Monday, February 6, 2017

Sicilian Defence Haines Win

English Attack against the Sicilian Defence proceeds logically from a strong position. Black maintains counter chances in this unbalanced chess opening. Ray Haines won as Black against Roger Hardison in this game played in northern New England.

When I first moved from New England to Tom Purser's home town in Tennessee, I became an Atlanta Falcons fan. I added other teams as I moved around the country. I love the South, but my New England roots run deepest when teams play my Patriots.

Ray Haines wrote this which I edited: "My game with Roger Hardison was a wide open game with both kings being open to attack. He played 18.gxh7 with check. I did not like to take that pawn with my king because he could move his bishop to d3. This would resulted in him having a discovered check. I was happy with my game here, but it was not a simple game with this fast time control."

Hardison - Haines, Houlton Open (3), 07.01.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.0-0-0 Qc7 [9...0-0 10.g4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.h4 b4 13.Na4 Rb8=] 10.g4 0-0 11.h4 [11.g5 Nd7 12.h4 b5 13.g6!? with a very sharp position.] 11...b5 12.a3 [12.g5+/= continues the attack.] 12...Rb8 [12...Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Nd7=] 13.h5 b4 14.axb4 [14.Nxc6 Qxc6 15.axb4 Rxb4 16.g5 Ne8 17.Nd5+/-] 14...Nxb4 [14...Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Qb7 16.g5 Qxb4 and Black has good practical chances.] 15.Nb3 [15.g5+/=] 15...Qb7 16.g5 [16.Bc4=] 16...Nd7 17.g6 Nxc2 18.gxh7+ Kh8 [18...Kxh7 19.Qxc2 Qxb3 20.Qg2 Bf6=/+] 19.Qxc2 Qxb3 20.Qg2 Kxh7 [20...Bf6=/+] 21.Bd3 Ne5 22.Rhg1 Bf6 23.f4 Nxd3+ 24.Rxd3 Qc4 [24...Rg8-/+] 25.Qd2? [25.Qc2!=] 25...Bb7 26.e5 dxe5 27.fxe5 Bxe5 28.Bd4 Qc7 29.Qg5 Bf4+ 0-1

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