Wednesday, June 17, 2009




With brief annotations by Caissa's Father

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5

The Sicilian Defense Pelikan variation. I voted for the Sicilian dragon set-up but was out-voted. I am more comfortable playing the white side of this line.

6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. Qxd5?!

This capture is bad as it losses a tempo. The game was played among GM Wesley So's fans all over the world and the first move voted twice becomes the official move.It shows the disparity among the chess strenght of the players as sometimes strong moves are discarded in favor of an inferior move voted first.

Be6 9. Qd3 a6 10. Nc3 Nb4!?

I voted for this move. This move is a good one if followed-up properly.

11. Qd1 d5!

It is a basic principle in the Sicilan Defense that Black should strive for the freeing move ..d5. If Black can do it as in the game without compromising his position, then he achieves equality.

12. a3 d4! 13. Ne2

If 13.axb4 Bxb4 with agood game for black.


Premature. Nc6 is much better.

14. axb4 dxe2 15. Bxe2 Bxb4+ 16. c3 Qxd1+ 17. Bxd1 Bc5

18. Ba4+ Ke7 19. b4 Ba7 20. Ba3 b5 21. Bd1 Bc4 22. Be2 Rhc8

23. Rc1 Rc7?!

Up to this point black holds the advantage. The move is just a loss of tempo. Clearly better is 23...Bxe2 24. Kxe2 Rc4 25. f3 Rac8 maintaining the pressure along the c file.

24. Bb2 Rac8 25. g4 g6?! 26. g5! Bb6 27. h4 Rf8

From there on Black losses the thread of the game which could have been an easy draw being a rook ending.

28. Ra1 Ra8 29. h5 a5 30. hxg6 hxg6 31. bxa5 Bc5 32. Bxc4 bxc4

33. Ra4 Rb7 34. Bc1 Rb1 35. O-O Rb3 36. Bd2 Rb2 37. Bc1 Rb3

38. Rxc4 Rxa5 39. Be3 Bxe3 40. fxe3 Ra7 41. Rc5 Kf8 42. Rf2 Kg7

43. Kg2 Rab7 44. Kg3 R3b5 45. Rd5
Rb3 46. Rc2 R7b5 47. Kf3 Kf8

48. c4 Rxd5 49. exd5 1-0

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