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This game was played last January during the Iranian national championships. Black's
opening move makes a clear statement he is not especially interested in a draw. At least
not until a lot of blood has been spilled. This position shows Black's 9th move - it is a
very aggressive counter directed against White's bishop at c4. Black has several tactical
problems: he has a backward d pawn and his black-squared bishop has no scope. One
of his knights is undeveloped as well. The focus of the battle is the d5 square.  
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If White continues
Bishop takes Bishop,
Black will recapture
with his f pawn, and
then Black will be able
to advance his d pawn
and open up lines for
his remaining bishop.
Black is directly
questioning White's
8th move. White
chooses to maintain
tension by moving his
bishop to b3.