SicilianB21

Bennett P.
Morris N.

Kenilworth A v Stratford A
2008


B21: Sicilian: 2 f4 and Morra Gambit

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Qe2 a6 8. O-O b5 9. Bb3 Ra7 10. Rd1 last book move 10... Rd7 White has an active position 11. Bf4 Bb7 12. Rac1 Be7 Black should quickly conclude development. 13. Nxb5 13. a3!?= 13... axb5 14. Qxb5 Qa8 White has a very active position 15. Ba4 e5 15... Nf6!? is a viable option 16. Rxc6 O-O (16... Bxc6 17. Qxc6 Qxc6 18. Bxc6) 16. Bxe5 Nf6 16... Nxe5 A pinning theme 17. Nxe5 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Rxc6 Bxc6? 18... O-O 19. Rb6 Rc7 19. Qxc6 Qxc6 20. Bxc6 Ke7 20... Kd8 21. e5! Demolition of pawn structure 21... Be7 22. b4 21. Bxd7 21. e5 seems even better 21... Ra7 22. exf6+ Kxf6 21... Kxd7 22. e5 Be7 23. exd6 Bxd6 23... Bf6 24. b3 Ra8 24. Ne5+ 24. Ng5!? makes it even easier for White 24... Ke7 25. Rxd6 h6 26. Nxf7 Kxf7 24... Ke6 25. Rxd6+ 25. Nxf7!? keeps an even firmer grip 25... Bxh2+ Demolishes the pawn shield 26. Kxh2 Kxf7 25... Kxe5 26. Rd1 26. Rd2!? might be the shorter path 26... Rc8 27. Kf1 Rc1+ 28. Ke2 f5 26... Rc8 27. a4 27. g3 and White can already relax 27... Rc2 28. Rb1 Kd4 27... Rc2 27... Rb8 28. Rb1 Rb3 29. a5 28. Rb1 Rc4 28... Kd4 29. b4 Kd5 30. a5 Rc2 30... Kc6 the last chance for counterplay 31. b5+ Kb7 31. b5 Ra2 31... Kc5 there is nothing better in the position 32. b6 1-0 [Fritz 9 (20s)]

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