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30 Oct 2017

B84 Sicilian Scheveningen: 6.Be2 a6, lines without early Be3 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 b5 7.a3 Bb7 8.Bd3 e6 9.O-O Nbd7)

B84 Sicilian Scheveningen: 6.Be2 a6, lines without early Be3 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 b5 7.a3 Bb7 8.Bd3 e6 9.O-O Nbd7)

The game below was played in a team match called 2015.08.28 ~~~ TCP - * The WOLF *. It was played on 31 boards between TURK CHESS PLAYERS and * The WOLF *. I played on board 3 for * The WOLF *. I was not able to help the team with any points, which was a disappointment for me. The match ended with a score of 36 - 26 in favor of TURK CHESS PLAYERS. I have thought about taking some time off completely from correspondence games for quite some time now, but unfortunately that might not happen so easily any time soon, due to the very long time controls of some games. Well, the easy way would be just to resign all my current games, but that is something I will never do, because I think I should play the games up to the deciding point.

On my 14th move I played Nd1, which is a rather odd move, the reason behind the move is lost to me after all this time. No matter what it was, it was a poor decision. The knight was already rather well placed and it would be a really slow process to get it somewhere better. The knight move weakened my control over d5, but even if I had not moved my knight, my opponent would have likely been able to play d5 anyway.

Dekara replied with 14...d5, which was the best answer to my silly knight retreat. Already I was in huge trouble, but not maybe lost until my 17th move Bg3. It may seem like a good idea to pin the knight, but it also left the knight on d4 undefended. The knight did not have good squares to go to from d4 if attacked and my opponent might have been able to make use of that fact to his or her advantage.

Dekara got out of the pin by taking the bishop on e2 with a check. It was not the best idea because with accurate play I was able to get back into the game, at least for a few moves. The game looked like it would be heading for a draw until it was time for me to blunder again and play 27.Nd3. I am not sure why I did not just trade the knights. Maybe I thought that the knight on e4 is not really doing anything important there and maybe it is just in the way of my opponent's other pieces, like the bishop and the queen.

Dekara should have replied with the annoying pin 27...Qb6, but instead my opponent moved the rook from a8 to e8. It is actually more dangerous looking move to me than what the chess engine suggests, but actually it is only dangerous if it is not met with the move 28.Nc2. All other moves seem to lead to a more or less lost position for White. I played the horrible 28.Nf4, which allowed dekara to pin the knight, which my opponent did and my possibilities of holding the game seemed to evaporate. The game continued with the moves 29.Rfe1 Nf6 and the 29th move by dekara was a mistake that gave me another chance to survive.

How could have I missed such a simple move like moving the queen to f2 is rather unbelievable, but somehow I was just more concerned of not letting the knight to jump to g4 and played h3 (The queen move would have solved the problem with Ng4 too...). Dekara then played the sloppy 30...Re4, which did give me my last chance to maybe fight on and get a draw, but I was blind to the Qf2 opportunity once again and played the move that finally decided the game in my opponent's favor, 31.g3. I continued the game up to the move 32...Nd5, after which I resigned.

[Event "2015.08.28 ~~~ TCP - * The WOLF * - Boa"] [Site ""] [Date "2015.08.28"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "dekara"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B84"] [WhiteElo "1862"] [BlackElo "1938"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 {Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation} b5 (6... e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O Be6 { Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Modern Line} (8... O-O {Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line})) 7. a3 Bb7 8. Bd3 e6 9. O-O Nbd7 {B84 Sicilian Scheveningen: 6.Be2 a6, lines without early Be3} 10. f3 (10. f4 g6 11. Qe2 Bg7 12. Be3 O-O 13. Kh1 Rc8 14. Bg1 e5 15. Nb3 exf4 16. Rxf4 Nh5 17. Rff1 Be5 18. Qg4 Ndf6 19. Qf3 Qd7 20. Rad1 Ng4 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. exd5 Bxb2 23. Nd4 Ne5 24. Qe2 Rce8 {Parkanyi, A (2365) -Sax,G (2560) Hungary 1996 1-0 (32)}) 10... Nc5 $146 (10... Be7 11. Be3 (11. Qe1 O-O 12. Qg3 Rc8 13. Bh6 Ne8 14. Be3 Nc5 15. Rfd1 Qc7 16. h4 Kh8 17. h5 Bf6 18. Qh3 Qe7 19. g4 Nc7 20. Qg3 Bxd4 21. Bxd4 e5 22. Be3 N7e6 23. Be2 g5 24. Rac1 Nf4 25. Bxf4 gxf4 {Hoffmann,G-Chandler,P (2145) Kassel 1995 0-1 (43)}) 11... O-O 12. Qe1 (12. a4 b4 13. Na2 a5 14. Bb5 Nb8 15. c3 d5 16. e5 Ne8 17. cxb4 axb4 18. Qd2 b3 19. Nxb3 Bc6 20. Nc3 Bb4 21. Nd4 Bxc3 22. Qxc3 Bxb5 23. Nxb5 Nd7 24. Rfc1 f6 25. f4 fxe5 26. fxe5 Rf5 {Menneveux,J (1500)-Gallaud,S (1640) Bethune 2004 1-0}) 12... Ne5 13. Qg3 Rc8 14. f4 Neg4 15. Nb3 Nxe3 16. Qxe3 Ng4 17. Qg3 h5 18. Kh1 Bh4 19. Qf3 Qb6 20. Nd1 d5 21. Nd2 dxe4 22. Bxe4 Rxc2 23. Bxb7 Rxd2 24. Be4 g6 25. b3 {Miskovic,B (2007)-Kusina,J (2092) Split 2011 1/2-1/2}) (10... d5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. a4 $11) 11. Be2 Qc7 12. Be3 Be7 13. Qe1 O-O 14. Nd1 $2 (14. Qg3 $142 $11 {and White has air to breath}) 14... d5 $17 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Bf2 Nf4 17. Bg3 (17. Nc3 $17) 17... Nxe2+ (17... Rfd8 $142 {would have given Black a clear advantage} 18. c3 Bg5 $19) 18. Qxe2 $17 Bd6 (18... Qd7 19. c3 $15) 19. Bxd6 $15 {White forks: f8+c7} Qxd6 20. c3 e5 {Black threatens to win material: e5xd4} 21. Nf5 {White threatens to win material: Nf5xd6} Qe6 {Black plans e4} 22. Nde3 g6 23. Nh6+ Kg7 24. Nhg4 f5 {Black prepares e4. Black threatens to win material: f5xg4} 25. Nf2 e4 26. fxe4 Nxe4 {The black knight is well posted..} 27. Nd3 $2 (27. Nxe4 $5 Bxe4 28. Rfe1 $11) 27... Rae8 (27... Qb6 $142 28. a4 bxa4 29. Rxa4 Rad8 $17) 28. Nf4 $4 (28. Nc2 $142 $15 {the rescuing straw}) 28... Qb6 $19 29. Rfe1 (29. Kh1 {cannot change what is in store for White} g5 30. Nh5+ Kh8 31. Nxf5 $19) 29... Nf6 (29... g5 $5 {might be the shorter path} 30. Nh5+ Kh8 31. Rf1 $19) 30. h3 $4 {Consolidates g4} (30. Qf2 Kf7 31. Ng4 Qxf2+ 32. Nxf2 Rxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Re8 34. Rxe8 Kxe8 $11) 30... Re4 (30... Kh8 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} 31. Qd2 g5 $19) 31. g3 $4 (31. Qf2 $142 {the only rescuing move} Qc6 32. Nd3 $15) 31... Rfe8 $19 32. Nfg2 Nd5 (32... Nd5 33. Qd2 Nxe3 34. Rxe3 Rxe3 35. Nxe3 Rxe3 36. Qd4+ Qxd4 37. cxd4 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Rg2+ 39. Ke3 Rxb2 $19) 0-1