Monday, October 3, 2016

Sicilian Battle Morin vs Haines

The battle in the Sicilian Defence takes place on any of the four squares in the middle of the board. Roger Morin took on Ray Haines to battle over the center. Ray Haines wrote:

“I played Roger Morin from Houlton Maine. He has a 2020 rating and is in the top five players in Maine. He played a King pawn opening and I replied with a Sicilian defense. He played a little passive. He played bishop to king two (6.Be2) which is a good move if you are planning to play it to king bishop three (Bf3), but he also played his king bishop pawn to King bishop three (10.f3). This setup does not work well together. The bishop cannot go to bishop three (f3) now. He later moved his bishop to queen three (17.Bd3) to help in his king side attack. This was a small mistake. I had play on the queenside with my pawns and rooks. I also had play with my bishops in the center. This is normal in the Sicilian. The game ended in a draw.”

White played cautiously. He did not choose to play 9.Bf3! which would challenge the timing of these specific opening moves. Black got an edge but chose not to maintain the protection of e4 on move 27. The draw seemed reasonable. The USCF listed Roger Morin with a pre-event rating of 2033.

Morin (2033) - Haines, Houlton, ME (2), 17.09.2016 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 [Black chooses the Scheveningen e6 setup. 6...e5 is the Najdorf.] 7.Be3 Be7 8.0-0 b5!? [8...0-0=] 9.a3 [White is cautious. A strong idea is 9.Bf3! b4 10.e5 dxe5 11.Nde2+/-] 9...Bb7 10.f3 0-0 11.Qe1 Nc6 [11...Nbd7=] 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Rd1 Qc7 14.Qf2 Rac8 15.g4 [15.Rd2 d5 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5=] 15...Qb7 [15...Nd7!?=/+] 16.Rd2 a5 17.Bd3 b4 [17...Nd7=/+] 18.axb4 axb4 19.Ne2 d5 20.g5 Nd7 21.Nd4 Ne5 22.f4 [22.Nxc6 Qxc6 23.exd5 exd5=/+] 22...Ng4  [Or 22...Nxd3-/+] 23.Qe2 Nxe3 24.Qxe3 Bc5 25.c3 [25.e5 g6-/+] 25...bxc3 [25...dxe4! 26.Bc2 Ra8-+] 26.bxc3 dxe4 27.Bc2 Qb6?! [Black eases his protection of e4. Worth a try is 27...Rfe8!-+] 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.Qxe4 Rfd8 30.Kg2 Bxd4 31.cxd4 Qc6 [31...Rd5=/+] 32.Kf3 Qxe4+ 33.Kxe4 Rd5 34.Ra1 [Haines noted that the position is also equal after 34.f5 Rd6=] 34...g6 35.Ra4 Rcd8 36.h4 Kg7 37.Rc2 R8d7 38.Rc8 Rd8 39.Rxd8 Rxd8 40.Ra5 h6 41.d5 exd5+ 42.Rxd5 Ra8 43.Rd7 hxg5 44.hxg5 Ra6 45.Rd5 Re6+ 1/2-1/2

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