Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B30) game with Harry Ball page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Sicilian Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. At the time that this game was played I had known Harry Ball for several years. Harry Ball died about 15 years ago.

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Round 3
White: Harry Ball (1593) Black: Mike Serovey (1740)

 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 3... e5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 3… e5.

In this game I decided to play the Botvinnik system as Black. This strategy has worked well for me against the closed Sicilian.

4. Bc4 g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Be3 d6 7. h3 Nge7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bh6 Na5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 9... Na5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 9… Na5.

Black wants to get both of White’s bishops off the board.

10. Bd5 Nxd5 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. Nxd5 Nc6 13. c3 Be6 14. O-O Qd7

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14... Qd7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14… Qd7.

Both sides have castled and completed the development of their pieces. White now begins a failed attack against the Black King.

15. Qg5 f6 16. Qh4 Qf7 17. g4 Bxd5 18. g5??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18... g5??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18… g5??

White is so confident that his kingside attack will succeed that he drops a Bishop! Better was 18. exd5. Black, of course, moves his Bishop back to e6 in order to keep his extra piece.

Be6 19. gxf6+ Qxf6 20. Ng5 h6 21. Nxe6+ Qxe6 22. Kh2 Rf4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22... Rf4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22… Rf4.

Having survived White’s kingside attack and now up a Knight, Black decided to put some pressure on White’s f pawn.

23. Qg3 Raf8 24. f3 Ne7 25. Rf2 Qf6 26. Raf1 Qh4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 26... Qh4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 26… Qh4.

Being up a Knight Black wants to trade queens, which will help him win this endgame. White wisely declines to trade queens.

27. Qg2 g5 28. b4 Ng6 29. Rb1 b6 30. a4 Qh5 31. bxc5 dxc5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31... dxc5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31… dxc5.

By capturing on c5 with the d pawn Black restricts the range of the White Rook at b1. Note that Black is keeping pressure on f3. Seeing that he can’t win the pawn on f3 he switches targets to h3.

32. Rbf1 Rh4 33. f4?? Nxf4 34. Rxf4 Rfxf4 35. a5 Rxf1 36. Qxf1 Rf4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 36... Rf4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 36… Rf4.

Black is up a Rook and a pawn. The Rook at f4 keeps the White Queen from penetrating on the f file. Black could also sacrifice the Rook by capturing the pawn on h3. After trading off queens Black will have connected passed pawns on the g and h files and thus will still have an easily won endgame.

37. Qg2 Qf3 38. axb6 axb6 0-1

Closed Sicilian Defense after 38... axb6 (Final position).

Closed Sicilian Defense after 38… axb6 (Final position).

White is still down a Rook and a pawn. He realized that he cannot avoid trading queens much longer.

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