Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Crooked Diagonals Round 1 Anton Taylor, 1910 - Harrison Broadhurst, 1729 Sicilian Rossolimo (B51)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. Bxc6+ bxc6 5. d3 Bg4 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nbd2 e6 8. O-O Nf6 9. e5 
Only here does Komodo 10 begin to see that White is much better. In fact this is the ideal position for white. Black's inaccuracies e6? and Nf6? have led him down a positionaly losing path. I felt here that I was completely winning. 9. ... Nd7 10. exd6 Bxd6 11. Ne4 Bc7 12. Be3 White has caught up in dynamic advantages (development), maintained his tempo, and has a permanent pawn structure advanatge due to black's isolated and doubled pawns that will eventually fall off. Black is completely lost here. 12. ... Qe7 13. Ng3 This is the best move to free the f3 knight to fight for the control of central squares. 13. ... Bg6 14. Qd2 O-O 15. h4 f6 16. h5 Bf7 17. h6 g6 18. Ne4 Rfd8 18. ... e5 is a better bid for the center and prevents with correct timing the coming disaster but Black would still have his pawn weaknesses to nurse. 19. Qc3 Bb6 20. Bg5 e5 21. Nxf6+ Nxf6 22. Nxe5 
22. ... Rd6? I missed that 22. ... Qe6 23.Nxc6 Qxc6 24.Bxf6 Ba5 forces the trade of bishops or a perpetual and White's sacrifice is unsound and probably losing. Fortunately, so did my opponent.  23. Ng4 Bd8 24. Rae1 Qd7 25. Nxf6+ Bxf6 26. Bxf6 Qf5 27. Bh8 Rd4 28. Bxd4 cxd4 29. Qxd4 1-0 It amazes me how often a player in a bad looking position will not look for the opportunity to strike back (22. ... Qe6) 

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