Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sicilian Dragon vs Vehvilainen

One of my stronger international correspondence opponents was Pertti Vehvilainen of Finland. His Sicilian Defence Dragon Variation was in a very critical line. After about a dozen common chess moves, the position became sharp and extremely complex.

The players castle on opposite sides. Then they attack the kings with all they have, defending only when they must. My position was strong at first in our game. Then it was equal for a while. Then I messed up my attack. I had the right ideas at the wrong time.

I pushed my h-pawn when I should have played my bishop. Then I played my bishop when I should have pushed my h-pawn. Finally I missed a chance to draw with 27.Kxc2! when I played 27.Kc1. He did not play perfect, but it was better than I played.

Pertti Vehvilainen finished in second place in our 15 player round robin ICCF Master Class tournament. This event started in 1984. His score was 10.5 out of 14. I had four wins, four draws and six losses. My score was 6 out of 14. His ICCF rating is 2359.

Sawyer - Vehvilainen, corr ICCF 1986 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.0-0-0 h5 13.Kb1 [13.Bh6 Bxh6 14.Qxh6 Rxc3 15.bxc3 Qa5 16.Kb1 Rc8 17.g4 Qxc3 18.gxh5 Nc4 19.Bxc4 Rxc4 20.Rd3 Qb4+ 21.Rb3!+/=] 13...Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3 Qc7 [15...Qb8 16.Bd4=] 16.Bd4 Bc6 17.g4!? [17.a3!?; 17.Qe2!?] 17...e5 18.Be3 hxg4 19.h5? [19.Bg5!=] 19...Rc8 [19...gxf3! 20.h6 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Bxe4 22.hxg7 Rxc2 23.gxf8Q+ Kxf8 24.Qxd6+ Qxd6 25.Rxd6 f2-/+] 20.Bh6?! [20.h6!=] 20...Rxc3 21.bxc3 gxf3 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.Qh6+ Kf7 25.Nd2 Ba4 26.Nxf3 Bxc2+ 27.Kc1 [White draws with 27.Kxc2! Qxc3+ 28.Kb1 Qb4+ 29.Ka1=] 27...Bxd1 [Black is winning with 27...Qxc3! 28.Ng5+ Ke8 29.Qh8+ Kd7-+] 28.Ng5+ Ke8 29.Qh8+ [29.Qxg6+! Kd7 30.Qf5+ Kc6 31.Qxf6 Bg4=/+] 29...Kd7 30.Qg7+ Kc6 31.Qxf6 Bh5 32.Kd2 b5 33.Nf7 Kb6 34.Rh3 Rf8 35.Qxd6+ Qxd6+ 36.Nxd6 Rf2+ 37.Kd3 Kc5 0-1

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