Sicilian: Najdorf, Opovcensky variation - Game 19895

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L. Fric, 2133
L. Flores, 2025


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FICGS__CHESS__CLASS_D__000084       See crosstable
(type : rated round-robin,   time : 40 days,   increment : 40 days / 10 moves)

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Last move : 0-1     2008 August 9   17:17:4

[Event "FICGS__CHESS__CLASS_D__000084"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2008.04.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mazo,Joel"]
[Black "Cridland,Graham"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1466"]
[BlackElo "1438"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.f3 O-O 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.O-O-O Rc8 12.Bf1 b5 13.Qf2 Rxc3 14.bxc3 Qc7 15.Kb2 Rb8 16.g4 Nb6 17.Bxb6 Rxb6 18.h4 Bc4 19.h5 Nd7 20.f4 a5 21.g5 b4 22.Bxc4 Qxc4 23.Qf1 bxc3+ 24.Ka1 Qxe4 25.Re1 Qxc2 26.Qe2 Qb2+ 27.Qxb2 cxb2+ 28.Kb1 a4 29.Nd4 a3 30.g6 hxg6 31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Rh3 Kf7 33.fxe5 dxe5 34.Rf1+ Nf6 35.Nc2 Ra6 36.Rg3 e4 37.Ne3 Bc5 38.Nc4 Ra4 39.Ne5+ Ke6 40.Nxg6 Nd5 41.Nf4+ Nxf4 42.Rxf4 Bd6 43.Rg6+ Ke5 44.Rh4 Rd4 45.Rh1 e3 46.Rh5+ Ke4 47.Rh4+ Bf4 48.Rh1 e2 49.Re6+ Kf3 50.Rh3+ Kf2 0-1

Comment by player 2 : Graham Cridland :

An interesting game, although from my subjective perspective the end came quickly; my silicon friend found Black's endgame edge much more significant that I did just looking at the positions.

White gets into trouble with the wasted tempi 6. Be2 followed by 12.Bf1. Generally, of course, Bf1-e2 is not necessary in the Be3, f3, Qd2 "English Attack" structure. 13. Qf2 is met by the thematic 13...Rxc3, played entirely without analysis on the theory that it just -could not - be bad given White's lost tempi and the lack of piece exchanges.

Then, of course, 18...Bc4? throws away most of Black's advantage. This move is a mistake because the bishop obstructs Black's play. There is no need to occupy the c4 square; simply rolling forward with the Queenside pawns is sufficient for advantage.

After the pawn is anchored on b2 by it's a3-partner, the ending is difficult to defend; the extra exchange is more than compensated for by the extra pawns because Black can force their advance while the White king is tied to b1.

  ECO code : B92 , the name of the chess opening is displayed below :

Sicilian : Najdorf, Opovcensky variation

Kingside Castling by player Black (move 9)

Queenside Castling by player White (move 11)

Player Black won this chess game.

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