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  • 15 months ago · Quote · #41


    21. Rxg8+ Kxg8 22. Nxe7+ Kh8 23. e5 was also a win, yes?

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #42


    BlueEmu I suppose so...

    DragonflyHunter I do think it should fit you naturally :-) btw what is the Austrian attack?

    It's great as I do get to learn something about the chess openings here. First the Yugoslav, now this..

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #43


    For some reason the Austrian Attack game I entered didn't work...  Trying again.  This is Nakamura - Smirin 2005


  • 15 months ago · Quote · #44


    On your question from move 7, yes, I do see why you like it :-) the common thread does run through.

    The rest is lovely but a bit too complicated and risky for my taste. I speak about letting him capture on c3, and then going Kf1 - you need to be quite a player to play like that. 

    The winning move itself isn't at all easy to see, understand or even suspect that it's there from several moves before. Of course once it's played, the rest is "Austrian Airlines". Thanks for teaching me the variation!

    Nakamura sacrifices two pieces for a rook and some king exposure. Then he has to play some quiet moves, counting on Black's retarded development that he won't catch up and defend. This takes great foresight, patience and understanding. The whole conduct of the game is very challenging. That's the difficulty with games by the masters - one just doesn't feel up to par...

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #45


    And now, to some aggression in the Sicilian - for those who like the genre... (I do remember that some people like that used to grace this thread)

    BTW I remember well that I didn't share my last game from the tourney - another draw against a master. I didn't only because of lack of demand... hint hint!!

    This one was played in 3 0 at this site. I generally don't play the open Sicilian - but recently I do it more, especially against lower rated opposition, as it somehow feels more safe to experiment against them. 

    Comments on Theory, move orders, correct placement of pieces, strategical errors and strong moves, prospective endings and middlegames resulting from the opening, and more, will be welcome!! I'm totally clueless about this opening!! :-)

    It is well worth playing over this game, as my traditionally generous annotations, which accompany it, are at least amusing, if not actually instructive for lower rated people (lower than me, that is). 

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #46


    I dunno, .47 is a pretty nice advantage. Not losing, but not particularly pleasant to play against almost anyone.

    I kind of like how you have all of these deep ideas in your 3 0 games. I literally just try not to hang pieces. If I somehow achieve that, I'm happy.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #47


    It's true, Elubas... quite a lot passes through my mind when I play - also in fast tempi... sometimes when I actually start writing it down it surprises me how much thought and ideas you can condense into a unit of time...

    And very true about the .47 - although it depends on the position, and sometimes computers don't really understand what they're talking about with regards to these elusive positionally-numerical evaluations... by the way I didn't really check Houdini to see its evaluation at that point... just kind of tried to imagine what it would be...

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #48


    gut feeling... probably my comment after his move 21 was right on - as now that I look at it, 22. Bc7+ would have probably won the game - 22...Kc8 would cost his queen after 23. Nb6, and on other answers, the combination of a knight on b6 and a queen on f2, with checks each time, looks lethal - and more specifically, would either win the Queen or lead to that Kramnik bitter end, described a bit further in the notes. 

    Qg3, a3 and obviously Qf2 (without check) utterly miss the point - and he manages finally to breathe a little through ...Bxd5. 

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #49


    Hey solskytz! I use to think playing the Sicilian Alapin was akin to dereliction of duty with the White pieces. After a few successes, in a lame attempt (admittedly) to dodge very sharp lines my friend occasionally clubed me with like a baby Harp Seal, I kinda evolved a penchant for certain lines. Overall, you definitely have keen vision in shorter time controls. Enjoyed the games!

    Fun games.  BTW, ...I assume Doggy_Style meant to say (above) that ...Black gets open lines, easy development and plenty of ready-made plans to pursue, consistent with his previous assessment of c3 (and the Alapin, for that matter), as a dodge of the open Sicilian. All good though. Peace solskytz!

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #50


    zenomorphy wrote:

    I assume Doggy_Style meant to say (above) that ...Black gets open lines, easy development and plenty of ready-made plans to pursue, consistent with his previous assessment of c3 (and the Alapin, for that matter), as a dodge of the open Sicilian. All good though. Peace solskytz!

    Nope, I meant exactly what I said. Maybe you've lost the context.

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #51


    Copy that. Reread and follow what you meant & agree.  As an e4 player, playing directly into the Open Sicilian obtains said advantages, rather than trotting out c3, Alapin. Most players eventually get it out of their systems for such reasons (the Alapin), I think, ...as best winning chances, having played e4 in the first place as White, into the Sicilian, come from playing into main lines. Am I correct? The great Lev Polugaevsky series, The Sicilian Labyrinth confirmed this for me, converting my thinking long ago. 


  • 7 months ago · Quote · #52


    BTW, I truly believe, if one aspires to be a serious tournament player (online Bullet & Blitz aside, ...another debate leading to often declining speed & age issues for many, ...darn mouse), and love to play e4 meeting & beating Sicilian players; ...or perhaps you're a great Sicilian aficionado as Black (c5, still the highest eco winning percentage against e4), the remargable Lev Polugaevsky series, The Sicilian Labyrinth is truly transformative.  He was a surely one of the games greatest teachers. The chess world suffered a hugh loss, the day he passed.  I believe, as do many players, The Sicilian Labyrinth was his finest and most significant contribution to the chess world and a must-have for your chess library (if you can get your hands on them ;'). I used to muse at how players would sometimes chuckle at 2.c3.  After reading these books, I got it. Peace.

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #53


    Good to know - I'll take a note of that - The Sicilian Labyrinth, by Polugaevsky. Thank you guys!

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