Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sicilian Defence Dragon ATtheGreat

This Sicilian Defence Accelerated Dragon Variation that I played against my chess friend ATtheGreat is not my typical crushing victory. Instead this is an escape.

This game began as a Queen's Knight Attack 1.Nc3 g6. After 2.e4 c5 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 we were in an Accelerated Dragon Sicilian. Pieces started flying. Queens came off the board. White was winning, but then I missed 11.Rxd1 with an advantage.

White picked off three pawns in exchange for a piece. But Black stood better, so that idea didn't work well. How do I escape? We got into a bishop and pawn endgame. ATtheGreat had the bishop and pawns. I had only pawns but three more of them.

I saw the drawn rook pawn ending. Black had a useless wrong color bishop that does not cover the queening square of his rook pawn. A draw was not my goal in the opening. But when I reached an endgame with no pieces, a draw seemed wonderful.

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Sawyer (2377) - ATtheGreat (1550), ICC 2 12 u Internet Chess Club, 14.02.2004 begins 1.Nc3 g6 2.e4 c5 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Ng4 8.Nxc6 Nxe3 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxd8 [10.Qf3 suggested by ATtheGreat. 10...Nxc2+ 11.Kd2 bxc6 12.Bb3+ Bf6 13.Kxc2 d6=/+] 10...Nxd1 11.Nxd1 [11.Rxd1!+-] 11...e6 12.0-0 [12.h4 Bf6 13.h5 g5 14.h6 Bxd8 15.Bh5+/-] 12...Ke7 13.Nxe6 dxe6 14.Bxe6 Bxe6 15.c3 Bc4 16.Re1 Rhf8 17.Ne3 Be6 18.Nd5+ Bxd5 19.exd5+ Kd7 20.Re2 Rae8 21.Rae1 Rxe2 22.Rxe2 Re8 23.Rxe8 Kxe8 24.Kf1 Kd7 25.Ke2 Kd6 26.Kd3 Kxd5 27.f4 b5 28.b3 a5 29.g4 Bf8 30.h3 Bd6 31.Ke3 Ba3 32.Kd3 Bc1 33.f5 gxf5 34.gxf5 Ke5 35.c4 bxc4+ 36.Kxc4 Bd2 [Better is 36...Kxf5! 37.b4 axb4 38.Kxb4 Kf4 39.a4 Kg3 40.Kc3 Kxh3 41.Kd3 Kg3! 42.Ke2 h5 43.a5 Ba3 44.a6 Bc5-+] 37.a3 Kxf5 38.Kd3 Be1 39.Ke2 Bg3 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4 Bd6 42.b5 Kg5 43.Kf3 Kh4 44.Kg2 h5 45.b6 Be5 46.b7 Bd6 47.Kh1 Kxh3 48.b8Q Bxb8 49.Kg1 Kg3 50.Kh1 Kf3 51.Kg1 Game drawn by mutual agreement 1/2-1/2

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