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  1. 09 Apr '12 11:42
    Here's an interesting promotion that won the game. I very nearly promoted to queen but saw this at the last second: -

    Game 9116351
  2. 09 Apr '12 13:44 / 2 edits
    An interesting, good and well matched game.
    You can see what both players up to and how their moves followed their ideas.

    Here a few viewers will mumble when White played 4.Nxd4


    4.cxd4 is the idea behind the c3 Sicilian but I tried 4.Nxd4 a few times here.
    The idea being I want the usual tricks a Knight on d4 gives me plus I'm blunting
    the ½ open Sicilian file (and I'm away from the boring lines.).
    But it never gave me anything ( except a good game for Black.)

    Here.


    A try for White here was 17.Ba4 seeing if he can swap off that c2 Bishop.
    Then, as what happened in the game, White can do the Nf3-d2-b1-c3-d5 plan
    withouth the Knight getting traded.

    A position someting like this crops up if Black trades.


    The Knight is Captain America.

    Here:


    White played 28.f4 and after 28...exf4 he realised he could not recapture
    due to the exchange winning 29.Qxf4 Bd4.
    So we chalk up another example of a badly timed f2-f4 (28.Kh1 first.)
    However...

    Black slipped in 30...Bc3. White to play.


    31.Bxg6 looks good and interesting. I don't think Black can take either the
    Rook or the Bishop. I've not given it a good going over because I spent more
    time on this position....

    It leads to a smashing King Hunt.


    White has sacced his Bishop on g6 (34.Bxg6) but did not appear to get the same play as 31.Bxg6 gives.

    In the above diagram Black played 40.Qg6.
    40.Rxe5 leads to a perpetual. I've left all the moves in I flicked about with
    instead of producing a mainline. It looks right.

  3. 09 Apr '12 14:24
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    An interesting, good and well matched game.
    You can see what both players up to and how their moves followed their ideas.

    Here a few viewers will mumble when White played 4.Nxd4

    [fen]r1bqkbnr/pp2pppp/2np4/8/3pP3/2P2N2/PP3PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 5[/fen]
    4.cxd4 is the idea behind the c3 Sicilian but I tried 4.Nxd4 a few times here.
    The idea bein ...[text shortened]... Kb7 20. Qb5+ Ka7 21. Qa5+ Kb7 22. Qb5+ Kc7 23. Qc6+ Kb8 24. Qb6+ {etc...etc...etc.}[/pgn]
    Thanks for the analysis. You saw some things that I saw and white missed too. You also saw a lot that I missed. I started playing the sicilian about a year ago. Sometimes I seem to build a very strong defence with it, other time I seem to get ripped to pieces. I'm afarind I'm not that au fait with all of the technicalities and variations, of the defence and would probably admit to being too lazy to study in that in depth
  4. 10 Apr '12 00:33 / 1 edit
    Hi

    The best way to learn all the ideas behind an opening us what you
    are doing. Playing it. Getting ripped to pieces is part of the learnng process
    playing a Sicilian. Soon you should get to spot the standard shots White
    tries against it.
    And if something happens you cannot quite understand then post it.

    Lasker called The Sicilian a fighting Defence.
    The trick is the timing when it is no longer the Sicilian Defence but the Sicilian Attack.

    You said: 'I seem to build a very strong defence with it'
    So look for the moment to turn defence into attack.

    After he had put a pawn in d5 the attack against the backward d-pawn was off.
    Yet your pieces still hugged it for a while. Then was the time for you to start
    thinking about playing f5 and getting your bits over to the Kingside.

    He fired his bolt with f4 but 31.Bxg6 does look like it could have given you
    problems. 30....Be5 instead of that nothing move 30....Bc3 then bring the big
    boys across to the kingside looking for f5.
  5. 10 Apr '12 15:31
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi

    The best way to learn all the ideas behind an opening us what you
    are doing. Playing it. Getting ripped to pieces is part of the learnng process
    playing a Sicilian. Soon you should get to spot the standard shots White
    tries against it.
    And if something happens you cannot quite understand then post it.

    Lasker called The Sicilian a fighting De ...[text shortened]... f that nothing move 30....Bc3 then bring the big
    boys across to the kingside looking for f5.
    OKay thanks for the aadvice. One last point though, perpetual would have been fine for me i this game and I was more than willing to accept/force a draw as this would have ensured my progression in the tournament.
  6. 10 Apr '12 19:35
    The perpetual was a good stumble.
    I was just running along with it in Winboard expecting to see a hole.
    The more I chased the King the more I was thinking this cannot work
    sooner or later I'll see a way out.

    I like the bit where the King gets chased passed the Queen the Rook.

    "C'mon guys, don't just stand there, do something!"
  7. 10 Apr '12 20:20 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    The perpetual was a good stumble.
    I was just running along with it in Winboard expecting to see a hole.
    The more I chased the King the more I was thinking this cannot work
    sooner or later I'll see a way out.

    I like the bit where the King gets chased passed the Queen the Rook.

    "C'mon guys, don't just stand there, do something!"
    Ye it's kind of frustrating when someone has you by the balls and you just have pieces that can't do anything because the king is in the way. Chess would be a lot easier without the kihng on the board