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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 only non loss to Stanislav.

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
19 March 2004 to 29 March 2004
White: Stanislav Szabo (2183) Black: Mike Serovey (2083 P-11)

 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 3. Bb5.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 3. Bb5.

Thus begins the Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack. Until recently I always played a6 at this point in the game.

a6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 d5

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 5... d5.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 5… d5.

Playing the pawn to d5 is critical in these kind of positions. If White captures on d5 with his e pawn then Black can recapture with the c pawn and undoubles his pawns.

6. O-O Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e6

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 8... e6.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 8… e6.

At this point in the game White has a lead in development and a better pawn structure. Black does manage to equalize in a few moves. White’s capture on d5 now gives Black what he wants.

9. exd5 cxd5 10. c4 Nf6 11. Bg5 Be7 12. a3 O-O

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 12... 0-0.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 12… 0-0.

Black has now completed his development and can begin his queenside attack.

13. Nc3 Rb8 14. Rab1 d4 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qxe4 Qb7

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 17... Qb7.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 17… Qb7.

The material is even and Black is doubled up on the White pawn at b2. Trading queens here is good for Black because it allows him to double his rooks on the White pawn at b2. It also takes a defender off the White pawn at d3.

18. Qxb7 Rxb7 19. f4 Rfb8 20. Rf2 Rb3!

Sicilian: Defense Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 20... Rb3!

Sicilian: Defense Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 20… Rb3!

Black is now simultaneously attacking White’s pawns at b2 and d3. Black can now take the pawn at a3 because White will lose the Rook at b1 (with check) if he recaptures with the pawn at b2.

21. Rd2 Rxa3! 22. Rdd1 Ra2 23. Rd2 h6 24. Kf1 a5 25. Ke1 a4 26. g3 a3!

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 26... a3!

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 26… a3!

If White captures the Black pawn at a3 he will lose his Rook at b1 with check. White correctly foresaw that he needed to have his King at e1 in order to defend his Rook at d2 once the Black pawn got to a3. However, playing b3 now give Black a passed pawn on a3.

27. b3 Rxd2 28. Kxd2

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 28. Kxd2.

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 28. Kxd2.

If instead of 28… Kf8 Black had played 28… a2 White can respond with 29. Ra1. If then 29… Rxb3 White can play 30. Rxa2 and Black will still be up a pawn but his attack will be gone.

Kf8 29. Kc2 Ke7 30. g4 g5 31. fxg5 hxg5 32. Rh1 e5 33. Rb1 Ke6 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 33... Ke6 (Final position).

Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack after 33… Ke6 (Final position).

A draw was agreed to here. If White had continued with 34. Ra1 then Black could play 34… Ra8. If 34. Rh1 then 34… f5 is OK. If now 35. gxf5+ then 35… Kxf5. play could then continue with 36. h4 gxh4 37. Rxh4 a2 38. Kb2 a1=Q+ 39. Kxa1 Rxb3. If now 40. Rh3 e4!! wins the pawn on d3. If instead White plays 40. Rh5+ then Kf4 is best. White now needs to keep the Black King in check and Black needs to get his King to c3 in order to stay out of checks and to capture the White pawn at d3.

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