Monday, March 13, 2017

Sicilian Defence Dragon Sedlock

One of my better Dragon Sicilians was against Ervin Sedlock from Illinois, the home of Jim and Helen Warren. It appears Erv Sedlock retired to Florida. I did the same thing. Sedlock was a USCF National Tournament Director. Erv Sedlock played chess for over 60 years. We contested a popular Sicilian Defence Dragon. This game saw the battle of two rooks. Black doubled his rooks on the c-file. They were ready for attack. Meanwhile the White pawns were racing toward the Black king. Soon the White queen invaded.

White doubled his rooks on the first rank. Then the kingside pawns disappeared, The White rooks on g1 and h1 proved to be very powerful on those open lines. Black had the advantage of the two bishops against two knights. However, White had the initiative. His knights were side by side hitting many strategic squares. The Black king was flushed out of the pocket to the open field. In a tactical combination Black lost one of his bishops. Down a piece in the endgame, Black resigned.

Sawyer (2150) - Sedlock (2000), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.h4 Rfc8 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3 Qd8 [15...Qc7 16.g4+/=] 16.Bh6 [16.e5!+/-] 16...Bh8 [16...Bxh6 17.Qxh6+/=] 17.h5 Rac8 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.g4?! [19.e5!+/-] 19...b5 [19...Bxg4!=] 20.Qh2 b4 21.Bf8  [Wrong direction. Correct is 21.Bf4! Bg7 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Bh6+-] 21...Nh5 22.gxh5 Qxf8 [22...g5 23.Bxe7 Qxe7 24.Nd5+/-] 23.hxg6 Qg7 24.gxf7+ Kxf7 25.Qh5+ Qg6 26.Qxg6+ Kxg6 27.Rdg1+ Kf7 28.Rh7+ Ke6 29.Nd5 Bf6 30.Rg6 Re8 31.Rxe7+ Rxe7 32.Rxf6+ Ke5 33.f4+ Kxe4 34.Nxe7 1-0

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