Welcome to my Sicilian Defense (ECO B23) game with ZiggyStardust page!

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

I played the Black side of the Sicilian Defense. This game is one of my correspondence games played at ICC. The ratings listed below are after the game was completed. My opponent’s rating dropped from 1586 to 1382 as a result of this game. This is because this is only his second correspondence chess game completed at ICC. His first completed game was a 12 move draw with me.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.02”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.05.24”]
[Round “-“]
[White “ZiggyStardust”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[Opening “Sicilian: Grand Prix attack”]
[ECO “B23”]
[NIC “SI.44”]
[Time “11:13:08”]

  1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 f5 5. Bb5 fxe4 6. Nxe4 Nf6 7. d3 Nxe4 8. dxe4 Qa5+ 9. c3 Qxb5 10. Ng5 e6 11. f5 exf5 12. Qd5 Ne5 13. Bf4 Nd3+ 14. Kd2 Nxf4 15. Rae1 Qxb2+ 16. Kd1 Nxd5 {White resigns} 0-1

Online Game
Game Played 24 May 2008 to 15 June 2008
ZiggyStardust (1382) Black: Mike Serovey (1596)


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4

Sicilian Defense after 3. f4.

Sicilian Defense after 3. f4.

And thus begins the Grand Prix attack. I believe that this is the first time that I have played against this attack. I had a database of games to help me with the opening though.

d6 4. Nf3 f5

Sicilian Defense after 4... f5.

Sicilian Defense after 4… f5.

Although this move may look strange Black did win with this move in the game from my database.

5. Bb5 fxe4 6. Nxe4 Nf6

Sicilian Defense after 6... Nf6.

Sicilian Defense after 6… Nf6.

I was expecting 7. Nxf6 to which I would have replied 7… exf6.

7. d3 Nxe4!

Sicilian Defense after 7... Nxe4!

Sicilian Defense after 7… Nxe4!

The correct move here is 8. Bxc6 bxc6 and then 9. dxe4. White’s next move loses his Bishop at b5 but is only the first of his mistakes. I was a little surprised that he didn’t resign after losing his Bishop in the opening.

8. dxe4?? Qa5+!! 9. c3 Qxb5

Sicilian Defense after 9... Qxb5.

Sicilian Defense after 9… Qxb5.

Black is now up a Bishop and White can’t castle Kingside because he is not allowed to castle through a check. His next three moves are an attempt to get an attack going against f7 but the attack fails.

10. Ng5 e6 11. f5 exf5 12. Qd5 Ne5

Sicilian Defense after 12... Ne5.

Sicilian Defense after 12… Ne5.

Black has adequately defended f7 and is still preventing White from castling kingside. White’s next move is an attempt to remove the Knight at e5 but is a blunder that drops the Bishop at f4.

13. Bf4?? Nd3+!! 14. Kd2 Nxf4

Sicilian Defense after 14... Nxf4.

Sicilian Defense after 14… Nxf4.

White is now down 2 bishops and a pawn and his Queen and g pawn are hanging. And yet he makes e play this out for a couple more moves. I expected him to play 15. Qf7+ in order to save his Queen but instead he makes his final blunder.

15. Rae1?? Qxb2+ 16. Kd1 Nxd5 0-1

Sicilian Defense after 16... Nxd5 (Final position).

Sicilian Defense after 16… Nxd5 (Final position).

White finally resigns when he is down a Queen, two bishops and two pawns! He can get a Knight back with 17. exd5+ but he still has pawns hanging at a2, c3 and g2. Once Black gets his pieces developed he has a clearly won endgame.

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