Lawson T.
Lazell M.

Solihull B v Daventry A

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 Black now has the bishop pair and white will try and play on the "weak" d6 pawn. White also has a nice piece on d5. 11. c3 Bg5 This was a new move to me but we are still in known theory. 12. Nc2 O-O 13. Be2 13.a4!? thematic and giving a higher percentage of wins for white than the text. 13...bxa4 14.Rxa4 (14.Nce3 has also been played with a high success rate for white.) 13... Be6 14. O-O Ne7 15. Nce3 f5 16. Nxe7+ winning a pawn. 16... Qxe7 17. exf5 Bxe3 17... Bxf5 18. Nxf5 Rxf5 19. Qd5+ 18. fxe3 Bd7 still doesn't win the pawn back 18... Bxf5 19. Rxf5 Rxf5 20. Qd5+ Rf7 21. Qxa8+ 19. Qd5+ Kh8 20. Rad1 Picking on the weak d pawn. 20... Qg5 21. Rf3 Rac8 22. Qxd6 Picking on the weak d pawn. 22... Bc6 23. Rg3 Qxf5 24. Rf1 now eyeing up the Rook on f8. 22...Bc6 23.Rg3 Qxf5 24.Rf1! This seemed obvious but my opponent said he missed this move when looking at 22. Bc6 lines. Moves like Bd3 would have been a disaster for white. However, after Rf1, black's replies seem almost forced. [24.Bd3?? Qf2+ 25.Kh1 e4+] 24... Rf6 25. Qe7 Qd7 Black's position is bad but he finds the only way to defend sensibly. 26. Rxg7 I wanted to keep the pressure on, not just trade Queens. 26... Rxf1+ 27. Bxf1 Qf5 28. Rf7 Played without much thought as I could see the combination winning the c6 Bishop was forced since Qg6 seems the only sensible reply, however much stronger is [28.Rg5!! with no sensible way to prevent mate other than giving up the Queen. I'm sorry to say that I missed this!] (28. Rg5 Qxg5 29. Qxg5) 28... Qg6 29. Rf8+ Rxf8 30. Qxf8+ Qg8 31. Qf6+ Qg7 32. Qxc6 Qg5 33. Qe4 Just solidifying the position and preparing Bd3. With such an overwhelming advantage, my opponent decided to resign. An enjoyable game (because I won!!) and to be fair to my opponent, he did say that although he is a Sicilian player, this is the first time he has tried this variation after studying it. He certainly knew more about the opening than me, but I managed to find some thematic moves having played against this type of position before. 1-0 [Notes by Tim Lawson]

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