Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sicilian Defence Dragon Double

It is fun to attack in the Sicilian Defence. Against a Dragon Variation, we know by move 4...g6 or 5...g6 that Black will fianchetto a bishop on g7. When Dick Zdun played the Dragon Sicilian against me in a Williamsport club game, I discovered he was going to fianchetto both bishops. Because Black castled kingside, his queenside expanse could be more than just ...b6. Zdun played 8...a6 and 9...b5 before 10...Bb7.

I continued with typical kingside attacking moves like 12.h4, 13.g4, and 14,h5. But then I got sac happy with 15.Rxh5?! It looks reasonable, but it fails. I missed a winning line with 16.fxg4! So then, I had to win the game all over again. I hate when that happens.

As noted Black's plan with his placement of ...Bb7 was a surprise. That move would be common in a Najdorf, but not so much in a Dragon. Still, in practice it worked here. Black could have equalized with 13...Na5. When I play Black, I prefer to develop ...Be6 in the Dragon so as to aim at the White castled queenside.

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Sawyer (2010) - Zdun (1634), Williamsport, PA 04.04.2000 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 a6 9.Bc4 b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.0-0-0 Nc6 12.h4 h5 13.g4 hxg4? [13...Na5=] 14.h5 Nxh5 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Rxh5? [16.fxg4!+-] 16...gxh5 17.Bh6 e6 18.fxg4 Qf6 [18...h4!-+] 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qxd6 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 Bxe4 22.Nxe4 Qxg4 23.Qd4+ Kh6 24.Rg1 [24.Qe3+!+-] 24...e5 25.Qe3+ [25.Qb6+!+-] 25...Qf4 26.Qb6+ f6 27.Qb7 Rg8 28.Bxg8 Rxg8 29.Rd1 Rg7 30.Qc6 Rg6 31.Qa8 Rg7 32.Qh8+ Rh7 33.Qf8+ Kg6 34.Rg1+ Kf5 35.Nd6+ Ke6 36.Qg8+ Kxd6 37.Rd1+ Kc6 38.Qxh7 e4 39.Qd7+ Kc5 40.Rd5+ Kb6 41.Rd6+ Kc5 42.Qc7+ Kb4 43.Rd4# 1-0


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