By Iakov Neishtadt, Kenneth P. Neat
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Bxel Re8 28. Bd2 Bxf2+ 29. Qxf2 Qal+. c. 25. Bd3 Rg4! (more deflection). d. 25. Rcl ! is the best move. Now Black does not have anything forced, but after 25 .... Re5 his attack should still eventually succeed, mainly because White's rook on hi is shut out of the game and will remain so for a long time. 25. Rae8 Diagram 38 26. Bb5 The threat was 26. Rxe2 followed by 27. Bc4. 26. Rxe1+ 27. Bxe1 Re3! Diagram 39 Black won quickly after 28. Qg5 Rxe1+ 29. Kxe1 Qxf2+ 30. Kd1 Bxg2 31. Re1 Bf3+ 32.
27. Qc2+ 28. Kxe5 Qxc4, and White’s king is trapped in a mating net—for example, 29. Qd5 Ra5! 30. Qxa5 f6 mate. 23. Bxa2! 24. Rxa2 This leads to new material losses, but other moves are also hopeless for White. 24. Qa5+ 25. Rd2 Ra1 26. Bd3 Rxb1+ 27. Bxb1 Black has a decisive advantage — his connected passed a-and b-pawns should win. We provide the rest of the game without comments. 27. Ne5 28. Ke2 Qb5+ 29. Bd3 Nxd3 30. Rxd3 a5 31. Rd1 Qc4 32. Kf3 b5 33. Rd7 b4 34. Ra7 a4 35. Rd8+ Kg7 36. Rda8 a3 37.
Rc2 because of 14. Bf5. And on 14. Rd1, Black plays 14. Qa5+. 13. Diagram 44 14. Rd1 Nc6 White is facing a difficult problem — he cannot meet Black’s intended ... Rd8 without serious material losses. White’s last move does nothing to develop the kingside and fails to provide a satisfactory defense. Maybe White should have tried giving back the material with 14. Rc3, after which 14. Rd8 is not dangerous anymore because of the answer 15. Rd3. After 14. Rc3 Bxc3 15. Qxc3 Bxa2 16. Nf3 White, too, can hope for a successful defense.