Attacking the queenside by B Shashin

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And if we do not succeed, we switch to other lines that we hope are better. I believe it was this and not a refutation, which caused such giants as Alexander Khalifman and Kiril Georgiev to abandon the Dragon. One way or another, I limited the aim of my work to prove at least a small advantage for White in the most critical lines. And this can still only be achieved as a wish, as no writings on the opening can ever claim to be free from vulnerable assessments. The accuracy of the data here obviously has its natural limitations.

D2 The question is if White is better in this endgame. The fact that he lost it has little to do with the actual evaluation. Navara - Shirov, Prague (blitz) 2005. 1 6 . h6 This move also does not change the evaluation of the position, White picks up another pawn in compensation for the sacrificed knight and is continuing the attack. �f5 White is clearly better here. �h4! tfS This makes it easier for White. More trouble is: 17 . . f5 This line does not change the final conclusion either: White keeps attacking.

E5? hh6! , but 23 ... g5 ! was called for, even more evidently than one move earlier. gxh5 � xh5 24 ... ± Black's king has become too vulnerable. Though the following was not free from inaccuracies, White got to the enemy monarch in the end. gxd4 gxc3 2S . e5! •. �c3 g6 6 . 0-0-0 includes the exchange on d4, ... fa5 and . . ie6, taking control of many squares. Fortunately for White he is able to prevent the execution of this plan in its pure form. Now we will start considering Black's options one after another.

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