'Without major pieces...

9/19/2009 – ...there wouldn't be any weak back ranks,' says an old German chess wisdom which once again hits the mark in the following position, where Black added fuel to the fire with 33...e3. How would you assess the situation now? A) White achieves victory by deflecting the black queen with 34.a4; B) advantageous is the rook swap on e8 followed by 35.Qxb6 (despite the rejoinder 35...exf2);  C) the position is dynamically balanced. The solution is here, but first ponder over it with a larger version of the diagram

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