Welcome to my Closed Sicilian Defense game with Willie Law page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Closed Sicilian Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. When I first played Willie Law at the Giessen Depot Recreation Center I thought that he had a 1900 playing strength. He was pretty good at non-rated games for an unrated player, but he chocked during tournaments. He was not really as good as I first thought!

Giessen Depot Championship Giessen, Germany
Round 3
White: Willie Law Black: Mike Serovey

1. e4 d6 2. Bc4 c5 3. Ne2 Nf6 4. d3 g6 5. Bg5 Bg7 6. Qd2

Closed Sicilian Defense after 6. Qd2.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 6. Qd2.

This is fairly typical of Closed Sicilian type positions. White wants to force the exchange of my dark-squared Bishop in order to weaken my Kingside position. I see a combination here that wins material so I play it.

Nxe4 7. Bxf7+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7. Bxf7+

Closed Sicilian Defense after 7. Bxf7+

White counters with a sacrifice, but it is unsound.

Kxf7 8. Qf4+ Nf6

Closed Sicilian Defense after 8... Nf6.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 8… Nf6.

Now my Knight is saved and I’m up a Bishop. My King’s position is a little weak. but White is not yet developed enough to take advantage of this fact.

9. Bxf6 exf6 10. Nbc3 Re8 11. Ne4 Re6

Closed Siclian Defense after 11... Re6.

Closed Siclian Defense after 11… Re6.

Here f5 is better because now the Knight fork wins the exchange for White.

12. Ng5+ Kg8 13. Nxe6 Bxe6 14. O-O-O f5 15. Kb1 Qb6

Closed Sicilian Defense after 15... Qb6.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 15… Qb6.

Because White has castled Queenside I’m starting an attack there. White weakens his King’s position with his next move.

16. b3 Na6 17. Rde1 Be5 18. Qh4 Re8 19. Nf4 Qb4 20. Kc1??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 20. Kc1??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 20. Kc1??

This is a blunder because it drops the Knight and allows me to force the exchange of Queens when I’m up material.

Qxf4+ 21. Qxf4 Bxf4+ 22. Kd1 Nb4 23. a3 Nd5 24. c4 Nc7 25. Kc2 d5 26. Rd1 dxc4 27. dxc4 Bf7 28. Rd7

Closed Sicilian Defense after 28. Rd7.

Closed Sicilian Defense after 28. Rd7.

White threatens to win a piece but he overlooks something.

Re2+ 29. Kd3??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 29. Kd3??

Closed Sicilian Defense after 29. Kd3??

White overlooked my next move.

Rd2+! 30. Kc3 Rxd7 31. b4 cxb4+ 32. axb4 Be5+ 33. Kb3 b5 34. Re1 Bxc4+ 35. Kc2 Bf4 36. g3 Rd2+ 37. Kb1 Bd3+ 38. Kc1 Re2+ 39. Kd1 Rxe1+ 40. Kxe1 Bd6 41. g4 Bxb4+ 42. Kd1 Bc3 43. g5 b4 44. f4 b3 45. Kc1 b2+ 46. Kd1 b1=Q# 0-1

Closed Sicilian Defense after 46... b1=Q# (Final position).

Closed Sicilian Defense after 46… b1=Q# (Final position).

Again, I do not know why some people make me play these endgames out!

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