Strong central knight, space advantage...

9/29/2010 – ... and the offside black queen were the factors optically speaking in White's favour in this position after 14...a5 from the first round of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. How would you assess the situation? A) equality, Black always gets to counterattack the weak point d4 in time; B) White wins the queen by force.  C) he can start a crushing attack on the kingside. The solution is here, but first ponder over it with a larger version of the diagram.

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Strong central knight, space advantage and the offside black queen were the factors optically speaking in White's favour in this position after 14...a5 from the first round of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. How would you assess the situation?

A) equality, Black always gets to counterattack the weak point d4 in time;
B) White wins the queen by force. 
C) he can start a crushing attack on the kingside.

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