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The idea is not to play g2-g4 too early as it would allow Black to sacrifice the exchange in even better circumstances than in the game. 'Wa5 1 5 a3 b5! l:xc3 1 6 'i'xc3 'i'xc3 1 7 bxc3 dS 1 8 active' move. ixd4 e5! one of Lanka's games in Germany. 1 6 g4!? bS i s more usual nowadays. The text move was tried by Christopher Lutz against me in Munich 1 993, and that grune was published in This looks risky as after tlte standard sacri­ fice White's £3-pawn will be very weak. But I the first vol­ didn't see any other way to fight for the ad­ ume of Fire on Board.

Y. 7 ... if5!? ta4!! xd2 'irf6!? and White must be careful not to get a worse posi­ tion. tb41 Forcing White to exchange queens but, as l mentioned, I didn't really mind that. xc6? xc2 would be bad for White, as Black's rook and two pawns are definitely stronger than the two knights. te3 ltle7! 14 Jle1 ! xe3?! A first step in the wrong direction. After the game I thought that Black could easily equalise with 1 4. , which reminds me a lot... d4 against Ftacnik played half a year later! As that game is also included in the book, the reader wiU understand what I mean.

I was intending 1 1 dS against 10 .. xf31 40 is considered the critical line. txh7 +?! Grabbing a pawn, for which Black gets some counterplay. e4 lZfc8 with com. c; a brilliant bishop sacrifice. To be precise, I saw the sacrifice itself but the varia­ tions I was calculating seemed insufficient to me It was a great pity I didn't see thinbrs to the end as it was objectively the strongest con­ tinuation and the mating attack (should Black accept the sacrifice) is really beautiful. Let's see: 17 h4!

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