SicilianB23

Michael Campling (87)
Bruce Holland (93)

LDCL Div 4 (Banbury D v)
Banbury, 2011


B20: Sicilian: Unusual White 2nd moves

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 e6 3. Nc3 last book move 3... a6 4. a3 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. O-O d5 6. exd5 exd5 7. Re1+ Be7= 4... Nc6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Qc7 Black is behind in developement. Black's piece can't move: c8 8. Nf3 8. Nxc6 dxc6 9. Bg5= 8... g6 8... Bc5 9. O-O= 9. Be3 9. Bg5 Bg7 9... Bg7 9... Ng4 10. Bg5 Bg7 11. Qd2= 10. h3 White has a very active position 10. Qd2 d6 10... O-O Black castles and improves king safety 10... d5 11. exd5 exd5 12. Bxd5 O-O 11. Qd2 White has a very active position 11. Bc5!? 11... Rd8 Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8 11... Nxe4 12. Nxe4 d5 12. Na4?? gives the opponent counterplay 12. Bf4 and White has air to breath 12... Qa5 13. Bg5= 12... Nxe4 13. Qe2? 13. Qd3 b5 14. Qxe4 13... Re8 White has a very active position 13... Qa5+ and the result of the game is clear: Black will win 14. Nd2 Nxd2 15. Bxd2 Qxa4 14. Bb6 Qf4 Black traps the enemy king in the center 15. Be3 Qb8 16. Bd3 Nf6 Loses material 16... b5 17. Bxe4 bxa4 18. Bxc6 dxc6 19. O-O 17. Nb6 d5 17... Nd5 18. c4 Nxb6 19. Bxb6 18. Nxa8 18. c4!? should not be overlooked 18... Qxa8 19. c3 Secures b4+d4 19. Qd2 e5 20. Be2 d4 19... b5 19... e5 20. Bc2 d4 20. h4 20. O-O e5 21. Bc2 d4= 20... Bb7 20... e5 21. Bb1 Bg4 21. b4?? 21. h5 Nxh5 22. g4 Nf6 21... Ng4?? with this move Black loses his initiative 21... e5!? 22. Ng5 d4 22. Nd4 22. O-O!? is worthy of consideration 22... Nxe3 23. fxe3 Ne5 23... Nxd4 24. cxd4 e5 25. O-O exd4 26. a4 24. O-O-O White prepares the advance h5 24. h5 Qc8 25. Rc1 Qc7 24... Nc4 24... Rc8 25. Kb2 25. h5 25. Bxc4 dxc4 26. h5 Bxg2 27. hxg6 fxg6 (27... Bxh1 28. gxf7+ Kxf7 29. Qh5+ Ke7 30. Qh4+ Kf7 31. Rf1+ Kg8 32. Rxh1=) 25... Nxa3 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. Rh3 27. Qf2 Qc8 28. Kb2 Nc4+ 29. Bxc4 bxc4 (29... Qxc4 30. Rdf1 Re7 31. Qh4) 27... Nc4 27... e5 28. Nb3 e4 29. Qa2 28. Rdh1? 28. Bxg6 Nd6 29. Bc2 Qc8 28... Qd8 28... a5 29. Qa2 axb4 30. Qxa8 Rxa8 31. cxb4 Ra1+ 32. Bb1 29. Qg4? 29. Bxc4!? dxc4 30. Rd1 29... Ne5 30. Qe2 Qg5 30... Qc7 31. Kd2 Rc8 31. Nf3? 31. Nb3!? 31... Nxd3+ 31... Nxf3 keeps an even firmer grip 32. gxf3 Rc8 33. Kd2 32. Qxd3 Qxg2 33. R1h2 Qg4 34. Qf1?? the position was bad, and this mistake simply hastens the end 34. Nd4 Rc8 35. Rh4 Qg5 34... Bxc3 34... Rc8 might be the shorter path 35. Rc2 Bxc3 35. Rf2?? an oversight. But White was lost anyway. 35. Rh4 Qg3 36. Rf4 35... Qxb4 35... Rc8 keeps an even firmer grip 36. Rc2 Qxb4 36. Ng5 36. Rc2 praying for a miracle 36... Rc8 37. Qf2 36... Rc8 37. Rh8+ Bxh8+ 38. Rc2 38. Kd1 cannot undo what has already been done 38... Qb1+ 39. Ke2 Qc2+ 40. Kf3 Qf5+ 41. Kg2 Qxg5+ 42. Kh3 Qxe3+ 43. Rf3 Qh6+ 44. Kg2 Rc2+ 45. Qf2 Qg5+ 46. Kf1 Qc1+ 47. Kg2 Rxf2+ 48. Kxf2 Qd2+ 49. Kf1 d4 50. Rg3 d3 51. Rxd3 Qxd3+ 52. Ke1 Bc3+ 53. Kf2 Qf3+ 54. Kg1 Qg2# 38... Qb2+ 39. Kd1 39. Kd2 doesn't change the outcome of the game 39... Qxc2+ 40. Ke1 Bc3# 39... Qxc2+ 40. Ke1 Bc3# 0-1 [Fritz 9 (10s)]

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