Thursday, April 21, 2016

LaVallee vs Haines in Sicilian

Ray Haines played in the Maine State Closed Championship held in Waterville, Maine on 4-9 and 4-10, 2016. Ray Haines describes his first round vs Daniel LaVallee:

"I played an old friend, who use to live here in northern Maine a number of years ago. He is a school teacher. He works with his students to help them learn how to play chess as one of his interests. He played one of his best games against me in this round. He made a few small mistakes, which added up against him to give me the better game."

Daniel LaValle appears well-prepared to follow the Najdorf Sicilian Defence main line with 5...a6 6.Bg5. Black handles this line by playing in some order Be7, Qc7, b5, Bb7, and Nbd7 (intending Nc5 or Nb6). Ray Haines deviates from Najdorf (5...a6) strategy.

With 9...Nc6 Black transposes to a type of Rauzer (5...Nc6). The problem with 9...Nc6 is White gets a slight advantage by chopping off the knight and pushing the e-pawn. The upside is Black's move takes White out of the book, which so far he appears to have known. Then White faltered for two moves. After that, Black was good and played well.

LaVallee (1354) - Haines, Maine Championship (1), 09.04.2016 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nc6 [9...Nbd7=] 10.Nb3 [10.Nxc6! bxc6 (10...Qxc6 11.Be2 h6 12.Bh4+/=) 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nd5 (12...Qxe5? 13.Qxc6+ Kf8 14.Qxa8+-) 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Ne4+/=] 10...b5 11.g4?! Bb7 [11...b4!? 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.e5 bxc3 14.exf6 cxb2+ 15.Kxb2 gxf6=] 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Rg1 b4 14.Ne2 a5 15.g5 [15.Nbd4=] 15...a4 [15...fxg5=/+] 16.Nbd4 b3 17.a3 bxc2 18.Nxc2 fxg5 19.fxg5 Ne5 20.Qe3 Rc8 [20...h6-/+] 21.Nc3 d5 22.Nd4 Bc5 23.Rg3 [23.exd5=] 23...Qb6 [23...dxe4-+] 24.Bb5+ [24.exd5+-] 24...Qxb5 25.Ndxb5 Bxe3+ 26.Rxe3 Nc4 27.Re2 dxe4 28.Rd4 Ba6 29.Rxc4 Rxc4 30.Nd6+ Ke7 31.Nxc4 Bxc4 32.Rxe4 Rc8 33.Rd4 e5 34.Rd2 Bb3 35.Kb1 Ke6 36.Ne4 [36.Rf2=] 36...Rc6 37.Rf2 Rc4 38.Nc3 Rf4 39.Rxf4 exf4 40.Ne2 Ke5 41.Kc1 Bc4 [41...f3-+] 42.Ng1 Ke4 43.Kd2 Bf1 44.Kc3 Bb5 [44...Ke3!-+] 45.Kd2 f3 46.Nh3 Kd4 47.Nf2 Bc6 48.Nh3 Ke5 49.Ke3 Kf5 50.Ng1 Kxg5 51.Nxf3+ Bxf3 52.Kxf3 Kf5 53.h4 h5 54.Kg3 Ke4 55.Kh3 f5 56.Kg3 f4+ 57.Kf2 f3 58.Kf1 Ke3 59.Ke1 f2+ 0-1

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