Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Troy DalyAccelerated Dragon Sicilian

This week I am reminded of two tournament games I played against Troy Daly in the Sicilian Defence when I beat someone in an Accelerated Dragon in ICC blitz. Last year I posted my second game vs Troy Daly. Here I post the earlier 2007 Florida State Championship. Troy Daly became a USCF Life Master. I wish him all the best.

The Accelerated Dragon move 8.0-0 was suggested to me by Peter Dyson, former USCF Master who said this little known line was much better than its reputation. I figured my 16-year old opponent knew the main line which goes 8.Bb3 a5. In our post-mortem, Troy said that the line favors White very slightly, but Troy added that he had been playing it "since I was born" and that he usually won as Black anyway.

Troy is not the first chess Daly that I have known. I met Harlow B. Daly at a chess tournament in 1973 when I travelled to Portland, Maine with Ronald Robinson to play in a James Quirk event. Harlow Daly (1883-1979) played the likes Frank Marshall and Samuel Reshevsky as well as defeated World Champion Alexander Alekhine in a 1929 Boston simul. I do not know of any relationship between to the New England Daly family, but the Florida Daly family carries on a fine chess tradition.

Sawyer (1959) - Daly (2111), Florida State Championship (2), 01.09.2007 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd3 dxe4 12.Bxe4 Qc7 [A possible improvement was 12...Ba6! 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 14.Rfd1 Bxb2=] 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.b3 e5 15.Qe2 Kh8 16.Rfd1 [16.Bc5! Rd8 17.Rfd1+=] 16...f5 17.Bd3 c5 18.f3 Bb7 19.a4 Rbd8 20.Bc4 e4 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.fxe4 Bxe4 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Qxd1 Be5 25.h3 Qe7 26.Qd2 Bf6 27.Qf2 Bxc2 28.Bxc5 Qe4 29.Bxa7 Bxb3 [After 29...Bxb3 the logical continuation is 30.Bxb3 Qb1+ 31.Kh2 which I figured would likely be a draw, however White has some interesting chances with 31.Qf1! Qxb3 32.a5+=] 1/2-1/2

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