Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ekebjaerg in Grand Prix Sicilian

Two International Correspondence Grandmasters clashed in a Queens Knight Attack that transposed into the Grand Prix Sicilian Defence. Ove Ekebjaerg of Denmark was one of the leading 1.Nc3 players in the world during the 40 period of 1963 to 2002. Take note of his games. Playing the Black pieces was Michel Lecroq.

The Sicilian Defence is a popular chess opening because it allows Black to counter any of White’s attempts to win. One excellent approach is the Grand Prix Attack with 2.Nc3 and 3.f4. GM Roman Dzindzichashvili promoted this method. Roman is persuasive. From time to time I play the Grand Prix as White.

I recommend “Chess Openings for White, Explained” by Lev Alburt, Dzindzichashvili, Perelshteyn and Al Lawrence. They wrote in Chapter 14 on Meeting the Sicilian Defence:

"A practical White player needs something that reduces Black's options and that offers a straightforward way to play for the advantage.
"In the 1970s, British masters put together such an approach, using the pawn-push f4, for their weekend circuit of tournaments - the Grand Prix. Their approach caught the attention of chess players around the world."

Ekebjaerg (2590) - Lecroq (2570), W-ch14 corr9499, 1994 begins 1.Nc3 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.a4 [6.0-0 Nxb5 7.Nxb5=; 6.Bc4!?] 6...b6 [6...Nh6 7.Bc4 e6 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3=; 6...Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 d6 9.Nxd4 cxd4 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5=] 7.Bc4 [7.0-0 Bb7 8.Be2!?=] 7...Bb7 8.Bd5 Bxd5 9.Nxd5 e6 10.Ne3 d6 [10...Ne7 11.0-0 d5 12.d3 0-0 13.e5=] 11.c3 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Nf6 [12...Ne7 13.f5 Nc6 14.0-0 0-0=] 13.0-0 0-0 14.d3 d5 15.c4 dxe4 16.dxe4 Qc7 17.e5 Nd7 18.a5 Rae8 19.Rd1 bxa5 20.Rd6 Rb8 21.Ra6 g5 22.g3 gxf4 23.gxf4 Qb7 24.Qxb7 Rxb7 25.R1xa5 Ra8 26.Ra2 Bf8 27.R6a3 Be7 28.Ng4 h5 29.Nf2 f6 30.exf6 Bxf6 31.Ne4 Bd4+ 32.Kg2 Nb6 [32...Nf6 33.Ng5 e5 34.f5+/=] 33.b3 Nd7 34.Bb2 Bxb2 35.Rxb2 Rab8 36.Rd2 Kf8 37.Rd3 Ke7 38.Rg3 Rh8 [38...Kf8 39.Ng5 Ke7 40.Re3+/-] 39.Ra6 Rh7 40.Rg6 Nf8 41.Rg8 Kf7 42.Rg5 Rc7 43.Nxc5 Re7 [43...Rg7 44.Rxg7+ Kxg7 45.Ne4+-] 44.Ne4 1-0

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