Friday, January 22, 2016

Sozin Sicilian Bachler vs Fawbush

The classical Sicilian Defence with 6.Bc4 is known as the Sozin variation. Bobby Fischer specialized in that line 50 years ago. It still works well, but as in most Sicilian lines, Black equalizes with good play. In some ways it is like the Italian Game or the Scotch Gambit. The bishop at c4 aims at key squares d5, e6, f7 and g8.

Here is the game Kevin L. Bachler vs George E. Fawbush in the Sozin. I knew these both as strong postal chess players 30 years ago. I played them both. Bachler beat me in our only game.

Like me, Fawbush was a very active postal player. Fawbush and I met many times. He crushed me a bunch, but a couple of the wins I had vs Fawbush came at key moments in my chess career. In the game below, "G.E.F." (as his moves were signed) wins out during long battle. Fawbush was an APCT Life Master.

Bachler - Fawbush, corr 1982 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 Qa5 [8...0-0 9.Be3=] 9.Qd3 [9.0-0 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.e5=] 9...0-0 10.0-0 [10.Bd2=] 10...Nxd4 11.Qxd4 d5 12.Be3 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Rd8 [13...b6=/+] 14.Qc3 Qxc3 15.Nxc3 Ng4 16.Bf2 Nxf2 17.Kxf2 Bc5+ 18.Kg3 Bd7 19.Ne4 Bd4 20.c3 Bc6 [20...Bb6=/+] 21.Ng5 Bf6 22.Nf3 a5 23.Rad1 a4 24.Bc4 a3 25.bxa3 Bxc3 26.Bb3 Kf8 27.Rxd8+ Rxd8 28.Rd1 Ra8 29.f5?! [29.a4 Bf6=/+] 29...e5 30.Ng5 e4 [30...Ke7-/+] 31.Kf4 Re8 32.Nxh7+ Kg8 [32...Ke7=] 33.Ng5 e3 34.Bxf7+ Kf8 35.Bc4 [35.Bxe8!+/-] 35...Bd2 36.Be2 Ra8 37.Nf3 Ra4+ 38.Kg3 Ba5 [38...Rxa3=] 39.Rd3 [39.Nd4+/=] 39...Bc7+ 40.Kh3 Be4 41.Rd4 Bxf3 42.Rxa4 Bxe2 43.Re4 Bb6 44.Re6 Bd3 [44...Bc5-+] 45.g4 Bf1+ 46.Kg3 e2 47.h4 Ba5 48.Kf2 e1Q+ 49.Rxe1 Bxe1+ 50.Kxe1 Bh3 51.g5 Bxf5 52.h5 Be6 53.Kd2 Bxa2 54.Kc3 Bf7 55.h6 gxh6 56.gxh6 Be8 57.Kc4 [57.Kb4 Bh5-+] 57...Ba4 58.Kd5 b5 59.Ke6 Kg8 60.Kf6 Kh7 61.Kg5 Bd1 62.Kf5 Kxh6 63.Kf6 Bc2 64.Ke5 Kg5 65.Kd5 Kf4 66.Kd4 Ba4 67.Kd3 Kf3 68.Kd4 Ke2 0-1

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