Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B24) game with tsia68 page!

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

This is one of my ICC correspondence games that I lost. I don’t know when this game was played or what the ratings of the two players were at the time of this game. I got off to a bad start with correspondence chess at ICC, but I finally started winning enough games there to get my CC rating over 1700 points before I quit playing correspondence chess there.

At the point where I resigned I was up a Queen, Rook, Knight and pawn! But, my King’s position was shattered and White was threatening checkmate, so I resigned because I missed a capture on g6 that would lead to Black winning in eight moves!

[Event “ICC Correspondence”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[White “tsia68”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]

1.e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. f4 e6 7. Be3 Nge7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. Rb1 Rb8 11. Ne2 b5 12. g4 Qa5 13. a3 c4 14. f5 exf5 15. gxf5 gxf5 16. Ng3 fxe4 17. Ng5 exd3 18. Qh5 h6 19. Nxf7 dxc2 20. Nxh6+ Bxh6 21. Bxh6 Qb6+ 22. Kh1 cxb1=Q 23. Bd5+ Nxd5 24. Qg6+ {Black resigned} 1-0

Online Correspondence Game
ICC
Game Played Unknown
White:
tsia68 Black: Mike Serovey

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. f4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 6. f4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 6. f4.

I believe that this game is the only time that I have ever seen this exact position. Normally against the Closed variation I like to play e5 but I decided against that here and played e6 instead. Playing 6… f5 might be worth considering here.

e6 7. Be3 Nge7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. Rb1 Rb8 11. Ne2 b5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 11... b5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 11… b5.

White has completed his development and is beginning his kingside attack. Black is counter attacking on the Queenside, but still needs to develop his Queen’s Bishop. I played 12… Qa5 in order to try to win the White pawn at a2 but now consider 12… Bd7 to be a better move.

12. g4 Qa5 13. a3 c4 14. f5

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14. f5.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 14. f5.

White is threatening to move his Knight at f3 and then to play f6 forking Black’s Knight and Bishop. Playing f6 now block’s Black’s Bishop on the long diagonal and therefore is not desirable. Capturing now on f5 does win a pawn, but it also opens the f file for White to attack on.

exf5 15. gxf5 gxf5 16. Ng3 fxe4

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16... fxe4.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 16… fxe4.

Black is now up two pawns but still has yet to develop his Queen’s Bishop. Both kings are a little naked without pawns, but White’s King is better protected because of all of the pieces around it. Black continued to capture pawns on d3 and c2 while White re positioned his pieces for a kingside attack. Instead of pawn grabbing Black might have been better off moving some pieces back to the Kingside in order to protect his King.

17. Ng5 exd3 18. Qh5!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18... Qh5!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 18… Qh5!

White is now down 3 pawns but has threats against both h7 and f7. Note that Black’s Queen’s Bishop has yet to move!

h6 19. Nxf7 dxc2 20. Nxh6+ Bxh6 21. Bxh6 Qb6+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 21... Qb6+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 21… Qb6+

This is pretty much a spite check. Black’s King is now devoid of any protection while White’s King is well protected. Black is now up two pawns but they are not doing him much good because of the naked King!

22. Kh1

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22. Kh1.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 22. Kh1.

It is hard to find a good move for Black here. I captured the Rook at b1 because I didn’t see anything better here. Better here might have been 22… Rxf1+ followed by 23… Be6. Note that Black still has not moved his Queen’s Bishop and the rooks are cut off from each other.

cxb1=Q?? 23. Bd5+!!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 23. Bd5!!

Closed Sicilian Defense after 23. Bd5!!

White sacrificed the Bishop in order to get the Black Knight off e7 where it keeps the White Queen off g6. Note that Black’s material advantage is doing him no good because of his naked King!

Nxd5 24. Qg6+ 1-0

Closed Sicilian Defense after 24. Qg6+ (Final position).

Closed Sicilian Defense after 24. Qg6+ (Final position).

Black is up a Queen, Rook, Knight and pawn but resigned because of his naked King! Note that the Bishop at c8 never moved the entire game! Black resigned when he was not only up material, but he also had a checkmate in eight moves! If Black had seen it, play could have continued with 24… Qxg6 25. Rxf8+ Kh7 26. Kg2 Bh3+ 27. Kxh3 Qxh6+ 28. Kg2 Rxf8 29. Nf5 Rxf5 30. a4 Qf2+ 31. Kh1 Qf1#.

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