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A Good Run in the Sicilian

  • ADK
  • | Nov 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM
  • | Posted in: ADK's Blog
  • | 3225 reads
  • | 15 comments

Today, I am actually showcasing one of my recent games on here where the Sicilian Opening had laid out a few gems for me. The reason I'm posting this is because when the chess.com computer analysis finished, I was pleasantly greeted with the fact that I only committed 3 inaccuracies and 8 mistakes according to the ~2200 strength engine. The second reason I wanted to present this game is because it is my best win, by far, against an undefeated, 2283 rated player and after the game he had a record of 55 wins, 1 loss (against me), and 1 draw. Now, I'll use the analysis to dig right into the most crucial part of this game which lasted from 23. h5 to 32. Nxf8. Here is a diagram from the position after 23. h5:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Now, 23. h5 to try and break down Black's Pawn structure and leave the King exposed. 24. Nd5?! sought to hopefully relieve the Queen's duty of guarding e7 and f6 which I perceived as being critical for controlling them. 25. Qc3?! threatens mate in 1 and forces Black to play 25...f6 to guard. 26. Ng5! forces Black's Queen into an undesirable position and, in this case, he chose e5 which, I think, is the best choice. 27. Qxe5 was a logical move because it removes the defender of the critical e7 square like I was talking about earlier. 28. Ne7+ is the natural continuation that forces twin_Iri's King into the corner. 29. hxg6 capitalizes on the fact that he is trapped because if he is tempted to take my Knight on g5, then I would follow up with 30. g7#! He saw that and, instead, plays 29...hxg6 avoiding mate. 30. Nxg6+ forks him again. The other purpose for this move is to guard that all-powerful Passed Pawn that is slowly encroaching towards h8. 31. h7+?! just further pushes my Pawn along the way. Right now, Black is still in relatively good shape and could rally back for a win if I'm not careful. Fortunately, he made a major blunder that ultimately cost him the game. After I took his Rook (32. Nxf8), he re-took with his King (32...Kxf8?) rather than his Rook. At a glance, it doesn't seem like a bad move at all, but he must have forgotten that his Rook was preventing my successful Promotion and that his King got in the way of that invisible barrier. I Promoted into a Queen and the game basically ended there. The full game is shown below:


 

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    toadog7

    Awesome play with the double knight attack. How the halosar ya?

  • 4 years ago

    JamesMazur2

    Nice job White!

  • 4 years ago

    humbug8

    The problem with black's play in this game is he never turned it into a race. Opposite side castling with the Sicilian is usually decided by the player pushing the pawns against the opponents king the quickest and having the decisive attack and black never made a threat to this until it was far, far too late.

    Taking the bishop on h6 was a mistake I think. It was a key defender for a start. Black should have taken the pawn on f4 and threatened the knight on c3 which would have opened the queen side pawns and a threat on the white king had the queen taken back the f4 pawn.

  • 4 years ago

    P_U_N

    nice

  • 4 years ago

    Armin_Balija

    Awesome game, I can really look up to this kind of play. Hopefully see more from you, I'll keep an eye out for more of your blogs and games!

  • 4 years ago

    nevin

    Nice game... Thanks for posting. Black never should have taken your dark squared bishop, that's just asking for trouble.

  • 4 years ago

    ADK

     

    "I would be interested in hearing why White chose 14. g4 over 14. h5!? prying the h-file open.  14. g4 seems unnecessary as the pawn sacrifice is well worth the lines against Black's King.  Due to the time spent (I think the word 'wasted' is more what I mean) with things like 14. g4, 15. g5, and especially 16. f4, White gave Black time.  Lucky for White, the moves 14 ... Bb7, 15 ... Nd7, and 16 ... Rc8 are very much not in the spirit of the position.

    Thoughts?"--CallMeMisha

    My original intention for 14. g4 was to offer support to the h5 square and further encroach into Black's kingside. Again, I was pushing my Pawns to put pressure on his defence and hopefully leave an opening for my Queen or my two Knights. Actually, those move weren't really 'pointless' because while I was directing my pieces to the right-side of the board, he was coordinating his to my weak left-side. I think he was planning on bringing his Queen down to a5 and he would have a solid attack with the right moves. There wasn't really much he could do about the falling kingside so he I guess he might have just shuffled around his pieces a little bit. I don't know, but that's the way I saw it. 

    ADK

  • 4 years ago

    CallMeMisha

    I would be interested in hearing why White chose 14. g4 over 14. h5!? prying the h-file open.  14. g4 seems unnecessary as the pawn sacrifice is well worth the lines against Black's King.  Due to the time spent (I think the word 'wasted' is more what I mean) with things like 14. g4, 15. g5, and especially 16. f4, White gave Black time.  Lucky for White, the moves 14 ... Bb7, 15 ... Nd7, and 16 ... Rc8 are very much not in the spirit of the position.

    Thoughts?

  • 4 years ago

    ADK

    "Nice game--interesting way to transpose into a Yugoslav attack against the Dragon. Black misplayed the opening and never got any good counter play (a pawn does not belong on c4--a6 is too slow etc)--I like the way you really tried to keep trading one of your advantages for another (advantage) and exchanging off his good pieces and keeping the pressure on. It is very hard to defend accurately for so many moves and he made a mistake and you capitalized on it quite well."--aansel

    Nice! aansel, thank you for your insight on my game. Yeah, I think I was lucky to have my pieces in the position they were at especially my two Knights and the Passed Pawn on h6. 26. Ng5 is my favorite move just because I rarely, if at all, get to have multiple threats against my opponent and 32...Kxf8 rather than 32...Rxf8 really made me go "YES!" in my head. : )

    ADK

  • 4 years ago

    aansel

    Nice game--interesting way to transpose into a Yugoslav attack against the Dragon. Black misplayed the opening and never got any good counter play (a pawn does not belong on c4--a6 is too slow etc)--I like the way you really tried to keep trading one of your advantages for another (advantage) and exchanging off his good pieces and keeping the pressure on. It is very hard to defend accurately for so many moves and he made a mistake and you capitalized on it quite well.

  • 4 years ago

    Ddub

    Coolio. : )

  • 4 years ago

    ADK

    "Black could have taken the knight with rook instead of taking it with the queen! Taking with the rook would stop white from premoting into a queen!"--h777 

    Yes, I know. I saw that during our game and then the chess.com computer analysis came up with this line: 32... Rxf8 33. Nf3 Rh8 34. Reg1+ Kf7 35. Nd2 c3 36. bxc3 Nxe4. I still have a moderate advantage, but he would have a fighting chance and the game could have ended very differently if I played poorly. 

    ADK

  • 4 years ago

    joaoporto

    Well done, my friend !!!!

  • 4 years ago

    h777

    Black could have taken the knight with rook instead of taking it with the queen! Taking with the rook would stop white from premoting into a queen!

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