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0-0 c7-c6 The contours of the white attack are be­ coming clear. Black has no way to prevent the breaking move e3 -e4 , since 1 6 . . t2Jf3 , followed by 1 8 . t2Je5 , after which the queenside is blasted open with a3 -a4. 1 6. f7-f6 Before continuing his development, Black must first cover his b-pawn. The positional threat now is 1 2 . . d5 , after which White would be marginally better at best . 1 3. h 2 - h4 ! Before attacking the centre with a the­ matic pawn sacrifice, White first threatens the enemy queen's bishop.

The position is crying out for the fianchetto of the white king's bishop. S. ttJbS-c6? Vintage Andersson. He does not want to be forced onto the defensive and is look­ ing for means to activate his pieces. Kasparov indicates 8 . . �g2 c6 1 0 . b3 7. �d3 . This remark is typical for Kasparov, really, in the sense that he tends not to go for technical positions. In my game against 48 analysis di agram . . 'White retains the initiative, but no , more . A modest assessment. White is supposed to hold all the trumps, especially because the black queen 's bishop is in no position to influence the proceedings in the cen­ tre.

IV c1 -g5 This is the position Kasparov had been aiming for when he went for 2 5 . �xh6 . White controls the only open file, has an important plus on the kingside and his bishop on b 1 is much stronger than the black knight on b4, a well-known theme in this type of position. White has very dangerous attacking chances and defending the black position is a thankless task in the little time avail­ able. 31 . a6-a7 Karpov wants to involve his rook in the defence, but certain tactical circumstances will prevent this.

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