Friday, June 23, 2017

Sicilian Defence vs Sandford

The flexibility of the Sicilian Defence can be a curse. Players have wide latitude in how to arrange the pieces. One slight inaccuracy can decide the entire direction of the game. Tom Sandford played White in this Sicilian Defence. Ray wrote (edited for space):

"This first round game between Tom Sandford and me was played in Houlton, Maine on 6-3-17. The time control was game/65. This is a bit fast for me. I made a mistake in this of putting my queen on the wrong square. I had more time than to work with but had a lost game..." [After] "I stopped writing down the moves I was able to win the white pawns on the queenside, but he won all of my pawns on the king side. The pieces all got traded off, which left him with three passed pawns. He had less time than I did with only about 48 seconds remaining to play. I had one or two minutes. I resigned."

My friendship with Ray Haines goes back 45 years when he often played the King's Gambit against me. This was his only loss in the event. I plan to show his wins soon.

[My new King's Gambit Playbook is now available.]

Sandford - Haines, Houlton, ME (1), 03.06.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 [4...Nxd7] 5.0-0 [5.c4] 5...Nc6 6.d4 [6.c3!?] 6...cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Re1 [8.Nc3=] 8...e6 [8...g6!?] 9.Bg5 Be7 10.c4 a6 11.Nc3 0-0 12.Qd2 [12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.Rc1=] 12...Rfd8 13.Rad1 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 b5?! [14...Qc6=] 15.cxb5 axb5 16.e5 Ne8 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Qb4 Qb7 19.exd6 Qc6? [19...Qb8 20.Ne4+/-] 20.Re3 [20.Nxb5!+-] 20...Nf6 [20...Rxd6 21.Rxd6+/=] 21.Red3 [21.Re5+-] 21...Ra7 22.a3 Rad7 [22...Rb7 23.h3+/-] 23.Qxb5 Qxb5 24.Nxb5 Rb8 25.a4 Nd5 26.b3 Nb4 27.Rc3 Nd5 28.Rc4 Kf8 29.Rdc1 Rbd8 30.g3 [Or 30.a5+- ] 30...f6 31.Rc8 Ke8 32.Kg2 Nb6 33.R8c6 Nd5 34.R6c5 Nb4 35.R5c4 Nd5 36.Rh4 h6 37.Rg4 g5 38.h4 1-0

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