Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B45) game with Ned Ludd 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 early games that I finished at Stan’s Net Chess.
Stan’s Net Chess
11 February 2004 to 28 March 2004
White: Ned Ludd (1953) Black: Mike Serovey (2073 P-10)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6
Although the move order may vary, this is the beginning of the Sicilian Four Knights Defense. I have played this opening since about 1975 and have had some success with it as you will see in this game. White seldom captures the Knight on c6 at this point. After 6. Nxc6 bxc6 White is supposed to play 7. e5.
6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bc4 d5
Playing d5 is critical for Black in this opening, so now is a good time to play it.
8. exd5 cxd5 9. Bb5+ Bd7 10. Bxd7+ Qxd7 11. O-O Bc5 12. h3 O-O
White wasted a move with 12. h3 because I had no intention of playing my Knight to g4. Black now has all of his pieces developed and has the half open b and c files to attack on. Black also has a strong presence in the Center.
13. Bg5 Ne8 14. Ne4 Be7
The Bishop at c5 was hanging and Black cannot capture the Knight with the d pawn because then the Queen on d7 falls. Black decided to offer the trade of bishops here which White accepted.
15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Ng3 Nf6 17. Re1 Qb4 18. Rb1 Rfc8 19. c3 Qc4 20. Nf1? Qxa2
Black is now up a pawn and still has pressure on White’s b and c pawns. White now moves his Knight into the Center in order to help defend the queenside pawns and then weakens his Kingside by playing 22. f3 trying to keep Black’s Knight off e4.
21. Nd2 Qa6 22. f3 Rab8 23. Kh1 Rc6 24. Nb3 Rcb6 25. Ra1 Qb5
Black is still up a pawn and is threatening to win the Knight at b3. If the knight moves then Black will capture the pawn on b2 but will then lose his pawn at a7. Black has a more solid pawn structure and should be able to win the c pawn. If now 26. Ra3 Black can play 26… a5 which again offers the trade of the a pawn for the b pawn. Also, 27… a4 forces the Knight to move. The move 26. Nd4? drops both the b and c pawns for Black’s a pawn and thus puts Black up two pawns!
26. Nd4? Qxb2 27. Rxa7 Qxc3 28. Ra1 g6 29. Rc1 Qb2 30. Re2 Qxc1!
Black is up two pawns so trading queens and rooks here favors him.
31. Qxc1 Rb1 32. Qxb1 Rxb1+ 33. Kh2 Rd1
Black has a passed pawn on the d file and is now attacking the blockading Knight. Black’s plan now is to advance his pawns on the d, e and f files and then to queen one of them.
34. Nc2 d4 35. Re1?
Black was threatening to fork the Knight and Rook by playing the pawn to d3. However, trading rooks favors Black who is still up two pawns.
Rxe1 36. Nxe1 Nd5 37. Kg1 Nf4 38. Kf2 e5 39. Nc2 f5
At this point White is probably lost no matter what he plays! Still, I think that his best chance here is to kick Black’s Knight with 40. g3 and then to move his King into the Center to try to stop Black’s passed pawn. Black would then play 40… Ne6 and 41… e4 trying to create connected passed pawns. Black could also move his King into the Center in order to support the advance of his central pawns.
40. Kf1 d3 41. Ne3 e4 42. Kf2 Kf7 43. Kg3 Ne2+ 44. Kf2 Nc3 45. Ke1 f4!!
What makes Black’s last move so strong is that no matter what White does Black will end up with connected passed pawns on the d and e files! White can sacrifice his Knight by playing 46. Nd5 Nxd5 47. fxe4 but Black will then be up a Knight and should still be able to win this endgame.
46. Kd2 fxe3+ 47. Kxc3 exf3 48. gxf3 e2 0-1
If White captures the d pawn then Black queens the e pawn. If White plays 49. Kd2 then Black can simply move his King to f4 and capture White’s two remaining pawns because the White King is tied up preventing e1=Q. This is a good win with the Sicilian Defense.