Chess: East and West, Past and Present by Gustavus A Pfeiffer

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A3 , then 54. � xeS � e8 (54 . . a2 55. d7) 55. til d4 a2 56. tilb3. 54. c5 mea 55. c6 Aas 56. mc4 h Of course, there was no point in playing 56. c7? A xe? 57. dxc7 � d7, since a knight is bad at combatting a passed rook's pawn. N ow Black is i n zugzwang. 43 . . mga? Blac k s h o u l d h ave p l ayed 4 3 . . lf2 ! 44. lxh7 (44. lh6? lxf4 45. til xd6? � g7) 44 . . � g8 4 5 . lxf4 4 6 . + � g7 (46 . . � f8 47. Cil c6) 47. � g2 (or 47. Cil c6), and although with best play White should win, he would have to overcome techn ical difficulties.

Anand - Bareev, team m atch Russia v. Rest of the World, Moscow 2002), where the th reat 1 8 . til g6? is parried by 18 . . Aa3 . 20 8 a b c d .! � . h . • . If 20 . . �de8 or 20 . . �d7 there is the deci­ sive 21 . �xh6+! gxh6 22. A xh6 fol lowed by g6-g7. But the rei nforcement of the h6-pawn does not change things. �. J 3 �g8 a b c d .! 1. VIii b c d e f 9 18. �g6! fxg6? � � . 8 7 • �· 6 5 4 3 3 �� a h 9 4 2 a f b c d e f 9 2 g 1 h 21 . xh6! gxh6 22. �xh6+! �xh6 23. Wxe7 �f7 24. g xf7 �g7 25.

I}xe6+ fxe6 25. ::! h f1 + � eB 26. � xc6+ Wfxc6 27. Ag6#! i. I h 8 7 � 6 {jj 5 /j /j 4 3 2 fH :g e f 9 h 26. 'Wd4! i. I c 5 21 . 'Wc6 22. 'We2 aS a b 8 The double attack (27. A b5 with mate at dB is threatened , as wel l as the captu re on g7) is irresistible. 26 . . §d7 27. 1xg7 28. 'Wxg7 §f8 29. 'Wxh6 Wh ite is now a pawn u p with a conti n u i ng attack on the king. The game is decided . h 29 . . b3 Black has an extra pawn and t h e two bishops: what else, it wou l d see m , can he want?

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