Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sicilian Defence Dragon Bc4 Win

Just do it. Go for it! That’s the attitude when a blitz player gets an idea. Give it a try. Why not? It could work. If not, it’s only a game. It will be done in five minutes. Try something else next time. That’s the sense I get from my Sicilian Defence Dragon Variation vs Gecko in 1999. At that time I was near my blitz chess peak.

Both players got frisky on move 16. White attacked kingside with 16.Bh6?! Better would have been to strengthen the center with 16.Nb3 and 17.Bd4. Black could have punished White and defended the kingside with 16...Nxe4 and 17...Bxh6. Instead Black sacrificed the Exchange with 16...Rxc3?! White held on to the material after 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qxc3. Pieces were flying around as they do in the Dragon. Both sides missed a few things. White’s extra material and better king position made the difference.

[My Main Line 1...c5 Playbook is available in Kindle and paperback. This covers the Sicilian Defence Najdorf and the King's Indian Defence both for Black.]

Sawyer (2418) - Gecko (1625), ICC 5 0 u Internet Chess Club, 28.11.1999 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Qa5 11.Bb3 Rfc8 12.h4 Ne5 13.h5 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.Bh6?! [16.Nb3! Qe5 17.Bd4+/-] 16...Rxc3? [16...Nxe4 17.Qe3 Bxh6 18.Qxh6 Qg5+ 19.Qxg5 Nxg5=] 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qxc3 Qxa2 19.Qa3 Qc4 [19...Qxa3 20.bxa3+/=] 20.Qb3 [20.e5!+-] 20...Qc7 21.Ne6+ Bxe6 22.Qxe6 Rc8 23.Rd2+/- Qa5?
24.c3 [24.Qxe7+!+-] 24...Rc7 25.Kb1 Qb5 26.g4 Rxc3? 27.Qxe7+ Kg8 28.Qxf6 Rc7 29.Qd8+ Black resigns 1-0

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