Saturday, June 2, 2007

Two Sicilian Draws

Today I played two exciting draws in the New York June Action tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Game One: Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Boris Kanevskiy (USCF 1918), Marshall Chess Club 6/2/2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O Be7 9.Be3 O-O 10.f4 b4 11.Na4 Bb7 12.e5 Nd5 13.Bxd5 Bxd5 14.Nf5 Nd7 15.Nxd6 Bxd6 16.exd6 Qb8

17.c3 Qb7 18.Bd4 f6 19.Rf2 Qc6 20.cxb4 Qxd6 21.Bc5 Nxc5 22.bxc5 Qc6 23.b3 Rad8 24.Qe2 Rfe8 25.Rc1 e5 26.Qf1 e4 27.Nb6 e3 28.Re2 Re4 29.Nxd5 Rxd5 30.Rc4 Rxc4 31.bxc4 Rxc5 32.Rxe3 Rxc4 33.Qf2 Rc2 34.Re2 Rc1+ 35.Re1 Rc2 36.Re2, draw.

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Game Two: Taimanov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Iryna Zenyuk (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 6/2/2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 a6 8.N5c3 Nf6 9.Bc4 Be6 10.Bd5 Rc8 11.Bg5 Qb6 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.O-O Qxb2

14.Qf3 Bg7 15.Na4 Qxa1 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Nbc3 Qxf1+ 18.Kxf1 Nd4 19.Qh3 Kf7 20.Nb6 Rc6 21.Qh5+ Ke7 22.Nbd5+ exd5 23.Nxd5+ Kf8 24.c3 Ne6 25.Qf5 Kf7 26.Qh5+ Kf8 27.Qf5 Kf7 28.Qh5+ Kf8, draw.