Friday, January 8, 2016

Sicilian Dragon Hidden Queen Trick

In Sicilian Defence or Pirc Defence, I sometimes pull off the hidden queen trick. This game began as a Dragon Variation against Dick Zdun. The hidden queen trick happens when White places his queen on d2 and castles queenside. Black plays his queen to a5 and castles kingside.

At the key point White moves his king to b1 followed by his knight to d5. Then the White Qd2 and Black Qa5 are staring at each other. If Black swaps queens, White first inserts a check with the knight before recapturing the queen.

In this game Black could have defended with 14...Rfd8. Instead Black played the move 14...Nd5. This allowed White to pick up a piece when moving to d5. The 16.Ne7+ move that followed attacked the bishop on c8. When Black has a knight on f6, White may choose to use the hidden queen trick to swap into a favorable endgame.

When you consider this tactical shot, make sure that the Black Qa5 does not cover d5, because Qa5xd5 could be embarrassing. In blitz the embarrassment can go the other way. Black may miss that his queen is hanging after Nd5 and lose to Qd2xa5. I like it when I win games short and sweet. Tactics win.

Sawyer (2010) - Zdun (1634), Williamsport, PA 28.03.2000 begins begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Be3 Qa5 [7...0-0 8.Bb3=] 8.f3 0-0 9.Qd2 a6 [9...d6 10.0-0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxd4=] 10.0-0-0 [10.Bb3+/=] 10...b5 11.Bb3 Bb7 [11...Ne5 12.Bh6+/=] 12.Kb1 e6 13.Nxc6 dxc6 14.e5 [14.Qf2+/=] 14...Nd5 [14...Rfd8!=] 15.Nxd5 Qxd2 16.Ne7+ Kh8 17.Rxd2 Bxe5 18.Rd7 Rab8 19.Ba7 Bc8 20.Bxb8 1-0

You may also like: King Pawn (1.e4 e5) and Queen Pawn (1.d4 d5)
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