Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sicilian Like a French Defence

Mr. H. wins with his runaway h-pawn in a Sicilian Defence. White's third move 3.c3 is a surprise weapon. Black had an excellent follow-up with 3...Nf6! Ray Haines preferred the French Defence a move behind with 3...e6 4.d4 d5 5.e5. The closed nature of the position could give equal chances, but gradually White's position became somewhat better. When Black blundered on move 21, White's chances improved. However White threw the game away on move 36. Black's runaway h-pawn decided the game.

[My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.]

matejamijuskovic - Haines, chess24, 22.04.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 e6 [3...Nf6! 4.Be2!? e5 (4...Nxe4? 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.Qxe4+-) 5.0-0 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Nxe4 8.dxc5 Nxc5 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Nd5 Bf6 11.Nxf6+ Qxf6 12.Be3 0-0 13.Nd4= White has compensation for the pawn sacrificed.] 4.d4 d5 [4...cxd4 5.cxd4 Nf6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.0-0 0-0 9.a3+/=] 5.e5 [5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bd3+/=] 5...Qb6 [5...Nc6=] 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.b3 [7.0-0+/=] 7...Nd7 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Bc2 [9.0-0+/=] 9...Be7 [9...cxd4 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Nbd2 Qa6=] 10.0-0 f5 11.g3 0-0 12.Qd3 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nb4 14.Qd2 Nxc2 15.Qxc2 Nb8 16.Nc3 Nc6 17.Rac1 Bd7 18.Na4 Qa5 19.Bd2 Qd8 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.Qxc5 Qe7? [21...h6=] 22.Qxe7 Nxe7 23.Bb4 [23.Rc7!+-] 23...Rfe8 24.Rc7 Bb5? [24...Nc6 25.Rxd7+/-] 25.Rfc1 [25.Bxe7 Bxf1 26.Kxf1+-] 25...Nc6 26.Bd6 [26.Rxb7+-] 26...Be2 27.Nd2 Nxd4 28.Bc5 Nf3+ 29.Nxf3 Bxf3 30.Rxb7 a6 31.Rc3 Rec8 32.Re7 Be4 33.Rxe6 d4 34.Bxd4 Rxc3 35.Bxc3 Rc8 36.Rxa6? [36.Bd2+/-] 36...Rxc3 37.f4 Rc2 38.b4 Rg2+ 39.Kf1 Rxh2 40.Ke1 [40.b5 Rb2-/+] 40...Rb2 41.a3 Rb3 42.Kf2 Rf3+ 43.Ke2 Rxg3 44.Kd2 [44.Kf2 Rf3+ 45.Kg1 Rxf4-+] 44...Rb3 [44...h5 45.Rd6 h4-+] 45.e6 Kf8 46.Kc1 h5 47.Kd2 h4 48.Ke2 h3 [48...Bd3+! 49.Ke3 Bxa6+ 50.Kd4 h3-+] 49.Kf2 h2 0-1

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