Monday, October 17, 2016

Sharp Sicilian Sozin vs Smith

I played a Sicilian Defence against Eric Smith in a Najdorf Sozin. This opening was very sharp. Alas the players were not sharp.

One of the thematic tactical treats in the Najdorf Sozin is for Black to push his b-pawn to drive away the protection of e4.

Black cannot normally win the pawn without facing a very strong attack. As Black I tried it. I got in big trouble. I escaped and won.

Smith - Sawyer, Williamsport, PA 1994 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 b5 8.Bb3 Bb7 [Safer and more common is 8...Be7=] 9.Re1 [Those who like the murky waters of a speculative sacrifice might be happy to try 9.Bxe6!? fxe6 10.Nxe6 Qc8 11.Nd5=] 9...b4?! [Now it is Black who goes in the risky play. He dares White to sacrifice. A more sound approach would be 9...Nbd7=] 10.Na4 [10.Nd5! Nbd7 11.Bg5+/- gives White a strong attack.] 10...Nxe4? [10...Nc6 11.c3 bxc3 12.Nxc3+/=] 11.f3! Nc5 12.Be3?! [This leads only to equality. White can win by 12.Nxc5! dxc5 13.Ba4+ Nc6 (13...Nd7 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bg5 Be7 16.Rxe6 0-0 17.Bxe7+- and Black is busted.; and moving the king loses to a pretty mate after 13...Ke7 14.Nf5+ Kf6 15.Qxd8+ Be7 16.Qxe7+ Kxf5 17.Qg5#) 14.Nxc6 Qd7 15.Qxd7+ Kxd7 16.Ne5+ Ke7 17.Be3+- White is up a knight with a great position.] 12...Nxb3 13.Nxb3?! [13.axb3=] 13...Nd7 14.c3 bxc3 15.Nxc3 [Black has an extra passed d-pawn. White's attack has stalled. If Black has time to complete his development and to consolidate his position, he will gain a big advantage.] 15...Be7 16.Qd3 0-0 17.Rad1 d5 18.f4 Qc7 19.Ne2 [19.Rc1 Qd6 20.Na4 Bc6 21.Nac5 Bb5-/+] 19...Rac8 20.Rc1 Qb8 21.Kh1 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Rc8 23.Rxc8+ Qxc8 24.Ng3 Nc5 25.Qe2 [Or 25.Bxc5 Bxc5 26.Ne2 Bb6-+ when Black has the two bishops and a extra pawn.] 25...Nxb3 26.axb3 Bc5 27.Bxc5 Qxc5 0-1

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