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1 Nov 2017

B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.Qd2)

B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.Qd2)

After this post, I have gone through only 183 games that were previously shared in the blog and changed the names of the openings that were played in those games. In addition to that I have added commentary that was not previously seen attached to the games, when it has been required. This means that if I continue the changes to the old posts, it will likely take me years to go through all of the games previously shared in the blog, because there was about 1500 chess games shared before I started doing these changes... I have not been doing any content for my YouTube channel in months, because I am not sure what I want to do about it. Maybe I will start doing Chess960 videos again, so that I would at least do some content for that chess variant, because it will likely take a very long time for me to share any Chess960 games in this blog.

This was played in a team match called Russia Central Federal District vs DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. The match was played on 78 boards and I played on board 21 for DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. I was not able to help the team with any points as I lost both of my games against igrinyuk. The match ended with a score of 82.5 - 73.5 in favor of Russia Central Federal District. I did play quite well in the game below, until I played 27.c4, which I played because I thought that I could just put my queen and both rooks on the d-file and push the pawn on c5 and win some material... I can't really believe that I missed my opponent's obvious reply to 27.c4, which was 27...Ne7 and after that I was clearly worse and I could not get back into the game in the remainder of the game.

While my path towards a loss started with my 27th move, I was not completely lost until I played 30.Rdc1. The severity of my mistake came clear when opponent responded with the move 30...d5. I could not avoid losing more material after that move. It did not stop me from continuing the game, I prolonged my suffering up to the move 39...Qd1.

[Event "Russia Central Federal District vs DORU"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.11.13"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "igrinyuk"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B72"] [WhiteElo "1845"] [BlackElo "1909"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "78"] [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} g6 (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. Be3 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Qd2 {B72 Sicilian Dragon: 6.Be3, lines with h3+Bc4 and sidelines} Ng4 (9... b5 10. Bh6 Bb7 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. Bf3 e5 13. Nde2 Qc7 14. Ng3 h6 15. Rad1 Rd8 16. Be2 Nc6 17. f4 Nd4 18. Bd3 Rac8 19. Kh1 Qe7 20. Nce2 Nxe2 21. Qxe2 Rc5 22. Rf2 Bc8 23. f5 g5 24. Rdf1 {Holmsten,A (2325)-Salmensuu,O (2330) Turku 1997 0-1 (40)}) 10. Bg5 $146 {Black has a cramped position} (10. Bxg4 Bxg4 11. f3 (11. h3 Bd7 12. Rad1 Qc7 13. Nd5 Qd8 14. Nb3 Bb5 15. Rfe1 Nd7 16. Bh6 Re8 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nd4 Bc4 19. Ne3 Ne5 20. f4 Bxa2 21. fxe5 dxe5 22. Ndf5+ Kf8 23. Qxd8 Raxd8 24. Nh4 Be6 25. Nf3 f6 { Smith,A (2178)-Luga,A Istanbul 2000 1-0 (43)}) 11... Bd7 12. Nb3 (12. Rad1 Nc6 {1/2-1/2 (12) Leite,E (2013)-Soares,R (2004) Brazil 2001}) 12... Nc6 13. f4 Qc7 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Na4 b5 16. Bb6 Qb7 17. Bxd8 bxa4 18. Na5 Qa7+ 19. Kh1 Rxd8 20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. e5 Qc7 22. Qf2 Bb5 23. Rfe1 dxe5 24. Rxd8+ Qxd8 {Panfilii,L (1370)-Stsiapnou,M Maribor 2012 0-1 (43)}) (10. Bxg4 Bxg4 11. Bh6 Bxh6 12. Qxh6 Nc6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 $14) 10... Nc6 {Black threatens to win material: Nc6xd4} 11. Nb3 Be6 {White has an active position} 12. h3 {White threatens to win material: h3xg4} Nge5 (12... Nf6 13. Qe3 $11) 13. Bh6 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Bxh6 15. Qxh6 Bxc4 16. Rfe1 e5 {Black has a new backward pawn: d6} 17. Nd2 {White threatens to win material: Nd2xc4} Be6 18. Nf3 f6 {Controls g5} 19. Rad1 Qe7 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. Rxd5 Nb4 {Black threatens to win material: Nb4xd5. Black forks: d5, a2+c2} ( 21... Rad8 22. Red1 $14) 22. Rd2 Rfd8 23. a3 {White threatens to win material: a3xb4} Nc6 24. Red1 Rd7 25. Qe3 {Black king safety improved} Rad8 26. Rd5 (26. Ne1 Qf7 $11) 26... Qe6 $11 27. c4 (27. Ne1 $142 $5 $11 {must be considered}) 27... Ne7 $17 28. R5d3 Qxc4 29. Rc3 (29. Nd2 Qc5 $17) 29... Qa4 30. Rdc1 (30. Rcd3 $5 $17) 30... d5 $19 31. Qb6 Kf7 32. Rc7 (32. Nxe5+ fxe5 33. Rf3+ Ke8 $19) 32... dxe4 $19 33. Ne1 $2 (33. R7c4 Qb5 34. Qxb5 Rd1+ 35. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 36. Kh2 axb5 37. Rxe4 $19) 33... Nd5 34. Rxd7+ Rxd7 (34... Qxd7 $6 35. Qb3 $19) 35. Qa7 (35. Qc5 {a last effort to resist the inevitable} Qd4 36. Qc8 $19) 35... Qd4 36. Qb8 (36. Qc5 {is the last straw} Nf4 37. Kf1 Qxc5 38. Rxc5 $19) 36... e3 37. f3 (37. Rc2 {the only chance to get some counterplay} Qd2 $1 {Black has to consider giving back material} 38. Kh2 Qxe1 39. Qc8 $19) 37... e2+ 38. Kh1 Ne7 39. Rb1 Qd1 (39... Qd1 40. Qh8 Qxb1 41. Qxh7+ Ke6 42. Qh4 Rd1 43. Kh2 Rxe1 44. Qc4+ Kd7 45. Kg3 Rg1 46. Qxe2 Nf5+ 47. Kf2 Qc1 48. Qd2+ Qxd2+ 49. Kxg1 Ne3 50. b3 Qxg2#) 0-1