Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B22) game with RBim page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in the Alapin’s Variation of the Sicilian Defense.

This game includes diagrams and analysis. This is one of my shortest games played over the past two years.

[Event “ICC 60 30”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2005.05.22”]
[Round “-“]
[White “RBim”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1457”]
[BlackElo “1539”]
[Opening “Sicilian: Alapin’s variation (2.c3)”]
[ECO “B22”]
[NIC “SI.46”]
[Time “23:51:44”]
[TimeControl “3600+30”]

1.e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d6 5. Nf3 g6 6. Bc4 Bg7 7. O-O Qb6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Bb3 Bg4 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. Ba4+ Nfd7 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Be3 Qb4 14. a3 Qc4 15. Qxc4 Nxc4 16. Bc1 Nc5 17. Bc2 a6 18. Rb1 b5 19. Rd1 Ne5 20. Re1 Bxf3 {White resigns} 0-1

Online Game
ICC
Game Played 22 May 2005
White: RBim (1457) Black: Mike Serovey (1539)

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 2... Nc6.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 2… Nc6.

Here I was expecting White to play the Smith-Mora Gambit. If White had played the Smith-Mora Gambit I would have declined it.

3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d6

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 4... d6.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 4… d6.

This is the beginning of Alapin’s variation. From here Black plays the opening like it is a Dragon variation.

5. Nf3 g6 6. Bc4 Bg7 7. O-O Qb6

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 7... Qb6.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 7… Qb6.

Black puts pressure on the White pawns at b2 and d4. The Black Queen is also on the same diagonal as White’s King.

8. d5 Ne5

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 8... Ne5.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 8… Ne5.

Black offers to exchange knights on e5. Black is also attacking the White Bishop at c4.

9. Bb3 (White defends the Bishop and the pawn at b2.) Bg4 (Pinning the Knight on f3 and threatening to double White’s Kingside pawns by capturing on f3.) 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. Ba4+ Nfd7

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 11... Nfd7.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 11… Nfd7.

White needs to complete his development on the Queenside and Black needs to castle. White is wasting time moving the light-squared Bishop several times before completing his development. Here I was expecting White to capture on d7, in which case I would recapture with my Knight and take some of my pressure of the Knight on f3.

12. Qe2 O-O 13. Be3 Qb4

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 13... Qb4.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 13… Qb4.

Both sides have now completed developing their pieces and Black keeps his pressure on both f3 and e4. White wants to get rid of the pesky Black Queen and thus plays 14. a3.

14. a3 Qc4 15. Qxc4 Nxc4

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 15... Nxc4.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 15… Nxc4.

The Queens are off the board and material is even. The Black Knight on c4 is attacking the White pawn on b2 and the White Bishop at e3. White doesn’t want to trade his Bishop for a Knight and thus moves it to c1 to protect the pawn at b2. This move bottles up White’s Queenside Rook.

16. Bc1 Nc5

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 16... Nc5.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 16… Nc5.

Black is attacking the White pawn at e4 and the Bishop at a4. White moves the Bishop to c2 to both protect the e pawn and to avoid trading his Bishop for a Knight. Black is attacking on the Queenside and White isn’t doing much of anything!

17. Bc2 a6 18. Rb1 b5

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 18... b5.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 18… b5.

Black has active placement of his bishops and knights while White has poor placement of all of his pieces on the Queenside.

19. Rd1 Ne5

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 19... Ne5.

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 19… Ne5.

20. Re1?? Bxf3!! 0-1

Sicilian Defense, Alapin's Variation after 20... Bxf3!! (Final position).

Sicilian Defense, Alapin’s Variation after 20… Bxf3!! (Final position).

Here White resigned. After 21. gxf3 Nxf3+! 22. Kf1 Nxe1 23. Kxe1 White is down the exchange and is still cramped on the Queenside.

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