SicilianB23
Grand Prix Attack 

Michael Goeller
Scott Massey

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship (12)
Kenilworth, NJ USA, 2005


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 e6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb5 Nf6 6. Qe2!? >= 6. e5 Nd7 7. O-O 6... Be7 7. Bxc6+ >= 7. O-O! O-O (7... d4 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Nd1+/=) 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. d3 c4!?~~ 7... bxc6 8. e5 8. d3!? 8... Nd7 9. b3?! >= 9. d3 9... O-O 9... >= Qa5! 10. Nd1 Ba6 11. c4 Nb6 12. Nb2= 10. O-O Qa5! 11. Nd1 11. Qe1!? 11... c4! 11... Ba6 12. c4 12. bxc4 dxc4?! 12... >= Ba6! 13. d3 (13. Ne3 Nb6 14. Qf2 Nxc4 15. d3 Nxe3 16. Bxe3 c5=/+) 13... dxc4 14. Be3~~ 13. Bb2 Ba6 14. Bc3! Qd5?! 14... >= Qa4 15. Ne3 Bc5 16. Kh1 Bxe3 17. Qxe3!? (17. dxe3+/=) 17... Qxc2 18. Nd4 Qd3 19. Nxc6+/= and most people thought White had a slight edge. 15. Nf2 15. Ng5!? 15... Rab8 16. Ng5 White begins to threaten on the kingside. Given a chance he could play Qh5 and Ng4 with devastating results. 16... h6 16... Nc5 17. Qh5 h6 17. Nge4+/= Bb4 18. Ng4!? >= 18. Rae1! was suggested by Massey, who thought White needs to build up his forces on the kingside before launching an attack. >= 18. Bxb4! was favored by Stoyko 18... Rxb4 19. c3 Rb2 20. Qe3+/= with better prospects in the ending. 18... Kh8!? and here Scott offered a draw, which I accepted. Though White has the much better game there is nothing immediate. And I was satisfied with a draw, giving me a tie for third place with Kernighan. There are a number of ways for White to try to press his advantage if he continues. Steve Stoyko's idea of exchanging Bishops is probably the best: 19. Bxb4! One way of trying for a direct attack on the king is 19. Qe3!? Be7 (19... Bc5 20. Nxc5 Qxc5 21. Bd4+/-) 20. f5! exf5 21. Rxf5 (21. Nef6!? Bc5! 22. Nxd5 Bxe3+ 23. Ngxe3 cxd5 24. Nxd5+/=) 21... Qe6 22. Raf1|^ Scott suggests that White simply build up his game with 19. Kh1!? Be7 20. Rae1 and, as he puts it, "what's Black gonna do?" 19... Rxb4 20. Qe3 20. Nd6!? 1/2-1/2 [Michael Goeller]

 

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