Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B31) game with okie901 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, and my second win against okie901. The opening in this game is Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with…g6, without…d6). I won this game on time forfeit in a position in which I believe that I was winning.

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game Ended 28 Feb 2004
White: okie901  Black: Mike Serovey

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

Sicilian Defense after 3. Bb5.

Sicilian Defense after 3. Bb5.

Thus begins the Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack. Until recently I always played a6 at this point in the game. In this game I decided to play 3… g6 instead.

g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. d3 e5

 

Sicilian Defense after 5... e5.

Sicilian Defense after 5… e5.

At this point I decided to play the Botvinnik system as Black. I have had some luck with that and my luck held up in this game as well.

6. Nc3 Nge7 7. Be3 Nd4

 

Sicilian Defense after 7... Nd4.

Sicilian Defense after 7… Nd4.

Black could have played 7… d6 here but decided to put the Knight on d4 now because it goes there eventually anyway. Although Black ends up with doubled pawns on the d file his position isn’t bad at all.

8. Bxd4 cxd4 9. Ne2 O-O 10. c3 dxc3 11. Nxc3 d5

Sicilian Defense after 11... d5.

Sicilian Defense after 11… d5.

Black has traded off his doubled pawn and now wants to open up the Center. White has a slight lead in development here but Black catches up soon enough.

12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Nxd5 Qxd5 14. Bc4 Qc6 15. Rc1 Qd6 16. a3 e4!

 

Sicilian Defense after 16... e4!

Sicilian Defense after 16… e4!

White has an isolated pawn on the d file. Instead of attacking that d pawn Black decided to trade off his e pawn for White’s b pawn. Black also wanted to trade off queens here. To my surprise White allowed Black to have both the a and b pawns and that gave Black connected passed pawns on the Queenside.

17. dxe4 Qxd1 18. Rfxd1 Bxb2 19. Rc2 Bxa3

 

Sicilian Defense after 19... Bxa3.

Sicilian Defense after 19… Bxa3.

Black is now up a pawn and has connected passed pawns on the Queenside. However, Black still needs to complete the development of his queenside pieces.

20. Rcd2 b6 21. h3 Bb7 22. Ng5 Bc6 23. Nxf7

 

Sicilian Defense after 23. Nxf7.

Sicilian Defense after 23. Nxf7.

White decided to trade a Bishop and a Knight for a Rook and a pawn. This is an even trade, but Black was already up a pawn. Now Black has two bishops versus a Rook and that is a slight advantage for Black.

Rxf7 24. Bxf7+ Kxf7 25. f3 Bc5+ 26. Kh1 Ke7 27. g3 a5

Sicilian Defense after 27... a5.

Sicilian Defense after 27… a5.

Black has a passed pawn with a Rook behind it. So, now is the time to push that pawn!

28. Kh2 h5 29. f4 a4 30. e5 a3 0-1

 

Sicilian Defense after 30... a3 (Final position).

Sicilian Defense after 30… a3 (Final position).

White lost on time forfeit here. This is an interesting position! White’s doubled rooks aren’t really doing much. We have a kingside majority versus a queenside majority. We also have one blocked passed pawn versus two connected passed pawns. Black’s bishop pair is exerting a strong influence on White’s Kingside position. Black’s only Rook is behind a passed pawn where it belongs. White can use a Rook to block the a pawn and thus prevent it from queening, but then Black’s b pawn and bishop pair can come in and harass the rooks. Overall, I think that Black is winning here.

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