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A Guide to Attacking Chess (A Batsford chess book) by Gary Lane

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I believe that this is the best. The move is aimed against Ne5. Petersburg 1999. Nf6 was out of fashion for decades. But due to the efforts of the Spanish GM Magem it has become clear that Black has sufficient resources here. h5, but White preferred it in the elite tournaments in Linares and Dos Hermanas this year. ¥h7 9 ¥c4 e6 10 £e2 Developing and creating the threat of Nxf7. ¤d5 Absolutely the only move. £xd4? ) 11 ¥xd5?! Too optimistic. White wins a pawn, but Black obtains fantastic compensation.

C7!? Potkin,V−Asrian,K/Moscow RUS 2002) b2a) avoiding the sharp pawn sac line: 9 ¥d3 ¥a5 10 a3 ¤xc3 11 bxc3 ¤xd4 12 ¤xd4 £xd4 13 ¥b5+ ¥d7 14 0-0 £d5 15 c4 £f5 16 ¥xd7+ ¢xd7 41 b2b) or 9 a3!? ¥a5) 10 ¥d3 ¥f6 11 0-0 ¤xc3 12 bxc3 h6 13 £e2 £d5 14 ¦b1 a6 15 c4‚ Black's opening hasn't been successful. His King is vulnerable in the centre and his Queen is a target. £h5 16 £e4± Fedorowicz,J−Enhbat,T/Seattle 2003. ¦e8!? ¤f6 11 ¦d1 b6? runs into a strong response: 12 d5! ¤f6 being the most common. ¥f6 12 £e4 ¤ce7 13 h4 Sveshnikov uses the h−pawn as a battering ram against g6 but Malakhov defends comfortably and patiently.

H7 9 ¥d3 This move, introduced by Ivanchuk has become very popular. It looks more promising than 9 ¥c4 e6 10 £e2 ¤d5 11 ¥d2 White has a dozen or so alternatives to this move, but recently this move has received a lot of attention. ¥xc2!? ) 12 ¥d3 ¥xd3 13 £xd3 ¤5f6 14 f4 c5 15 0-0-0 Smirin,I−Epishin,V/Saint Vincent ITA 2000. ¥xd3 The normal way for Black to play this line. ¤bd7!? f5!? g6, ... ) 15 exf7 £xf7 16 ¥e3 a6?! This is a very ugly move, 64 completely giving up control over the dark squares, Leko,P−Bareev,E/Dortmund GER 2000.

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