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L:txcS ttJa6, leaving White with practically no compensation) 8 ... 'i'xc4 9 e4 'i'b4 10 a3 (10 exfS d6 is similar) 10 ... 'ifaS 11 exfS d6 when he has the initiative; Black's dark-squared bishop is very powerful and his pieces can easily be activated. That said, it must be pointed out that White does have his trumps too, so I suppose it would be interesting to see some practical ex­ amples of this line. After the text if White finds time for g3 and manages to successfully com­ plete development, Black will end up in a passive position, so ...

13 ... a6? e4 is always bad be­ cause after 14 ... l:tg4 Black threatens to take this bishop and free his queen: for example, 15 'i¥te2 l:txe4+! 16 tZJxe4 'iVe5 with a couple of extra pawns and a happy queen) 14 ... tZJd7! when he sud­ denly creates some very serious threats against the white king. It may seem strange that Black can mount a serious attack with just a few pieces, but the fact is that almost all of White's pieces are tied up by the necessity of contain­ ing the black queen. 31 Fig h t i n g t h e A n t i - K i n g 's I n d i a n s queen for rook, and thus end up with a material advantage anyway.

Ii'x b2 Now White's only hope is to keep the black queen trapped on aI, aiming 29 Fig h t i n g t h e A n t i - K i n g 's I n d i a n s to capture it later. Therefore his next moves are forced: 10 CLle2 1\Vxa1 11 CLlec3 Mission accomplished. White now seriously threatens 12 1\Vd2, entombing the black queen forever. Indeed, this has often prompted Black to play 1 1 . , but there is a problem with this: White plays the very strong 12 d6! and it suddenly turns out that Black's king is in grave danger.

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