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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist
    what was illustrative was how his king would have had to come via the c file before pawns could be advanced to a7 or b6 - that was many extra moves - planned?
    Well actually his king is just as slow getting to c8 no matter what file it comes by. The important thing is just that the pawns cannot do it by themselves because the c-pawn is held back by the d-pawn. The funny thing there is that in other lines the d-pawn was a nuisance because it blocked my new queen!
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    Obviously White should have won with a whole exchange ahead. The unbalanced pawn structure, with rival pawn majorities, is hard for the short-range knight to cope with. A move like 29.f4 followed by g3 would consolidate the K-side and restrict the enemy N, then white could aim for a4-a5 to weaken the enemy Q-side, or just gang up on them with Q+R. With White's K-side pawns intact, any Black advances there would expose the K to combined Q+R. Black is restricted because a Q-exchange is a trivial loss, so White's Q could occupy a dominating square at will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Obviously White should have won with a whole exchange ahead. The unbalanced pawn structure, with rival pawn majorities, is hard for the short-range knight to cope with. A move like 29.f4 followed by g3 would consolidate the K-side and restrict the enemy N, then white could aim for a4-a5 to weaken the enemy Q-side, or just gang up on them with Q+R. With White's K-side pawns intact, any Black advances there would expose the K to combined Q+R. Black is restricted because a Q-exchange is a trivial loss, so White's Q could occupy a dominating square at will.
    thanks jono.

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