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The exchange of Knights has left Black's pawns in disarray. White's repositioning of his
bishop at c4 forces the retreat of the Black rook, and now the placement of the Bishop at e3
limits the scope of Black's Queenside rook for fear of losing the a pawn. Tactically, Black is
aiming his Knight for f4 with hopes of either a Kingside attack, perhaps involving a piece
sacrificed for the g and h pawns OR an untanglement of the doubled e pawns when White's
bishop captures the Knight.
18. Nxe5 dxe5
19. Bc4 Rff8
20. Be3 Nh5