Why sacrificing a pawn in this situation,
19... h5 is slightly more preferable by engine over more materialistic
Kh8? This is in fact what Ding chose to play actually. Obviously, this is to protect from
20. Bh6, but I myself try not to give away pawns when I have reasonable alternatives.
Why protecting dark squares was so important for Blacks even in the presence of the dark-squared bishop?
[FEN ""] [Event "6th Norway Chess 2018"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2018.05.28"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A18"] [WhiteElo "2769"] [BlackElo "2791"] [PlyCount "73"] [StartPly "38"] [EventDate "2018.05.28"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.d3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 c5 9.d4 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Be2 Be7 12.O-O O-O 13.a4 Rac8 14.Ra2 a6 15.Rb2 c4 16.Ne1 b5 17.axb5 axb5 18.Bg4 Bxg4 19.Qxg4 h5 20.Qxh5 b4 21.Qg4 Rfe8 22.Nf3 Qa3 23.Rc2 b3 24.Rcc1 Qa2 25.Qf5 Ra8 26.Bg5 Qe2 27.Qd7 Bxg5 28.Nxg5 Ne7 29.e6 f6 30.Nf7 Ng6 31.Nh6+ gxh6 32.Qf7+ Kh8 33.Qxf6+ Kh7 34.Qf7+ Kh8 35.Qf6+ Kh7 36.Qf7+ Kh8 37.Qf6+