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26 Jun 2017

B40 Sicilian: 2...e6, Unusual lines

B40 Sicilian: 2...e6, Unusual lines

I am back into posting after using my time to other things for awhile and this time the posts will be published more regularly than in a long time. The posts should be appearing five times a week again. I am still going through my previously posted games and changing the names of the openings played in the games according to how Deep Fritz 14 categorizes them. When I get far enough in the future with these improvements, I will also start adding new Chess960 games to look at. Also when I get things going properly again, I will start doing videos to YouTube again.

While Deep Fritz 14 classifies this opening to include the move 5...c5, it is not the best move. Moves like 5...Nf6 and 5...Be7 are better according to the engine Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT. My opponent should have been in some problems after the 5th move, but in the position below my opponent made a move that could have cost Marko Krale the game. My opponent played 8...Qc7 and with correct play I would have been on my way to victory. I played 9.Bd3 in the game, which was not the best decision. I should have played either 9.O-O-O or 9.Bf4. After my 9th move the position should be slightly better for me. In order to keep the situation in control, my opponent should have played 9...Nd7, but he played 9...Nc6 instead, which allowed me to increase my advantage again with the move 10.Nxc6.

The next turning point came when we reached the position that can be seen in the diagram below. I played 13.Bd3 in order to save my bishop pair, but it was more important to get a new piece into the game. In reply Marko Krale played 13...h6, which was a bad choice. Because my opponent was clearly behind in development, it was important to get pieces out as fast as possible. The move 13...h6 is just too slow. Therefore moves like 13...Bd6 and 13...Bd7 are better options than the move Marko Krale played.

The next position of interest was reached after my 18th move Qg3. It can be seen in the next diagram. My opponent decided to defend the pawn on g7 by moving the bishop to f8. It left the king in the center and development of the kingside became very difficult. It may look scary to place the king on the same file as my queen and go on the side of the board where also my bishops are aiming, but there is no real danger yet, because the kingside is sufficiently defended. The move Marko Krale played was horrible enough to result in a lost position. I took my chance to weaken the pawn structure on the kingside immediately and played 19.Bxf6, which is the strongest reply according to Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT. After the obvious 19...gxf6, I played 20.Re2, which is a step in the wrong direction. A more accurate move was 20.Bf5. That being said, I should be doing well also in the game continuation.

The next position that I am going to take out of the game was seen in the game after 20...Qb8. In the game I played 21.Qh4, in order to keep my opponent on the defensive. Had Marko Krale played 21...Be7, it would have been clearer that I made a mistake on my 21st move. Concentrating my efforts towards e6 was a better idea. After 21.Qh4, the position should be roughly even. It would have required an accurate play from my opponent and the only good move for my opponent would have been the aforementioned 21...Be7. In the game Marko Krale played 21...Bg7, which was another step towards a loss.

My 22nd move, Ne4, was a bad idea from me, which would have let my opponent back in the game, had he played either 22...Qe5 or 22...Qd8 in reply. 22.Qb4 was my best choice. Neither 22...Qe5 nor 22...Qd8 was played, my opponent instead chose to play 22...Bxe4, which is one way of protecting the pawn on f6, but not a good one. The light-squared bishop could have offered my opponent some counterplay especially if combined with the rook on the half open g-file and perhaps with the queen. I then should have taken the bishop with my queen, in order to centralize it and prevent my opponent from castling. I instead played 23.Rxe4 and the game was quite evenly played for a little while. The next turning point came in the diagram position below.

Marko Krale did not castle, but instead moved the queen to c7 on move 24. Maybe he thought that the king is more secure on e8 than on g8, which I can understand to some degree, but since there was a clear threat of Bxf5, I would have taken my chances and castled. I happily took the free pawn and probably was confident about my chances of winning the game at that point in the game. My opponent blundered with 25...Rd8 and at that point I had the chance to force a mate in four. This was definetely my best chance to win the game, but unfortunately I missed the mating sequence and made things unnecessarily difficult for me. The game continued favorably for me even after that with the moves 26.Rxd8+ Qxd8, but then I traded queens and the game seemed to go towards a draw from that point on. The next diagram shows the position after 32.Re3. It was in this position that my opponent started to give me play again and maybe with accurate play, I could have even won the game.

The game game continued with the moves 32...Bg7 33.Bd3 Ra1 34.a4 Rd1. With each of his three moves, Marko Krale made his position worse. I was not making the best moves either and instead of 34.a4, I should have played 34.Rf3. I played it a move later and it was still a good move, keeping me firmly in the driver's seat. After some mistakes from both sides, we reached the position seen in the diagram below, taken after 40...Be5. I played 41.Rd3+ and the game went on peacefully and draw was agreed upon on move 50.

This paragraph was typed when I originally shared this game. This is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. I had my chances to win this game but I was not able to take advantage of them and the game ended in a draw. I may have a pawn more in the end position but I do not have any way to improve my position as my opponent's pieces are restricting my actions quite a lot. So he has enough compensation for the pawn to draw this game with ease.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Marko Krale"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "1895"] [BlackElo "1719"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 {Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation} 3. Nc3 Qd8 (3... Qa5 4. d4 (4. b4 {Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Leonhardt Gambit} ) 4... e5 (4... Nf6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Ne5 c6 7. g4 {Scandinavian Defense: Grünfeld Variation}) 5. Nf3 Bg4 {Scandinavian Defense: Anderssen Counterattack. Collijn Variation}) 4. d4 e6 5. Nf3 c5 {B40 Sicilian: 2...e6, Unusual lines} (5... c6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Bd6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Ne4 Qe7 11. a4 a5 12. c3 Nd7 13. Qb3 O-O 14. Rfe1 Bc7 15. g3 b6 16. Bc4 Kh8 17. Rad1 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Rxa6 19. Qc4 Nb8 20. Re2 {Roehlich,D (1982)-Burow,R (1476) Frankfurt 2013 1/2-1/2 (39)}) 6. Be3 cxd4 7. Nxd4 (7. Qxd4 Qxd4 8. Nxd4 a6 9. O-O-O Nf6 10. Be2 Be7 11. g4 O-O 12. a3 Nbd7 13. Rhg1 Rd8 14. f4 Nf8 15. f5 Ne8 16. fxe6 Nxe6 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Bf3 Nd6 19. Nd5 Nc4 20. Bf2 Ne5 21. Bh1 h6 { Peptan,C (2434)-Smailovic,R (2209) Bar 2005 1-0 (31)}) 7... a6 8. Qf3 $146 (8. Bd3 Nf6 9. h3 Bb4 10. Nde2 Nd5 11. Bd2 Nc6 12. O-O Nxc3 13. Nxc3 Qh4 14. Re1 Bc5 15. Ne4 Be7 16. Bf1 g5 17. Bc3 Rg8 18. Bf6 Qf4 19. g3 Qc7 20. Qh5 Rg6 21. Bxe7 Nxe7 22. Qxh7 f5 {Kornasiewicz,S (2350) -Marzec,J (2135) Slask 1996 1-0 (51)}) 8... Qc7 (8... Bb4 9. O-O-O Nd7 $16) 9. Bd3 (9. Bf4 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 $18) 9... Nc6 $2 (9... Nd7 $142 $5 $14 {and Black can hope to live}) 10. Nxc6 $16 Qxc6 11. Be4 Qc7 12. O-O {White has a king attack} (12. O-O-O $5 Nf6 13. Bf4 $18) 12... Nf6 (12... f5 13. Bd3 Bd6 14. Qh5+ Kf8 15. Rfe1 $11) 13. Bd3 { Black has a cramped position} (13. Rad1 Be7 14. Bf4 e5 $16) 13... h6 {White has a very active position} (13... Bd6 $5 14. g3 Bd7 $11) 14. Rfe1 Be7 { Black should quickly conclude development.} (14... Bd7 15. Bf4 Qb6 16. Ne4 $14) 15. Rad1 (15. Bf4 Qb6 $14) 15... Bd7 $14 {White has an active position} 16. Bf4 {White threatens to win material: Bf4xc7} Qc8 (16... Qb6 17. Be4 Bc6 18. Bxc6+ Qxc6 19. Qxc6+ bxc6 20. Na4 $14) 17. Be5 {Black has a cramped position} Bc6 18. Qg3 Bf8 $4 (18... O-O $142 $14 {was possible}) 19. Bxf6 $18 gxf6 20. Re2 (20. Bf5 $142 $1 {and White has triumphed} Be7 21. Qg7 $18) 20... Qb8 21. Qh4 $4 { White threatens to win material: Qh4xf6. White loses the upper hand} (21. Qg4 $142 Qc8 22. Bf5 $18) 21... Bg7 $4 (21... Be7 22. Be4 f5 23. Bxc6+ bxc6 $14) 22. Ne4 (22. Qb4 $142 {secures victory} Qc7 23. Rxe6+ fxe6 24. Bg6+ Qf7 25. Qg4 $18 (25. Bxf7+ $6 Kxf7 26. Ne4 Bf8 $18)) 22... Bxe4 (22... Qe5 23. f4 Qxb2 24. Nd6+ Ke7 25. Bc4 $11) 23. Rxe4 (23. Qxe4 $142 $5 Qc7 24. Qa4+ Kf8 25. Red2 $16) 23... f5 $11 {Black threatens to win material: f5xe4} 24. Re2 Qc7 (24... O-O $142 $5 $11 {is worthy of consideration}) 25. Bxf5 $16 Rd8 $4 {the position is going down the drain} (25... Qe7 26. Qf4 O-O 27. Bd3 $16) 26. Rxd8+ (26. Rxe6+ fxe6 27. Bg6+ Kf8 28. Rxd8+ Qxd8 29. Qxd8#) 26... Qxd8 $16 27. Qxd8+ (27. Qb4 Qd4 28. Qxd4 Bxd4 $16) 27... Kxd8 $14 28. Be4 Kc7 29. b3 Rd8 30. g3 Rd1+ 31. Kg2 Bc3 32. Re3 {White threatens to win material: Re3xc3} Bg7 (32... Bd4 33. Rd3 Rxd3 34. Bxd3 $14) 33. Bd3 $16 Ra1 (33... Bd4 34. Re4 Bc5 35. Rf4 $16) 34. a4 (34. Rf3 f6 35. Rf4 f5 $18) 34... Rd1 (34... Kd7 $142 $5 $16) 35. Rf3 $18 f5 36. Re3 (36. g4 $5 Re1 $18) 36... Kd6 37. Kf3 (37. Bc4 e5 $16) 37... a5 (37... Rd2 38. Bc4 Be5 39. Rd3+ Rxd3+ 40. Bxd3 $14) 38. Ke2 (38. Bc4 e5 $16) 38... Rh1 (38... Rc1 $142 $16) 39. h4 (39. Bc4 Be5 $18) 39... Rh2 $2 (39... Bd4 $142 { and Black has air to breath} 40. Rf3 Ke5 $11) 40. Bc4 $16 Be5 41. Rd3+ (41. Kf1 $142 $5 f4 42. gxf4 Bxf4 43. Rxe6+ Kc7 44. Bd5 $18) 41... Ke7 $14 42. Bb5 { The white bishop is well posted.} Bd6 43. c3 {Covers b4} (43. Rc3 Bb4 44. Rc8 Bd6 $14) 43... Bc5 $11 {Black threatens to win material: Bc5xf2} 44. Rf3 b6 45. Kf1 Rh1+ 46. Kg2 {White threatens to win material: Kg2xh1} Rb1 47. Bc4 Rb2 48. Rf4 Rc2 {Black threatens to win material: Rc2xc3} 49. Rf3 Kd6 50. Rd3+ 1/2-1/2

10 May 2017

B01 Scandinavian Defence (4.Nf3)

B01 Scandinavian Defence (4.Nf3)

The game I am sharing today was originally in the post B01 Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation. The new naming method will mean that there is no longer a post named like that. This game was played reasonably well until my opponent played 38...g5 in the diagram position below. Before that neither player had made any major mistakes. The problem with the move 38...g5 is that it loses a pawn by force. Or rather it would lose a pawn by force in case the player controlling the white pieces would play accurate moves. The loss of a pawn would mean a loss for my opponent, but apart from my reply 39.Rb5, I was not able to play correct moves. Marko Krale then played 39...Kd6 and now had I continued with 40.Rb6+, I would have been on my way to victory. In the game I played 40.Rb7, which allowed my opponent to get back into the game.

The game did not continue evenly all that long, because Marko Krale's 42nd move was a horrible blunder that allowed me to take the winning advantage once again. The problem with the move 42...Ke7 is that it gives me time to play 43.fxe5. Had my opponent moved his king to c7, I would not have had time to take on e5. The game continued with the moves 43...Rh4 44.Rc6 Rxh3+ and then I threw my win away again with the move 45.Kf4. The position was roughly even after that.

The final downhill began for Marko Krale when he played 46...Ke6. I replied correctly with 47.Rc6+ and then my opponent made the final mistake 47...Kf7?? After that the game quickly ended in my favor.

This paragraph was typed when I originally shared this game. The game below is from a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. I have still five games in progress in this tournament and I am still in the fight for the win. I might be quite close of reaching the best tournament score I have ever had at Red Hot Pawn but it can still go horribly wrong of course, nothing is all that certain at this point.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Marko Krale"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B01"] [WhiteElo "1895"] [BlackElo "1719"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "97"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 {Scandinavian Defense: Mieses-Kotroc Variation} 3. Nc3 Qd8 (3... Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 {Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation}) (3... Qd6 4. d4 c6 (4... Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 {Scandinavian Defense: Bronstein Variation}) 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Nge2 Bf5 7. Bf4 Qb4 {Scandinavian Defense: Schiller-Pytel Variation. Modern Variation}) 4. Nf3 {B01 Scandinavian Defence} e6 5. Bc4 (5. d4 Bb4 6. Bd3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Ne7 8. O-O Nd7 9. c4 c6 10. a4 Qc7 11. Qe2 Ng6 12. g3 Nf6 13. h4 O-O 14. Bg5 Ng4 15. h5 Ne7 16. Bf4 Qd8 17. Ng5 Nf6 18. Be5 Nf5 19. c3 h6 {Trigo Urquijo,S (2062)-Urbano Ortega,I Erandio 2004 1-0 (38)}) 5... c5 (5... Bb4 6. d3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Nf6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Bg5 b6 10. Re1 O-O 11. d4 h6 12. Bh4 Bb7 13. Ne5 g5 14. Bg3 Qc8 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. Be5 Qc6 17. f3 Ng4 18. Re2 Nxe5 19. Rxe5 Qxc4 20. Rb1 {Moreno,M-Prokopiuk,N Villa Angela 2016 0-1}) 6. O-O a6 $146 {Prevents intrusion on b5} (6... Nf6 7. Re1 Be7 8. d4 O-O 9. d5 b5 10. d6 bxc4 11. dxe7 Qxe7 12. Bf4 Rd8 13. Qe2 Nc6 14. Qxc4 Bb7 15. Be3 Rac8 16. Bxc5 Qc7 17. b4 Nxb4 18. Qxb4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Qxc5 20. Qxc5 Rxc5 21. Red1 {Deimert,E (1720)-Enns,P Grande Prairie 2010 1/2-1/2 (49)}) (6... Nc6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nb5 a6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Bc5 11. c3 Nf6 12. Bg5 O-O 13. Bd3 Be7 14. Qe2 Nd5 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. f4 Qc7 17. Qf2 Nf6 18. Rae1 h6 19. Qh4 Qa5 20. g4 Qd8 21. g5 {Darwisch,M (1734)-Wienen,J (1670) Germany 2008 1-0 (41)}) 7. a4 Nc6 8. d3 Nf6 9. Bg5 Be7 {Black should quickly conclude development.} 10. Re1 O-O 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Bd6 {Black threatens to win material: Bd6xe5} (12... Qc7 13. Re1 $11) 13. Re1 h6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 {Black has the pair of bishops} 15. Qe2 Bd7 (15... Bc7 16. Qe3 b6 17. g3 $15) 16. Ne4 { White threatens to win material: Ne4xf6. White forks: d6+f6} Qe7 17. Nxd6 Qxd6 18. Qg4 (18. a5 Rfd8 $11) 18... b5 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bb3 Bc6 21. Rxa8 Rxa8 22. Qe2 Bd5 23. c4 bxc4 24. Bxc4 {A sound move} Rd8 25. b3 {Controls c4} Rb8 26. Ra1 g6 27. g3 Qc6 (27... Bb7 28. Kf1 $11) 28. f4 (28. Qe3 Ra8 29. Rxa8+ Qxa8 30. Bxd5 Qxd5 31. Qxh6 Qxd3 $11) 28... Bh1 (28... Rd8 29. Qe3 $15) 29. h3 (29. f5 gxf5 (29... exf5 $143 30. Ra6 Qf3 31. Rxg6+ Kh7 32. Qxf3 Bxf3 33. Rf6 $16) 30. Ra6 Qb7 31. Rxe6 fxe6 32. Qxe6+ Kg7 33. Qe5+ Kg6 34. Qe6+ Kh7 35. Qxf5+ Kg7 36. Qe5+ Kg6 37. Qe6+ Kh7 38. Qf5+ Kg7 39. Qe5+ Kg6 40. Qe6+ Kh7 41. Qf5+ $11) 29... Rd8 30. Kh2 (30. f5 gxf5 (30... exf5 $143 31. Ra6 Qf3 32. Qxf3 Bxf3 33. Rxg6+ Kh7 34. Rf6 $16) 31. Ra6 Qf3 32. Qxf3 Bxf3 $15) 30... Bd5 31. Qe3 Bxc4 32. bxc4 Qd6 {Black threatens to win material: Qd6xd3} (32... Rb8 33. Qe2 $15) 33. Rd1 (33. Ra5 Rb8 $11) 33... Qd4 (33... Rb8 $5 $17) 34. Qxd4 $11 {White forks: c5+d8} Rxd4 {A rook endgame occured. Here comes the goal-getter} 35. Kg2 Kf8 36. Kf3 Ke7 37. Ke3 f5 {Black has a new backward pawn: e6} (37... f6 38. Rb1 e5 39. fxe5 fxe5 40. Rb6 $11) 38. Rb1 g5 $4 (38... Rd7 $142 $14 {would keep Black alive}) 39. Rb5 $18 Kd6 40. Rb7 (40. Rb6+ $142 Ke7 41. Rc6 $18) 40... gxf4+ $11 41. gxf4 e5 {Black threatens to win material: e5xf4.} 42. Rb6+ {White skewers: h6} Ke7 $4 {with this move Black loses his initiative} (42... Kc7 $142 {is the best chance} 43. Rxh6 e4 $11) 43. fxe5 $18 Rh4 (43... f4+ { cannot change destiny} 44. Kd2 h5 45. Rf6 $18) 44. Rc6 Rxh3+ 45. Kf4 {White threatens to win material: Kf4xf5} (45. Kd2 $142 {finishes off the opponent} f4 46. Rxc5 Rh2+ 47. Kc3 $18) 45... Rxd3 $11 46. Rxc5 {White has a new passed pawn: c4.} Ke6 $2 (46... Rd1 $142 $5 $11 {and Black can hope to survive}) 47. Rc6+ $16 Kf7 $4 {causes further problems for White} (47... Ke7 $142 48. Rxh6 Rc3 49. Kxf5 Rxc4 50. Rh7+ Kf8 $16) 48. Kxf5 $18 Kg7 49. Rc7+ (49. Rc7+ Kf8 50. c5 Ke8 51. Rh7 Kd8 52. Rxh6 Rc3 53. Ke6 Re3 54. Rh8+ Kc7 55. Kd5 Rd3+ 56. Ke4 Rd1 57. e6 Kc6 58. Ke5 Re1+ 59. Kf6 Rf1+ 60. Ke7 Kxc5 61. Rc8+ Kb6 62. Ke8 Ra1 63. e7 Re1 64. Rc4 Kb5 65. Rd4 Ra1 66. Kd7 Ra8 67. Rd2 Kc5 68. e8=Q Rxe8 69. Kxe8 Kc4 70. Rd6 Kc5 71. Kd7 Kb5 72. Rd5+ Kb4 73. Kd6 Kc4 74. Kc6 Kb3 75. Kc5 Kc3 76. Kb5 Kb2 77. Kc4 Kc2 78. Kb4 Kb2 79. Rc5 Ka1 80. Kb3 Kb1 81. Rc6 Ka1 82. Rc1#) 1-0