By Edward Winter
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In the previous encounters, in which this variation was played, the capture of the knight that seems dangerous and lets the b-file be opened proved to be correct. ¦c1 and White got advantage in the game Piket – Illescas, Dos Hermanas 1995. dxe6 £b2. Black's counterplay was based on this move. £xc3 led to a situation in which in case of approximate material equality the opened position of the black king left a little chance for rescue. e7! The refutation of Black's idea. £c6+ ¢b8 (Tella – Ivanov, Benaske 1997).
Sometimes he lost control over position and suffered unplanned losses following a sudden change of the situation on board. However, he would never become a world chess champion, if he did not manage to overcome them! Two world chess champions Alexander Khalifman - Page 31 Two lessons that Khalifman gave to his opponents who did not take the used variations seriously, come in conclusion. ¦b1 ¤h6. The bishop thrust was put away for good after this game. £а6. b3! A wonderful idea, invented by Dutch gramdmasters Piket and van Wely.
D3 ¥d4° (given by Khalifman). ¢c1. g6 ¥f4° (given by Khalifman). ¤xg6. b6 ¢c6°. e5. ¢xa3 ¢d6° (given by Khalifman). ¤f1 ¥f6). ¥xh6! White resigned. Alexander's play certainly has some drawbacks as well. It often turned dull, if he did not manage to seize the initiative from the very beginning. Stubbornness of defense was not the strongest feature of his play as well. Sometimes he lost control over position and suffered unplanned losses following a sudden change of the situation on board. However, he would never become a world chess champion, if he did not manage to overcome them!