Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B22) game with James the II  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. This is one of my games played at Stan’s Net Chess. The opening is Sicilian: Alapin’s variation (3.c3). The ratings listed below are for each player at the end of the game.

[Event “Game 425740”]
[Site “Stan’s NetChess”]
[Date “2008.02.05”]
[Round “?”]
[White “JAMES THE II”]
[Black “mserovey”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 e5 4. a3 Nf6 5. Bd3 d5 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. O-O O-O 9. Bc4 Nb6 10. Be2 e4 11. Ne1 c4 12. f4 Qc7 13. b3 cxb3 14. Qxb3 Bxf4 15. Qc2 Bxh2+ 16. Kh1 Re8 17. d4 Bg3 18. Be3 Qe7 19. Nf3 exf3 20. Rxf3 Qh4+ 21.
Kg1 Qh2+ 22. Kf1 Qh1+ 23. Bg1 Bh2 24. Ke1 Qxg1+ 25. Rf1 Qxg2 26. Ra2 Bg4 0-1

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game Played: 5 February 2008 to 23 February 2008
White: James the II (2078)  Black: Mike Serovey (2172)

Sicilian Defense after 3. c3.

Sicilian Defense after 3. c3.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3

Thus begins Alapin’s variation. Black has several choices here. I went with 3… e5 because I wanted to have a familiar setup as Black and also to discourage d4. I actually expected 4. d4 ad was surprised by 4. a3. I had only one game in y database where that move was played and Black lost after playing 4… d6. I knew that I needed to find an improvement and it seems that 4… Nf6 was indeed an improvement.

Sicilian Defense after 5. Bd3.

Sicilian Defense after 5. Bd3.

e5 4. a3 Nf6 5. Bd3

I think that 5. d3 was better. White’s queenside pieces get blocked in and never really get into this game.

Sicilian Defense after 10.Be2.

Sicilian Defense after 10.Be2.

d5 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. O-O O-O 9. Bc4 Nb6 10. Be2

This is the forth time that this light-squared Bishop has moved! White is violating an important opening principle, don’t move a piece the second time until all of the other pieces have been moved off their starting squares. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, but it is a good one to follow.

Sicilian Defense after 11... c4.

Sicilian Defense after 11… c4.

e4 11. Ne1 c4

Notice how White has all of his pieces on his first rank. Black has a clear lead in development and space in the Center. Thus, Black is already wining this game even though the material is still even. I declined the opportunity to capture en passant on the next move because 12… Qc7 seemed so much stronger. It threatens to win the pawn at f4 (which White did give me by the way) and then Bh3 after White plays g3 in order to protect f4.

Sicilian Defense after 14... Bxf4.

Sicilian Defense after 14… Bxf4.

12. f4 Qc7 13. b3? cxb3 14. Qxb3 Bxf4

Black is now up a pawn and continues to win more material from here. Black is threatening to win the pawn at h2 and White just gives it to him!

Sicilian Defense after 16... Re8.

Sicilian Defense after 16… Re8.

15. Qc2?? Bxh2+ 16. Kh1 Re8

Black is now up 2 pawns and has quite a lead in development. The White King is looking kind of naked right now! White now gives Black another chance to capture en passant and Black again declines. After 17. d4? Black now has a passed pawn on the e file with a Rook behind it. Life is good for Black!

17. d4? Bg3 18. Be3 Qe7!!

Sicilian Defense after 18... Qe7!!

Sicilian Defense after 18… Qe7!!

Black is threatening to play Qh4+ followed by Qh2#. White must give up ore material in order to avoid the checkmate. Play can continue with 19. Kg1 Qh4!! and White must sacrifice the King’s Rook in order to get out of the checkmate on h2.

19. Nf3 (pretty much forced here) exf3 20. Rxf3 Qh4+

Sicilian Defense after 20... Qh4+

Sicilian Defense after 20… Qh4+

Black is now up a Knight and a pawn and continues his attack against the White King. Black has a strong attack with only two  pieces because of the fact that the White King is so poorly defended. White has finally caught up in development but is now down material.

21. Kg1 Qh2+ 22. Kf1 Qh1+ 23. Bg1 Bh2!!

Sicilian Defense after 23... Bh2!!

Sicilian Defense after 23… Bh2!!

White’s last 2 moves were forced. Now he is going to lose the Bishop at g1. He may as well resign now because of how much material he is going to be down when Black captures on g1.

24. Ke1 Qxg1+ 25. Rf1 Qxg2 26. Ra2

Sicilian Defense after 26. Ra2.

Sicilian Defense after 26. Ra2.

The White Bishop on e2 is pinned to the White King. White played his Rook to a2 in order to offer some support to that poor pinned Bishop. I think that 26. Kd1 breaking the pin on the Bishop at e2 was better. Black’s next move piles yet another attacker on that poor pinned Bishop. White can’t save it so he resigned.

Bg4!! 0-1

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