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C3 Another plan is to leave the d4-pawn alone for a while and to develop the pieces. Nb3 d5!? d5!? Re1 Bb4. fxg4 Bxg4, and Black won. Surely, not all of the above-mentioned moves are necessary. Qb3. Qb3 Qd7! Boris does not want to defend passively. Bg5. Qxb7 Ng4 The queen is difficult to catch, but Black gains a long-lasting initiative for the sacrificed pawn. g3 Rfb8! Qa6 Bf6 with sufficient compensation. g3? Ne5! Qxa7? Qb7 Nxf3+! Rf2 Nb3 /+. Bd4!? Qc2 Rxf2?! Qc4! Nxf2? Qxd4!! Rab1 followed by a mate on b8.

It is unclear whether White can win here. Kasparov: This is a serious mistake. White is winning easily after this move. g4 and White’s passed pawns supported by the rook are first to reach the last rank. Rxf4 Rxa2. White has winning chances in this ending, but it is not that easy to break down Black’s resistance. Rf5 A decisive pin. Kasparov: The rest is smooth sailing for White. Rf2 White has not merely won the piece, but also saved the queenside from destruction. The game’s outcome is clear. h4!

Bg2 a5! b5! With the exchange lost, there is no point in crying for the pawns! 0-0 Rd8?! Qe2 Qa6?! Rxb5 Alexey has managed to confuse his young counterpart. White has already gained an advantage. f6! g5! f3 Nc6 Now it looks like equality. But the fight is continuing with the same tension. Kf4 Rc5?! And this was done in vain! He should have accepted a draw. f5 The white pawns have become too dangerous. Black is living through hard times.

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