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White is clearing space for his pieces’ activities. Nf6+! Bxf6+ and White wins. Nd4 This was played rather quickly. Bxg7! Nh4! - and Black’s lot is hard. Both the h4-knight and the f2pawn can occupy the f5-square. And meanwhile Black’s pieces are located along the 8th rank and are almost unable to move. Be5. Nh4 Black is nearly in zugzwang. Bg3 Be7 and Black can hold the position). Bxh8 Bxh4. Nf6+! Ng7+. , and no clear-cut way of gaining the advantage can be seen for White. Nf5 Bc8! Rxd6 with equality.

This move provokes tactical complications. Qb4. Bc4 there appears a boring ending. Kg2 Nd2 with equality. Qxb7? Nxd4! b6? e4!. Rc5? Nxd4!. Bd3!? Qb5 with some pressure. This is the crucial moment of the game. h3 The move is useful, but it is not concrete enough. Kh1 Bxa1. Rc5!?. , the idea being to take on b7 with a tempo in case of the bishop’s retreat. axb3, and no equality follows. There threatens b3-b4-b5 or Nf3-d2. Be4 is not of the best quality. Nxf4, with various complications involving both opponents.

And Black’s lot is hard. Both the h4-knight and the f2pawn can occupy the f5-square. And meanwhile Black’s pieces are located along the 8th rank and are almost unable to move. Be5. Nh4 Black is nearly in zugzwang. Bg3 Be7 and Black can hold the position). Bxh8 Bxh4. Nf6+! Ng7+. , and no clear-cut way of gaining the advantage can be seen for White. Nf5 Bc8! Rxd6 with equality. Kasparov: The reflection on this move consumed more than an hour of Vladimir’s time. He had just 18 minutes left up to the time control.

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