SicilianB22
Alapin 
6.Bd3 

Geoffrey McAuliffe
Mark Kernighan

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship (5)
Kenilworth, NJ USA, 2005


1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bd3 This actually appears to be the most popular move. Also played are 6. Be3 6. Na3 6. Bg5 6... Nc6 7. O-O Be7!? I like that Black delays exchanging, which would only help the Knight develop: 7... cxd4 8. cxd4 Be7 9. Nc3 but you are giving up on your traditional play against the isolated d-pawn in this line. 9... Qa5 10. Bf4 O-O 11. Ne5!? Rd8!= Also, the Bishop may be called upon to move again here. I think, theoretically speaking, exchanging may actually be best. 8. c4! 8. dxc5!? 8... Qd8?! And this retreat seems too passive. Now White gets a slight edge with no real weaknesses. >= 8... Qh5! 9. dxc5 O-O= 9. dxc5!+/= O-O?! 9... Nd7! 10. Nc3 Nxc5 11. Bb1 Qxd1 12. Rxd1 b6= 9... Bxc5?! 10. Nc3 Nb4 11. Bb1 Qxd1 12. Rxd1 O-O 13. Ne5!+/= 10. Nc3 Nd7!? This seems the right idea, just one move too slow. Now White should mobilize his Queen, clearing the d-file for the Rook and avoiding exchanges. He should keep a slightedgeafter 11. Ne4?! 11. Qc2! f5!? 12. Rd1! Qe8 13. Bf4 Nxc5 14. Ne5!+/= 11... f5! 12. Ng3?! 12. Nd6 Nxc5 13. Nxc8 Rxc8 14. Be2= 12... Nxc5 13. Bb1 Qb6?! 13... >= Qxd1 14. Rxd1 e5=/+ 14. a3?! 14. Qe2! Bd7 15. Rd1+/= 14... a5! 14... Rd8 15. Qc2 Bf6 (15... a5 16. Be3 Bf6=/+) 16. Ba2 Ne5! 17. Nxe5 Bxe5=/+ 15. Re1 Bf6 15... >= Rd8!=/+ 16. Ra2 >= 16. Bc2 a4 17. Rb1 16... g6 17. Ne2?! Rd8!=/+ 18. Qc2 Nd3!-/+ 19. Rf1?! >= 19. Be3! Nxe1! 20. Bxb6 Nxc2 21. Bxd8 Nxd8 22. Bxc2 e5-/+ and the two Bishops, control of the center, and better placed pieces give Black a big plus, but he does not have a material edge at least. 19... Nxc1! 20. Qxc1 e5! 21. c5 Qa6 21... >= Qb5 22. Nc3?! Qxc5-+ 22. Nc3 Be6 23. Ra1 Rd7 24. Ba2 Bxa2 25. Nxa2 Rad8!-+ 26. Nc3 e4 26... Qc4 27. Ng5 Ne5-+ 28. Ngxe4! relatively best according to Fritz, which just tells you how lost White is. He should really throw in the towel at any time now. It's surprising that he makes you mate him. 28... fxe4 29. Nxe4 Be7?! 29... Bh8 30. b4 Qd3! 31. Qf4 Qd4! 32. Rfe1?? Qxa1!-+ Fritz evaluates Black's advantage as +20 points. 33. Rf1 Rd1 34. Nd2? 34. Ng3 Rxf1+ 35. Nxf1 Rd1 36. h3 Rxf1+ 37. Kh2 h5! and Fritz announces a forced mate in under 9 moves 34... R8xd2! now Fritz says mate in 6 after 35. Qxd2?? 35. h3 Rxf1+ 36. Kh2 Rh1+ 37. Kg3 Rd3+ 38. Qe3 Qd4!! 35... Rxf1# 0-1 [Michael Goeller]

 

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