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18 Oct 2017

B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 b5 7.Bf3)

B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 b5 7.Bf3)

This game was played in a tournament called AUTO-OPEN-3254. After this game my rating went to its peak rating at the time, 2181. The first step towards a loss for my opponent was played by attachui when he or she played 15...Na4. While it was a bad move, it was not like my opponent should have lost because of that move. I then replied with the move 16.b3, which was not the best move and it was only good enough for an equal position. I should have continued by playing 16.Nxf6+ and I could have been on my way to win a pawn.

Attachui then played 16...Nc5 ending up in some trouble once again. The correct move was 16...Bxd5. The game continued clearly in my favor until I made the sloppy move 24.Nc7. My move seems like a harmless try to trade of pieces when I am up in material, but actually it could have given my opponent some counterplay and with it some compensation for the lost material.

Attachui should have answered by playing 24...Rc8, so that when I take on e6, the rook would already be creating pressure on the pawn on c2. Unfortunately for my opponent, attachui chose the more passive move 24...Re7 and the downhill started once more, but this time it did not stop, but instead became worse over time. The position was still not completely lost after attachui's 24th move, but my opponent's 26th move Nb7, the position looked already quite lost for Black. The battle was far from over, the game ended only after my 67th move h6.

[Event "AUTO-OPEN-3254"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2014.05.16"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "attachui"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B92"] [WhiteElo "2169"] [BlackElo "2185"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "133"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 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. Bf3 {B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2} e5 8. Nde2 Bb7 9. Bg5 (9. Ng3 Nbd7 10. O-O b4 (10... Rc8 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. a3 Qc4 13. Re1 Be7 14. Nf5 Qc5 15. Nxg7+ Kf8 16. Bh6 Kg8 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Bxf8 Nxf8 19. Ne7+ Kg7 20. Nxc8 Qxc8 21. Qxd6 Ne6 22. Qxe5 Re8 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. exd5 Nf8 25. Qg5+ {Prasobhu,P (1703)-Behrendt,M (1638) Kiel 2016 1-0 (40)}) 11. Nb1 Nc5 12. Re1 g6 13. a3 a5 14. Nd2 h5 15. h3 Be7 16. b3 O-O 17. Bb2 Qc7 18. Re3 h4 19. Ngf1 Nh7 20. Re1 Bg5 21. Nc4 Rad8 22. Nfd2 Bf4 23. axb4 axb4 {Hardicsay, P (2350)-Yewdokimov,O Werfen 1989 1-0 (41)}) 9... Be7 {Black has a cramped position} 10. O-O $146 (10. Ng3 b4 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nd5 a5 13. O-O g6 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6 15. Qd2 O-O 16. Rfd1 Rd8 17. c3 bxc3 18. bxc3 Na6 19. Rab1 Nc5 20. Rb6 Ra6 21. Rb2 Ba8 22. Rb5 Rc8 23. Rdb1 Qd8 24. h3 Bc6 {Hegner,P (1645)-Smits, O (1905) Marburg 2006 1/2-1/2}) 10... h6 (10... Nbd7 11. Ng3 h6 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nh5 Nxh5 14. Bxh5 $11) 11. Bxf6 $14 Bxf6 { Black has the pair of bishops} 12. Nd5 {A beautiful square!} Nd7 13. Ng3 { White has an active position} (13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 O-O $14) 13... O-O (13... g6 14. a4 $11) 14. Nf5 $14 Nc5 15. Re1 (15. Nxf6+ Qxf6 16. Qxd6 Qxd6 17. Nxd6 Bc6 $14) 15... Na4 (15... Bg5 16. g3 g6 17. Nfe3 $11) 16. b3 (16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Qxd6 Nxb2 18. Qxf6 gxf6 19. Nxh6+ Kh7 $16) 16... Nc5 (16... Bxd5 $142 $5 { must definitely be considered} 17. Qxd5 Nc3 18. Qxd6 Qxd6 19. Nxd6 Bg5 $11) 17. Nxf6+ $16 Qxf6 18. Qxd6 (18. Nxd6 $4 Rfd8 $19) 18... Qxd6 19. Nxd6 Bc6 (19... Rfd8 20. Rad1 Bc6 21. Bg4 $16) 20. Nf5 $16 Rae8 (20... Ra7 21. Rad1 $16) 21. Rad1 Bd7 $2 (21... Kh7 22. Re3 Ba8 23. Nd6 $16) 22. Ne3 (22. Rd5 $5 Bxf5 23. exf5 e4 $18) 22... Be6 23. Nd5 Kh8 24. Nc7 {White threatens to win material: Nc7xe8} (24. Re3 $5 Rb8 $16) 24... Re7 (24... Rc8 25. Nxe6 Nxe6 26. Rc1 $14) 25. Nxe6 $16 Rxe6 (25... Nxe6 $5 26. Bg4 Rc8 $16) 26. Rd5 Nb7 (26... Rc6 27. Rxe5 Ne6 28. Rc1 $16) 27. Red1 (27. Rd7 Rb6 28. Red1 f6 $18) 27... g6 (27... Rc6 $142 $5 28. b4 Rxc2 $18) 28. Be2 $18 f5 $2 (28... Kg7 $18) 29. exf5 gxf5 30. c4 e4 (30... bxc4 {there is nothing better in the position} 31. Bxc4 e4 32. Rxf5 Rxf5 33. Bxe6 Rf6 $18) 31. cxb5 axb5 32. Bxb5 e3 (32... f4 {does not improve anything} 33. a4 $18) 33. fxe3 Rxe3 34. Kf2 (34. b4 $142 $5 {seems even better} Rb8 35. a4 Rb3 $18) 34... Rc3 (34... Re4 {doesn't improve anything } 35. a3 $18) 35. Bc4 (35. b4 {makes it even easier for White} Ra3 36. R1d2 Rf6 $18) 35... Rc2+ (35... Rc8 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} 36. Bd3 Ra8 37. Rd2 $18) 36. R1d2 Rxd2+ 37. Rxd2 Nc5 (37... Ra8 {is not the saving move} 38. Ke3 $18) 38. Kf3 Ne4 (38... Ra8 {is not much help} 39. Rd5 Rc8 40. Kf4 $18) 39. Rd7 h5 (39... Ra8 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} 40. a4 $18) 40. Kf4 Nc3 ( 40... Nf6 {what else?} 41. Re7 Rd8 42. Kxf5 Nd5 $18) 41. a4 Rc8 42. Kxf5 (42. a5 h4 43. a6 Na4 44. Re7 Nb6 45. Be6 Ra8 46. Kxf5 Nc8 47. Re8+ Kg7 48. Rg8+ Kh6 49. Rxc8 Rxa6 50. Kf6 Ra7 51. Rg8 Rb7 52. Rg6+ Kh7 53. Rg4 Kh8 54. Rd4 h3 55. Rd8+ Kh7 56. Bf5+ Kh6 57. Rh8+ Rh7 58. Rxh7#) 42... Nxa4 $18 43. Kg6 Rc6+ 44. Kxh5 Nb6 45. Rd4 Nd7 (45... Kg7 {is not much help} 46. Rg4+ Kf8 47. h4 $18) 46. Kg5 (46. Rxd7 Rh6+ 47. Kg5 Rg6+ 48. Kf4 Rg4+ 49. Ke5 Rg5+ 50. Kd6 Rxg2 51. Be6 Rg5 52. Rf7 Rg2 53. Ke7 Rxh2 54. b4 Rh1 55. b5 Rh2 56. Kf6 Rh6+ 57. Kf5 Rh1 58. Kg6 Rg1+ 59. Kf6 Rf1+ 60. Bf5 Rg1 61. Rf8+ Rg8 62. Rxg8+ Kxg8 63. b6 Kh8 64. b7 Kg8 65. b8=Q#) 46... Ne5 47. Kf4 Ng6+ 48. Ke3 Rb6 49. Kd3 Ne5+ (49... Kg7 { doesn't get the cat off the tree} 50. h4 $18) 50. Kc3 Rg6 (50... Kg7 {cannot change what is in store for White} 51. b4 $18) 51. Rd2 (51. Rd8+ $142 {seems even better} Kh7 52. Bd5 $18) 51... Ng4 (51... Kg7 {a last effort to resist the inevitable} 52. b4 Rc6 $18) 52. Rd8+ Kg7 53. Rg8+ Kf6 54. Rxg6+ Kxg6 55. Be2 Ne3 (55... Nf6 {does not improve anything} 56. Bf3 Nd7 57. b4 Kf7 58. h4 Ke7 59. h5 Ne5 60. b5 Nd7 61. Kc4 Ne5+ 62. Kd5 Nd7 63. Kc6 Ne5+ 64. Kc7 Nc4 65. b6 Na5 66. b7 Nxb7 67. Bxb7 Kf8 68. Kd6 Kg8 69. g4 Kf7 70. g5 Kg7 71. Be4 Kh8 72. h6 Kg8 73. g6 Kh8 74. Ke7 Kg8 75. Bd3 Kh8 76. Kf6 Kg8 77. h7+ Kh8 78. g7#) 56. Bf3 Kf6 (56... Nf1 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 57. b4 Kf6 58. b5 Ke5 59. h4 Ng3 60. b6 Kd6 61. h5 Nf5 62. g4 Nh6 63. g5 Nf7 64. g6 Nh6 65. g7 Kd7 66. b7 Kc7 67. Bd5 Kb8 68. Kb4 Ng8 69. Bxg8 Kxb7 70. Bd5+ Kb6 71. g8=Q Kc7 72. Kc5 Kd7 73. Be6+ Ke7 74. Qf7+ Kd8 75. Qd7#) 57. b4 Ke5 (57... Ke7 {cannot undo what has already been done} 58. b5 Nf5 59. b6 Kd8 60. Kc4 Ne7 61. Kc5 Kc8 62. h4 Kb8 63. Be4 Ng8 64. g4 Nf6 65. Bf5 Kb7 66. h5 Ng8 67. g5 Ne7 68. Be4+ Ka6 69. h6 Nc8 70. h7 Nxb6 71. h8=Q Na4+ 72. Kb4 Nb6 73. Qa1+ Na4 74. Qxa4+ Kb6 75. Qa5#) 58. b5 Kd6 59. Kb4 Kc7 (59... Nc2+ {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} 60. Ka5 Na1 61. b6 Nb3+ 62. Ka6 Nc5+ 63. Ka7 Ke5 64. b7 Nxb7 65. Kxb7 Kd4 66. h4 Ke5 67. g4 Kd4 68. g5 Ke5 69. Be4 Kd4 70. h5 Kc3 71. h6 Kd2 72. h7 Ke3 73. h8=Q Kxe4 74. g6 Kf3 75. g7 Ke2 76. g8=Q Kd2 77. Qb2+ Ke3 78. Qg3+ Ke4 79. Qbe5#) 60. Kc5 Nf5 61. g4 Ng7 (61... Nh6 {does not save the day} 62. b6+ Kd7 63. g5 Nf7 64. g6 Nh6 65. g7 Ng8 66. Bg4+ Ke8 67. b7 Kf7 68. b8=Q Kxg7 69. Qe5+ Kg6 70. Bf5+ Kf7 71. Be6+ Ke8 72. Bxg8+ Kd7 73. Qg7+ Ke8 74. Kd6 Kd8 75. Qd7#) 62. b6+ Kb8 (62... Kc8 {is not the saving move} 63. Kd6 Ne8+ 64. Ke7 Nc7 65. h4 Nb5 66. h5 Nd4 67. Be4 Ne2 68. h6 Nf4 69. Kd6 Ng6 70. Bxg6 Kb7 71. Kc5 Ka6 72. h7 Ka5 73. h8=Q Ka4 74. Bc2+ Ka3 75. Qa1#) 63. h4 (63. Kd6 Ne8+ 64. Ke5 Kc8 65. Bc6 Nc7 66. bxc7 Kxc7 67. Kd5 Kb6 68. g5 Ka6 69. g6 Ka7 70. g7 Kb6 71. g8=Q Kc7 72. Qh7+ Kb6 73. Qb7+ Ka5 74. Qb5#) 63... Ne6+ 64. Kd5 (64. Kd6 Nd4 65. Bc6 Nc2 66. Kc5 Kc8 67. h5 Kd8 68. h6 Ke7 69. h7 Kf6 70. h8=Q+ Kg5 71. b7 Ne1 72. b8=Q Nd3+ 73. Kb6 Kxg4 74. Qg7+ Kf5 75. Qbf8+ Ke6 76. Qff6#) 64... Nf8 65. h5 (65. Kd6 Nd7 66. h5 Nxb6 67. h6 Nc4+ 68. Ke6 Kc7 69. h7 Nd2 70. h8=Q Nxf3 71. Qc3+ Kb6 72. Kd6 Kb5 73. Qb3+ Ka6 74. Qa4+ Kb7 75. Qb4+ Ka6 76. Kc7 Ne1 77. Qa4#) 65... Nd7 (65... Nh7 {does not solve anything} 66. h6 Ng5 67. Be4 Nf7 68. h7 Kb7 69. Ke6+ Kxb6 70. Kxf7 Kc5 71. h8=Q Kc4 72. Qb2 Kc5 73. Qc3+ Kb5 74. Bd3+ Kb6 75. Qc8 Ka5 76. Qc5+ Ka4 77. Bc2#) 66. Ke6 (66. Kd6 Nxb6 67. h6 Nc4+ 68. Ke6 Nd2 69. h7 Kc7 70. h8=Q Nxf3 71. Qc3+ Kb6 72. Kd6 Kb5 73. Qb3+ Ka6 74. Qxf3 Ka5 75. Qb3 Ka6 76. Kc6 Ka5 77. Qb5#) 66... Nxb6 (66... Nf8+ {doesn't get the bull off the ice} 67. Kf5 Kc8 68. g5 Kd8 69. g6 Ke7 70. g7 Ne6 71. g8=Q Nd4+ 72. Kg4 Kf6 73. b7 Nf5 74. Qf8+ Ke5 75. b8=Q+ Kd4 76. Qb2+ Kd3 77. Qxf5+ Kc4 78. Be2#) 67. h6 (67. h6 Na4 68. h7 Ka7 69. h8=Q Kb6 70. Qd4+ Ka5 71. Bc6 Nc3 72. Qxc3+ Kb6 73. Kd6 Ka7 74. Qa5+ Kb8 75. Qa8#) 1-0