Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B30) game with Bob-K page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in The Closed Sicilian Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams.


[Event “ICC 20 10”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2004.07.01”]
[Round “-“]
[White “BOB-K”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ICCResult “Game drawn because neither player has mating material”]
[WhiteElo “1514”]
[BlackElo “1628”]
[Opening “Sicilian defense”]
[ECO “B30”]
[NIC “SI.31”]
[Time “21:33:55”]
[TimeControl “1200+10”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 e6 4. O-O g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nge7 7. Be3 d6 8. a3 a6
9. Qd2 b5 10. Ba2 f5 11. Bh6 Bxh6 12. Qxh6 fxe4 13. Ng5 Nf5 14. Nxe6 Nxh6
15. Nxd8 Nxd8 16. dxe4 Bb7 17. Rad1 Nhf7 18. Rfe1 c4 19. b3 cxb3 20. Bxb3 Rc8
21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. exd5+ Ne5 23. f4 Kd7 24. fxe5 dxe5 25. Rxe5 Nb7 26. d6 Rhe8
27. Re7+ Rxe7 28. dxe7+ Kxe7 29. Re1+ Kf6 30. Rf1+ Kg5 31. Rf7 Nc5 32. Rxh7 Nxb3
33. h4+ Kf6 34. cxb3 Rc3 35. Ra7 Rxb3 36. Rxa6+ Kf5 37. Kh2 Kg4 38. Rxg6+ Kxh4
39. Ra6 Rb2 40. Ra8 Ra2 41. Rb8 Rxa3 42. Rxb5 Kg4 43. Rb4+ Kg5 44. g3 Rc3 45. Rf4 Rc2+
46. Kh3 Rc1 47. Kg2 Rc2+ 48. Rf2 Rc3 49. Rf4 Rc2+ 50. Kh3 Rc1 51. Rg4+ Kh5 52. Rh4+ Kg5
53. Rg4+ Kh5 54. Rf4 Rc3 55. Rf5+ Kg6 56. Kg4 Rxg3+ 57. Kxg3 Kxf5
{Game drawn because neither player has mating material}
1/2-1/2

Online Game
ICC
Game Played 1 Jul 2004
White: Bob-K (1514) Black: Mike Serovey (1628)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 e6 4. O-O g6

Closed Sicilian Defense after 4... g6

Closed Sicilian Defense after 4… g6

 

White has already taken me out of what I wanted to play, the Four Knights Variation of the Sicilian Defense, by not playing d4. So, I decided to play a Dragon type setup against this Closed Sicilian setup White has.

5. d3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nge7

 

Closed Sicilian after 6... Nge7

Closed Sicilian after 6… Nge7

 

At this point we have transposed into a Closed Sicilian variation that I have faced a few times before. In a normal Dragon Variation my pawns would be on e7 and d6 instead of e6 and d7 and I would have played the King Knight to f6 instead of e7. Because White keeps the Center closed in this variation and attacks on the Kingside as normal, I usually play the King Knight to e7 in order to avoid some unpleasant pins on the Knight that often result here. Also, I like to keep the long diagonal open for the Bishop to support an attack in the Center or on the Queenside.

7. Be3 d6 8. a3 a6 9. Qd2 b5 10. Ba2 f5

 

Closed Sicilian after 10... f5.

Closed Sicilian after 10… f5.

 

Here I decided to delay castling because White was threatening to play Bh6 and force the exchange of dark-squared bishops if I did. I wanted my Knight on f5 to prevent that exchange because losing that Bishop would weaken my King’s position after the exchange. Also, I didn’t like the idea of my King landing on a square the the White Bishop on a2 was indirectly attacking.

11. Bh6 Bxh6 12. Qxh6 fxe4 13. Ng5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 13 Ng5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 13 Ng5.

 

If Black had castled earlier he would be unable to defend h7 now.

 

Nf5 14. Nxe6 Nxh6 15. Nxd8 Nxd8 16. dxe4 Bb7

 

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16... Bb7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16… Bb7.

 

Now, Black is up a Knight for a Pawn, or two points. Once Black completes his development he should have a won game.

17. Rad1 Nhf7 18. Rfe1 c4 19. b3 cxb3 20. Bxb3 Rc8 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. exd5+

 

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22. exd5+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22. exd5+

 

Up to this point Black has been trading down pieces to get into an easily won endgame. Here Black makes an error that gives back the Knight. Better would have been 22… Kd7.

Ne5? 23. f4! Kd7 24. fxe5 dxe5 25. Rxe5 Nb7

 

Closed Sicilian Defense after 25... Nb7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 25… Nb7.

 

Black has completed his development and White is up a passed Center Pawn. White has a slight edge. White also has a Bishop over a Knight and better piece placement. Black’s only real saving grace here is the fact that his King is in front of the White passed Pawn.

26. d6

Closed Sicilian Defense after 26. d6.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 26. d6.

 

If instead of 26… Rhe8 Black had played 26… Nxd6 then 27. Red5 Rc6 28. R5d4 Ke7 and the pin on the Knight is broken.

Rhe8 27. Re7+ Rxe7 28. dxe7+ Kxe7

Closed Sicilian Defense after 28... Kxe7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 28… Kxe7.

 

Now the material is even. White has the Bishop over the Knight and an isolated c Pawn that Black can target. Still, it looks drawish here.

29. Re1+ Kf6 30. Rf1+ Kg5 31. Rf7

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31 Rf7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31 Rf7.

 

Here is where Black loses a Pawn and transposes into a typical Rook and Pawn endgame. It is still drawish here.

Nc5 32. Rxh7 Nxb3 33. h4+ Kf6 34. cxb3 Rc3

Closed Sicilian Defense after 34... Rc3.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 34… Rc3.

 

Black tried to win back the lost Pawn and eventually does.

35. Ra7 Rxb3 36. Rxa6+ Kf5 37. Kh2 Kg4 38. Rxg6+ Kxh4 39. Ra6 Rb2 40. Ra8 Ra2 41. Rb8 Rxa3 42. Rxb5 Kg4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 42... Kg4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 42… Kg4.

 

Black has the opposition here. So, even if the Rooks were both gone it would still be a draw.

43. Rb4+ Kg5 44. g3 Rc3 45. Rf4 Rc2+ 46. Kh3 Rc1 47. Kg2 Rc2+ 48. Rf2

Closed Sicilian Defense after 48. Rf2.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 48. Rf2.

 

Here Black can exchange rooks and still get a draw. 48… Rxf2 49. Kxf2 Kg4! 50 Kg2 Kg5! 51. Kh3 Kh5 52. g4+ Kg5 53. Kg3 Kg6 54. Kf4 Kf6 55. g5+ Kg6 56. Kg4 Kg7 57. Kf5 Kf7 58. g6+ Kg7 59. Kg5 Kg8 60. Kf6 Kf8 61. g7+? Kg8! Kg6 stalemate. If instead 61. Kf5 Kg6 62. Kg5 Kg8! 63. Kh6 Kh8 and the game will continue like this until a draw is agreed or stalemate is reached as long as Black plays the correct moves to keep the opposition.

Rc3 49. Rf4 Rc2+ 50. Kh3 Rc1 51. Rg4+ Kh5 52. Rh4+ Kg5 53. Rg4+ Kh5 54. Rf4 Rc3 55. Rf5+ Kg6 56. Kg4 Rxg3+

 

Closed Sicilian Defense after 56... Rxg3+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 56… Rxg3.

Here Black forces the exchange of rooks and a draw. I read an advertisement for a chess tournament that had a no draw rule. How would they handle this situation?

57. Kxg3 Kxf5 1/2 – 1/2

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