Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Kentucky Open Round 1 Anton Taylor, 2030 - Kevin French, 1800 Sicilian Moscow (B52)

2017 Kentucky Open Round 1 
Anton Taylor, 2030 - Kevin French, 1800 
Sicilian Moscow (B52)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. a4 Nf6 4. ... a6 is probably the most accurate response here. 5. Nc3 e5 6. d3 Be7 7. Bg5 This is the most logical move that develops the last minor piece. However, the position holds no real secrets. It is a pretty dead drawn position. Meaning that the only positive white can claim is that his development is slightly more useful but not enough to win. 7. ... O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Nd5 Rc8 I expected Bg4 but I saw that as not much of a threat. This move seems like much the same as the rest of black's development. good for equality and not much else. 11. h4 I decide to stir things up and I think this is the most interesting way to do that if not particularly principled. 11. ... Be7 12. g3 Be6 Kh8 preparing f5 is probably the best way to go. the f5 break has to be where black's advnatge lies. 13. Bc4 Nd4 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. f3 f5 16. O-O Qd7? good alternatives to this move are f4 and Rc5. Play on the two bishop files are similar plans that give black a slight edge. 17. exf5 Rxf5 18. f4 Rcf8 19. g4 R5f7 20. f5 Bxd5 21. Bxd5 Bxh4 22. g5?? In my opinion this is the decisive error. When I had calculated this variation on move 17 I missed that 24. Bxg5 can be interjected. Had I re-evaluated g5 properly when it appeared on the board I would have seen the problem. however, I trusted the earlier calculation as is my worst current habit and failed to convert a nice position. 22. ... Kh8 23. Be6?? This is a worse sin. However my previous note applies to this move as I had looked at it on move 17 and failed to recheck here. Black's reply is technically winning. 23. ... Qe7 24. Bxf7 Bxg5 25. Qh2 Qxf7 26. Rae1 Qd5 27. Re4 Rf6 28. Qh5 Be3+ 29. Kg2 Qf7?? throwing away the win. Qc6 guarding the back rank and simultaneously threatening Qxc2+ is simple and strong. 30. Qxf7 Rxf7 31. c4 Bf4 32. Rfxf4! exf4 33. Rxf4?? Terrible. Without even thinking about it I miss a mate in 2 on the back rank! For all of black's sins White's are far worse in this game. That is how an Expert can draw a low class A player ...  commit worse sins. 33. ... Kg8 34. Kg3 Kf8 35. Kg4 Ke7 36. Rxd4 g6 37. fxg6 hxg6 38. Kg5 Rf2 39. b4 Rg2+ 40. Rg4 Rb2 41. c5 Ra2 42. cxd6+ Kxd6 43. b5 Ra3 44. Rd4+ Kc5 45. Rc4+ Kd5 46. Kxg6 Rxd3 47. Rc7 Ra3 48. Kf7 Rxa4 49. Rxb7 Kc5 50. Ke7 Ra5 1/2-1/2

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