|Gypsy: <Calli: In that line, Black can put a springer at e5, 24...Nd7-Ne5 ...> |
That is, <20...Qxe3+ 21.Kg2 Ng7 22.Rfe1 Qg5 23.h4 Qd8 24.Qf2> and now <24...Nd7 25.Qd4 Ne5 ...>
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Optically, this looks great for Black. But the <Ng7> is out of play and, after a closer inspection, it also proves hard to coordinate the rest of Black pieces. I have looked at
where the thematic defense
does not preserve the extra pawn:
<27.g4 Re7 28.g5 Qf8 29.Bxe4 dxe5 30.Rxe5...> and maybe 30.Rae8 Rde1 ...
The material is even, but White position is better. Black is against the ropes.
Of course, Pachman does not have to follow the Kotov line. For instance, 20...Qxe3+ 21.Kg2 <Qg5> ... could be tried because of <22.h4? Qxg3+>. But <22.Qf2> looks strong once again and Black coordination problems seem to persist.