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On this page I have posted my chess game in which I played the Black side of the Sicilian Defense 4 Knights Variation.

The game includes analysis and diagrams.

[Event “Rhine Main December Open “]
[Site “Rhine Main AFB, Frankfurt, Germany”]
[Date “1985.12.14”]
[Round “3”]
[White “David McClellan (1809)”]
[Black “Mike Serovey (1499)”]
[Result “1-0”]

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3 Bb4 7. Nb5 Nxe4 8. a3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Ba5 $2 10. Nd6+ Ke7 $2 11. Bc5 Bxc3+ 12. Ke2 Kf6 13. Ne4+ Kg6 14. Nxc3 Qa5 15. Qd3+ f5 16. Be3 b6 17. Kd2 Nb4 18. Qb5 Nc6 19. Qxa5 Nxa5 20. Be2 Bb7 21. Bd3 Kf6 22. f3 d5 23. Rhe1 Nc6 24. Bf2 d4 25. Nb5 e5 26. Nc7 Rac8 27. Nd5+ Ke6 28. Nb4 Rhd8 29. Nxc6 Bxc6 30. Bg3 e4 31. fxe4 fxe4 32. Bxe4 Bxe4 33. Rxe4+ Kf7 34. Rae1 Rd7 35. Be5 Rc4 36. Rg4 g6 37. Ree4 Ra4 38. Rgf4+ Kg8 39. Bxd4 h5 $4 40. Re8+ $1 Kh7 41. Rh8# 1-0

Rhine Main December Open Rhine Main AFB, Frankfurt, Germany
Round 3
14 December 1985
White: David McClellan (1809) Black: Mike Serovey (1499)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6

Siclian Defense after 5... e6.

Sicilian Defense after 5… e6.

This begins the Four Knights Variation of the Sicilian Defense. I’ve had good luck with this opening up to this point but completely misplayed the opening here.

6. Be3 Bb4 7. Ndb5

Siclian Defense after 7. Ndb5.

Siclian Defense after 7. Ndb5.

Here White sacrifices the pawn on e4. Black can accept the pawn and/or play for pressure in the center with the pin of the Knight on c3. I chose to accept the Pawn here.

Nxe4 8. a3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Ba5

Sicilian Defense after 9... Ba5.

Sicilian Defense after 9… Ba5.

Here I wanted to keep the pin on the c3 Pawn. Better was 9… Be7. If then 10. Nd7+ BXd7 11. QXd7 Qe7 12. QXe7 NXe7 Black is OK. Black can play d5 and castle and then have a solid pawn structure. White has doubled pawns on the Queenside.

10. Nd6+ Ke7

Sicilian Defense after 10... Ke7.

Sicilian Defense after 10… Ke7.

Here Kf8 was better because then after White’s next Black can play Kg8 and get out of the pin.

11. Bc5 Bxc3+ 12. Ke2

Sicilian Defense after 12. Ke2.

Sicilian Defense after 12. Ke2.

Here kf6 is a mistake because of the Knight fork on e4. On 12… BXa1 White has 13. QXa1 putting the Queen on the long diagonal and the discovered check on the Black King. After 13… f6  OR KF8 then NXb7+ winning the Black Queen. After 13… Qg8 then 14. NXc8++ wins a piece. At this point Black is up a Pawn and very cramped.

Kf6? 13. Ne4+ Kg6 14. Nxc3 Qa5 15. Qd3+ f5 16. Be3 b6 17. Kd2 Nb4 18. Qb5 Nc6 19. Qxa5 Nxa5 20. Be2 Bb7 21. Bd3 Kf6 22. f3 d5 23. Rhe1 Nc6 24. Bf2 d4 25. Nb5 e5 26. Nc7 Rac8 27. Nd5+ Ke6 28. Nb4 Rhd8 29. Nxc6 Bxc6 30. Bg3 e4 31. fxe4 fxe4 32. Bxe4 Bxe4 33. Rxe4+ Kf7 34. Rae1 Rd7 35. Be5 Rc4 36. Rg4 g6 37. Ree4 Ra4 38. Rgf4+ Kg8 39. Bxd4

Sicilian Defense after 39. Bxd4.

Sicilian Defense after 39. Bxd4.

Here I completely overlooked White’s mate threat. Here I’m down a Bishop so I’m probably lost anyway, but I can offer more resistance by playing 39… Rd8. However, 40. Re7 followed by Rff7 and White still wins. So, If 40. Re7 Rf8 41. RXf8+ KXf8 42. RXh7 RXa3 and Black still has a difficult game.

h5?? 40. Re8+ Kh7 41. Rh8# 1-0

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