Welcome to my Sicilian Defense game with John I. Bean page!

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


I have been unable to get an ECO classification for this game. It starts out as a Modern defense and eventually transposes into something looking like a closed Sicilian defense. I think that you will find the final position in this game interesting!

Correspondence Chess Game
Section 90SS7
Game Played ?
John I. Bean (1554) Black: Mike Serovey (1713)


1. e4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. Bc4 c5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 3... c5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 3… c5.

White’s move order was unexpected. Because his setup resembles a Sicilian defense I decided to go that route.

4. Nf3 Nc6 5. O-O d6 6. d3 Nf6 7. Ng5 O-O

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7... 0-0.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7… 0-0.

After 7. Ng5 I expected the exchange on f7. I don’t think that it is a good idea to waste time trading a developed Knight and a developed Bishop for a pawn and Rook that is not really doing anything. I guess that the exchanges on f7 were done in order to weaken the pawn structure around my King.

8. Bxf7+ Rxf7 9. Nxf7 Kxf7 10. Be3 Bg4 11. f3 Be6 12. Bg5 Qb6!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 12... Qb6!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 12… Qb6!

Black wants to attack on the Queenside and White wants to attack on the Kingside. So far, this is typical of most Sicilian games. Black threatens both Qxb2 and c4+. After the check White pins his Rook to his King instead of moving his King out of check. I think that 14. Kh1 was better.

13. b3 c4+ 14. Rf2 cxb3 15. cxb3 Nd7!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 15... Nd7!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 15… Nd7!

Black is threatening the White Knight at c3 and indirectly attacks the Rook at a1. Black also threatens Bd4 winning the exchange on f2. White ignores all of this and continues with his Kingside attack. I think that defending his Knight at c3 first was a better idea!

16. f4? Bxc3 17. f5 gxf5 18. Qh5+ Kg8 19. exf5 Bxa1!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 19... Bxa1!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 19… Bxa1!

Let’s look at this position. White is down a Bishop and 2 knights for a pawn. He is playing someone who is rated almost 200 points above him. His Rook is pinned to his King, so all that he can attack with are his pawns and his Bishop and his Queen. Black’s Bishop at a1 is protecting g7 and h8. Only White’s Queen and g pawn can attack h7. Putting the Knight on f6 protects h7. White should probably capture the Bishop at e6 here.

20. Bh6 Bf7 21. Qg5+ Kh8 22. Kf1 Qxf2+ 0-1

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22... Qxf2+ (Final position).

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22… Qxf2+ (Final position).

White’s last move was made in order to free up the Rook at f2 to join in the Kingside attack on Black. Black seeing how much material he was already up decided to sacrifice his Queen for that Rook and leave White still down material. After 23. Kxf2 White has a Queen and pawn for a Rook, Bishop and 2 knights. White is still down the equivalent of a knight and a pawn. After Bf6 and Nde5 and Rg8 White has no Kingside attack left so Black would be clearly better. Playing the Sicilian Defense as Black can be fun.

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