Sunday, January 08, 2006

january match (3)

January Match Internet Chess Club (3), 08.01.2006
B90 - Sicilian : Najdorf, Kasparov Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 [I tried to move order him here 2...Nc6 3.Nf3 and he either has to go into an unfamiliar (non-Najdorf) Sicilian with 3...Nf6 (or avoid a "normal" Sicilian altogether with 3...e5 ) ] 3.Nf3 [I didn't have the bollocks to try 3.f4 , but maybe next time] 3...Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 and so after a little to-ing and fro-ing we come to the tabiya of the Najdorf. Me and Kirk played some blitz the other day and he went for the mainline v. Bg5 so I decided to go for 6.Be3 again and, not surpisingly, he went for 6...Ng4 again 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7! [Last time he played 9...h5 and got a bad position. The text is theory] 10.Bc4 [Other moves are 10.Be2 ;

and 10.Qd2 . I figured that Bc4 put pressure on f7 and also would tempt him to play ...b5 and then both his kingside and queenside would be exposed] 10...0-0 [10...Qb6 looks interesting as well as Kirk's 10...h5;
or just develop 10...Nc6 ] 11.Ne6?! fxe6?! [11...Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qa5 was better according to Fritz] 12.Qxg4 This worked out exactly the way I wanted. My queen is on the kingside, there's pins and once i castle queenside there will be another pin on his queen. 12...Qd7 13.0-0-0 [The immediate 13.h4! may be better] 13...b5! 14.Bb3 Bxc3 [A better plan may have been 14...a5 15.a3 a4 16.Ba2 with his own pawn storm] 15.bxc3 Nc6? [Maybe 15...Qe8 trying to get some other pieces on the kingside, but I understand Kirk's rationale. For the third game in a row (or maybe more even) he's severely underdeveloped.] 16.h4! Na5 King safety should be at a premium at this point but I wonder if there's anything he can do? [16...Rf6] 17.hxg5 Nxb3+ 18.cxb3 e5 19.Qh5 hxg5? Losing immediately, but even after[19...Qe6 20.g6 it's pretty tough.

Kirk got himself in trouble with too many pawn moves and not enough development. He said after the game that he needed to learn to defend v. kingside pawn pushes. Maybe in a line like this it would have been better not to castle at all, since pawn-wise, he was strongest in the center. It's hard to say.] 1-0

1 comment:

Kirk Sadler said...

Sadler,C - Sadler,K [B90]
January Training (3), 08.01.2006

This was our third match of 2006 between Craig and I. I am glad that he played a sharp line against me because at the time I was playing the Najdorf and needed practice in the complexities.
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 Craig and I discussed that this was the best way to handle the Closed Sicilian, as it allows transpositions into a lot of things. Craig was worried about 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 and Black is down a tempo in the Najdorf. Of course, all Sicilians pretty much have d6/Nc6, but the tempo seemed to bother him a great deal.
3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 We played a few days before this and I screwed up the line, let's see how far I get this time.
6...Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 10.Bc4 [The mainline is 10.Be2 (kicking the knight) 10...h5 11.Bxg4 Bxg4 12.f3 Bd7 is in Anand-Kasparov, 1996.]
10...0-0 [Ponomariov-Topalov, 1999 went 10...Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.h4 Qa5 13.Qf3 Be6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.hxg5 hxg5 16.Rxh8+ Bxh8 Look at Black's position here, hardly favourable at all. And this is the best that a GM can get out of the Black side of this line!?]
11.Ne6! Even if Fritz can refute it, this was a good shot by Craig. This blocks the defender of the Knight (which unsurprisingly I missed)
11...fxe6 [11...Nxf2 12.Nxd8 Nxd1 13.Rxd1 Rxd8 and Black has the advantage.]
12.Qxg4 I missed that and it doesn't take long for Black's position to fall apart.
12...Qd7 13.0-0-0 [13.h4! gxh4 14.Rxh4 and its only a matter of time.]
13...b5 14.Bb3 Bxc3 [Fritz gives the rapid counter attack of 14...a5 as being to Black's advantage (I guess I get there first), but my king is so exposed that it is only a matter of time.]
15.bxc3 Nc6 I hoped this knight would be able to get over there in time...I was wrong.
16.h4 Na5 17.hxg5 Nxb3+ 18.cxb3 e5 19.Qh5 hxg5 A very solid kingside attack by Craig. 1-0