1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Qb6!? 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. O-O Bd6 one of popular French tabiya's. White needs to keep control over dark squares, preventing e6-e5 breakthrough and defending pd4. Black has a lot of room and open files for attack. 12. b3!? N 12. Nc3 is most principal line here 12... O-O 13. Be3 Bd7 14. a3 Rae8= / Anand-Farago 1/2-1/2 [63], Rome 1990 / 12... Bd7 another good choice is 12... O-O 13. Bb2 Bd7 14. Rc1 Rae8 15. Ng3 Bf4= / Harandi-Ulhmann 0-1 [37], Manila iz 1976 / 13. Bf4 White takes a risk of exchanging dark-squared Bishops 13... Bxf4 14. Nxf4 O-O 15. Ng5?! too brave perhaps


probably simple 15. Re1 was safe and decent choice, e.g. 15... Rfe8 16. Rc1 Rac8 17. Ne5! Nxe5 18. Rxc8 Nf3+ 19. Qxf3 Bxc8= 15... Nxd4 of course not 15... Qxd4? because Black loses the exchange after 16. Ngxe6 16. Qb1 White has neither tactical nor strategic direct compensation for pd4. Ng5 was played to gain time and take control over b1-h7 diagonal. Now it is essential to activate Bd7 for Black while White has to build up pressure and seek for tactical opportunities (remember that Black was Lothar Schmid, much better player than Paoli) 16... Ne4 taking up a challenge. Black heads for victory! 16... h6?? fails 17. Bh7+ Kh8 18. Ng6# 16... Nf5 17. Nfxe6 Bxe6 18. Bxf5 Bxf5 19. Qxf5 Rae8 20. Rae1= and draw is most likely 17. Bxe4 in for a penny, in for a pound! Coward try would not work: 17. Ngh3? g5 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. Nh5 e5! 20. Qxe4 Bxh3 21. Qxe5 Nf3+!-+ 17... Rxf4 17... dxe4? 18. Qxe4 Rf5 (18... Rxf4? easy trap, but does not work, because of 19. Qxh7+ Kf8 20. Qh8+ Ke7 21. Qxg7++/- White has excellent attacking chances) 19. Nfxe6! Bxe6 20. Nxe6 Qxe6 21. Qxd4= White is clear pawn ahead 18. Bxh7+ Kh8 19. Bd3 e5 material is balanced, but Black is winning. He has much more space and pair of central pawns. White pieces and passive and cramped. 20. g3 Rff8 White cannot prevent e5-e4 so he tries to find escape for his Bishop 21. Qd1 e4 22. Be2 Rf6 Black is winning anyway but 22... Rf5 was better 23. Nh3 (23. h4? Raf8-+ and White cannot excape pin/exposed check on f2) 23... Nxe2+ 24. Qxe2 Bb5 25. Qg4 Raf8 26. Rfc1 e3!-+ 23. a4?! He wanted to cover b5, but the best choice was to attack Nd4 23. Qd2 Rd8 24. Rad1 Nxe2+ 25. Qxe2= 23... Raf8 24. Bb5 Bf5 24... Nxb5 just taking the pawn was good enough, since White was forced to continue 25. axb5 Bxb5 26. Qh5+ Rh6 27. Nf7+ Rxf7 28. Qxf7 Bxf1 29. Rxf1 Qe6 30. Qxe6 avoiding Qh3 30... Rxe6 and the ending in won for Black, yet not without some trouble. 25. a5! White tries to exchange Bb5 for Nd4 25... Qc5 26. Rc1 Qb4 27. Bc4! finally Black is forced to retreat from d4 27... Ne6! 28. Qh5+ 28. Nxe6 simplification was not a solution 28... Bxe6 29. Bxd5 Rd8!-+ 28... Rh6 29. Nf7+ Rxf7 30. Qxf7 Nd4 30... Ng5? wins the Queen but not the game after 31. Qxf5 Nf3+ 32. Qxf3 exf3 33. Bxd5= and White is OK! 31. h4 Black threatened Nf3 and Bh3 so h2 is the only safe square for the King at the moment 31... dxc4 31... Nf3+ was good anyway 32. Kg2 (32. Kh1? Qd6! and Black wins because of Rxh4 threat) 32... Bh3+ 33. Kh1 (33. Kxh3? Ng5+ wins the Queen) 33... Be6 34. Qe8+ Kh7 35. Be2 Nxh4!-+ 32. Rxc4 Nf3+ 33. Kh1 Nxh4! that's fine, but... the best move was 33... Qb5 protecting Bf5, covering e8 from check and X-raying Rf1 preventing 34. Rxe4 Bxe4 35. Qe8+ 34. Rd1 Be6 35. Rd8+ Kh7 36. Qf4 Nxh4! 37. gxh4 Qxb3 38. Qxe4+ Rg6 39. Rh8+ otherwise Qh3+ and mate follows 39... Kxh8 40. Qxg6 Qf3+-+ and Black wins 34. gxh4 Rxh4+?? this natural move loses all advantage 34... Qd6! was the only way to win 35. h5 (35. Kg2 Rg6+ 36. Kh1 Qd3-+ attacking h3 and f1) 35... Be6 36. Qe8+ Kh7-+ there is no defence against Qd5 and Rxh5 35. Kg2 Rg4+ now 35... Qd6 is not enough, because after 36. Rh1 Black has nothing better in sight than perpetual check 36. Kh2?? oups! Now White goes under the deadly check! 36... Rh4+?? oups! Black as if hypnotysed missed mate in three! 36... Qd6+ 37. Kh1 Rh4+ 38. Kg2 Qh2# 37. Kg2 Rg4+ 38. Kh1 he probably saw what he had done 38... Rh4+ 38... Qd6 without check not only does not win, but actually leaved Black on the verge 39. Qh5+ Kg8 40. Rg1 Rxg1+ 41. Kxg1 g6 42. Qg5= 39. Kg2 Rg4+ 1/2-1/2