . b3 dS ! The bishop on
l:r.cs 14. i.xg7 'l;xg7 I S . 'it'd4 lLlbd7 d2 blocks the d-file, so now Black
16. e4;!; Speelman-Greenfeld 1 987
has the opportunity to play this
Beer-Sheva
strong move. 1 2 . cxdS lLlxdS 1 3 .
B) 1 1 . .tgS lLlxdS .txa l ( 1 3 . . . . 'iix dS ! ?) 14.
B l ) 1 1 . . . . lLle8? ! 1 2 . lLldS ! ( 1 2 . l:r.ad l lLlxe7 'iixe7 IS. l:r.xa l 0--0 1 6 . .tb4
i.xc3 ! ? 1 3 . bxc3 f6o Damljanovic 'iixe2 17 . .txfS l:r.xf8= Lelchuk
Djuric 1 99 1 Bled/Rogaska) 12 . . . . Roeder,M 1 995 Groningen
f6 1 3 . i.d2 Damljanovic
B) 1 0. b3 'iWb8 1 1 . 'iie 3 0--0 12 . .ta3 !
B2) 1 1 . . . . lLlaS 1 2 . b3 l:r.cS ! 1 3 . l:r.ac l l:r.e8 1 3 . l:r.ad l lLlg4 14. 'it'd2 lLleS I S .
( 1 3. lLla4 ? ! h6! 14. i.d2 l:r.hS I S . lLldS;!; Vaganian-Roeder,M Eupen
'it'f4 l:r.fS 1 6. 'it'e3 lLlg4) 1 3 . . . . h 6 1 4 . activ 1 994
i.xf6 .txf6 I S . 'it'f4 .tg7 1 6. l:r.fdl
d6 17. 'it'e3 'it'd7 1 8 . lLle4 .txe4 19. 10. Itdl
1 02 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

10. l::t b l a6 1 1 . b3 bS 1 2 . cxbS axbS 1 8 . b4 i.c3 1 9 . bS lbaS+ Prizmic


1 3 . lbxbS i.a6 14. a4 0-0 I S . l:td 1 Danailov 1985 Pleven) 1 6 . . . . lbg7
l::tb 8 16. lbbd4 lbb4 17. i.a3t Mihal 17. i.a3 i.f6 1 8 . gS lbfS 19. gxf6
cisin-Ivanov,A 1985 Minsk lbxe3 20. fxe7t 'ikxe7 2 1 . i.xe7t
10. b3 lbe4?! With this exchange cj;xe7 22. fxe3 Panno
Black only weakens his king 's posi B) 1 1 . . . . lbb4 1 2 . l::tb l ! White sacri
tion. 1 1 . \Wxe4 i.xc3 12. l::tb 1 i.g7 fices a pawn for which he gets plenty
1 3 . 'iWh4 h6 14. i.b2 0-0 I S . i.xg7 of play. 12 . . . . l::t xc4 1 3 . lbeS i.xeS
cj;xg7 16. l::tfd 1 d6 1 7 . lbd4 Smys 14. "'xeS f6 I S . \WbS i.a6 16. \Wa4
lov-Kohlweyer 1 986 Dortmund 'ikc8 17. 1kb3 Makarov-Mikhailov
10. i. d2 dS ! ? ( 1 0 . . . . d6 1 1 . l:tad 1 1 995 Kemerovo
lbb8 1 2 . b3 lbbd7 1 3 . e4 0-0 14. l::tfe 1 10 . ... d6
a6 I S . 'iWh4 l::tcS ! 1 6. lbdS e6 17. A) 1 1 . b3 lbe4? White always has to
lbxf6t i.xf6 Sorokin-Kiselev 1 993 consider this move, but in this posi
St. Petersburg) 1 1 . l::tad 1 0-0 12. 'iWh4 tion it is suspicious. (0 1 1 . . . 0-0).

dxc4 ! In this position the bishop on d2 12. lbxe4 ! White gets a decisive at
cannot pull off any dangerous dis tack for the exchange. 12 . . . . i.xa 1
covered attack. 1 3 . i.h6 \We8 14. lbgS 1 3 . i.a3 i.g7 ( 1 3 . . . . i.. e S? 14. lbxeS
lbhS I S . i.xg7 cj;xg7 16. \Wxc4 lbf6 lbxeS l s . lbxd6t ! exd6 16. i.xb7-+
1 7 . \Wbs lbaS= Sorokin-Savon 1 992 ) 1 4. lbfgS! 0-0 ( 1 4 . . . . lbeS I S .
Ljubljana lbxd6t ! exd6 16. i.xb7 l::tc7 1 7 .
l::t xd6 l::td7 1 8 . lbe6 ! -+-) I S . lbxh7 !
cj;xh7 16. lbgst cj;g8 1 7 . 'iWh4 l::te 8
18. i.h3 ! The appearance of the
withe-squared bishop decides the
game. 1 8 . . . cj;f8 1 9 . 1be6t ! -+- Ribli
Kouatly 1 985 Luzern
B) 1 1 . i.d2 0-0 1 2 . l:tac 1 h6 1 3 . b3
Securing the c4 pawn 1 3 . . . . 'ikd7 14.
lbdS ! lbxdS IS. cxdS lbeS 1 6. lbxeS
dxeS 17. 'iVh4 gS 1 8 . 'ikhS i.xdS 1 9 .
i.c3 ! ( 1 9 . l::tx c8? ! l::tx c8 2 0 . i.b4
i.f3 ! Would save the position) 19 . . . .
e4 Otherwise White plays e 4 20.
10. ... 0-0
i.. xe4 e6 2 1 . i.xg7 l::t xc 1 22. l::txc 1
10 . ... lbhS 1 1 . \We3 ( 1 1 . \Wd2 lbaS <l;xg7 23. l:td 1 'ike7 24. i.xdS l::td 8
12. b3 bS ! ?co Makarov) 2S. e4 Ribli-Spassky 1 985 Mont
A) 1 1 . . . . lbaS 1 2 . b3 ! bS 1 3 . lbxbS pellier
i.xa 1 14. lbd6t cj;f8 I S . lbxc8 10 ... a6 1 1 . b3 bS ? Black drives the
.

i.. xc8 ( 1 S . . . . "'xc8 16. i.d2) 16. game into tactical ground but comes
g4 ! ( 1 6. \Wxa7? lbc6 17. \Was cj;e8 out the loser. 1 2 . cxbS axbS 1 3 . lbxbS
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 1 03

lbd5 14. 'ii'e4 ! Now becomes clear 1 . c4 c5 2. lbt3 lbf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2


that after xa 1 , lbd6t is very uncom b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. lbc3 g7
fortable. 14 . . . . 0-0 1 5 . Ab 1 lbcb4 1 6 . 7. d4 cxd4 8. Wxd4
a4 lba2 17. d2 c6 1 8. lbfd4 And
(2.4.2.22)
White keeps the material advantage,
Wojtkiewicz-Ivanov,A V. 1 990 New 8. ... 0-0
York
1 1. d2

1 1 . l:ibl a6 1 2 . b3 lba7 ! ? An interes


ting idea: the knight on a7 supports
b5, and h l -a8 diagonal is cleared for
the bishop. 1 3 . b2 'ii'c7 14. 'ii'e 3
Afe8 1 5 . lba4? ! White is going for
pawns but has not stopped to think
about the price. 1 5 . . . . b5 1 6. cxb5
( 1 6 . 'ii'xa7 bxa4) 16 . . . . lbxb5 17.
Abe l 'ii'b 8 1 8 . xf6 Axc l ! 1 9 . Axe l
( 1 9 . 'ii'x c 1 xf6+ White has given up White wins a tempo for the 1Wh4-
his good bishop for nothing. He can't h6 set-up, because in this variation
take on d7 as lbd6 snares the rook.) .i.e3 is not needed. However if Black
19 . . . . xf6 20. lbc5 c8+ Daml sets up with d6, lbbd7, Ac8, White is
janovic-Dvoirys 1 995 Ljubljana forced to play e3 .
1 1 . ifh4 lba5 ! 12. b3 lbh5 ! Now 9. ifh4
White gets to an uncomfortable pin on 9 . .l:dl? lbe4 10. lbe5 ? This loses
the a l -h8 diagonal. 1 3 . lbd4 ( 1 3 . d2 immediately, but even Wd3 is not so
b5 ! ?) 13 . . . . xg2 14. xg2 lbc6 ! 1 5 . good any more. 10 . . . . lbxc3 1 1 . 'ii'x c3
e3 d 6 1 6 . Aae l 'ii'd7= Benjamin, .i.xg2 1 2 . xg2 'ii'c7 0- 1 , van der
Jo.-Chandler 1 987 Hastings Sterren-Bosboom 1 99 1 Wijk
11. ... lba5 9. ... d6
12. b3 lbh5 9 . ... lba6? ! This knight is needed
13. ifh4 f5 now on d7. 10 . .i.h6 Ac8 1 1 . ltac 1
14. :lac1 lbc6 'ii'c7 1 2 . b3 lbc5 1 3 . Afd 1 lbce4 14.
15. lbd5 e6 lbxe4 xe4 1 5 . lbg5 Udovcic-Go
16. xd8 .l:fxd8 lombek 1 952 Belgrade
17. lbc3 lbf6 10. h6
18. f4
10. g5 This move does not make a
Kramnik-Benjamin,Joel 1 994 New lot of sense. 1 0 . . . . lbbd7 1 1 . .l:ae l
York Ac8 1 2 . Afd l ne8 1 3 . b3 nc5 14. b4
1 04 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

l:lcS 1 5 . lLle l xg2 16. lLlxg2 as ! ? :xa4 'ifbs 23. e5 ! Ljubojevic-Re


17. a3 axb4 I S. axb4 h6 ! Black plays chlis 1 990 Manila
creatively, allowing the weakening of B) 12. l:ld4 An aggressive attempt to
his king 's position in order to take the overrun Black 12 . . . . i.xf3 ! 1 3 .
important c4 pawn. 19. xh6 xh6 xf3 lLle5 1 4 . l:lad l ? ! ( 1 4 . i.g2
20. 'iWxh6 l:lxc4 2 1 . lLle3? White will lLlh5 1 5 . xg7 <iPxg7ao Palkovi) 14.
not have enough play for the pawn. . . . lLlxf3t 1 5 . exf3 :c5 1 6. xg7
2 1 . . . . l:lxb4 22. lLlcd5 l:[e4 23. l:lc6 xg7 17. lLld5 e5 ! I S . l:l4d2 lLlxd5
l:le5 ! + Sarno-Tatai 1 995 Verona 19. l:lxd5 'Wxh4 20. gxh4 l:[xc4 2 1 .
l:lxd6 l:lfcS 22. l:[d7 l:lSc7+ Xie
10. ... lLlbd7
Antonio 1 992 Beijing
C) 1 2 . xg7 xg7 1 3 . 'i'd4 (0 1 3 . b3)
13 . . . . gS ( 1 3 . . . . 'iWc7 14. b3 'Wc5
1 5 . lLle l xg2 16. lLlxg2 a6 1 7. lLle3
'Wxd4 I S . l:lxd4 b5 ! = Larsen-Vaga
nian 19S5 London) 14. lLld5 lLlxd5 !
Usually it is not so good to take on
dS, because the c6 square becomes
weak, but this has no importance
here. 1 5 . cxdS l:lc5 16. lLle l a6 1 7 .
'iWe3 lLlf6 I S . b 4 l:lc4 1 9 . l:lac l
'iWd7= Vaganian-Kengis 1 995 Riga
1 1. l:lac1 l:lcS 1 2 . b3 ( 1 2 . lLlg5? xg2
1 3 . xg2 xh6 14. 'i'xh6 l:lxc4 1 5 .
1 1 . b3 ! lLld5 l:lc5 ! 1 6. e4 e 6 17. b4 l:lxc 1 I S .
lLlxf6t lLlxf6 1 9 . :xc 1 'i'e7+ Arba-
1 1 . l:[fd l l:lcs
kov-Kiselev 1 9S5 Moscow) 1 2 . . . .
A) 1 2 . b3 l:lc5 ! Now l:[h5 is threatened ( 1 2 . . . .
A I ) 12 . . . . xf3 1 3. xf3 ( 1 3 . exf3 ! ?) xf3 1 3 . xf3 lLle5 14. g2 xh6
1 3 . . . . lLle5 14. g2 xh6 1 5 . 'iWxh6 1 5 . 'i'xh6 e6 16. l:lfd l 'We7 17. 'Wd2
l:lc5 16. 'iWd2 'iWcs 1 7. l:lac 1 h5 I S . l:lfdS I S. 'i'b2 lLlc6 19. l:ld2 lLleS 20.
h 3 h7 1 9 . f4 ! lLled7 20. l:r.c2 l:lgS ! ? h4 f5 2 1 . e3 lLle5 22. 'iWa3 ! ;t Davis-de
2 1 . l:tdc l ;t Ionescu,Co.-Stoica 1 996 Boer 1 9S6 Lissabon) 1 3 . i.xg7 ( 1 3 .
Romania lLlg5 xg2 1 4 . xg2 'iWaS+ Pal
kovi) 13 . . . . xg7
A2) 12 . . . . l:lc5 1 3. xg7 ( 1 3 . lLlg5
i.xg2 14. xg2 'iWaSt 1 5 . e4t A) 14. 'Wd4 'WaS ( 1 4 . . . . gS 1 5 .
Stoica) 13 . . . . xg7 14. 'iWd4 'WaS b4 ! ?) 1 5 . l:lfe l gS 1 6. e4 l:lfcS 1 7 .
1 5 . lLle l a6? ! (0 1 5 . . . . xg2 16. l:lcd I ;t Andersson-Sjoberg,M 1 994
lLlxg2 gS) 16. e4! b5 17. lLld3 Malmo
l:lccS I S . cxb5 axb5 19. 'ifb4 ! lLlc5 B) 14. l:lfd l 'iWaS ( 1 4 . . . . 'WcS 1 5 .
20. lLlxc5 l:lxc5 2 1 . a4 bxa4 22. 'i'd4 lLle5 1 6 . lLlxe5 l:lxe5 17. e4;t
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 l OS

Schmidt-Barle 1 975 Pula) I S . Wd4 1. e4 e5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.. g2


g8 16. lLlel i.. x g2 17. lLlxg2 l::te 8 i.. b 7 5. 0-0 g6 6. lLle3 i.. g7
1 8 . lLle3 Hubner-Lobron 1 994 Mu 7. d4 exd4 S. Wxd4
Irich, White has a minimal advant-
age
(2.4.2.23)
1 1 . l:adl l:tc8 1 2 . b3 l:tcS 1 3 . lLlgS S. ... d6
i.. x g2 14. xg2 Wa8t I S . g l l:te8
White lines up against the black king,
but cannot increase the pressure suffi
ciently. 1 6 . e4 lLlfS 17. f3 a6 1 8 . a4
lLlhS 19. i.. xg7 xg7 20. lLlh3 lLlf6=
Wojtkiewicz-Arkell 1 994 Reykjavik
1 1. ... l:teS
12. i.. xg7 xg7
13. Wd4
White does not waste time develo
ping the rook, but instead quickly ex
changes the bishop on g7. This plan
shows that White has confidence in Nowadays most usual variation and a
his space advantage. flexible one too. White has to choose
between two different possibilities:
13. ... gS
1 .) b3-i.. b 2 opposing the bishop and
It is advisable to get out of the pin playing for a solid advantage, or 2.)
immediately. i.. e 3-'ii'h 4, aiming at the king.
14 . .l:tac1 l:te5 (2.4.2.231)
15. b4 !
9. b3
White can rarely afford this move,
9. Wh4? ! As long as Black has not
but now the c4 pawn will not be at
castled, it is not advisable to play
tacked for a while, and Black has to
'ii'h 4. 9 . . . . h6 ! 1 0. l:td 1 lLlbd7
go back.
A) 1 1 . lLle ] Wc8 1 2 . i.. x b7 Wxb7 1 3 .
15. ... l:teS i.. e3 l:tc8 1 4 . l:tac 1 g S ! I S . Wd4
16. a3 l:teS lLlhS 1 6. Wg4 lLlhf6 17. Wd4 lLlhS
17. e4 We7 1 8 . Wd2? (0 1 8. Wg4=) 1 8 . . . . l:xc4
IS. lLld5 WbS;t 19. 1LlbS l:txc 1 20. l:txc 1 lLlcS 2 1 . b4
White stands unambiguously better, lLle6+ Korchnoi-Gulko 1 989 Hast
but there are no weaknesses in the ings
black position. White played inaccur B) 1 1 . i.. e 3 l:tc8 1 2 . lLld2 ( 1 2 . l:tac 1
ately and in the end Black won the lLlcs 1 3 . b3 lLle6 14. lLld4 lLlxd4 I S .
game, Kramnik-Adams 1 993 Biel i.. x b7 lLlfS 1 6 . Wf4 :'c7 1 7 . i.. g 2
1 06 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

ltJxe3 1 8 . 1Wxe3= Landenbergue .te3 l:tcc8 1 8. ltJf4 'iWb7 1 9. a4 ltJc5


Silva 1 990 Novi Sad) 12 . . . . .txg2 20. 1Wa2 l:ted8 Bennis-Portisch,L
1 3 . xg2 1Wc7 14. ':ac 1 g5 1 5 . 1 992 Cannes
'ii'h 3c Gschnitzer-Zakic 1 989 Bu 9. ... ltJbd7
dapest 10 . .tb2 :c8
C) 1 1 . ltJd5 b5 !
10 . ... 0-0 1 1 . l:tfd l ltJe4 ! ? Black
D) 1 1 . 'ili'h3 A quiet confession that hopes to reach equality through im
'ii'h4 was played too early. 1 1 . . . . mediate exchanges. 1 2 . 1i'e3 ltJxc3
':c8 1 2 . ltJd2 .txg2 1 3 . 1Wxg2 0-0 1 3 . i.xc3 .txc3 14. 1Wxc3 .txf3 1 5 .
14. b3 ltJc5 1 5 . .tb2 1Wd7= Ni 1i'xf3 :c8 1 6. 1We3 Eyeing the dark
kolic,Pr.-Baragar 1 987 Zagreb squares. 16 . . . . ltJf6 17. l:td4 l:tc5 1 8 .
E) 1 1 . ltJd4 .txg2 1 2 . xg2 l:tc8 1 3 . l:tad !;!; Sestjakov-Cicak 1 995 Mos
b 3 l:tc5 ! A tyipical maneuver: It cow
makes place for the queen on a8 and
controls the 5th rank. 14. ltJf3 ( 1 4 .
g4 ! ? Gulko) 14 . . . . 1Wa8 1 5 . 1Wd4
0-0= Maslov - Solozhenkin 1 990
USSR
9 . .tg5 This move often transposes
to the 9. i.e3 variation if White plays
with 1Wd2/'ii'h4-i.h6. 9 . . . . ltJbd7
A) 10. 1Wd2 ? ! Nothing was threaten
ing the queen on d4, but now Black
can equalize easily. 10 . . . . l:tc8 1 1 .
b3 ltJc5 ! Now Black can exchange
one of the knights for the g5 bishop. 1 1 . l:tac1
1 2 . l:tac 1 ( 1 2 . i.h6 ? ! ltJfe4 1 3 . ltJxe4
1 1 . l:[fdl 0-0
ltJxe4 14. 1Wc 1 .txa l 1 5 . 1Wxa l f6 !
And there doesn't seem to be A) 1 2 . 'ifd2 a6 1 3. ltJd4 i.xg2 14.
enough play for the sacrificed ma xg2 1i'c7 15. f3 'iVb7 1 6. e4
terial .) 1 2 . . . . ltJfe4 1 3 . ltJxe4 ltJxe4 A I ) 16 . . . . e6
14. 1Wd3 ltJxg5 1 5 . ltJxg5 .txg2 16. A l a) 17. l:tac l l:tfd8 ( 1 7 . . . . l:tfe8) 1 8 .
xg2 0-0 17. e3 1Wd7+ Mohandesi l:tc2 ltJe5 Black has set u p a flexible
Mannion 1 994 Moscow defensive position, which is hard to
B) 10. l:tac 1 l:tc8 1 1 . b3 l:tc5 ! ? ( 1 1 . . . . disrupt. 1 9 . l:tdc 1 1i'a8 ( 1 9 . . . . h6 ! ?
0-0 1 2 . 1Wd2 ltJc5 1 3 . .th6 ltJce4 And g5, Palkovi) 20 . .ta l ':c7 2 1 .
See: 9. i.e3) 12. 1Wd2 After 12. ltJd l l:tdc8 22. ltJf2 'iWb7= Korch
'ii'h4 , h6 would be uncomfortable. noi-Adorjan 1 984 Wijk aan Zee
12 . . . . 'iWb8 1 3 . l:tfd l 0-0 1 4. ltJe l A l b) 17. ltJde2 b5 1 8. cxb5 axb5 1 9 .
i.xg2 1 5 . ltJxg2 l:te8 16. f3 a6 17. 'iixd6 ltJc5+ Adorjan
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 1 07

A2) 16 . . . . l:tfe8 ! ? 17. lLlc2 lLlcs 1 8 . 11 . . 0-0


lLle3 b S 1 9 . cxbS axbS 20. b4 lLlcd7
2 1 . 'iVe2 i.h6 ! 22. lLledS l:tc4 23. a4
lLlxdS 24. lLlxdS 'iVc8+ IIinsky
Kengis 1 989 Frunze
B) 12. lLldS
B 1 ) 12 . . . . bS ! ? 1 3 . lLle l ( 1 3 . 'iVxa7
i.xdS 14. cxdS lLlcs I S . 'iVa3 l:ta8
16. 'ilVb4 lLlxdS 17. 'iVd2 i.xb2 1 8 .
'iVxb2 lLlc7 19. 1Lld4 l:ta6 ! co Palkovi)
1 3 . . . . bxc4 14. lLlxe7t 'iVxe7 I S .
i.xb7 l:tb8 1 6 . .i dS cxb3 17 . .ixb3
lLle8 1 8. 'iVd2 i.. xb2 19. 'iVxb2
lLlcs i120. i.xf7t?? 'iYxf7-+ Pal 12. l:tfdl
kovi
12. 'iVd2 a6 1 3 . l:tfd 1 l:te8 14. lLld4
B2) 12 . . . . l:te8 1 3 . l:tac 1 e6 14. lLlxf6t
.ixg2 I S . Wxg2 'iYc7 A typical ma
lLlxf6 I S . i.a1 White now threatens
neuver: the black queen hurries to b7.
to take on d6. I S . . . . dS 1 6. lLleS hS
1 6. f3 'iVb7 1 7. e4 e6 ! The d6 pawn
17. e3;t Black has played dS but has
seems to be weak, but White does not
not totally solved the problems of
have time to take advantage of it.
the position, Velikov-Eingom 1 987
Saint-John A) 1 8 . lLlc2 bS ! 19. lLle3 ( 1 9. cxbS
axbS 20. 'iYxd6 lLlcs+) 1 9 . . . . lLlcs+
C) 12. 'iVe3 l:te8 ( 1 2 . . . . a6 1 3 . lLld4
Palkovi
.ixg2 14. 'it'xg2 l:tcs I S . f3 'ilVb8 16.
a3 l:te8 17. 'iYd2 'iVb7 Dzhandz B) 1 8 . lLlde2 lLlcs 1 9 . 'iVc2 ( 1 9 .
gava-Gurevic,D 1 995 Geneve) 1 3 . 'iYxd6 ? ! bS ! ) 1 9 . . . . gS ! 20. h 3 h S 2 1 .
l:tac 1 l:tcS ! 14. lLld4 .ixg2 I S . Wxg2 b4 (2 1 . g4 l:ted8t followed by bS,
lLlg4! ? 16. 'iVf4? ! lLldf6 17. 'iYf3 eS ! Palkovi) 2 1 . . . . lLlcd7 22. l:txd6 g4 ! t
1 8 . lLldbS e4 19. 'iVf4 l:tfS+ Ionov Morvay-Palkovi 1 988 Hungary
Makarychev 1 995 Elishta 12. . J:tcS!
11. lLldS ? ! 0-0 12. l:tac 1 bS ! 1 3 . l:tfd 1
12 . . a6
( 1 3 . 'iVxa7 ? ! .ixdS 14. cxdS lLlcS ! I S .
..

'iVa3 l:ta8 1 6. 'iVb4 lLlxdS+ Gurevich) A) 1 3 . h3 A feeble move, after which


1 3 . . . . bxc4 14. bxc4 l:tcS Black ac Black equalizes. 1 3 . . . . lLle4 14. 'iYe3
quires the cS square. I S . lLlel .ixdS bS ! Utilizing the pin on the diago
1 6. cxdS 'iVaS 17. l:txcs lLlxcs 1 8 . 'iYc4 nal. I S . cxbS axbS 16. lLld4 lLlxc3
l:tb8 1 9 . i.. c 3 'iYa4 ! 20. 'iYxa4 lLlxa4 17. l:txc3 .ixg2 1 8 . Wxg2 .if6 1 9 .
2 1 . i.d4 as 22. lLlc2 lLld7 23. l:td2 l:tdc 1 l:txc3 20 . .ixc3 'iYa8t 2 1 .
l:tb 1 t 24 . .ifl lLldb6 2S. Wg2 lLlc4 26. lLlf3= Phominyh-Zagrebelny 1 994
l:td3 l:tc 1 + Mohring-Gurevich,M Ba Elishta
latonbereny 1 987 B) 1 3 . 'iVe3 l:te8
l OS 5. ... g6 CHAPTER 4

B 1 ) 14. h3 ! ? The point of this move 13. ... .i.xg2


is that after l:tc5 , lLIa4 follows and 14. lLIxg2 lLI d5!
the rook cannot go to h5 . It also
That is why 1 1 . ... l:tc5 is more exact.
prevents lLIg4. 14 . . . . l:tc7 ( 1 4 . . . . Now Black has the opportunity to
.ltc6 ! ? 1 5 . lLId4 .ltxg2 16. xg2 play this, after which he equalizes.
'fic7 17 . .lta 1 'iib s I S . c,tg 1 l:tc5 1 9 .
lLId5 c,tfS ! ? Rothstein-Adams 15. "'d2 lLIxc3
1 993 Wijk) 1 5 . lLIe l 'iib s 1 6 . .ltxb7 16. .i.xc3 .i.xc3
'fixb7 1 7. lLId3 b5 ( 1 7 . . . . lLIc5 ! ? 17. :xc3 lLIf6
Palkovi) I S . cxb5 axb5 1 9 . lLIb4 IS. f3 "'c7
19. e4 b5
l:tc5 20. 'fif3 'fia7 2 1 . e4t Fedoro
20. :dc1 :cS
wicz-Kudrin 1 9S7 USA
21. lLIe3 "'a5=
B2) 14. l:tc2 l:tc5 ! 15. lLIa4 l:th5 With
counterplay involving b5. Andersson-Portisch,L 1 99 1 Reykja
vik
B3) 14. lLId4 .ltxg2 1 5 . c,txg2 l:tc5 ! 1 6 .
.lta3 'fiaSt 17. 'fif3 l:tc7 I S . 'fixaS
1. c4 c5 2. lLIf3 lLIf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .i.g2
l:txa8= Tal-Lerner 1 990 New York .i.b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. lLIc3 .i.g7 7. d4
B4) 1 4 . .lta 1 ? ! l:tc5 1 5 . a4 'fia8 16. cxd4 S. "'xd4 d6
lLIe 1 l:tf5 An annoying move. 17.
.ltxb7 'fixb7 I S . f3 h5 ! 19. 1LIg2 l:tc5
(2.4.2.232)
20 . .ltb2 l:tcc8 2 1 . .lta3 lLIc5 22. 9 . .i.e3
l:tb 1 lLIe6= Karpov-Kasparov 1 985
Moscow
C) 1 3. lLIe 1 ! .ltxg2 14. lLIxg2 l:tc5 1 5 .
lLId5 b 5 1 6 . lLIge3 ! Black could play
b6-b5, but White is prepared and
can keep the advantage. 16 . . . . bxc4
1 7 . l:txc4 a5 ( 1 7 . . . . l:tb5 ?? 1 8 .
l:tcS+- Lalic,B-Milov,V 1 994 ) ( 1 7 .
. . . l:teS 1 8 . b4! l:txc4 1 9 . lLIxc4t
Lalic) I S . a3 lLIeS 1 9 . 'fid2 .i.xb2
20. 'fixb2 e6 2 1 . l:txc5 lLIxc5 22.
lLIc3 'fif6t Palkovi
13. lLIel White usually sets up with the plan
of 'iih4{ti'd2-.i.h6. When the queen
13. b4 lLIe4 ! moves away, Black cannot play the
13. "'d2 'fia8 ! 14. lLIe l .ltxg2 1 5 . l:tcS-c5 maneuver as long as the
lLIxg2 lLIe4= Polgar,Zsu.-Stohl 1 992 bishop is on e3.
Brno 9. l:tdl lLIbd7 1 0 . .lte3 See: 9 . .lte3
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 1 09

9. ... bd7 Castling is not urgent for Black. 1 3 .


'ti'h4 "'g4 ( 1 3 . . . . h6 ! ? Palkovi) 14.
(2.4.2.2321) 'ti'xg4 xg4 IS. J.d4 J.xd4 1 6 .
10. l:fdl l:c8 xd4 J.xg2 1 7 . xg2 f6= Daml
janovic-Greenfeld 1 994 Belgrade
10 . ... 0-0 1 1 . 'ifh4 a6 1 2 . h6 Ilc8
1 3 . J.xg7 'it>xg7 14. 'ti'f4 ( 14. 'ti'd4) 12. 'ti'h4 a6
14 . . . . lle8 I S . l:ac l :'cS= Wojtkie
12 . ... l:e8! ? 1 3 . b3 hS Black spares
wicz-Adorjan 1 99 1 Polanica Zdroj
playing a6. 14. h3 ! f8 I S . g4 l:lb8
10 . ... c5 1 1 . l:ac l ( 1 1 . b4 ! ? e6 1 6. dS Wojtkiewicz-Ftacnik 1 990
1 2 . 'ti'd3 g4 1 3 . J.d2 Ilc8 14. Ilac l
J.xf3 I S . "'xf3 eSao Vaganian 13. b3
Tatai 1 994 Reggio Emilia) 1 1 . . . 0--0
.

( 1 1 . . . . e6? ! Braking the fundamen


tal principle that in the opening it is
not so good to move too much with
the same piece. 1 2 . 'ifh4 "'c8 1 3 .
dS ! h 6 1 4 . d4 ! Black can hardly
develop, Gavrikov-Ballmann 1 995
Switzerland) 12. 'ti'h4 'ti'c8 1 3. J.h6? !
White could have faced the opponent
with a bigger problem after 1 3. J.h3
and only then J.h6. 13 . . . . 'ti'g4 ! 14.
"'xg4 xg4 IS. J.xg7 1;xg7 16.
dS f6 1 7. d4 J.xdS 1 8. cxdS
To play J.h6 without the c4 pawn
as ! = Cvitan-Contin 1 993 Reggio
hanging.
Emilia, Black reached a stable posi
tion. 13. ... l:e8
1 1 . l:act For the time being, Black is waiting.
1 1. b3 0--0 12. 'ifh4 a6 1 3 . J.h6 IlcS ! 13 .h5? ! Preventing J.h6 but seri
.

14. xg7 ( 1 4. gS The exchange of ously weakening the position. 14. h3 !


the b7 and g2 bishops increases cS I S . g4! bS 16. b4 e6 1 7 . cS
Black's chances. 1 4 . . . . J.xg2 I S . "'e8 1 8 . gS ! Damljanovic-Cebalo
xg2 "'a8+ Palkovi) 1 4 . . . . 1;xg7 1 988 Yugoslavia
I S . "'d4 g8 1 6. l:ac l "'a8 Black 13 . ... J.xt3 ? ! Black gives up the
has a flexible position, which is hard active bishop on b7 for no reason. 14.
to disrupt. Palkovi exf3 l:le8 IS. f4 Scarella-Spangen
1 1 . ... 0-0 berg 1 995 San Martin

11 . ... c5! ? 1 2 . b3 ( 1 2 . J.h3 ! ? Ilb8 14. J.h3 ! ?


1 3. b4! e6 14. J.xe6 fxe6 I S . gS An interesting idea: White wants to
'ti'd7 16. cSt Palkovi) 1 2 . . . . 'ti'd7 realize the plan of J.h6-gS without
1 10 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

exchanging the b7 bishop, and the 'i'd2 ! ?;!; With the plan of 'ilib2-'ilia3,
bishop on h3 could take part in the Palkovi) 18 . . . . 'ilie7 19. lLlc2 l:ted8
attack as well. 20. e4;!; Cooper-Kosten 1 988 Eng
14. lLldS? ! This typical move is bet land
ter for Black in the current position. 14 . ... bS? Trying to get play with a
1 4 . . . . lLlxdS I S . cxdS l:txc l 16. i.xc 1 pawnsacrifice, but White can stop
lLlf6 1 7 . e4 'ilic7 Suddenly it becomes Black's initiative with correct play
clear, that the White queen is out of and can keep the material advantage
the game and Black has the important as well. I S . cxbS axbS 1 6 . lLlxb5
c-file. The c6 weakness has no im l:txc 1 1 7 . l:txc 1 i.xf3 1 8 . exf3 'ilia5
portance. 1 8. lLld4 'ilic3 1 9 . ioe3 'ilib2 1 9 . a4 lLle5 20. i.g2 lLld5 2 1 . 'iie4 !
20. a4 lLld7+ Robatsch-Barbero 1 988 lLlxe3 22. 'iix e3 Wojtkiewicz-Gal
Budapest lagher 1 988 Chicago
14. h3 l:tc7 ? ! ( 1 4 . . . . lLlcS ! ? Palkovi) 14 . . 'ii'c 7!? I S . lLld4? ! White will
. .

I S . g4 ! ? White makes a brave pawn not get anywhere doing this. (o i S .


advance. 15 . . . . l:tc8 16. lLld4 ioxg2 ioh6 Palkovi) I S . . . . e6 1 6 . iogS
1 7 . 'it>xg2 'iic7 1 8 . gS lLlhS 1 9 . lLldS 'ilib8 Paunovic,D-Marinkovic 1 993
'ilib7 20. lLlf3 e6 2 1 . lLlf4 lLlxf4toc Yugoslavia
Damljanovic-Psakhis 1 988 Soci
15. ioh6
14. ioh6
lS. lLlgS? ! h6 1 6 . lLlge4? ! White sac
A) 14 . . . . ioh8 1 5 . i.h3 ioxf3 ( 1 5 . . . . rifices a piece but will not have
l:tcs 16. lLlgS lLlf8 1 7. b4 l:tc7 1 8 . enough counterplay. 1 6 . . . . lLlxe4 1 7 .
lLld5 ! t Danailov-Pantev 1 988 Plov lLlxe4 gS ! 1 8 . lLlxg50 hxgS 1 9 . i.xgS
div) 16. exf3 l:tcS I 7 . g4! Now Black lLlf8 20. iof5 l:tc5 2 1 . e4 i.c8+ Mi
gets into trouble. 17 . . . . lLleS 1 8 . 'iig 3 locco-Adler 1 992 Bled
l:tc8 19. i.e3 iog7 20. f4 ! White
has a bishoppair and strong initia 15. ... ioxf3?
tive, Arsovic-Timoshenko,G 1 995 15. ... 'i'a8 ! 1 6 . lLlgS lLlf8 ! White
Belgrade has lined up on the kingside, but the
B) 0 1 4 . . . . l:tcS I S . i.xg7 ( 1 S . lLlgS Black pieces stand well too. It is not
ioxg2 1 6. 'it>xg2 'iia 8t Palkovi) obvious how White can increase the
15 . . . . 'it>xg7 16. 'ilid4 'it>g8;!; Palkovi pressure.
14. ... l:tc7 15 . ... llcS? !
A) 16. lLlg5 b5 ? ! ( 1 6 . . . . lLlf8 ! ? Pal
Getting out of the pin and preparing kovi) 17. lLld5 ! e6 1 8 . lLlf4 lLlf8 1 9 .
'ilia8. lLld3 l:tc7 2 0 . lLleS ! White got a
14 . ... ioxf3 ? ! 1 5 . exf3 l:tc7 1 6. f4;!; very strong initiative, Budnikov
Jacobs-Gallagher 1 98 8 London Hoffman,M 1 993 Germany
14 . ... llb8 I S . lLld4 ! ? lLle5 1 6. ioh6 B) 16. ioxg7 'it>xg7 1 7. 'ilid4 'it>g8 1 8 .
i.xh6 1 7 . 'ilixh6 e6 1 8 . 'ilif4 ( 1 8 . b4 ! l:tc7 1 9 . lLld5 Now Black is
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 111

forced into a difficult defencive the 'fih4 set-up, and Black has more
posture. 19 . . . . lLlxdS 20. cxdS lLlf6 chances to equalize.
2 1 . e4 bS 22. 'fie3;!; Preparing lLld4,
Kramnik - Karpov Monaco blind 10. ... 0-0
1 994 1 1 . l:.ac1

16. exf3 ':'cS 1 1 . i.. h 6 ! ? White exchanges the g7


17. i.. xg7 xg7 bishop immediately. 1 1 . . . . ':'cS 1 2 .
IS. 'ili'd4 hS iLxg7 1;xg7 1 3 . b 3 ':'cS ! ? ( 1 3 . . . . a6)
19. lLla4 lLleS 14. 'fid4 'fiaS ! I S . ':'fd l lLleS 16. lLle l
20. i.. g2 ':'a5 iLxg2 1 7 . lLlxg2 'fics Giardelli
21. f4 lLled7 Bronstejn,L 1991 Acasusso
22. lLlc3 lIcS
23. b4 ! 1 1 . ... ':' cS
Black is pushed back. 11 . ... a6 12. b3 ':'eS 1 3 . ':'fdl ':'bS ! ?
23. ... l:c7 In spite of the usual ':'cS set-up, Black
24. lLld5 plays straight for bS . 14. lLldS bS I S .
lLld4 bxc4 1 6 . lLlxf6t A forced move,
Wojtkiewicz-Palkovi 1 990 Stara Za otherwise the pawn must recapture on
gora c4, after which Black would get a
comfortable position. 1 6 . . . . i.. xf6 17.
1. c4 cS 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.. g2 i.. xb7 ':'xb7 I S . lLlc6 ! ? White keeps
i.. b 7 5. 0-0 g6 6. lLlc3 i.. g7 7. d4 on complicating, but even this will
cxd4 S. 'ili'xd4 d6 9. i.. e3 lLlbd7 not lead to any advantage. IS . . . . 'fiaS
(2.4.2.2322) ( 1 S . . . . c3 1 9 . lLlxdS cxd2 20. lLlxb7
dxc l1t' 2 1 . ':'xc l =) 1 9 . ':'xc4 ':'bS ! 20.
10. 'ili'd2 lLlb4 lLleS 2 1 . ':'c7 e6 22. ':'dc l Pla
ying for the d6 pawn 22 . . . . lLlg4 ! 23.
lLlc6 ':'dS 24. ':'a7 'fixa7 ! 2S. lLlxa7
':'xd2 26. iLxd2 iLd4 ! + Gurevic,D
Fishbein 19S5 USA
11 . ... lLle4 1 2 . lLlxe4 iLxe4 1 3 . ':'fd l
( 1 3 . iLh6 ':'cS 1 4. i.. x g7 1;xg7 I S .
'fid4t lLlf6 1 6. ':'fd l 'ii'd7 17. ':'c3
':'c7= Szmetan,J-Polugaevsky 1 9S7
Termas de Rio Hondo) 13 . . . . 'fic7 1 4 .
i..h 3 ! ? This move i s not a s effective
as when the as rook is on cS, but it
does lead to an advantage. 14 . . . . ':'abS
White chooses the less agressive ( 1 4 . . . . i.. xf3 ? ! I S . exf3 And f4-fS
queen move. In the recent years this Korchnoi) l s . lLld4 iLaS 16. lLlbS ( 1 6 .
has been played less frequently than f3 ! ?) 1 6 . . . . 'fib7 1 7 . f3 a6 1 S . lLlc3 bS
1 12 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

Korchnoi-Seirawan 1 987 Zagreb 19. 13 . ... ttJce4 14. ttJxe4 .i.xe4?! It's
cxbS ! axbS 20. ttJdS;!; Korchnoi the knight that belongs to e4. I S .
:fd l 'iVd7 1 6 . .i.xg7 c:l;xg7 1 7 . 'iVe3
12. b3 ttJc5!
'ilb7 1 8 . .i.h3 ! Of course not ex
Black hopes for an advantage by con changing the g2 bishop. 1 8 . . . . l:Icd8
trolling e4. 19. ttJd4;l; followed by f3, Todorovic
12 . ... ttJe4 1 3 . ttJxe4 .i.xe4 14 . .i.h3 ! Marinkovic 1 993 Yugoslavia
A typical plan: White does not want 14. ttJxe4 ttJxe4
to exchange the g2 bishop, but does 15. 'iVe3 ttJf6
want to move the f3 knight. 14 . . . .
l::tc 7 Getting out o f the pin, and mak 15 . ... .i.xh6 1 6. 'ilxh6 :cS ! ? 1 7 .
ing space for the queen on the 8th .l:.fd l 'ilc7 1 8 . :d4 :hS 1 9. 'iVe3
rank. ( 14. . . . l::te 8 I S . ttJd4 a6 16. fS ! ?oo With a sharp position, Agde
ltfdl .i.a8 17. ttJc2 ! Lets go to d5 ! stein-Ftacnik 1 98 8 Thessaloniki
1 7 . . . . 'ilc7 1 8 . ttJb4 'ilb7 1 9. f3 rlcd8
20 . .i.gS ttJcS 2 1 . ttJd5;!; The White 16 . .i.xg7 xg7
pieces stand optimally and he has a 17. l%fdl :c7
space advantage. It's hard for Black 18. ttJel=
to find counterplay, Petrosian-Levin Kindermann-Ftacnik 1 988 Biel
1 995 Lvov) I S . rlfdl a6 1 6. ttJd4
.i.a8 ( 1 6 . . . . 'ilb8 ! ? followed bS, 1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .i.g2
Palkovi) 17. ttJc2 ttJcS ( 1 7 . . . . bS 1 8 . .i.b7 5. 0-0 g6
ttJa3 ! ) 1 8 . ttJb4 ! e6 1 9 . 'iVxd6 ! White
sacrifices his queen, but will get a (3)
better position. 1 9 . . . . :d7 20 . .i.xcs
6. b3
l:txd6 2 1 . .i.xd6t Ionescu,Co.-Hulak
1 988 Kastel Stari
12 . ... l:Ie8 1 3 . .i.h3 ! Preventing ttJcS,
and preparing ttJd4. 1 3 . . . . a6 14.
:fd l :b8 I S . ttJd4 !
A) I S . . . . ttJcS 1 6. 'ile l (0 1 6. f3 ! And
Black cannot exchange on e4. ) 16 .
. . . ttJfe4 17. ttJxe4 ttJxe4 1 8. b4 !
'ilc7 19. f3 ttJf6 20 . .i.f2 .i.a8 2 1 . e4
e6 22 . .i.f1 ;!; Zvjagincev-Gleizerov
1 993 Loosdorf
B) I S . . . . ttJe4 1 6. ttJxe4 .i.xe4 Geor
giev,Kir.-Cebalo 1 987 San Ber
nardino 17. f3 ! .i.b7 1 8 . ttJc2;!; fol White develops the bishops to the
lowed by ttJb4, Cebalo sides too.
13. .i.h6 ttJfe4 6. . .. .i.g7
CHAPTER 4 5 . o o . g6 113

6. ... d5? ! Black tries to prevent In this totally simmetrical POSition


White from taking on d5 with the White pins his hopes on the extra
knight, but the immediate d5 has an tempo, but as practice shows, Black
other problem. 7. cxd5 i.. g 7 S. i.b2 has enough counterplay.
0-0 8. d4 cxd4 9. 'tixd4 See: 6. d4 cxd4
A) 9. tOc3 ? ! tOxd5 Black gets what 7. 'tixd4
he wanted: White got into an un 8. e3 Preparing the move d4, but this
comfortable pin. does not cause much trouble for
B) 9. d4 After this White cannot Black. S. d5 9. tOa3 (9 . 'tie2 dxc4
o o .

count on any advantage. 9. tOxd5 oo. 10. bxc4 tOc6 1 1 . l:1d 1 l:1cs 1 2 . tOc3
10. 'tid2 tOc7 ( 1 0. tOc6? 1 1 .
o o . tOe4 ! 1 3. d4 tOxc3 14. i.xc3 'iic7=
dxc5 ! tOe3 1 2 . i.xg7 'tixd2 1 3 . Lombardy-Knaak 1 974 Amsterdam)
tObxd2 tOxfl 1 4 . i.xfS tOxd2 1 5 . (9. cxd5 tOxd5 10. i.. x g7 xg7 1 1 .
tOxd2 xfS 16. l:1c 1 ) 1 1 . l:1d 1 d4 cxd4 1 2 . 'iixd4t tOf6= Vukic) 9.
cxd4 1 2 . i.xd4 Of course White dxc4 (9.
oo. e6 10. d4 tOc6= Pal
oo.

does not put himself in a pin. 1 2 . oo. kovi) 1 0. bxc4 Vukic-Sokolov 1 974
i.xd4 1 3 . tOxd4 i.xg2 1 4 . xg2 Yugoslavia 10. tiJc6= oo.

'tid5t 1 5 . tOf3 Cifuentes Parada


Tal 1 9S7 Rio Hondo ( 1 5 . f3 e5=)
15. oo. l:1dS 1 6. 'tixd5 ( 1 6. 'tih6?
'iixf3 t! 17. exf3 l:1xd 1 Cifuentes
Parada) 1 6 . . . . l:1xd5 17. tOc3 l:1xd 1
I S . l:1xd 1 tOc6=
C) 9. i.xf6 ! i.. xf6 10. tOc3 i.xc3 ( 10.
oo. i.. xd5 ? 1 1 . tiJxd5 i.xa 1 1 2 .
'iixa 1 'ii xd5 1 3 . tiJe5+-) 1 1 . dxc3
C1) 1 1. i.. xd5 ? ! Now Black gets
o o .

pinned not only on the h I -aS diago


nal, but on the d-file as well. 1 2 .
'iid2 tOc6 1 3 . l:1ad 1 i.. xf3 14. i.xf3
'iie S ( 1 4. 'ilxd2 1 5 . l:1xd2 l:1adS
oo.
(3 . 1 )
16. l:1xdS tOxdS 17. l:1d 1 ) 1 5 . 'tie3 8. ... e6
l:1cS 1 6. l:1d2 Doncev-Spiridonov
Preparing d5. Other possibilities:
1 9S3 Pernik
8. ... a6! ? This move shows that
C2) 1 1 . 'tixd5 1 2 . 'tixd5 i.xd5 1 3 .
Black wants to play the classical
oo.

l:1fd 1 i.. e4 14. tOe5 i.xg2 1 5 . xg2;!;;


hedgehog set-up, and for the time
Black has to solve the problem of
being he does not play d5 .
developing his bS knight.
A) 9. d4 cxd4 10. 'tixd4! ( 1 0. tiJxd4
7. i.b2 0--0 After this Black can easily equalize
8. tOc3 with exchanges. 10. i.xg2 1 1 . oo.
1 14 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

xg2 dS 1 2 . cxdS lLlxdS= De San Hug-Summermatter 19S9 Switzer


Mateo-Metral 1 993 Paris) 1 0 . . . . d6 land
See: 7. d4 cxd4 S. 'ii'xd4 C3) 9 . . . . lLlxd4 10. lLlxd4 i.. x g2 1 1 .
B) 9. l:tc 1 d6 10. d4 e6 1 1 . 'ii'd2 ( 1 1 . xg2 cxd4 1 2 . xd4 d6 ( 1 2 . . . .
dS ? exdS 1 2 . cxdS lLlxdS+) 1 1 . . . . lLleS 1 3 . 'ii'd2 d6 1 4 . l:tfd 1 lLlc7 I S .
'ii'e7 (0 1 1 . . . . cxd4 ! 1 2 . lLlxd4 l:tac 1 ;!; Stone-Baragar 1 9S6 Winni
xg2 1 3 . xg2 'ii'c 7 Palkovi) 1 2 . peg, White has space advantage and
l:tfd l l:tdS 1 3 . dS ! e S 14. e4 lLlbd7 stable position.) 1 3 . l:tfdl;!; Gheor
I S . lLle 1;!; Azmayparashvili - Ein ghiu-Gurevic,D 1 993 Geneve
gom 1 9S6 USSR 8 . ... lLle4 ! ? An interesting position,
8 . ... lLlc6 Black keeps the symmetri but not one played by many. 9. lLla4
cal position as well, but in this vari (9. d4 lLlxc3 10. i.. x c3 lLlc6 1 1 . ':'c l
ation the tempo advantage is enough lLlxd4 1 2 . lLlxd4 i.. x g2 1 3 . xg2 cxd4
for White to gain an edge. 14. i.. xd4 i.. xd4 I S . 'ii'xd4 d6= Szily
A) 9. e3 l:tcS 10. l:tc 1 i.. a S 1 1 . l:te l Koberl 1 9S 1 Hungary) (9. 'ii'c2 ! ? Gip
l:teS 1 2 . l:te2 dS 1 3 . lLlxdS lLlxdS slis) 9 . . . . i.. xb2 10. lLlxb2 dS ! 1 1 .
cxdS i.. xdS 1 2 . 'ii'c 1 lLlc6 1 3 . d3 lLld6
14. i.. x g7 xg7 I S . cxdS 'ii'xdS=
Andersson-Hort 1 977 Tilburg 14. e3 eS= Tal-Korchnoi 1 973 Len
ingrad
B) 9. l:tc 1 dS 10. lLlxdS lLlxdS 1 1 .
8 . ... 'ic8? ! An artifical move
i.. x g7 xg7 1 2 . cxdS 'ii'xdS 1 3 . d4
cxd4 ( 1 3 . . . . lLlxd4?? 14. lLlh4 'ii'd7 A) 9. d4 cxd4 10. 'ii'xd4 ! ( 1 O. lLlxd4? !
I S . e3+- Palkovi) 14. lLlxd4 'ii'xd4 xg2 1 1 . xg2 'ii'b7 t 1 2 . f3 dS=
I S . xc6 'ii'xd 1 16. l:tfxd1 i.. xc6 'ii'c S is appropriate in this position.)
17. l:txc6 l:tacS I S . l:txcS l:txcS 19. 10 . . . . d6 ( 1 0 . . . . lLle4? 1 1 . lLldS !
l:td7 l:tc2 20. l:txa7 l:txe2= Tajma Now the disadvantage of the queen
nov-Engqvist 1 994 Osterskan move becomes clear. 1 1 . . . . i.. xd4
1 2 . lLlxe7t g7 1 3 . i.. xd4t f6 14.
C) 9. d4 ! Taking the initiative imme
lLlxcs+- Palkovi)
diately. Other moves are not so dy
namic: A I ) 1 1 . 1i'd2 ! ;!; Palkovi 1 1 . . . . lLle4?
1 2 . lLlxe4 xb2 ( 1 2 . . . . xe4 1 3 .
C 1 ) 9 . . . . lLleS? 10. dS lLld4 1 1 . lLlxd4
xg7 xg7 1 4 . 'ii'd4t+-) 1 3 .
i.. xd4 1 2 . lLla4 i.. xb2 1 3 . lLlxb2 a6
lLlxd6
14. lLld3 d6 I S . e4 Vamusz-Csom
1 966 Hungary A2) l 1 . lLldS ? ! Relieving the pressure
too early. 1 1 . . . . l:teS 1 2 . lLlxf6t
C2) 9. . . . cxd4 10. lLlxd4 'ii'c s 1 1 . i.. xf6= Flohr-Lisicin 1 9S5 USSR
l:tc 1 (0 1 1 . lLlc2 ! ;!; Palkovi) 1 1 . . . .
lLlxd4 1 2 . xd4 i.. x g2 1 3 . xg2 B) 9. l:tc l ! ? d6 1 0 . c2 lLlc6 1 1 .
'ii'b 7t 14. g l (0 14. f3 ! ;!; And l:tfd l l:tdS 1 2 . 'ii'b l 'ii'd7 1 3. lLla4;!;
Black cannot relieve pressure by Zila-Sajtar 1 943
trading off the knight on f6. ) 14 . . . . C) 9. d3 d6 10. e4 A logical idea:
lLle4 ! I S . 'ii'e 3 lLlxc3 16. xc3 d6= Now that Black has prepared to ex-
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 1 15

change the bishop with 'fIc8, White his disposal, a theme that should al
closes the h l-a8 diagonal. 1 0 . . . . e5 ways be considered in similar posi
1 1 . lLle 1 lLlc6 1 2 . lLlc2 lLld4 1 3 . tions. 12 . . . . xg7 1 3. lLlxd5 t e5 ( 1 3 .
lLle3 a 6 1 4. f4 Pirc-van den Berg ' " f6? 1 4 . lLlxf6 ! J;;[ xf6 1 5 . lLlg5 'fIc8
1 950 Amsterdam 1 6 . J;;[ ac 1 lLlc6 17. lLle4 e5 1 8 . lLlxf6
xf6 1 9 . f4+- Schneider,A) 1 4 .
xe5 t f6
A) 1 5 . lLlxf6 ? ! Schneider,A-Ftacnik
1983 Stary Smokovec 1 5 . . . . J;;[x f6 !
16. lLlg5 'fIc8 17. lLle4 ! ( 1 7. J;;[ac 1 ? !
lLlc6) 1 7 . . . . lLld7 ! 1 8 . xf6t lLlxf6
1 9 . lLld6 'fIe6 ! 20. lLlxb7 J;;[c 8+ Al
though White has a material plus,
Black stands better because of the
knight on b7 (Schneider,A).
B) 1 5 . lLlg5 ! 'fId7 ( 1 5 . . . . 'ilVe8 1 6 .
9. d4 lLlc7 'fIxe5 17. lLlge6t f7 1 8 .
xb7 lLld7 1 9 . xa8 J;;[x a8 20.
9. J;;[ b l ? ! An unnecessary loss of lLlxa8 'fIxe6 2 1 . J;;[ac 1 ) 16. J;;[fd l !
tempo. 9 . . . . 'fIe7 1 0. e3 J;;[d8 1 1 . d4 ( 1 6. lLlxf6? J;;[ xf6 17. J;;[fd 1 xg2 !
d5 1 2 . cxd5 exd5 1 3 . lLle5 lLlbd7 14.
1 8 . !txd7t lLlxd7 1 9. xf6t xf6
lLlxd7 J;;[ xd7= Keene-Smyslov 1 969
20. lLlxh7t g7 2 1 . xg2 xh7+
Hastings
Palkovi) ( 1 6. lLlc7 ? xg2) 1 6 . . . .
9. e3 'fIe7 10. 'ilVe2 d6 1 1 . J;;[fd l lLlbd7
fxe5D 1 7 . lLlc7 ! xg2 ( 1 7 . . . . 'fIc8
1 2 . d4 a6 1 3 . J;;[d2 J;;[ab8 14. J;;[ad 1
1 8 . h3 ! J;;[f5 1 9 . !tac 1 lLlc6 20. e4
J;;[fd8fl Beckhuis-Maus,So 1 993 Ger
many Final attack) 1 8 . J;;[ x d7t lLlxd7 1 9 .
xg2+- Palkovi
9. ... d6! ?
10. J;;[c 1 a6
Black sticks to the hedgehog set-up.
9 . ... d5 10. e3 lLla6 See: 8 . . . . lLla6 10 ... e7 1 1 . J;;[e 1 lLlbd7 ? ! (0 1 1 . . . .
.

lLle4 Palkovi) 1 2 . e4 ! cxd4 1 3 . lLlxd4


9 . . . cxd4 10. 'fIxd4 d5? ! Black is
.
a6 14. !tc2;!; Eingom-Zoler 1 995
playing thematicly, but White can get
Oberwart
an advantage with a tactical possi
bility: ( 1 0 . . . . lLle4 1 1 . 'ilVe3 lLlxc3 1 2 . 11. d2 cxd4
xc3 xc3 1 3 . 'fIxc3 d 5 14. J;;[fd 1 ;!; 12. lLlxd4 xg2
Palkovi) 1 1 . cxd5 lLlxd5 If the queen 13. <ot>xg2 c7
had to go back now, Black's play 14. 'iVe3 lLlbd7=
would be justified, but.. .. 1 2 . 'fIxg7t ! !
White has a typical queen sacrifice at Itkis-Kudrin 1 994 Moscow
1 16 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

1. c4 cS 2. liJf3 liJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2 B) 10 . . . . liJa6 See: 8 . . . . liJa6 9. d4 d5


b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. b3 g7
9. ... liJxdS
7. b2 0-0 8. liJc3
10. xg7 $>xg7
(3.2) 1 1 . cxdS

8. ... dS 1 1 . liJh4? ! fid7 1 2 . cxd5 .lixd5 1 3 .


e4 i.. b7+
1 1 . ... xdS
12. d4

Black tries to clarify the position in


the center right away. Usually the po
sition simplifies, and Black can
equalize with correct play. The only way for White to get an ad
vantage is to exploit the underdevel
9. liJxdS!
opment of the black queenside.
9. cxdS ? ! Putting himself in a pin for 12. ... liJa6!
no reason. 9 . . . . liJxd5 1 0 . e l ( 1 0. d4
liJxc3 1 1 . xc3 liJa6 1 2 . .l:te l cxd4 12 . ... cxd4
1 3 . liJxd4 .lixg2 14. xg2 fid5t 1 5 . A) 1 3 . liJh4 Not too dangerous a
liJf3= Palkovi) 10 . . . . e 5 ( 1 0 . . . . liJc6 move. Black can easily equalize.
1 1 . liJxd5 .xd5 12 . .lixg7 xg7 1 3 . 13 . . . . .d7 14. xb7 fixb7 1 5 .
'tib2t f6 1 4 . .l:tfd 1 .l:tfd8 1 5 . e 3 e5= fixd4t g8 1 6 . .l:tfd 1 liJc6 1 7 . d7
Ivkov-Ljubojevic 1 972 Amsterdam) ( 1 7. fie4 .l:tfd8 1 8 . .l:tae l .l:txd 1 t 1 9 .
1 1 . d3 .l:te8 1 2 . .l:td 1 liJxc3 1 3 . .lixc3 .l:txd 1 .l:td8 2 0 . .l:te l .l:td6=) 1 7 . . . .
liJc6 14. e3 'ike7 1 5 . a3= Nogueiras 'ikxd7 1 8 . .l:txd7 .l:tfd8= Tal-Salov
Sunye Neto 1 993 Linares 1 988
9. liJeS e6 10. d4 B) 13. .xd4t fixd4 1 4. liJxd4 i.xg2
A) 10 . . . . cxd4 ! ? 1 1 . liJb5 a6? ! (0 1 1 . 1 5 . xg2 The position has simpli
' " liJfd7 1 2 . liJxd7 'ikxd7= Palkovi) fied to an endgame, where White
1 2 . liJxd4 liJfd7? 1 3 . liJxf7 !+- Len has a minimal advantage. As prac
gyel,B-Sugar,K 1 982 Hungary tice shows, Black can reach a draw
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 1 17

with correct play, but White has 13. e4! ?


succeeded in winning this position
many times. 13. dxc5 tDxc5 1 4 . 'ii'xdS .i.xdS=
Tal-Karpov 19S5 Wijk
B 1 ) 1 5 . . . . a6
13. tDh4 'ii'd7 14. dxc5 'ii'x d 1 1 5 .
B 1 a) 1 6 . l:[ac 1 l:[a7 17. l:[c2 ( 1 7 . f4? !
l:[fxd 1 .i.xg2 1 6 . tDxg2 tDxc5 1 7 . f3
Too commital 1 7 . . . . l:[dS I S. e3
( 1 7 . b4 tDa6 I S . a3 l:r.fdS 1 9 . tDf4
l:[eS ! Aiming to play e5 . 1 9 . fS But
tDc7= Andersson-Tal 1 988 Reyk
now there is a hole on e5 which the
javik ) ( 1 7. tDe3 l:[fd8 I S . f3 f6 1 9 .
knight can occupy easily. 1 9 . . . .
f2 f7 2 0 . l:[xd8 l:[xd8 2 1 . l:r.d 1
l:[b7 20. l:[c3 tDd7 2 1 . l:[fc 1 tDeS=
l:[xd1 22. tDxd l e6= Spassky-An
Korchnoi-Enders 1 995 Ptuj) 17 . . . .
dersson 1 986 Reggio Emilia) 1 7 . . . .
l:[dS I S. e 3 e 5 1 9 . tD f3 f6 20. g4 !
l:[fd8 1 8 . f2 f6 1 9 . tDe3 e6=
l:[d6 2 1 . l:[fc 1 tDd7 22. l:[c6 ! An
Hodgson-Adams 1 99 1 Hastings
dersson-Robatsch 1 979 Munich
B I b) 16. l:[fc 1 l:[a7 1 7 . l:[c2 l:[dS I S . 13. .. 'ii' d 6
e 3 fS 1 9 . l:[ac 1 eS 20. g 4 ! The
beginning of the squeeze. 20 . . . . h6 Of course the e4 pawn cannot be
2 1 . h4 l:[ad7 22. f4 a5 23. f3 l:[d6 taken, because after tDh4 the game
24. h5 Andersson-Hort 1 975 Nik can be resigned.
sic
14. d5
B2) 1 5 . . . . tDa6 1 6. l:[fd 1 l:[fcS 17.
l:[ac 1 f6 ( 1 7 . . . . l:[xc 1 I S . l:[xc 1 14. e5 "'d8 I S . l:[c 1 l:[c8 16. a3 cxd4
l:[dS 1 9 . l:[c4 ! l:[d7 20. b4;!; Pribyl,J 17. 'it'xd4 .i.xf3 I S . 'ii'x d8 l:[fxd8 1 9 .
Valenta 1 996 Lazne Bohdanec) I S . .i.xf3 tDcs Mestel-Chekhov 1 975
tDb5 Tjentiste
B2a) I S . . . . tDcS? 1 9 . b4 ! tDe6 ( 1 9 . . . .
14. ... e6
tDa6 20. a3+-) 20. l:[xcS l:[xcS 2 1 .
15. tDd2 exd5
tDxa7 l:[c2 22. a4 l:[xe2 23. tDcS+
16. tDc4 'ii'f6
Smyslov-Castro 1 976 Biel
17. e5! ? 'ii'e 6
B2b) I S . . . . l:txc 1 1 9 . l:[xc 1 tDc5 20. 18. f4 f5
b4;!; Smyslov 19. tDd6 .i.c6co
B3) 15 . . . . l:[cs 16. l:[ac 1 tDd7 17.
l:[fd 1 tDf6 ( 1 7 . . . . tDc5 ? I S . b4 tDa4 Smyslov-Webb 1 977 Hastings
1 9 . tDb5 ! l:[xc 1 20. l:[xc 1 as 2 1 . a3
l:[dS 22. l:[c7 Smyslov-Benko 1. c4 c5 2. tDf3 tDf6 3. g3 b6 4 .i.g2

1 967 Monte Carlo) I S. tDb5 ( I S . e3 .i.b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. b3 .i.g7


a6 1 9 . a4 tDe4= Tal-Savon 1 973 7. .i.b2 0-0 8. tDc3
USSR) IS . . . . l:[xc 1 19. l:[xc 1 a6 20. (3 .3)
tDd4 l:[dS 2 1 . e3 l:[d7 22. l:[c6 l:tb7;!;
Palkovi 8. ... d6
1 18 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

gentina) 10 . . . . lLJxc3 1 l . xc3 cxd4


1 2 . lLJxd4 xg2 1 3 . <;t>xg2 'ilid7 1 4 .
e4;!; Liebert-Pytel 1 972 Skopje
9 . ... lLJbd7 10. 'ilid2 a6 1 l . J::[fd 1
lLJe4 1 2 . lLJxe4 xe4 l 3 . lLJe 1 xg2
14. lLJxg2 bS ! = Trifunovic-Boleslav
sky 1 9S8 Yugoslavia-USSR
10. lLJxd4
10. xd4 See: 7. d4 cxd4 8. 'ilixd4
d6 9. b3 0-0 10. b2

Not in a hurry to clarify the position, 10. ... .txg2


Black develops nonnally before tak 1 1. xg2 c8
ing any action in the center. This The Black queen hurries to b7 to con
move holds for more lasting than 8 . . . . troll the h 1-a8 diagonal .
dS .
1 1 . .. d5
.

(3.3.1) A) 1 2 . e3? ! dxc4 ( 1 2 . . . . eS ! + Palkovi)


9. d4 l 3 . 'ilif3 lLJa6 14. lLJc6 'i'd7 l S . lLJeS
'ilie6 16. lLJxc4 lLJc7 1 7 . J::[ fd 1 J::[fd8
Other possibilities: 1 8 . J::[ ae l lLJfdS= Slipak-Saldano
9. c 2 a6 10. Itad 1 lLJbd7 1 l . d3 1 995 Buenos Aires
'ilic7 1 2 . e4 e6 1 3 . d4 cxd4 14. lLJxd4 B) 1 2 . cxdS lLJxdS
Itac8 I S . 'ilib 1 'ilib8 16. lLJc2 J::[fd8 17.
B 1 ) 1 3. e3 lLJxc3 1 4. xc3 'i'dSt=
lLJe3 lLJcS Guevara-Atlas Moscow
1 994 B2) 1 3 . lLJdbS lLJxc3 1 4. 'i'xd8 ( 1 4.
xc3 xc3 I S . lLJxc3 lLJc6= Szily
9. J::[ c 1 lLJbd7 10. d3 a6 1 l . e4 bS ! 1 2 .
Golombek 1 9S2 Budapest) 14 . . . .
'ilie2 ( 1 2 . cxbS axbS l 3 . lLJxbS
J::[ xd8 I S . .txc3 xc3 1 6 . lLJxc3
J::[ xa2) 12 . . . . bxc4 1 3 . bxc4 J::[b 8 14.
lLJc6= Alburt-Polugaevsky 1 974
a 1 e6 I S . J::[b 1 c6 16. lLJd2 J::[ xb 1
USSR
1 7 . J::[ xb 1 'ilic7= Smejkal-Sunye 1 994
Moscow B3) l 3 . J::[ e l ! ? Yusupov
1 1 . ... ..wd7 ! ? 1 2 . e3 ( 1 2 . e4 'i'b7 See:
9. ... c xd4
1 l . . . . 'ilic8) 1 2 . . . . 'i'b7t l 3 . 'ilif3
9 . ... lLJe4 Black starts exchanging 'ilixf3t 14. <;t>xf3 J::[ c 8 I S . J::[ ac 1
immediately, after which White can lLJbd7= Georges-Atlas 1 99 1 FL-op.
get a better position. 10. J::[e l ( 1 0 .
12. e4 !
'ilid3 lLJxc3 1 l . xc3 cxd4 1 2 . lLJxd4
'ilic8 l 3 . lLJbS xg2 14. <ot>xg2 'ilib7t 12. J::[ c 1 'i'b7t 1 3 . <ot>g l lLJbd7 1 4 .
I S . 'ilif3 'ilixf3t 16. <;t>xf3 xc3 1 7 . 'ilid3 ? ! (0 14. 'ilid2= Palkovi) 1 4 . . . .
lLJxc3 lLJc6= Fiorito-Slipak 1995 Ar- a6 I S . J::[fd 1 lLJeS 1 6 . 'ilib 1 h6 1 7 . e3
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 1 19

.l:tac8 1 8 . Sl.a 1 bS ! 1' Murugan-Chand 9. e3


ler 1 99 1 London
12. e3 ttJbd7 1 3 . l:tc 1 a6 14. h3 e6
I S . l:tc2 l:te8 16. h2 l:tb8 Niel
sen,U-Ward 1 995 Hillerod Politiken
12. ... 'iVb7
13. l:tel
13. ttJd5? ttJxe4 14. 'iff3 fS+ Yusu
pov
13. f3 ttJbd7 14. 'ii'd2 a6 I S . l:tac 1
ac8 1 6 . l:tfd1 l:tcS ? An unnecessary
excursion. (0 1 6 . . . . l:tfe8 Palkovi) 17.
ttJdS White gains tempi for the attack.
17 . . . . l:te8 1 8. b4 l:tcc8 1 9 . ttJb3 e6 9. ... ttJbd7
20. ttJxf6t ttJxf6 2 1 . 'ii'e2 ! Wells 10. d4
Karason 1 994 Kopavogur 10. 'iVe2 ttJe4 ! ? ( 1 0 . . . . e6 1 1 . d4 See:
13. ... ttJbd7 10. d4) 1 1 . d4 ttJxc3 12. Sl.xc3 cxd4
14. 'iVf3 l:tfeS 1 3 . exd4 a6 14. l:tac 1 e6 I S . l:tfd 1 =
15. l:tadl a6 Dzindzichasvili-Rohde 1 992 Philad
elphia
15 . ... l:tabS ! ? Palkovi
10 . ... e6
16. e5 !
It worth playing e6 so that White can
A typical forge ahead, after which the
not play dS gaining an advantage.
weakness of the black pawns and the
control of the d-file secure the ad 10 . ... cxd4 1 1 . exd4 l:tb8? ! (0 1 1 . .. .
vantage for White. e6) 1 2 . l:te 1 ( 1 2 . dS ! Palkovi) 1 2 . . . .

l:te8 ( 1 2 . . . . e6) 1 3. dS ! Now Black


16. ... 'iVxf3t has to play in a cramped, passi ve po
17. ttJxf3 dxe5 sition. 1 3 . . . . ttJf8 14. 'ii'd2 e6 I S .
IS. ttJxe5 ttJxe5 ttJd4 ! Let's g o to c6 ! I S . . . . exdS 1 6 .
19. l:txe5 e6 cxdS a 6 17. ttJc6 .txc6 1 8 . dxc6
20. l:te2;!;; Rodriguez,Am-Turner 1 990 Pinar del
Yusupov-Benjamin 1 988 Thessalo Rio
niki
1 1 . 'iVe2 a6
12. e4
1 . c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. b3 g7 12. l:tfdl
7. b2 0-0 S. ttJc3 d6
A) 1 2 . . . . cxd4? ! It is too early to open
(3.3.2) the position. 1 3 . l:txd4 dS 14. l:tad 1
1 20 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

A I ) 14 . . . . 'itb8? 1 5 . cxd5 ttJxd5 16. Polugaevsky-Andersson,U 1 974 Las


ttJxd5 i.xd5 17. e4 ! i.xd4 1 8 . 1::txd4 Palmas
i.c6 1 9 . 'i'd2 ! If the queen stood on
c7, the d7 knight would not be hang 1. e4 e5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
ing, and after e5 Black could stop i.b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. b3 i.g7
the attack. But now the attack breaks 7. i.b2 0-0 S. ttJe3
through. 1 9 . . . . 'i'b7 ( 1 9 . . . . %ld8 20. (3.4)
%ld6 ! 'itb7 2 1 . 'i'c3+-) 20. %ld6 ! e5
(20 . . . . %lac8 2 1 . 'i'h6 f6 22. h3 s. ... ttJa6
ttJc5 23. b4 Cebalo) 2 1 . 'i'c3 f6
(2 1 . . . . %lac8 22 . ttJxe5 ttJxe5 23.
'i'xe5 f6 24. %lxf6 %lxf6 25. 'i'xf6+
Cebalo) 22. 'i'c4t g7 23. 'i'xc6
Andersson, U -Adorjan 1987 Szirak
A2) 0 1 4 . . . . 'fic7 1 5 . cxd5 ttJxd5 16.
ttJxd5 i.xd5 17. %lh4 i.xb2 1 8 .
'fixb2 i.xf3 19. i.xf3 l:rad8;\; Ce
balo
B) 12 . . . . 'i'c7
B l ) 1 3 . %lac l %lac8 14. ttJe l ( 1 4. e4 ! ?)
14 . . . . cxd4 1 5 . exd4 l:rfe8 16. ttJe4
The most commonly played move.
ttJxe4 17. i.xe4 ttJf6= Gheorghiu
Black does not block the way of the
Anderssen 1 974 Nice b7 bishop, and after d4, if opportunity
B2) 1 3 . %ld2 arises, Black can take back on c5 with
B2a) 1 3 . . . . %lad8 14. %lad l l:rfe8 1 5 . the knight.
ttJe l ( 1 5 . e 4 cxd4 1 6. ttJxd4 'itb8=) (3.4.1)
15 . . . . cxd4 1 6. %lxd4 ttJc5= Toran
Andersson 1 974 Nice 9. %leI
B2b) 1 3. . . . %lfd8 14. %lad l %lac8 1 5 . White does not commit himself in the
e 4 cxd4 16. ttJxd4 i.h6 ! = Keene battle for the center. Instead, he waits
Ornstein 1 975 Dortmund for Black's reply. Other possibilities:
12. ... %leS 9. d3
13. %lfdl 'ike7 A) 9 . . . . e6
14. %lac1 l:tadS A I ) 10. e4 d6? ! ( 1 0 . . . . d5 ! ? Palkovi)
15. 'iie2 exd4 1 1 . 'i'e2 ttJc7 1 2 . d4 ! Now White
16. ttJxd4 'ikbS has gone into another set-up, mak
17. %leI 'ikaS ing the Black knight a bit awkward
IS. l:tedl ttJe5= on c7. 12 . . . . ttJd7 1 3 . %lfd l 'i'e7
CHAPTER 4 5 . . . . g6 121

14 . .l:td2 .l:tfd8 1 5 . :ad 1 Szabo %lad 1 li:Je4 ! 1 6. 'iWc2 l:tac8+ Gore


Ljubojevic 1 973 Hilversum lov-Vaganian 1 982 USSR
A2) lO. e3 d5 1 1 . 'iVe2 'iVe7 12. :ad 1 9. e3 Preparing d4. 9 . . . . d5 (9 . . . . e6
Now White is playing the Hedgehog lO. d4 d5 See: 9. d4 d5) lO. li:Jxd5
set-up. 1 2 . . . . .l:tfd8 1 3 . .l:td2 li:Jc7 14. (o lO. d4 e6 See: 9. d4 d5) lO . . . .
'iVd 1 :tab8 1 5 . 'iVa I a6= Blatny li:Jxd5 1 1 . .txg7 xg7 1 2 . cxd5
Kengis 1 994 Tilburg 'iWxd5 ( 1 2 . . . . .txd5 ! ? 1 3 . d4 .te4 14.
B) 9 . . . . li:Jc7? ! l O. e4 ! :tb8 1 1 . :te l d6 'iWe2 'iWc7 1 5 . .l:tfd 1 'iVb7 1 6. ltJe 1
.txg2 1 7 . li:Jxg2 .l:tfd8= Landenber
1 2 . d4 cxd4 1 3 . li:Jxd4 a6 14. 'iVd2
gue-Klinger 1 989 Bern) 1 3 . d4 :tfd8
.ta8 Aiming to play b5. 15. a4;!;
14. li:Je 1 'iWd7 1 5 . .txb7 'iVxb7 1 6 .
Rogers-Adianto 1 99 1 San Francisco
'iWf3 'iVd7 17. 'iVe2= Toran-Ljubo
C) 9 . . . . d5 ! This equalizes for sure. jevic 1 974 Nice
lO. li:Jxd5 li:Jxd5 1 1 . .txg7 xg7
9. 'ii'b l d5 lO. li:Jxd5 li:Jxd5 1 1 . .txg7
12. cxd5 'iVxd5 1 3 . 11M2 ( 1 3 . 'iVc2
xg7 1 2 . cxd5 'iWxd5 1 3 . 'iVb2t f6 14.
'iVd6 14. 'iVb2t 'iVf6 1 5 . 'iVxf6t
li:Je 1 'ii'd7 1 5 . .txb7 'iVxb7= Mohr,G
xf6 1 6 . .l:tfc 1 :tfd8 17. a3 .l:tac8= Cebalo 1 994 Maribor
Hartoch-Ekstrom 1 988 Berlin) 13 .
. . . f6 14. d4 cxd4 1 5 . 'iVxd4 .l:tfd8=
Panchenko-Vaganian 1 988 USSR
9. l:tel ? ! This move does not make
much sense in this position.
A) 9 . . . . d5 ! ? l O. li:Jxd5 li:Jxd5 1 1 .
.txg7 xg7 1 2 . cxd5 'iVxd5 1 3 . d4
cxd4 14. li:Jh4 ( 1 4. 'iVxd4t 'iVxd4 1 5 .
li:Jxd4 .txg2 1 6. xg2=) 1 4 . . . . 'iVd7
1 5 . .txb7 'iVxb7 16. 'iVxd4t g8
17 . .l:tad 1 .l:tac8 18 . .l:td2 li:Jc5 19.
li:Jf3 li:Je6 ! 20. 'iVd7 .l:tc7 2 1 . 'iWa4
.l:tfc8= Panchenko,AN-Schneider,A
9. ... dS
1 99 1 Budapest
B) 9 . . . . e6 l O. d4 ( l O. a3 d5 1 1 . cxd5 9 . ... d6? ! This plan does not go well
exd5 1 2 . d4 'iVe7 1 3 . e3 li:Je4 14. with the li:Ja6 set-up. 10. d4 'iVd7 1 1 .
':c 1 .l:tfd8 1 5 . .l:tc2 li:Jc7 16. dxc5 e3 .l:tad8 1 2 . 'iWe2 'iVc8 1 3 . .l:tfd1 'iWa8
li:Jxc3 1 7 . i.. xc3 .txc3 1 8 . .l:txc3 14. d5 ! li:Jc7 15 . .l:te l b5 1 6 . e4;!;
bxc5+ Nej-Vaganian 1 983 Tallin) Gheorghiu - Ljubojevic Las Palmas
1 973
lO . . . . d5 1 1 . cxd5 exd5 12. e3 'iWe7
It is a similar position to the 9. d4 9. ... e6 This leads to more lasting
d5 lO. e3 e6 variation, but the rook play than 9 . . . . d5 .
does not have much to do on e 1 . A) l O . .ta l ? ! A loss of tempo. 1 0 . . . .
1 3 . li:Je5 .l:tfd8 1 4 . 'iWe2 li:Jc7 1 5 . d5 1 1 . cxd5 exd5 1 2 . d 4 'iVe7 1 3 . e3
1 22 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

.l:tfd8 Cehov-Kengis 1 982 Jaros 14 . ... xdl


lavl
14 . ... tDxcS 1 5. c2 ! ( 1 5 . 'ti'xd5
B) 1 0. 'ti'c2 'ti'e7 1 1 . 'iWb 1 ? ! (0 1 1 . e3
xdS 1 6 . .l:tfd 1 c3;f6 17. tDd4 xg2
d5 1 2 . d4 Palkovi) 1 1 . . . . d5 1 2 .
1 8 . c3;xg2 .l:td7 Tempone-Leko 1 994
cxd5 exd5 1 3 . d4 tDe4 14. dxc5 d4 !
Argentina) 15 . . . . 'ti'f5 Ruining the
1 5 . tDxe4 ii.xe4 16. 'ti'a 1 bxc5 17.
e3 tDb4 ! t Hauchard-Miralles 1 993 pawn structure, but this doesn 't mean
FRA-chT. much in the coming endgame.
A) 1 6. b4 tDe6 1 7 . 'ti'c3 t 'ii'f6? ! (0 1 7 .
C) 1 0. d4 d5 See: 9. d4 d5( 1O . . . .
'iVe7 ? ! 1 1 . d5 ! This move did not . . . f6 ! = Palkovi, taking the e 5 square
work earlier because the un away from the white knight.) 1 8 .
defended bishop on b2 would have 'ti'e3 .l:tac8 1 9. tDe5 j,xg2 20.
allowed Black to win a pawn. Now c3;xg2 Csom-Roeder,M 1 990 Bu
the 1 1 . . . . exd5 1 2 . cxd5 tDxd5 com dapest
bination does not work because of
the position of the black queen. 1 1 . B) 1 6. 'ti'xf5 gxf5 17 . .l:tfd l tDe6 1 8 .
. . . d6 1 2 . tDe l exd5 1 3 . cxd5 tDc7 tDe5 xg2 1 9 . c3;xg2 .l:txd 1 2 0.
14. a4 .l:tfe8 1 5 . 'ti'd2 'ti'd7 16. e4 .!:txd 1 .!:td8 2 1 . .!:txd8 tDxd8 White
Cramling,D-Csom 1 986 Biel) has theoritical advantage in the end
D) 10 . .l:te 1 d5 1 1 . cxdS exd5 1 2 . d4 game because of Black's disrupted
'fie7 1 3 . e3 .l:tfd8 1 4 . tDe5 tDb4 ! ? pawn structure. However, 'with cor
( 1 4 . . . . .l:tac8) 1 5 . a 3 tDc6 1 6 . tDxc6 rect play by Black, the advantage
j,xc6 17. 'iVc2 .l:tac8 Csom-Milov cannot be realized. 22. c3;f3 f6 23.
V. 1 993 Budapest tDd3 tDc6 24. e4 fxe4t 25. c3;xe4 e6
9 . ... l:tcS 10. 'ti'c2 d5 1 1 . tDxd5 tDxd5 Andersson-Adams 1 989 Cannes
1 2 . j,xg7 c3;xg7 1 3 . cxd5= Nepornn i
shay - Solozhenkin 1 995 St. Peters IS. l:tfxdl tDxcs
burg 16. tDeS j,xg2
17. xg2 l:xdl
10. tDxdS tDxdS
11. j,xg7 xg7 IS . .l:txdl .l:tcS
12. cxdS xdS 19 . .l:.c1 .l:tdS=
13. d4 l:fdS
Smejkal-Stohl 1 995 Czechoslovakia
13 . ... cxd4? !14. 'ti'xd4t 'iVxd4 1 5 .
tDxd4 j,xg2 16. c3;xg2 Zaitsev,V 1. c4 cS 2. tDf3 tDf6 3. g3 b6 4. j,g2
Mikhailov, V 1 995 Kemerovo j,b7 S. 0-0 g6 6. b3 j,g7 7. j,b2
0-0 S. tDc3 tDa6
14. dxcS
(3.4.2)
14. e4? ! 'ti'd6 1 5 . e5 'ti'd7 1 6 . dxc5
tDxc5+ Palkovi 9. d4
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 123

'ilb7 14. f3 d6 I S . 'it'd2 a6 16. :ac 1


:fe8= Sunye Neto-Larsen 1 982
Las Palmas
B) 10. 'it'xd4 ! ltJe4 ( 1 0 . . . . ltJcS 1 1 .
:fd l d6 1 2 . :ac l a6 1 3. ltJdS bS
14. 'it'h4;!; Bruk-Mashian 1 994 Is
rael) 1 1 . 'tie3 ltJxc3 1 2 . .txc3
.txc3 1 3 . ihc3 dS 14. cxdS 'tixdS
I S . :fd l :ac8 1 6. :xdS :xc3 17.
:d7 :c7 1 8 . :xc7 ltJxc7 1 9 . :d l ! ;!;
Andersson-Ivanchuk 1 990 Tilburg

9 . ... d5
9 . ... e6 This move usually leads to
the main variation. 10. dxcS (0 10. e3
) ( 1 0. dS ? exdS 1 1 . cxdS ltJxdS+)
A) 10 . . . . ltJxcs 1 1 . b4 ! ( 1 1 . 'it'c2 'it'e7
1 2 . :fd l :fd8 1 3 . :ac l :ac8 14.
e3= Kosic-Pavlovic 1 993 Pod
gorica) 1 1 . . . . ltJce4 1 2 . ltJxe4 .txe4
1 3 . .teS dS 14. :c l ;!; Smejkal
Savon 1 974 Halle
B) 10 . . . . bxcS ! 1 1 . :c l 'it'e7 1 2 .
:e l ? ! (0 1 2 . e 3 Palkovi) 1 2 . . . . (3.4.2. 1)
:fd8 1 3 . ltJeS dS ! 1 4 . 'it'c2 d4 I S . 10. e3
ltJa4 .txg2 16. 'it>xg2 'ilb7t 17. f3 White secures the d4 pawn and
hS ! + Vokac-Ftacnik 1 984 Czechos makes space for the queen on e2 .
lovakia Other possibilities:
9 . ... cxd4 10. cxd5? ! Releasing the pressure in
the center too early. Black can now
A) 10. ltJxd4 After this Black can ex
reach a good position. 1 0. . . . ltJxdS
change the bishops and will not
( 1 0 . . . . cxd4 ! ? Miles)
have any problems. 1 0 . . . . .txg2 1 1 .
'it>xg2 ttJcS ( 1 1 . . . . 'iVc8 ? ! 1 2 . e4 A) 1 1 . e3 ltJxc3 12 . .txc3 :c8 ( 1 2 . . . .
'iVb7 1 3 . f3 d6 14. 'iVe2;!; Smyslov ltJc7 ! Kasparov) 1 3 . 'tie2 cxd4 1 4 .
Weinstein 1 976 Lone Pine. Com .txd4 i.. xd4 I S . ltJxd4 .txg2 16.
pared to the usual set-up, the black 'it>xg2 'tidSt= Timman-Larsen 1 978
knight is on a6 instead of d7. This Bugojno
is to White's advantage.) 1 2 . :e l
( 1 2 . f3 ! ? Palkovi) ( 1 2 . :c l 'fib8 1 3 . B) 1 1 . ltJxdS
f3 hS ! ? 1 4 . 'it'd2 'it>h7 I S . b4 ltJb7 B l ) 1 1 . . . . 'it'xdS 1 2 . e4 ! ( 1 2 . ltJh4
16. e3 .th6o Ivkov-Larsen 1 979 'it'd7 1 3 . dxcS 'it'xd l 14. :fxd l
Buenos Aires ) 12 . . . . 'it'c7 1 3 . e4 .txb2 IS . .txb7 ltJxcs 1 6 . .txa8
1 24 S . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

j"xa 1 1 7 . 1::txa 1 l:baS I S . l:td 1 as 10 . . . . e6 ( 1 0 . . . . cxd4? 1 1 . 'ii'xd4 .!i)b4


19 . .!i)f3 a4 20. bxa4 l:txa4= An 1 2 . l:tadl .!i)d7 1 3 . f4 Bagirov)
dersson-Kasparov 1 9S5 Belgrade) A) 1 1 . e3 See: 1 0. e3
B 1 a) 12 . . . . 'ii'dS ! ? 1 3 . eS ( 1 3 . .!i)eS
B) 1 1 . dxcS
cxd4 14. j"xd4 .!i)cS) 13 . . . . cxd4
14. j"xd4 'ii'd7 Palkovi B l ) 1 1 . . . . bxcS ? ! An eternal question
in these positions, when the "hang
B I b) 12 . . . . 'ii'd7 1 3 . .!i)eS j"xeS 14.
dxeS 1Wxd l I S . l:tfxd l l:tfdS 1 6. a3! ing" pawns are good and when they
Granda Zuniga-Miles 19S7 Zagreb are not. It quickly becomes clear,
that it is bad for Black to take back
B2) 1 1 . . . . j"xdS ! 1 2 . e3 'ii'c7 ! 1 3 . with the pawn because White can
'ii'e2 'ii'b7 1 4 . l:r.fd l l:r.fdS ( 1 4 . . . .
line up quickly against cS . 1 2 . cxdS
l:tadS I S . l:td2 cxd4 ! ? 1 6. j"xd4 eS
exdS 13 . .!i)d3 ! Let's hit the cS
17. j"b2 j"e4=l= Gausel-Wojtkiewicz
1 992 Manila) I S . l:tac l l:tacS 16. h4 pawn ! 13 . . . . 1We7 1 4 . .!i)a4 l:tacS I S .
( 1 6. dxcS j"xb2 17. 'ii'xb2 .!i)xcS=l= l:tc 1 l:tfdS 1 6. j"a3 .!i)e4 17. 'ii'e l
Rodriguez,Am.) 16 . . . . hS 17. h2 B l a) 1 7 . . . . j"h6 I S . l:tc2 l:tc6 ( 1 S . . . .
.i.e4=l= Rivas Pastor-Rodriguez. Am. l:teS? 1 9. 'ii'aS j"fS 20. e3 Anders
19S5 La Habana son-Vaganian 1983 Tilburg) 1 9 .
10. dxc5 This exchange does not 'ii'aS l:tdcS 20. h l ! ! followed by
give an advantage to White either 10 . f3, Bagirov(20. .!i)c3 ? .!i)xc3 2 1 .
. . . .!i)xcs 1 1 . .!i)xdS ( 1 1 . .!i)d2? Yield 'ii'xc3 .!i)b4+ And it is not easy to
ing the center for Black. 1 1 . . . . d4 1 2 . see where the c2 rook goes, Tajma
.!i)bS j"xg2 1 3 . xg2 e S 14 . .!i)f3 a6 nov-Tal 1 9S3 Moscow)
I S . .!i)a3 1We7+ Poulsson-Spasov
1 975 Sandefjord) 1 1 . . . . .!i)xdS 1 2 . B I b) 17 . . . . d4? Now the h I -aS diag
.i.xg7 xg7 1 3 . cxdS 'ii'xdS 1 4 . onal opens making a combination
'ii'xdS ( 1 4. 'ii'c2 'ii'd6= Kasparov) 1 4 . possible. 1 8 . .!i)dxcS ! Andersson
. . . .i.xdS I S . l:tfd l = Pigusov-Epishin Miles 1 9S0 Malta
1 993 Novosibirsk B2) 1 1 . . . . .!i)xcS ! 1 2 . cxdS exdS ( 1 2 .
10 . .!i)e5 . . . .!i)xdS ? ! 1 3 . .!i)xdS .i.xdS 1 4 .
j"xdS 'ii'xdS I S . 'ii'xdS exdS 1 6 .
l:tfd i;l; Black has n o interest in
going into this endgame because he
has no compensation for the dS
weakness.)
B2a) 13. l:tc 1 d4 ! 14. .!i)b l (14 .
.!i)bS?? .i.xg2 I S . xg2 'ii'e S-+
Ftacnik) 14. .. . .i.xg2 I S . xg2
'ii'dSt 16 . .!i)f3 d3 17 . .!i)c3 'ii'd7=
Andersson-Littlewood 1 9 S 1 Hast
ings
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 12S

B2b) 1 3 . lLlbS lLlfe4 14. b4 ( 14. lLld3 ? 10. ... e6


lLlxd3 I S . i.xg7 lLlexf2 ! + Ftacnik)
10 . ... dxc4? ! This only strenghtens
14 . . . . lLle6 ( 1 4 . . . . 'ii'e7 ! ?) I S . lLld3
the opponent's center. 1 1 . bxc4 cxd4
d4 Ftacnik ( 1 1 . . . . lLle4 ! ?) 1 2 . exd4 .l::r. c 8 1 3. 'ii'a4
B2c) 1 3 . lLlf3 'ii'd7 ( 1 3 . . . . .l::r.e 8? ! 14. 'ii'c 7 14 . .l::r.fe l ! e6 The capture on c4
lLlbS And lLlbd4) 1 4 . .l::r.c l .l::r.fe8 I S . would be good for White. I S . i.a3
.l::r.c2 .l::r.ad8 .l::r.fd8 1 6. lLlbS Black has not suc
B2c l ) 16. b4? ! d4 ! 17. lLlxd4 ( 1 7. ceeded in getting play against the
central pawns and is forced to retreat.
bxcS dxc3 18. 'ii'xd7 lLlxd7 19.
16 . . . . 'iib 8 17. lLleS i.xg2 1 8 . xg2
i.xc3 Ftacnik-Speelman Thessa
'iib 7t 1 9 . g l ? ! (0 1 9. f3;!; Palkovi)
loniki 1 9 84 19 . . . . i.xc3 ! 20 . .l::r.xc3 19 . . . . lLle4 ! ? ( 1 9 . . . . lLle8 ? 20. l:.ab l
lLlxcS+ Ftacnik) 17 . . . . i.xg2 1 8 . Lagunov-Wojtkiewicz 1 996 Bern)
xg2 'iib 7t 1 9 . g l lLle6 20. e3 20 . .l::r.xe4 'ii'xe4 2 1 . iha6 i.xeS 22.
lLlgS 2 1 . h4D .l::r.xd4 22. exd4 lLlf3t dxeS 'ii'xeS 23 . .l::r.f l .l::r. xc4 24. i.d6
23. h l = 'ii'dS 2S. a4c Lagunov
B2c2) 16. lLld4 lLlfe4 1 7 . .l::r.e l h S 1 8 . 1 1 . llJeS 'ii'e 7
f3 lLld6 1 9 . e3 Ftacnik 12. 'ii'e2
C) 1 1 . cxdS lLlxdS ! ? ( 1 1 . . . . exdS 1 2 .
12. dxcS lLlxcs 1 3. cxdS exdS 1 4 .
.l::r.c l See: 9 . .l::r.c l ) 1 2 . lLlxdS i.xdS
lLle2 ? White overlooks a tactical
C l ) 1 3 . e4? ! i.b7 14. dS exdS I S . possibility. (0 14. lLlf3 Palkovi) 14.
exdS lLlb4 1 6. lLlc6 ( 1 6. d 6 i.xg2 ... lLlg4 IS. lLld3? lLlxe3 ! -+ Schnei
17. xg2 .l::r.e 8 1 8 . lLlc4 i.xb2 1 9 . der,A-Palkovi 1 990 Stara Zagora
lLlxb2 .l::r.e4 ! +) 1 6 . . . . i.xc6 17. 12. cxdS exdS 1 3 . 'ii'e 2 .l::r.fd8 14.
i.xg7 xg7 18. dxc6 'ii'c 7+ Pal .l::r.ac l ( 1 4 . f4 ! ? Securing the eS knight.
kovi 14 . . . . lLlc7 IS . .l::r.fdl lLle6 1 6. dxcS
C2) 1 3 . dxcS i.xg2 14. 'ittx g2 lLlxcS= lLlxcs 17. .l::r. ac 1 as 1 8. .l::r.c 2 lLlfe4
Andersson-Miles 1 980 Skara Vukic-Spragett 1 989 Palma,GMA
op) 14 . . . . lLlc7 IS . .l::r.fdl ( 1 S . lLlbS ! ?
lLle4 16. lLlxc7 'ii'xc7 17. b4 'ii'e7 ! 1 8 .
bxcS bxcS= Ftacnik)
A) IS . . . . lLle4 ! 16. 'ii'c2 ( 1 6. lLlxe4
dxe4 17. lLlc4 lLle6 1 8 . dxcs lLlxcs+)
16 . . . . .l::r.a c8 ! ? This leads to compli
cations, where Black's chances are
not worse. 17. lLlxe4 ( 1 7 . 'ii'b l f6 1 8 .
lLlf3 lLle6t Ftacnik) 1 7 . . . . dxe4 1 8 .
i.xe4 i.xe4 1 9 . 'ii'xe4 f6 20. dxcS
fxeS 2 1 . cxb6 axb6 22. 'ii'b 7 ! .l::r. x dl t
23. l:.xdl .l::r.d 8 24 . .l::r.x d8t 'ii'x d8 2S.
1 26 5 . . . . g6 CHAPTER 4

'iVxb6ao Ivkov-Ftacnik 1 985 Mos 10 . ... e6


cow
10 . ... l:tcS! ? 1 1 . dxc5 ttJxc5 1 2 .
B) 1 5 . . . . h5 ! ? This move is double ttJxd5 This simplification does not
edged. 16. i.. a 3 ttJe4 17. ttJxe4 dxe4 give anything for White. 1 2 . . . . ttJxd5
1 8 . ttJc4 ttJb5 1 9. dxc5 .l:[xd l t 20. 1 3. i.. xg7 xg7 14. cxd5 'iVxd5 15 .
.l:[xd l ttJxa3 2 1 . ttJxa3 'iVxc5 22. 'iVxd5 i.. xd5 1 6 . .l:[fd l e6= Polugaev
ttJc4 i.. d5 23. ttJd6 ! f5 24. 'iib 5 sky-Savon 1 973 Moscow
'ilVxb5 25. ttJxb5 i.. c6 26. iofl
i.. e 5= Cebalo-Kudrin 1 987 Palma 1 1 . cxd5
de Mallorca,GMA-op. 1 1 . e3 'iVe7 1 2 . 'iVe2 .l:[fd8 13 . .l:[fd l
ttJe4 ! 14. dxc5 ( 1 4 . ttJe5 ! ?) 1 4 . . . .
12. ... dxc4 ! ?
ttJaxc5 1 5 . cxd5 i.. xc3 ! Black does
.l:[fd8 i s good too,with mutual chances. not have to accept the d5 weakness .
1 6. i.xc3 ttJxc3 17. .l:[xc3 i.. xd5+
13. bxc4 .l:[acS Andersson-Vaganian 1 985 Biel
14. a4 i.xg2
15. xg2 ttJb4 1 1 . ... exd5
16. as 'iY'b7+ 11 . ... ttJxd5! ? 1 2 . ttJa4 ! ( 1 2 . ttJxd5
17. gl ttJe4 A simple move. 12 . . . . i.. xd5 1 3 . i.c3
IS. axb6 ttJxc3 cxd4 14. ttJxd4 i.. xg2 1 5 . xg2
19. i.xc3 axb6= 'iVd5t= Umanskaya-Grosar 1 993 Ka
terini-GP) 12 . . . . .l:[c8 1 3 . 'iVd2 ttJdb4 !
Andersson-Polugaevsky 1 985 Biel
14. a3 ttJa2 ! A strange knight ma
neuver, but the best move in the cur
1. c4 c5 2. ttJf3 ttJf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2
rent position. 1 5 . .l:[c2 i.d5 ! ao Anders
i.b7 5. 0-0 g6 6. b3 i.g7 7. J.b2
son-Speelman 1 988 Reykjavik
0-0 S. ttJc3 ttJa6 9. d4 d5
12. dxc5
(3.4.2.2)
12. ttJe5 'iVe7 1 3 . ttJd3 ! ? cxd4 ! ? ( 1 3 .
10 .l:[c1

. . . ttJe4 ! ? Palkovi) 1 4 . ttJb5 'iVd7 1 5 .
a4 ! ttJe4 1 6. i.. xd4 i.xd4 1 7 . ttJxd4
.l:[fe8 1 8 . b4t The white pieces stand
optimally, and Black hasn 't got
enough compensation for the d5
weakness, Andersson-Rodriguez,Am
1 985 Biel
12. ... ttJxc5!
12 . ... bxc5? ! After this recapture
White can line up quickly against the
weak pawns. 1 3 . ttJa4 'iVe7 14. i.a3
.l:[ac8 1 5 . ttJe l .l:[fd8 16. ttJd3 ttJe4 1 7 .
CHAPTER 4 S . . . . g6 1 27

'i'e l ! ..Ith6 ( 1 7 . . . . d4? 1 8 . tUdxcS) tUe4= Tajmanov-Kudrin 1 984 Tito


1 8 . l:tc2 l:tc6 ( 1 8 . . . . l:te8? 1 9 . 'i'aS grad
..Itf8 20. e3 Black is forced to a
passive defence, Andersson-Vaga 15. l:tc2
nian 1 983 Tilburg) 1 9 . 'i'aS l:tdc8
A typical maneuver: Gives the queen
Tajmanov-Tal 1 983 Moscow 20.
way on the 1st rank, and if opportu
h l ! ;;!;; With the plan of f3, Tal
nuty arises, doubles on the d- or c
13. tUbS files.
White puts the knight to d4, before 15 . ... as
Black prevents it. 16. 'ifb1 l:tfe8
13. tUd4 'i'd7 14. 'i'c2 l:tac8 I S . 17. a1 .lta6
l:tfd l a 6 16. e 3 l:tfd8 Panchenko,A 18. l:td 1 l:tac8
Goldin 1 994 USSR 19. a3 e7
13. ... d7 20 . .lth3 l:tc7
14. tUbd4 tUfe4
Both players lined up the army, for
14 . ... l:tfe8 I S . l:tc2 as 16. a3 ..Ita6 the weak dS pawn Black has enough
1 7 . b4 axb4 1 8 . axb4 tUa4 19. a l activity, Csom-Stempin 1 985 Prague
Table of contents

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Notations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
CHAPTER 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1 . c4 c5 2. lDf3 lDf6 3 . g3 b6 4. i.g2 i.b7 5 . 0--0 e6 (6. lDc3)
(1) 6 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
(2) 6 . . . . a6 ! ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0
(2.1) 7. d4 cxd4 8 . 'ii'xd4 d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0
(2. 1 . 1) 9. i.e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
(2.1.2) 9. i.g5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2
(2. 1 .3) 9. l:d 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3
(2.2) 7 . l:e 1 (d6 8. e4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 5
(2.2. 1) 8 . . . . lDbd7 ? ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 5
(2.2.2) 8 . . i.e7 9. d4 cxd4 1 0 . lDxd4 'ii'c7 . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 6
. .

(2.2.2.1) 1 1 . i.e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 6
(2.2.2. 1 1) 1 1 . . . . lDbd7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
(2.2.2.12) 1 1 . . . 0--0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
(2.2.2.2) 1 1 . b3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1
(3) 6 . . . . lDc6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
(3.1) 7. d4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
(3.2) 7. e4 ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
CHAPTER 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
1 . c4 c5 2. lDf3 lDf6 3. g3 b6 4. i.g2 i.b7 5. 0--0 e6 6. lDc3 i.e7
(1) 7. l:e 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
(1.1) 7 . . . . lDe4 ! ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
(1.2) 7 . . . . d5 ! ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
(2) 7. b3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
(2.1) 7 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1
(2.2) 7 . . 0--0 8. i.b2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
..

(2.2.1) 8 . . . . a6 (9. d4 cxd4 10. lDxd4 i.xg2 1 1 . xg2 'ii'c7) . . . 32


(2.2.1.1) 1 2 . e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
(2.2.1.2) 1 2 . e4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
(2.2.2) 8 . . . . d6 9. e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
CHAPTER 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
1 . e4 e5 2. lOf3 lOf6 3. g3 b6 4. g2
b7 5. 0-0 e6 6. lOe3 e7 7. d4 (exd4)
(1) 8. lOxd4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
(2) 8 . 1i'xd4! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
(2.1) 8 . . . . lOe6 (9. 1i'f4 0-0 1 0 . .:td l 1i'b8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
(2.1.1) 1 1 . 1i'xb8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
(2.1.2) 1 1 . b3 ! (:d8 1 2 . b2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
(2.1.2.1) 12 . . . . 1i'xf4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
(2.1.2.2) 12 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
(2.2) 8 . . . . O-O ! ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
(2.3) 8 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
(2.3.1) 9. g5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
(2.3.1.1) 9 . . . . lObd7? ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
(2.3.1.2) 9 . . O-O?! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
(2.3. 1.3) 9 . . . a6 ! ( 10. xf6 xf6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
.

(2.3.1.31) 1 1 . 1i'd3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
(2.3.1.32) 1 1 . 1i'f4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
(2.3.1.321) 1 1 . . . . xf3 ! ? . . . . . . . . 49
(2.3.1.322) 1 1 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1
(2.3.2) 9 . e4 (a6 10. 'ii'e 3 0-0 1 1 . lOd4 1i'e7
1 2 . b3 lObd7 1 3 . b2 :fe8 ! ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
(2.3.2.1) 14. h l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
(2.3.2.2) 14. ltfe 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
(2.3.2.3) 14 . .:tfd 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
(2.3.3) 9. b3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
(2.3.3.1) 9 . lObd7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
. ..

(2.3.3.2) 9 . . 0-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 9
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(2.3.3.3) 9 . ... a6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
(2.3.3.31) 1 0. a3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
(2.3.3.32) 10. b2 (lObd7 1 1 . :fd l 0-0) . . . . . 6 1
(2.3.3.321) 1 2 . lOe l . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
(2.3.3.322) 1 2 . lOg5 . . . . . . . . . . . 63
(2.3.4) 9 . .:td 1 (a6 ! ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
(2.3.4.1) 10. lOg5 xg2 1 1 . xg2 (lOe6 ! 1 2 . 1i'f4) . . . . 65
(2.3.4.1 1) 1 2 . . . . l:ta7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
(2.3.4.12) 12 . ... 0--0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
(2.3.4.2) 10 . .i.g5 lLlbd7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
(2.3.4.3) 10. b3 lLlbd7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
(2.3.4.3 1) 1 1 . .i.a3 1Dc5 ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1
(2.3.4.32) 1 1 . .i.b2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
(2.3.4.33) 1 1 . e4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
(2.3.4.331) 1 1 . . . . "fIc7 . . . . . . . . . . 73
(2.3.4.332) 1 1 . . . . "fIc8 ! ? . . . . . . . . . 75
(2.3.4.333) 1 1 . . . . O--O ? ! . . . . . . . . . 76
(2.3.4.334) 1 1 . . . . flb8 . . . . . . . . . . 77
CHAnER 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
1 . c4 c5 2. lLlf3 lLlf6 3. g3 b6 4 . .i.g2 .i.b7 5. 0--0 g6
(1) 6. e3 ! ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
(2) 6. 1Dc3 .i.g7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1
(2.1) 7 . a3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1
(2.2) 7 . d3 0--0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
(2.2.1) 8 . .i.d2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
(2.2.2) 8. e4 (lLlc6 ! ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
(2.2.2.1) 9. l:tb l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
(2.2.2.2) 9. lLlh4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
(2.2.2.3) 9. h3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
(2.3) 7. ]:te l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
(2.3.1) 7 . . . d5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
(2.3.2) 7 . . . 0--0 8. e4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 1
.

(2.4) 7. d4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
(2.4.1) 7 . . . . lLle4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
(2.4.2) 7 . . . . cxd4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
(2.4.2.1) 8. lLlxd4 .i.xg2 9. xg2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
(2.4.2.11) 9 . . . . "fIc8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
(2.4.2.12) 9 . 0--0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
(2.4.2.2) 8. "fIxd4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
(2.4.2.21) 8 . . . . 1Dc6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 00
(2.4.2.22) 8 . ... 0--0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 03
(2.4.2.23) 8 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 05
(2A.2.231) 9. b3 . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 05
(2A.2.232) 9 .i.e3 lLlbd7 . . . . . . . . 1 08
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(2.4.2.2321) 10. :tfd l . . . 1 09


(2A.2.2322) 1 0. 1i'd2 . . . . 111
(3) 6. b3 (.i.g7 7 . .i.b2 0--0 8. lLle3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 2
(3. 1) 8 . . . e6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 3
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(3.2) 8 . .. . d5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 6
(3.3) 8 . . . . d6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 17
(3.3.1) 9. d4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 8
(3.3.2) 9. e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 9
(3.4) 8 . . . . lLla6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 20
(3.4 . 1 ) 9. :te l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 20
(3.4.2) 9. d4 (d5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 22
(3.4.2.1) 10. e3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3
(3A.2.2) 10. :te l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 26