Monday, April 25, 2016

Sicilian Defence Dragon Darryl Hartman

Long ago I learned about attacking when players castle on opposite sides. I think it was from the book "The Art of the Middlegame" by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov. Maybe not. My memory fails me sometimes. I do remember that it was a great book.

When players castle opposite sides, the plan is to push pawns at your opponent's king. In the Sicilian Defence Dragon Variation, both sides get to test out the theory.

Here vs Darryl Hartman, we played a popular line in opening theory. White ripped open the kingside and sacrificed in a bold manner. Black picked up extra pawns. His were scattered and hanging. After move 21, Black could not easily avoid a perpetual check.

Hartman and I played one other very short draw that year. In that game, I tried 4.Qxd4. Apparently neither of us felt like playing the game.

Sawyer (2100) - Hartman (2100), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 [4.Qxd4 Bd7 5.c4 1/2-1/2. corr APCT 1982] 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 h5 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.g4!? [14.Kb1=] 14...hxg4 15.h5? [15.f4=] 15...Nxh5! 16.Nd5 Rxd5 [16...Re8-/+] 17.Bxd5 Qb6 18.c3 e6 19.Bb3?! [19.fxg4!=] 19...gxf3 20.Kc2? [20.Bh6 Qd8-/+] 20...Rc8 [20...a5!-+] 21.Bh6 [21.Be3 Ng4-+] 21...Nc4 [This leads to a drawn position. Black is still better after 21...Bxh6 22.Qxh6 f2-/+] 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Rxh5 gxh5 25.Rg1+ Kf8 26.Qh6+ Ke7 27.Qg5+ Kf8 28.Qg8+ Ke7 29.Qg5+ 1/2-1/2

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