Hi. I don’t mind doing this – I enjoy it.
1) At the moment I have some time to do it. (and want to do it).
2) I do not pull punches. If I slam a player for making a bad move
and he gets upset. Good, because his bad move has upset me.
CEE DOG - AttilaTheHorn
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
I started playing this about 20 years ago because I was fed playing
against The Najdorf, The Dragon, and all the other branches of the Sicilian.
I now very rarely play an open Sicilian. 3.d4 is just what a Sicilian player
wants. It’s what he has booked up for.
“Giving up a center pawn for a wing pawn is anti-positional
I think it was Larsen who said that about 3.d4.
3...e6 with idea of Nge7 is a very popular plan. I lost an allegro once
against 3...Na5."You cannot do that to me!" and went sac happy.
It is a variation that has been played by GM's. I never knew that
So I eventually a bought book on the Bb5 variation.
You will never hear me arguing against a developing move.
I play 4.Qe2 or 4.e5 here depending on who I am playing.
I like to see this as White. It's a waste of a tempo.
Usually White plays Bxc6 in all the main lines.
It's common to see dxc6 recaptures in this opening.
It seems to depend on who is playing who. Kramnik plays dxc6
whilst Salov plays bxc6. Different ideas, different plans.
I'm a dxc6 guy. (piece activity). bxc6 (centre building is OK).
6.0–0 d5 7.Re1?!
7.e5 was the move 7.e5 Ng4 8.h3 Nh6 9.d4 and Black can very
easily slip into a bad position from here.
7.Re1 is a lazy move. The game is sliding towards Black.
Such pawn shoves have to be looked at carefully.
Usually in these tit-for-tat exchanges the 2nd player comes off worse,
but your superior development should protect you against any
However. I would have gone Nb1-d3-Nd2-Nc4
(a nice stable for a Knight is c4 in this position).
and pick the game up from there.
8...dxc3 9.exf6 gxf6
An instructive moment here if 9...cxd2 then 10.Nxd2!
an idea I've seen in a Four Knights game. Vacating f3 for the Queen
.9...cxd2 10.Nxd2 gxf6 11.Qf3 - (then N-b3or c4 or e4).
If you take anything from this then remember that backward capture idea.
10.Qe2 was better. Black should now swap Queens
and play Bf5 he is not worse here.
10...Qd5?! 11.Qe2 Bg4 12.c4?
This idea losses a pawn. 12.Bf4 get a piece out
You have sorted out his pawns - I hope he sent a
'Thank You' message. 13.gxf3 was better.
13...Bxe2 14.Rxe2 cxd5
Let's stop and have a look. Black is pawn up and should be able to untangle
his bits and have a nice headache free game.
He can only lose this. White has no weaknesses but will have to wait to see
what Black's winning plan is so he can counter it.
He can sniff at a couple of loose pawns but Black should be able to handle that.
I would not be too confident about holding this against a good player.
I would then talk myself into thinking the position is tenable,
“It’s not too bad. I can sac my Bishop for his centre pawns. Swap some pawns,
swap Rooks and leave him with h-pawn and wrong Bishop.”[/i]
And with Plan A in mind I would centralise everything and wait.
I’ve had worse, much worse and won.
There again I’ve had better, much better and lost.
This guy belongs on e7. SG is correct about e6 here.
This Bg7 plan is faulty.
16.Ba3 f5 17.Rd1 Bd4 18.Rd3?!
18.c3 Bxc3 19.Bxc5 e6 20.Rxd5 And White is turning it around.
19.Rxe7 and White must be on top. Black has loose pawns all over the place.
19...Bf6 20.Bxc5 Rfe8 21.Rxd5
Terrible play by Black.
It has taken him 6 moves to turn a comfortable game into a loss.
21...e6 22.Rd3 Red8 23.Red2 Kg7 24.Bb6
Anything White plays now should stumble to a win.
I've been mated and have mated too many times on the back rank.
I would have played Kf1 here.
24...Rdb8 25.Bd4 Bxd4 26.Rxd4 a5 27.Ra4 Rc8 28.Rd3 Rd8
29.Rxd8 Rxd8 30.Kf1 Rd5 31.Rc4?!
31...Rd2 32.Ra4 Rd5 33.Ke2 Kf6 34.c4 Rd4 35.Rxa5 Re4+
It's over - resigns was an idea.
36.Kf1 Rd4 37.a4 Rd3 38.Rb5 Rd2 39.a5 Ra2 1–0
White cruised into a very difficult position by making
some first come first served moves. 7.Re1 and 12.c4 were
the dodgy moves.
Black’s shocking moves 15-20 turned the game into a loss.
White then enjoyed his second chance and sailed home
without any trouble.