Annotated Chess Game 11835098 by moonbus

Annotated Chess Game 11835098 by moonbus

Annotated Games

A hard-fought draw. Sicilian Defense.

  • 1. e4
    moonbus white, laka black, initial ratings within ten points, notes by moonbus
    • 1... c5 2. Ng1f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nf3xd4 Ng8f6 5. Nb1c3 a6 6. Bc1g5 Nb8d7 7. Bf1c4 Qd8a5 8. Qd1d2
      Clearing the back rank for castling, protecting the bishop on g5 which was en prise.
      • 8... h6 9. Bg5xf6 Nd7xf6 10. O-O-O e6 11. Rh1e1 Bf8e7 12. f4 e5 13. Nd4b3 Qa5c7 14. Bc4e2
        This retreat is necessary to prevent the Black bishop from coming to g4 and trapping the White queen's rook.
        • 14... O-O 15. h3
          Further preventing any encroachment by the Black pieces on the king-side, preparing for g2-g4 and a king-side attack.
          • 15... Bc8d7 16. Kc1b1
            A precautionary move which removes the White king from the same diagonal as the White queen and from the half-open c-file. White is planning to advance king-side pawns to assault the Black king and must be wary of a possible ... Bg5 at some point down the road, skewering the White queen and king. Also, the Black side of a Sicilian usually tries to get counterplay on the queen-side, for example by doubling rooks on the half-open c-file.
            • 16... Bd7e6
              This is tempting fate.
              • 17. f5
                On the one hand, this releases the tension in the center, but on the other hand it forces the Black bishop back to an unfavorable diagonal. Black would be poorly advised to trade on b3, as this would leave him with a bad bishop, trapped behind his own immobile pawn center. Furthermore, this pawn advance furthers White's plan to attack on the king-side.
                • 17... Be6d7 18. g4
                  A king-side attack is now well and truly underway. Black must be wary of sacs which suddenly prize open the king position.
                  • 18... Nf6h7
                    Probably played to prevent the advance h3-h4, after which g4-g5 is a steamroller bearing down on the Black king. It has a significant disadvantage however in that it loses control over d5.
                    • 19. Nc3d5
                      What a lovely post for a knight.
                        Game started
                        13 Aug '16
                        Last move
                        03 Dec '16
                        Game Drawn
                        Created
                        05 Dec '16
                        Updated
                        06 Dec '16
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                        Annotation Id
                        5055