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  Enrico Paoli (2300) - GM Ulf Andersson (2535)
[B85] 
FRG-ch int / Dortmund, GER / (R#15) / 1973. 


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POTD _ Wednesday / January 11th, 2012.  

 

I literally have dozens of books on the Sicilian, so I thought I would take a look at this game. 
(My chief interest was to find out where White went wrong.)  


1.e4 c5;  2.Nf3 e6;  3.d4 cxd4;  4.Nxd4 Nc6;  5.Nc3 a6;  6.Be2 Qc7;  7.Be3 Nf6;   
This is all common Sicilian stuff. 

8.a3!?
This is probably just a waste of time, although I can show you many games by 2600+ players that played a3 before move 15 in the Sicilian. 
(When I looked it up, I found that this is actually a line here.)  [more

 

          [ One of my games from Mobile once went something like: 
            8.0-0 Bb4!?9.Na4!? Nxe4?;  
            Horrible, simply castling was to be preferred here. 

           10.Nxc6 Qxc611.Nb6 Rb812.Qd4 Bf813.Bf3 f514.Rad1! Rg815.Bxe4 Qxe4;   
           16.Qxe4 fxe417.Bf4 d6T;  (forced)  18.Bxd6 Bxd619.Rxd6,  "+/"  ()  
            White had the upper hand, and went on to win. 
            (Sort of an opening trap, many opponents cannot resist the temptation to grab the e-Pawn there.) ]  

 

8...Be7;  9.f4 d6;  10.0-0"+/="  10...0-0;   
White is just a little better in this position. (space)  

 

cg-potd_07__diag01.gif, 09 KB

  r1b2rk1/1pq1bppp/p1nppn2/8/3NPP2/P1N1B3/1PP1B1PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 11  

 

Gopal, Lanka, Balashov and Yurtaev are just a few of the masters that have won on the White side of this position. 

 

 

 

11.Qe1
According to the new Fritz PB, this is probably White's most popular option here. 

 

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  r1b2rk1/1pq1bppp/p1nppn2/8/3NPP2/P1N1B3/1PP1B1PP/R3QRK1 b - - 0 11  

 

 

The idea is to transfer the WQ over to the King-side for a strong attack in that sector. 

 

          [ The move of:  RR  11.Kh1,  was the second option. ]  

 

11...Nxd4!;   
Sooner or later, Black has to swap off a couple of sets of minor pieces ... 

 

12.Bxd4 b5;  13.Qg3 Bb7;  14.Rae1!?,   
Not sure about this one ... I guess that this would be OK, if White's plan was Bd3, and attack ... 
since the d-file would be blocked by many of White's pieces. (>/= 14.Rad1 - Fritz 12.) 

 

            [ 14.Bf3, "+/="  A.J.G. ]   

 

14...Bc6;  15.Bd3
White proceeds as planned, ECO gives 15.Kh1 here.  

 

Now Fritz is showing that Black should play  15...Rad8;  with plans of possibly ...d5; coming up soon. 
15...e5?!;  
Judging from Fritz's reaction, this is premature for Black. 

 

16.fxe5 Nh5;  17.Qh3!?
This was OK, but maybe not the very best here for White.   

 

          [ An improvement was:  >/=  17.Qf3! dxe5;   
            Otherwise, Black dropped a Pawn for nothing. 

            18.Nd5! Bxd5T19.exd5 Bc5T20.Bxh7+! Kxh721.Qxh5+ Kg822.Bxc5 Qxc5+;  
             23.Rf2 f624.Rd1 Rfd825.Qg4, ''  (Maybe " +/- ") 


  {Analysis Diagram}  

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  r2r2k1/6p1/p4p2/1pqPp3/6Q1/P7/1PP2RPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 25  

 

            White is a solid Pawn up. ]   

 

17...dxe5;   
Take a look: 

 

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  r4rk1/2q1bppp/p1b5/1p2p2n/3BP3/P1NB3Q/1PP3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 18  

 

A very complex position. 

 

 

18.Be3?
This passive retreat completely ruins White's game! 

 

            [ Much better was: 
              >/=  18.Nd5 Bxd5T19.exd5 exd420.Rf5! Nf421.Rxf4 g622.Qh6, "~"  (Approx. equal.)   

 

  {Analysis Diagram}  

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  r4rk1/2q1bp1p/p5pQ/1p1P4/3p1R2/P2B4/1PP3PP/4R1K1 b - - 0 22  

 

            According to the chess engines, the position has level chances, although I would rather play White - in this position. ]  

 

 

18...g6;  "=/+"  
Now Black is slightly better, although not by much. 

 

19.g4?!(Probably - '?')   
Now White is just blindly lashing out ... ... ... 

 

            [ Definitely better was: 
              >/=  19.Bh6 Rfe820.Kh1 Bf8;  "~"  (unclear)  
              when Black's chances are to be preferred here. ]    

 

19...Nf4;  20.Qh6??
A horrible blunder ...   

 

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  r4rk1/2q1bp1p/p1b3pQ/1p2p3/4PnP1/P1NBB3/1PP4P/4RRK1 b - - 0 20  

 

Black to move.  

 

          [ White had to play something like the following line:   
            20.Qg3 Rad821.Bxf4 exf422.Qxf4 Bd623.Qd2 Rfe8;  "/+"  

 

  {Analysis Diagram}  

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  3rr1k1/2q2p1p/p1bb2p1/1p6/4P1P1/P1NB4/1PPQ3P/4RRK1 w - - 0 24  

 

            however, in this particular position, Black is much better. ]   

 

The rest of the game does not interest me. (Andersson always had pretty good technique.) 

20...Bg5!;  21.Bxf4 Bxh6;  22.Bxh6 Rfe8;  23.Rf3 Qe7;  24.Ref1 Qh4;  25.g5 Qg4+;  26.Kh1 Ra7;  27.h3 Qc8;  
28.Kh2 Qa8;  29.Rf6 Rd7;  30.R1f2 Red8;  31.h4 Qb7;  32.a4 Rd6;  33.R6f3 R8d7;  34.axb5 axb5;   35.Kg3 b4;   
36.Nd5 Bxd5;  37.exd5 Qxd5;  38.b3 e4;  39.Bc4 Qe5+;  40.Rf4 e3;  "-/+"  

 

 

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   The analysis for this page was prepared with the excellent programChessBase 10.0. (My main engine was Fritz 12, I also use Houdini 1.5.)  

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