Friday, September 9, 2016

Benoni Defence to Sicilian Dragon

The Sicilian Defence Accelerated Dragon has a variation that is a curious transposition. It arises from an English Opening or from what might be called a Benoni Declined. I knew that Allen Taylor played reliable openings. We met from time to time at the Williamsport chess club at Lycoming College.

As Black my friend played either the Sicilian Defence or the King’s Indian Defence. This time he tried a Benoni Defence. The possibility of a transposition exists since the Sicilian begins 1.e4 c5 and the Benoni begins with 1…c5 or more commonly 2…c5.

This game began 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5. The standard Benoni move is 3.d5. Then Black might choose the Modern Benoni with 3…e6 or the Benko Gambit with 3…b5. Apparently I was not in the mood for a Benoni. I played 3.Nf3. This transposes into an English Opening. The normal move order for this Symmetrical English is 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4.

Now it was Taylor’s turn to transpose. After 3…g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 we are in a Sicilian. This Maroczy Bind type line could arise with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3. The actual Maroczy Bind follows 2…Nc6. Black attacked on the kingside. In the process White picked off pawn after pawn. When the attack stalled, the game was lost.

Sawyer - Taylor, Williamsport, PA 1995 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 a6 [8...Nc6 9.Be3=] 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qd2 Ng4 11.Bxg4 Bxg4 12.f3  [12.Nd5!?] 12...Bd7 [12...Be6!?] 13.Nd5 Nxd4 [13...Ne5!=] 14.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 15.Qxd4 e5 16.Qd2 Be6 17.Kh1 a5 18.b3 Kg7 [18...Bxd5 19.Qxd5+/=] 19.Rfd1 [19.Nc3+/-] 19...f5 [19...Bxd5 20.Qxd5+/=] 20.Nc3 f4 21.Qxd6 Qf6 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.Qxf6+ [Or 23.Qxd5+-] 23...Rxf6 24.Rxd5 Re6 [24...Rb6 25.h4+/-] 25.Rd7+ Kf6 26.Rad1 Raa6 27.h3 [27.Rxb7+-] 27...Rab6 28.R1d5 h5 29.Rxa5 Kg5 30.Rb5 Rbd6 31.Rxe5+ Rxe5 32.Rxd6 Kh4 33.Rxg6 Re7 34.Kh2 1-0

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