Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lovable Flaw Sicilian Keres 6.g4

This postal game highlights one of my lovable flaws. I love speculative sacrifices. I’m not always in the mood for one, but I play them whenever they strike my fancy. Long ago I played a Sicilian Keres Attack 6.g4 against the Scheveningen Variation of Ray Haines. The 6.g4 Keres Attack is a quick White pawn push. It threatens 7.g5 driving the knight away from f6. White dreams of a big space advantage and lots of tactics.

Black counters by 6…h6 or by redeploying the knight after 7.g5 Nfd7. Black’s pawns on d6 and e6 prepare a counter attack with either d5 or e5. Many move orders reach this position. Our chances were about even for the first dozen moves. Then I sacrificed a piece with 13.Ne6?! I had what might be considered two pawns compensation.

Haines stood better as Black, at least until he missed 16…Ke7! Then it was equal again, at least until he missed 22…Bc5! The advantage switched to White in a complicated middlegame. Just like in a Dragon Sicilian, White’s extra pawns were on the queenside. Black’s extra pawns were on the kingside. When we reached the ending, both sides tried to queen passed pawns on opposite sides of the board. When the pawns queened White was up the Exchange and a pawn. Black resigned.

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Sawyer - Haines, corr 1980 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 a6 [6...h6 7.h4=] 7.g5 Nfd7 8.Be3 b5 9.a3 Nb6 10.Rg1 [10.h4 N8d7 11.h5 Ne5=] 10...N8d7 11.f4 Bb7 12.f5 [12.Qh5 g6 13.Qh3=] 12...e5 13.Ne6?! [13.Nb3=] 13...fxe6 14.Qh5+ Ke7 15.fxe6 Kxe6 16.0-0-0 g6 [16...Ke7! 17.g6 Nf6-/+] 17.Bh3+ Ke7 18.Qg4 Qe8 19.Qe6+ Kd8 20.Bxb6+ Nxb6 21.Rxd6+ Kc7 22.Rxb6 Qxe6 [22...Bc5!=] 23.Rxe6 Bc8 24.Re8 Bb7 25.Rxa8 Bxa8 26.Rf1 Be7 27.Rf7 Kd6 28.Kd1 Bxg5 29.Ra7 Kc5 30.Rxa6 Kd4? 31.Nxb5+ [31.Ke2+/-] 31...Ke3 32.Nd6 Rd8 33.Kc1!? Bxe4 34.Kb1 Bf4 35.Nxe4 Rd1+ 36.Ka2 Kxe4 37.Bg2+ [37.a4=] 37...Ke3 38.Rc6 Rd2 39.Bh3 e4 40.Bf1 Kf2 41.Bb5 Rd5 42.c4 Rxb5? [42...Rf5 43.c5 e3=/+] 43.cxb5 g5 44.b6 e3 45.Rf6 e2 46.b7 e1Q 47.b8Q 1-0

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