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The zwischenzug 4 1 . g4+ ! allows Black time to capture the rook without losing the bishop. 39 ... :bc8 Naturally not 39 . . Itxb7? 40 cxb7 ttJxe6? xe6 and the b-pawn queens. Allowing White a c-pawn on the seventh is less danger ous than allowing a b-pawn there, as Black covers the queening square more easily, particularly with two pairs of rooks on the board. Once the e-pawn disappears, the bishop covers c8 ! •. w � . 1. . 1. . s _ B ��,, �" _ B, _ . '-'1. i. • • • • • 0 • 0 �. . �. f7 Whether through fatigue (as sug gested by Goldman), or in recognition that Black's position is now fully de fensible, Schlechter lets the e-pawn drop, but emerges with a drawn posi tion.
G6 against Schlechter, at Hastings I S9S. lie3 Ji.. , which allowed Lasker t o build a massive pawn-centre, Schlechter should have tried 1 3 Ji.. d4 ;t (Crouch and Haines, Hastings 1895). The line of play that Lasker chooses here is no less risky, but at least it takes Schlechter on to new ground. S ttJc3 g6 The standard way of reaching the Dragon in this move-order is with S . . d6, which prevents the plan of 6 tiJxc6 followed by eS . ligS forces Black to find something else. Neither Richter nor Rauzer was active in 1 9 1 0 though.
Xg5 Now it's anyone's guess as to who is attacking and who is defending ! White's move re-establishes the mate rial balance (three pawns for a piece) and, by forcing the knight to move (af ter a preliminary check), breaks what was formerly Black's undisputed con trol of the centre. White's pawn on e6 is still strong, but his other pieces are scattered. Meanwhile, Black has so few pawns that it is difficult to see how he can force a passed pawn, even if he manages to make a successful transition to the endgame.