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Qd3 Bc5 and it came In response Alexei is attacking the white pawns on the queenside, paving the way for total exchanges. Be4 Rxb2? Bxa7 and White wins (because the black rook is overloaded and can’t defend the last rank and bishops at the same time). However, Black is not forced to capture on b2 immediately. Bxb2. Bd4! Rxd7 Rxa2! Bxa7! Rb2! Bd4! Re3?! Kf1 a witty exchange of blows lead to a total extermination of the opponents’ forces. There are a few similar lines. Be4 The right move! Rc1 Be6 the black rook is much more active than White’s.

Nd4 This is a nontrivial response. Rd2. Apparently both opponents came to the conclusion that Black was just fine in these lines. a5 This is a typical maneuver aimed at loosening White’s queenside. c5!? with the idea to meet any knight’s retreat with a7-a5, and if a2-a4 then c5-c4!. a4 What else? Otherwise Black will play a5a4. b5! With this straightforward move Black is striking up the play at the wing where he is stronger. On the other hand, White has not had much success on the opposite flank.

Kg1 Re3 in view of the move repetition. Qf6!? h4! and Black has a strong initiative. Qd3 Black already has a draw, but who really needs it? h4! Kg2 h3+ Black would have woven a mating net around the white king. gxh4, but human beings do not even consider such moves. Qf6 There is no time to check the opponent’s calculation in time trouble. Black could have captured the a5-pawn with good winning chances. Nf3? It is hard to give a reasonable explanation for this move. hxg3 Nxg3 The cover of White’s king is completely destroyed.

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