Sicilian: Najdorf, 7...Be7 - Game 11391

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M. B. Oliveira, 2429
N. Bernal Varela, 2525


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FICGS__CHESS__RAPID_B__000054       See crosstable
(type : rated round-robin,   time : 30 days,   increment : 1 day / move)

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Last move : 1-0     2007 August 24   0:56:14

[Event "FICGS__CHESS__RAPID_B__000054"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2007.05.31"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Cridland,Graham"]
[Black "Johnston,Jim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1406"]
[BlackElo "1592"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.f5 Bxg5+ 14.Kb1 Ne5 15.Qh5 Qd8 16.Rg1 Bf6 17.fxe6 g6 18.exf7+ Kxf7 19.Qh6 Bg4 20.Rxg4 Nxg4 21.Qf4 Ne5 22.Bh3 Re8 23.Nd5 Kg7 24.Ne6+ Rxe6 25.Bxe6 Nc4 26.c3 Be5 27.Qf2 Qf8 28.Qe2 Rb8 29.h4 Qe8 30.Bg4 Qf7 31.h5 g5 32.Bf5 h6 33.Rf1 Qa7 34.Be6 Rf8 35.Rxf8 Kxf8 36.Qg2 a5 37.a4 Kg7 38.axb5 Qc5 39.b6 a4 40.b7 Qb5 41.Nb4 Na5 42.Qf2 Qxb7 43.Qf5 Bxc3 44.Qg6+ 1-0

Comment by player 1 : Graham Cridland :

A fascinating game that had a lot of "correspondence" feel to it, and also a lot of instinct overruling the computer. At many junctures my silicon friend attempted to lead me wrong.

For instance Fritz is enamoured of 32 h6+?!, which provides a bit of entertainment but no mate: 32...Kxh6 and White can't get enough pressure on the h-file because Black has ...Rh8 as needed.

After 35...Kxf8, White can't play 36 Qf1+ Kg7 37 Qf5 due to 37...Qg1+ when Black turns out to be the one attacking. 36 Qg2 covers g1 and threatens Qg2-g4-f5, when Black has to make time for Kg7 in any case.

The turning point was 36...a5? when the strong knight on c4 starts to look loose. 37 a4! Kg7 (...Qc5 loses control of f7, any move with the b pawn drops the knight to Qf1+, and none of the knight sacrifices provide compensation) 38 axb5 and the b-pawn becomes a serious distraction. 38 ...Qc5 39 b6 (to distract the knight from its threat of Nd2+ and gain access to f1: 39...Nxb6 40 Qf1 and the threat of mate wins the knight.)

Not an error free game, but an interesting battle of mutual activity. All the minor pieces were eventually placed on their ideal squares during the pivotal 30th-38th move period.

  ECO code : B98 , the name of the chess opening is displayed below :

Sicilian : Najdorf, 7...Be7

Queenside Castling by player White (move 9)

Player White won this chess game.

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