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Axb5 ! 1 8 gxf5 f6 is highly critical to the assessment of White' s conception. Then 1 9 jVh4?! fxg5 20 jVh5+ 'it'e7 2 1 jVxg5+ f7! seems a good deal too speculative from White ' s standpoint as the king nestles happily enough on g8. f4 c5 413 'iWa5+ 5 c3 t:"tJf6 6 t:"tJd2 53 . 1 9 fxe6 ! hg l - or maybe even 22 a3 ! to prioritise the boxing in of the black bishops - is preferable, with perfectly fair compensation, but not, I would say, a clear advantage. d3 d6! There is not much to be done about h7, and the window of opportunity to effect this break could easily be slammed shut if Black delays.

D8 ! he is at present struggling for a convincing continuation. d2( ! ) when he seems to get excellent attacking prospects whichever pawn Black decides to take, although I would be less surprised to see a strengthening of the defence after 9 . . 1i'xb2 ! Chapter Conclusion This was always going to be one of the toughest and most difficult chapters, although I tried to emphasise ways to play ' normal ' positions rather than just fixate on the latest theory. Of those, I think that the Schmid Benoni-style set-up of Game 3 can never hold out real hope of equality, but of course the Modem Benoni style of Game 6 will always have its supporters, even though from White ' s standpoint McShane ' s Luke handling was very heartening.

The only square, but in fact calculation rather than luck. Only now though did I see what was to come. I had been fixated on the unsophisticated trick 1 7 . . 0,xe4? to which 1 8 'if5 is an ample response. Of course, it is rather more grown-up to open some files ! 1 7 . . d5! 1 8 exd5 �a4 ! e8+ I admit it - I did enjoy a little luck here ! I had failed to foresee that 19 . . b3 ! without which White would suffer some embarrassment. 20 �f1 Guaranteeing a life-sentence in the centre in this way was not undertaken lightly.

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