Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B33) game with nithin page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in the Four Knights variation of the Sicilian Defense.

I was once rated over 1600 at ICC but have been on a losing streak against low rated players. I think that the losses are due mainly to being a little out of practice. I have been playing mostly correspondence chess and using a database to help me through the openings. Without the extra time and help I seem to be messing up quite a bit!

In this game I won a pawn in the opening. The opening traps are why I like to play the Four Knights against lower rated players. I had a material advantage throughout this game but one blunder cost me the game!

[Event “ICC 45 5”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2010.06.25”]
[Round “-“]
[White “nithin”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black checkmated”]
[WhiteElo “1445”]
[BlackElo “1404”]
[Opening “Sicilian defense”]
[ECO “B33”]
[NIC “SI.34”]
[Time “19:31:31”]
[TimeControl “2700+5”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be2 Bb4 7. Be3 Nxe4
8. Qd3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bf3 d5 12. c4 Bf6 13. cxd5 exd5 14.
Nxc6 bxc6 15. Bd4 Be6 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Qa6 Qc3 18. Rad1 Rfb8 19. Rd3 Qxc2
20. Bd1 Rb6 21. Qxb6 Qxd3 22. Qxc6 Rc8 23. Qb7 a6 24. Re1 Qb5 25. Qa7 Qa5
26. Re3 Qxa2 27. Qb7 Qa1 28. Qxc8+ Bxc8 29. Re8# {Black checkmated} 1-0

Online Game
ICC
Game Played 25 June 2010
White:
nithin (1445) Black: Mike Serovey (1404)

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

The Sicilian Defense after 5... e6.

The Sicilian Defense after 5… e6.

Although the move order can vary a little, this position starts the Four Knights variation of the Sicilian Defense. White has several choices here but the only one that has given me any trouble is 6. Ndb5.

6. Be2 Bb4 7. Be3 Nxe4 8. Qd3

The Sicilian Defense after 8. Qd3.

The Sicilian Defense after 8. Qd3.

Although 8… Nxc3 is playable I think that both 8… Nc5 and 8… Qa5 are better for Black.

Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bf3 d5 12. c4 Bf6

The Sicilian Defense after 12... Bf6.

The Sicilian Defense after 12… Bf6.

White wants to undouble his c pawns and Black wants to get both of his bishops to better squares. Now, Black has some pressure on d4.

13. cxd5 exd5 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Bd4 Be6 16. Bxf6 Qxf6

The Sicilian Defense after 16... Qxf6.

The Sicilian Defense after 16… Qxf6.

Black now has the position that he wanted. Both sides have three pawn islands but Black is up a pawn and only has one isolated pawn to White’s two.

17. Qa6 Qc3 18. Rad1 Rfb8

The Sicilian Defense after 18... Rfb8.

The Sicilian Defense after 18… Rfb8.

I saw that Black could grab the White pawn at c2 but would give it back after 19. Rc1. After 19… Rb6 Black’s c pawn is protected. However, White didn’t allow me to play that move.

19. Rd3 Qxc2 20. Bd1 Rb6?!

The Sicilian Defense after 20... Rb6?!

The Sicilian Defense after 20… Rb6?!

Black’s last move gives back a pawn but I’m not sure that moving the Queen was any better for Black. After 21. Qxb6! playing 21… axb6 leaves Black down a Rook for two pawns after 22. Bxc2.

21. Qxb6! Qxd3 22. Qxc6 Rc8 23. Qb7 a6

The Sicilian Defense after 23... a6.

The Sicilian Defense after 23… a6.

Now all of Black’s pieces and pawns are adequately protected but both sides need to be watchful for back rank mates. Black is still up a pawn.

24. Re1 Qb5 25. Qa7 Qa5 26. Re3 Qxa2 27. Qb7!!

The Sicilian Defense after 27. Qb7!!

The Sicilian Defense after 27. Qb7!!

I completely missed the Queen sacrifice until he played it! Black can play either 27… Qc4 or 27… g6 and be Ok here.

Qa1?? 28. Qxc8+ Bxc8 29. Re8# 1-0

The Sicilian Defense after 29. Re8# (final position).

The Sicilian Defense after 29. Re8# (final position).

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