Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sicilian Defence vs Pelle Lingsell

Pelle Lingsell of Sweden is a good blitz player and 30 years younger than me. Lingsell obtained a peak Internet Chess Club blitz rating on 2307 on 15-Feb-2013. We played five games in a wide variety of openings during the year 2012. I scored 4-1.

In the Sicilian Defence I answered his Najdorf Variation with 6.f4. Usually as White I develop a bishop on move 6 but not always. Now Black must choose between the Scheveningen approach with 6…e6 or the Najdorf with 6…e5. The main difference lies in which pawn push fits well. The move 6…e6 which supports d5. The move 5…a6 kept White from attacking a backward d6 with a move like Nb5. Pelle Lingsell chose the Najdorf idea 6…e5.

White is supposed to solidify his position with Nd4-Nf3. Then White can play Bd3 and hope to enjoy his space advantage. But then I went off half-cocked with my move 7.fxe5. It allowed Black to swap queens and keep my king in the center. Black attacked me. I was on the defensive and struggling. At the key moment in this fast paced blitz game Black missed a winning combination on move 22. That turned the tables and I won.

Sawyer (2007) - Lingsell (2093), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 04.11.2012 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.fxe5? [The normal line is 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.a4 Be7 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0=] 7...dxe5 8.Nf3 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Nc6 10.Bd3 Bb4 11.Bd2 0-0 12.a3 Bc5 13.Ke2 b5 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Nd8?! [15...Nd4+ 16.Nxd4 Bxd4=] 16.b4 Bd6 17.c4 bxc4 [Black has a chance to cross me up with 17...e4!=/+ ] 18.Bxc4 f5 19.Bg5 Nf7 20.Be3 Bb7 21.Bc5?! [21.g3=] 21...Rac8 22.Rhc1 e4? [The winning combination is 22...Bxc5 23.bxc5 Rxc5 24.d6 Bd5 25.Bxa6 Ra5 26.Bc4 Bxc4+ 27.Rxc4 Nxd6-+] 23.Nd4 Bxc5 24.bxc5 Ne5? [24...Rxc5 25.Rab1+/-] 25.c6 Nxc4 26.Rxc4 Ba8 [During the game I expected 26...a5 but I see White is still winning after 27.Ke3+-] 27.Rac1 Rfd8? 28.Nxf5 Kf7 29.d6 g6 30.d7 Rc7 31.Nd6+ Ke6 32.Nxe4 Kd5 33.Nf6+ [I missed 33.Rc5+! Kxe4? 34.R1c4#] 33...Ke6 34.Ne8 Rcxd7 35.cxd7 Rxd7 36.Nc7+ Kf5 37.Nxa8 1-0


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