Comprehensive Chess Endings: Rook Endings (Pergamon Russian by Yuri Averbakh, Nikolai Kopayev, Kenneth P. Neat

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D5 ! cxdS 1 8 . �g 3 i and a pawn storm on the kingside is imminent. f4 ! d5! This second lever opens up the black position as wide as a barn door. 21 ... �c7 ? 2 1 . . l:Ih6 2 2 . l:Ihg 1 ± . dxc6 ! A piece sacrifice is the crowning point of an energetically played game. 22 ... l:txd 1 i¥xf7 Black resigned rather than endure something along the lines of 24 . . 'i¥c7 2 5 . '/4ih a 7 i¥f4 + 2 6 . \t>b i hxc6 2 7 . �xg 7 �h6 2 8 . J e 6 2 9 . d6+- . 41 The M o d e rn S cand i na v i an 2 . 4 The demolition sacrifice on e6 The levers d4-d S and f4- fS are, as we have seen , two dangerous tools for White to use to open up the position quickly and get at the black king.

C6-c5 and . . e6-e5 , since the opening of the d-file can immediately be linked to an invasion of the white camp by Black's maj or pieces. tt:Jh4 ? This knight sortie is not convincing. The black bishop simply moves away, after which the knight has no real busi­ ness on the edge of the board. 7... �g4 'li'a6 ! 'i¥xe2 2: The standa rd cent r e able to Black. It also created a temporary misplacement of the white king 's knight. In what follows, Black logically sets about taking over the initiative.

29 . . �xc4 �d2 + 3 l. �e2 ! \:itg l �xb S + . 29. �c5 � d 1 + 34. 'i¥g3 �xg 3 + 3 7 . <;t>xg3 l:rd3 + 3 8 . �f2 lhc3 3 9 JleS lha3 40JhbS �h 7 + should be a win for Black. 36 .. �e5 �c6 38Jle3?! <;t>f3? �g 1 �d 1 + 47. �b7 �e5+ 0-1 Many games have continued here with I O . . �b4 ? I I . tt:l e 2 0 - 0 I 2 . £.. e 7 . In my view it is not very clever to force White to clear a way for his c-pawn like this, which in the long run is to his ad­ vantage. tt:le2 0-0 1 3 Jle1 ? c3 . 1 3 ... 2. 4 �e 7-f6 You already know this manoeuvre from ...

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