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Dxc4 2 7 . bxc4 cS . �a3 ':xc4 (not good for Black is 29 . .... �xcS b6 3 1 . �xgS , although White retains a cer­ tain practical initiative, thanks to the two bishops, the fact is that after 3 2 . . :a4! (but not 3 2 . �c6 3 3 . ifl . 'ife3-f2 b7-b6 Here too it was possible to sharpen play by 2 7 . . bxc4 cS . Now 2 9 . �a3 does not work in view of 3 0 . . ':fS ! �a3 ! e3 , and in the ensuing complications, White's 45 Bo t v i n n i k - P e t r o s i a n chances are somewhat better. For exam­ ple: 3 0 .

Tbf4 d6 . 1 0. tLlf3-e1 In no way better is 1 O . tbc2 d6. 1 0. �e4xg2 11. tLle1 xg2 e6xd5 1 4. xd8 , then Black can mobi­ lize his forces easily, unlike White. 1 4. 1 5. 'ii' e 4 was more far-sighted, practically forcing Black to reply 1 5 . . tba6 (or 1 5 . . tbd7 ) . That way, Black's queen's knight would not be able to get to c6 quite so easily. 1 5. 1 6. �c1 -f4 'fi'dS-eS White foresees that he will have to play the move e2-e3 , to defend the central square d4, so first he develops the queen's bishop.

Bc5 had fully justified it­ self I, on the other hand, was not afraid of 9 . . l2:Je4 for reasons explained in my notes to the game Botvinnik-Euwe (Groningen 1 946) , and although my analysis itself contained an error, my general assessment of the line was accu­ rate. In fact, it was Polugaevsky who got it right, when he recommended that Game 9 . . tDd4! lLlxcs ( 1 0 . . tLlxd4 I l . tLlc3 . 1 0. e3-e4 ttJf6-g4 After 1 0 . . tLlbd2 ! tf8 , al­ though theory considers that White can still count on a draw) we reach a position seen in the game Botvinnik-Vilner (Leningrad Champi­ onship 1 9 3 0 / 3 1 ) .

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