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Tt:le2 'i:fb6 I 2 . bxc3 tt:le4 1 4. 0 - 0 �fS a s played in the game Kotov-Botvinni k , USSR Championship, Moscow I 9 4 0 . Black is clearly better. After the apparently logical 8 . tt:lf3 all problems are solved by 8 . . cxd4! (also possible is 8 . . e3 �fS I 1 . � xe4 �xe4 1 3 . 'i:fa4+ tt:lc6 I 4 . tt:l e 5 ? g i �e4 as played by Ponomariov in a rapid game against Malakhov, Khanty­ Mansiysk 2009) 9 . e3 0 - 0 . 56 �b4xc3! An improvement on the Mikenas game mentioned above, which went: 8 .

1 9 . 'it'xg4 fxg4 2 0 . xe5 tt:::l xe5 =) 1 6 . . tt:::l x h5 ! l 7 . txd8 'irf4+ 1 8 . W b l 'ifxh4 1 9 . xg 2 2 0 . g6 and Black is no worse. 1 5. 0-0-0 After this natural move Black's position rapidly falls apart. 1 5 . tc6xg2 There was no escape after l 5 . . tt:::l b d7 l 6 . he l +- �e4 ( 1 6 . . xg5 1 8 . 'it'd4) 1 7 . �f3 ! ) 1 7 . . 'it'xh5 tt:::l f6 1 9 . ixf6 'ifxf6 2 0 . 'irb5 + ! winning. 1 6. 1 7. 1 8. 1 9. h1 -e1 �e2-h5! d 1 -d8+ 'irh4xh5 �g2-e4 tt:::l f6xh5 we8-f7 1 -0 1 9 .

E S Kasparov-Short, 9th match game. London Wch I 9 9 3 . 8. Nikolic handled this position differ­ ently against Kasparov (Belgrade 1 9 8 9 ) : 7 . . a3 the weakening of the kingside proved un­ justified. Going for counterplay in the centre appears to be a more logical plan. 8. 0-0-0? Amazing naivety for a chess player of such quality ! Keres repeats the game Mikenas-Botvinnik, USSR Champion­ ship. Moscow 1 94 0 , probably having trusted the result. Also unconvincing is 8 . e 3 ? cxd4 9 .

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