Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sicilian Defence 3.Nc3 Attack f5

The Sicilian Defence 2...Nf6 line leads to original positions. Surprise tactics turn in any direction to trick masters. White responded 3.Nc3 giving Black opportunity to return to popular lines with 3...d6 4.d4. Instead, Black countered with 3...d5. International Master G.A. Stany of India found a sudden tactic against Grandmaster Nils Grandelius of Sweden. Black's Dragon like bishop fianchetto left a natural vulnerability to a pawn push such as f4-f5, but the pawn is not the only piece to attack the f5 square.

Stany (2502) - Grandelius (2647), London CC Superblitz KO, 10.12.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nxd5 Nxe5 6.Bb5+ Nbc6 7.Ne3 Bd7 8.Be2 g6 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 cxd4 11.Qxd4 Bg7 12.Qb4 Bc6 13.0-0 0-0 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Qh4 [15.Bd2=] 15...Rad8 16.Bd2 Rd4 17.Qg3 [17.Qh3 h5=/+] 17...Rfd8 [17...f5=/+] 18.Bc3 Rxd1+ 19.Bxd1 Qd6? [19...Be4=/+; or 19...f5=/+] 20.f4 Nd7? [Somewhat better was 20...Nc4 21.Nxc4 Qc5+ 22.Ne3+/=. Now White wins at least a full piece.]
21.Bxg7! Kxg7 [21...Nf6 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.c3+-] 22.Nf5+! 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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