Games
[Event "4NCL/Div4/GREN vs. SUTC"] [Site "West Bromwich ENG"] [Date "2006.12.03"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Escott, Keith"] [Black "Osborne, David C"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B41"] [WhiteElo "2065"] [BlackElo "2135"] [Annotator "Donnelly,MJ"] [PlyCount "47"] [EventDate "2006.12.03"] [EventType "team"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] [WhiteTeam "Sutton Coldfield"] [BlackTeam "Grendels Mother"] {[%evp 0,47,25,16,71,48,60,52,55,31,59,45,41,41,60,50,59,53,93,51,40,17,-3,-8,-11,-3,-20,-60,35,-30,-30,7,0,0,47,-8,-6,-42,33,53,89,64,162,165,159,179,192,184,267,217]} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 {Whilst very popular this move is not quite as often played as} (2... d6) ({or} 2... Nc6 {but all 3 options are played by many of the World's elite players with some individual players having each in their repertoires!}) 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 {The Kan variation instead of the Taimanov variation if Black now plays} (4... Nc6) 5. c4 {With a Maroczy type of pawn formation whilst direct development with} (5. Nc3 Qc7 {and then} 6. g3 {is Amanov and Kavutskiy's fairly recent suggestion in their well researched opening manual "Modernized: The Open Sicilian".}) 5... Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 Qc7 8. O-O b6 {Black delays castling to continue developing the queen's side pieces-a line favoured by Artemiev for example. In contrast, players such as Giri, prefer the safer course involving rapid castling via} (8... Be7 9. Be3 O-O) 9. f4 Bb7 10. Bf3 Nbd7 11. Qe2 Rc8 12. b3 b5 13. Nd5 {A fine attacking idea and the sort of move that the great Mikhail Tal would have liked to play.} ({Quieter is} 13. Bb2 {when interestingly other, and often later, games by several reasonably highly rated players having failed to find the tactical blow Nd5 then mishandled the position. For example} bxc4 14. Rac1 Be7 (14... e5 15. Nd5 Qb8 16. Nf5 cxb3 {Hakimifard-Fragaki,W-ch U14 Girls, Kemer 2007.}) (14... Nc5 15. e5 Nfd7 16. Bxb7 Qxb7 17. bxc4 {Chabris-Perdomo, Titled Tuesday intern op Chess.com blitz 2020.}) 15. Na4 O-O {Vojan-Krylov, IBCA EU-ch Mondariz 2003. Black was at least equal in all these games. Still worst was}) (13. Ndxb5 axb5 14. Nxb5 Qb8 15. Bb2 Be7 {Krklec-Devcic, CRO-tch Zagreb 2008.}) ({and also} 13. cxb5 Qxc3 14. Bb2 Qa5 {Casadei-Meshkov, IBCA-ol (Italy-Russia) Ohrid 2017. Black has a significant advantage in each case.}) (13. Be3 {should not have achieved much but Black now played} b4 $2 (13... bxc4) ({and} 13... Be7 {are both much better}) 14. Nd5 exd5 15. exd5 Be7 16. Nf5 {and Black is in serious trouble but eventually won as in Doshi-Gelman, Titled Tuesday intern op blitz Chess.com 2024.}) 13... exd5 14. exd5+ Kd8 (14... Be7 {leads to abysmal positions for Black after} 15. Nf5 Nf8 ({or} 15... Ng8 16. Bb2 Ndf6 17. Nxg7+ Kd8 18. Rac1) 16. Ba3 Kd8 17. c5) 15. Nc6+ Bxc6 16. dxc6 Nc5 ({A game between two 2600+ Elo rated players went oddly} 16... Nb8 17. Be3 Nxc6 18. cxb5 axb5 19. Qxb5 Qd7 20. Rac1 d5 21. Rfe1 Be7 22. Rc2 $6 Na7 23. Qb6+ Ke8 24. Rce2 Nc6 {and eventually White lost this more or less level position as in Naiditsch-Fedorchuk, FRA-chT top 12 2016. At move 22 both Be2 threatening Qb6+ and a4 advancing the passed pawn and guarding the queen should have seen White well on the way to winning.}) 17. cxb5 {A practical move retaining an edge and leaving the Black king still exposed. Although the stronger} (17. Be3 {was seen in another game between highly rated players and White was winning in Vujovic-Efimov, Salsomaggiore Terme op 1998 following} Qb8 18. Rad1 Kc7 19. b4 ({instead} 19. Qd2 {was played and the game turned in Black's favour after} b4 20. g4 Re8 21. g5 Nfe4 {although somehow the final result was a draw.})) 17... axb5 18. Qxb5 Be7 {In a difficult position Black makes a slip returning the advantage to White. Essential was} (18... d5 {although White has fair compensation for the sacrificed material in a pawn, the Black king stuck in the centre, and the two connected passed pawns on the queen's-side after} 19. Bb2 Qxc6 20. Qa5+ Qc7 21. Bxf6+ gxf6 22. Qd2) 19. Be3 Rb8 ({if Black develops with} 19... Re8 {then} 20. Rad1 {threatening to take on c5 is decisive.}) 20. Qc4 Rf8 {this loses quickly but its difficult to suggest anything better. If} (20... Ne6 21. f5 {then its futile to push back the White pieces temporarily with} d5 22. Qc2 d4 23. Bd2 Qa7 {since} 24. Qc4 {still means f7 will fall.}) 21. b4 Na4 (21... Ne6 {also fails to} 22. b5) 22. b5 Nb6 {Seemingly Black has built a defensive wall but after the queen retreat there is no defence to simply a4-a5.} 23. Qd3 Ra8 ({Alternatively} 23... Na4 24. Rfd1 Qa5 25. Rab1 Nb6 26. Bc5 Nc8 27. Bd4 Qxa2 28. b6 {wins.}) 24. Qd4 ({After} 24. Qd4 {Black has no useful moves and can hold back the pawns no longer. For instance} Na4 ({or} 24... Rb8 25. a4 d5 26. a5 Nc4 27. Rfc1 Rxb5 28. Rxc4 {wins}) 25. Rab1 d5 26. Rfc1 Ba3 27. Rc2 {winning. This game, and the games by some highly rated players in the notes, show how complex this particular variation, and especially this sort of sacrifice, can be. Keith, however, saw this one through to the rightful conclusion.}) 1-0