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10 Apr 2018

B57 Classical Sicilian: Sozin with 6...Qb6 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nb3 Nc6 7.Bc4)

B57 Classical Sicilian: Sozin with 6...Qb6 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nb3 Nc6 7.Bc4)

This was a 14 Day Timeout Ladder Game played at Red Hot Pawn. I have taken part in the 3, 7, 14 and 21 Day Timeout Ladders at Red Hot Pawn, and I recently activated my participation in them after taking some time off from them. At the moment I type this, my position in the 14 Day Timeout Ladder is 294 and there are 346 players currently in the ladder. I usually try to challenge the player furthest away up the ladder from me and sometimes it means challenging a player whose rating is much lower than me, like the case was with this game.

[Event "Ladder"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2016.12.20"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "shadowplay"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B57"] [WhiteElo "1903"] [BlackElo "1204"] [Annotator "Tactical Analysis 2.10 (30s)"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Nb3 Nc6 7. Bc4 {B57 Classical Sicilian: Sozin with 6...Qb6} a6 8. a4 (8. O-O {is interesting.} Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. f3 Be6 11. Nd5) 8... Be6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 {The position is equal.} 10. O-O Be7 11. Be3 O-O 12. f3 d5 $146 {[#] Threatens to win with ...d4.} ( 12... Ne8 13. Ne2 Bg5 14. Qd2 Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Rc8 16. c3 Ne7 17. Nd2 Ng6 18. Rfd1 Rc7 19. Rac1 Qh4 20. c4 Qf6 21. Nf1 Ne7 22. Qd3 a5 23. b3 Rd7 24. Nfg3 g6 25. Nc3 Nc7 26. Nb5 Rfd8 27. Nxc7 {Oyaga Valencia,J (1747)-Ruiz Escobar,R (1935) Pamplona 2009 0-1 (69)}) 13. Bf2 d4 14. Ne2 b6 {0.46/25} (14... Nb4 $11 {0.00/29}) 15. Nec1 Nb4 {0.87/25} (15... Rc8 $11 {0.18/27 keeps the balance.}) 16. Nd3 {0.09/27} (16. c3 $16 {0.87/25} dxc3 17. bxc3) 16... a5 {1.15/25} ( 16... Nxd3 $11 {0.09/27} 17. Qxd3 Nh5) 17. Nxe5 $16 Qd6 {2.62/26} (17... Qc7 $16 {1.14/26 was called for.}) 18. Bxd4 $18 Nc6 19. Nxc6 $1 Qxc6 20. Qe2 Rad8 21. Rfd1 Nh5 22. Qf2 Qc7 $2 {4.10/25 [#]} (22... Nf6 {2.44/26} 23. Qe2 (23. Bxb6 Nxe4 24. Qe3 Bg5 $16) 23... Nd7) 23. Bxb6 Bc5 {10.61/25} (23... Rxd1+ $142 {4.35/25} 24. Rxd1 Qc6 25. Nxa5 Qxa4) 24. Bxc7 Bxf2+ 25. Kxf2 Ra8 26. Bxa5 Nf4 27. Rd7 Rfe8 28. Bc3 Nh5 29. a5 e5 30. a6 Nf6 31. Rb7 h6 32. a7 Kh7 33. Na5 Red8 34. Nc6 Rdc8 35. Nxe5 Ne8 36. Nd7 Nd6 37. Rb8 Kh8 38. Rxc8+ Nxc8 39. Bd4 Kh7 40. Bc5 {White mates.} Nxa7 41. Rxa7 Rd8 42. b4 {Precision: White = 44%, Black = 12%.} 1-0

The game below was the highest rated game that I was able to find in my reference database.

[Event "Bratto op 21st"] [Site "Bratto"] [Date "2001.08.26"] [Round "5"] [White "Dervishi, Erald"] [Black "Drazic, Sinisa"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B83"] [WhiteElo "2491"] [BlackElo "2480"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2001.08.22"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "ITA"] [SourceTitle "EXT 2002"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2001.11.25"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. O-O Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qe2 Rc8 12. Rad1 Qe8 13. f3 Qf7 14. Nb5 d5 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. c4 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 Qf4 18. Qxf4 exf4 19. Rfe1 e5 20. Rd7 Bb4 21. Red1 g6 22. Nc7 Nb8 23. Nd5 Nxd7 24. Nxb4 Rxc4 0-1