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24 Oct 2017

B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Kh1 Nc6 11.f4 exf4 12.Bxf4 Rc8 13.Qe1)

B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Kh1 Nc6 11.f4 exf4 12.Bxf4 Rc8 13.Qe1)

The game below was played in a team match called Stairway to heaven. This match was played between Hammer Of The Gods and Mermaids and Pirates Playing Chess For The Fun Of It. It was played on 13 boards and I played on board 4 for Hammer Of The Gods, which is a group for the fans of Led Zeppelin. I may not be the biggest Led Zeppelin fan but I do like some of their songs. We did end up winning the match with a score of 14.5 - 11.5. I won both of my games against Texwilson in this match, which was also my first appearance representing this team. The first blunder of the game was made by my opponent on move 16 when Texwilson played Nf6.

I replied with 17.Qh3, which is a good move, but 17.e5 might be even stronger. My journey towards the win started with my 17th move, but it was not a perfect one as I made a sloppy move 19.Be3, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for me to the end.

[Event "Stairway to heaven - Board 4"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.04.26"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Texwilson"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B92"] [WhiteElo "1965"] [BlackElo "1647"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "75"] [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} e5 7. Nb3 Be6 (7... Be7 8. O-O O-O { Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line}) 8. Bg5 (8. O-O Be7 {Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Modern Line}) 8... Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Kh1 Nc6 11. f4 exf4 12. Bxf4 Rc8 13. Qe1 {B92 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Be2} Bxb3 (13... Nd7 14. Rd1 Nde5 15. Qg3 Bh4 16. Qe3 Bf6 17. a3 Re8 18. Qf2 Qc7 19. Qg3 Kh8 20. Rd2 Rcd8 21. Bg5 Bxg5 22. Qxg5 Qb6 23. Na4 Qa7 24. Nc3 b5 25. Rfd1 Qb8 26. Nd4 Nxd4 27. Rxd4 Bc4 28. b3 {Olafsson, F (2545)-Quinteros, M (2515) Buenos Aires 1980 1/2-1/2 (50)}) 14. axb3 { White has the pair of bishops} Nd4 $146 {Black threatens to win material: Nd4xc2} (14... Nb4 15. Rc1 Nd7 16. Qg3 Bh4 17. Qh3 Ne5 18. Rcd1 Qe7 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Rd7 Qg5 21. g3 Qe3 22. Qxh4 Rxc3 23. Rdxf7 {1-0 (23) Tako,H (2045) -Tamas,G (2148) Hungary 2007}) 15. Bd3 {Black has a cramped position} Nd7 16. Qg3 {White has a very active position} Nf6 $2 (16... Rc6 $142 $5 $14 {should be investigated more closely}) 17. Qh3 (17. e5 dxe5 18. Bxe5 Nc6 $18) 17... g6 18. Rad1 Ne6 19. Be3 (19. Bh6 Re8 20. Bc4 Rc5 21. Bxe6 Rh5 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 $18) 19... Nd7 (19... h5 20. Bh6 Ng7 21. Be2 $16) 20. Bc4 $18 Nec5 $4 {shortens the misery for Black} (20... Ng7 $142 $18) 21. Bh6 (21. Rxf7 $142 {makes it even easier for White} Rxf7 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 23. Qxh7+ Ke6 24. Qxg6+ Nf6 25. b4 $18) 21... Nf6 (21... Ne5 {hoping against hope} 22. Bxf8 Bxf8 23. Bxf7+ Nxf7 24. Rxf7 Kxf7 25. Qxh7+ Ke8 $18) 22. Bxf8 (22. e5 $142 {and White wins} Qd7 23. exf6 Qxh3 24. gxh3 Bd8 25. Rxd6 Bc7 $18) 22... Qxf8 23. Rde1 (23. Nd5 $142 { makes sure everything is clear} Ncd7 24. Rxf6 Bxf6 25. Qxd7 Bg5 $18) 23... b5 $4 {a blunder in a bad position} (23... Ncd7 24. Nd5 Rc5 25. c3 $18 (25. Nxe7+ $6 Qxe7 26. Qg3 Kg7 $16)) 24. Bd5 (24. Nd5 $5 {might be the shorter path} Ncd7 25. Rxf6 Bxf6 26. Qxd7 Bg5 $18) 24... b4 $4 {sad, but how else could Black save the game?} (24... Ncd7 25. b4 $18) 25. Nb1 (25. Bxf7+ $142 {it becomes clear that White will call all the shots} Kxf7 26. Nd5 $18) 25... a5 26. Nd2 Ncd7 27. Nc4 Rc5 28. Rf2 Ne5 $2 (28... Qe8 $18) 29. Nxe5 dxe5 30. Bc4 (30. Ref1 {keeps an even firmer grip} Kg7 31. g4 h6 $18) 30... Qa8 $2 (30... h5 31. Ref1 Kg7 32. Qf3 $18) 31. Qh4 (31. Bxf7+ $142 $5 {and White can already relax} Kg7 32. Bc4 Qc8 $18) 31... Kg7 32. Ref1 (32. Bxf7 $142 {seems even better} Rc8 $18) 32... Qd8 (32... Qc6 33. Rf3 $18) 33. Qh3 (33. g4 $142 {and White can celebrate victory} h6 34. g5 hxg5 35. Qxg5 $18) 33... Qd4 34. Qf3 Qxb2 $4 { the final mistake, not that it matters anymore} (34... h5 $18) 35. g4 h6 36. h4 Qd4 (36... Qc3 {a last effort to resist the inevitable} 37. Qxc3 bxc3 $18) 37. g5 hxg5 38. hxg5 (38. hxg5 Rc6 39. Bd5 Rd6 40. Qh3 Rxd5 41. gxf6+ Bxf6 42. exd5 Qxd5+ 43. Qg2 Qd4 44. Rxf6 Qh4+ 45. Kg1 Qxf6 46. Rxf6 Kxf6 47. Qd5 Ke7 48. Kf2 e4 49. Ke3 a4 50. bxa4 b3 51. cxb3 Kf6 52. Kxe4 Ke7 53. Qe5+ Kf8 54. Qf6 g5 55. a5 g4 56. a6 g3 57. a7 Ke8 58. a8=Q+ Kd7 59. Qac6#) 1-0