Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B30) game with tooslow page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in Closed Sicilian Defense.

My opponent is a computer program called tooslow that plays on ICC.

[Event “ICC 30 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2005.07.05”]
[Round “-“]
[White “tooslow”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1469”]
[BlackElo “1571”]
[Opening “Sicilian defense”]
[ECO “B30”]
[NIC “SI.31”]
[Time “21:09:20”]
[TimeControl “1800+0”

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 e6 4. Be2 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. h3 O-O 8. a3 d5 9. exd5 exd5 10. Rb1 d4 11. Ne4 b6 12. Nh2 Bb7 13. Bf3 Ne5 14. Bf4 Nxf3+ 15. Nxf3 Nd5 16. Bg3 f5 17. Ned2 h6 18. Be5 Bxe5 19. Nxe5 Qd6 20. Re1  Rae8 21. Ndc4 Qd8 22. Qf3 Kh7 23. Qg3 Qg5 24. Qxg5 hxg5 25. Nd6 Rb8 26. Nd7 Bc6 27. Nxb8 Rxb8 28. Nc4 Nf4 29. f3 g4 30. hxg4 fxg4 31. fxg4 Nxg2 32. Re2 Rb7 33. Rxg2 Bxg2 34. Kxg2 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Game
ICC
Game Played 7 Jun 2005
White: tooslow (1469) Black: Mike Serovey (1571)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 e6

Closed Sicilian Defense after3... e6.

Closed Sicilian Defense after3… e6.

As Black I alternate between e6 and e5 against the Closed variation.

4. Be2 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. h3 O-O

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7... 0-0.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7… 0-0.

This set up is typical of how I like to play against the Closed Sicilian. I like having the King’s Knight on e7 so that I can break any pins on the Knight with f6. Also, I keep the long diagonal from a1 to h8 open for my dark-squared Bishop.

8. a3 d5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 8... d5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 8… d5.

The freeing move, d5, is critical in many Sicilian variations. This position is no exception.

9. exd5 exd5 10. Rb1 d4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 10... d4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 10… d4.

Black now has a space advantage in the Center.

11. Ne4 b6 12. Nh2 Bb7

Closed Sicilian Defense after 12... Bb7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 12… Bb7.

Black has completed his development and has both bishops fianchettoed. White has a Knight on the edge of the board and a Bishop that hasn’t moved yet. Black appears to be better here.

13. Bf3 Ne5 14. Bf4 Nxf3+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14... Nxf3+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14… Nxf3+

Trading minor pieces here hurts neither player and does simplify the game for both.

15. Nxf3 Nd5 16. Bg3 f5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16... f5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16… f5.

Black appears to have a big space advantage here. He also has two bishops versus two knights. Black seems better here. However, White’s two knights will cause Black some serious problems later on!

17. Ned2 h6 18. Be5!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18. Be5!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18. Be5!

Here is where Black makes the mistake that lets White’s knights into his position to wreak havoc. Instead of capturing on e5 Black should play his Rook to e8 and then double up the rooks on the e file.

Bxe5? 19. Nxe5 Qd6 20. Re1 Rae8 21. Ndc4!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 21. Ndc4!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 21. Ndc4!

Here is where things start to go horribly wrong for Black. The White knights protect each other and hit many of the key squares around Black’s Queen. If the Queen plays back to b8 here then 22. Nd7 forks the Queen and a Rook.

Qd8 22. Qf3 Kh7 23. Qg3 Qg5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 23... Qg5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 23… Qg5.

Black has little choice but to trade queens here in order to take some of the pressure off his Kingside. After the Queen trade White has a Knight fork on d6 that hits Black’s Bishop and Rook on e8.

24. Qxg5 hxg5 25. Nd6!!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 25. Nd6!!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 25. Nd6!!

The only way out of this mess is for Black to play 25… Re7. Any other move loses the exchange of a Rook for a Knight. Black should be OK after 25… Re7. Instead, Black overlooks the Knight fork on d7 and loses the exchange!

Rb8?? 26. Nd7 Bc6 27. Nxb8 Rxb8

Closed Sicilian Defense after 27... Rxb8.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 27… Rxb8.

Now White is up the exchange and controls the open e file with his Rook.

28. Nc4 Nf4 29. f3 g4 30. hxg4 fxg4 31. fxg4 Nxg2

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31... Nxg2.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 31… Nxg2.

Black is down the exchange here but still has a defendable position and drawing chances.

32. Re2 Rb7??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 32... Rb7??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 32… Rb7??

Black was trying to prevent Re7+ winning the pawn on a7. However, he overlooked losing two minor pieces for a Rook leaving him down a Knight.

 33. Rxg2!! Bxg2 34. Kxg2 1-0

Closed Sicilian Defense after 34. Kxg2 (Final position).

Closed Sicilian Defense after 34. Kxg2 (Final position).

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