Round 5, Victorian Junior
George Baltatgis 1413
Joseph Chow 1713
Sicilian Defence, Pelikan Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6
gxf6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 f5 11.exf5 Bxf5
12. c3 must be played otherwise Black
12…Bg7 13.c3
Too late.
Once Black controls the d5 square, he
will equalise at the very least.
Unfortunately White can’t get his a3
knight to e3 where it can control d5.
14.0–0 0–0 15.Qd2
White’s inaccuracy in the opening has
lost him a tempo and the d5 square.
15…Nxd5 16.Qxd5 Be6 17.Qd2 d5
White has moved his queen three times
and black has taken control of d5.
18.Nc2 Qb6 19.Qg5 f5 20.Kh1 Kh8 21.
A very weakening move which allows
black’s pawns to march uncontested.
White should at least play 21.Rad1 to
secure the d4 square.
21…e4 22.Rad1 b4!
Indirectly attacking the d4 square.
23.Nxb4 d4
Black’s central pawns are getting very
powerful. Black has a clear advantage.
24.Qh5 Rf6!?
24…a5 would also win. 25.Nc2 d3 26.
Bxd3 exd3 27.Rxd3 Qxb2 (27…Bc4 28.
Rh3 h6 29.Rb1 Bxa2 also wins). Black
will win white’s pawns. White’s
superficial attack can be easily parried.
Otherwise 25…a5 26.Nc2 d3 and white
can’t sacrifice because of Rh6 and Bc4.
25…Rxa6 26.Nxa6 Qxa6 27.cxd4
White has three pawns for the 2 bishops,
but the pawns are weak and the bishops
are very powerful.
27…Rf8 28.Rfe1
The threat was Bxd4.
27…Bxa2 29.Qe2
White has a very difficult position.
Swapping queens make the two bishops
stronger. But what else can White do?
29…Qxe2 30.Rxe2 Bb3!
Forcing white’s rook to move, allowing Black to win the d4 pawn.
The d4 pawn is lost, so 31.Rc1 striving
for activity is best.
31…Rd8 32.Re3 Bg8 33.g4 Rxd4 34.
Rxd4 Bxd4 35.Re2 e3 36.Kg2 fxg4
The ending is clearly lost for White.
37.h3 h5 38.hxg4 hxg4 39.Re1 Bd5+ 40.
Kg3 Bf3 41.b4 e2 42.b5 Bc3 43.Rxe2
Bxe2 44.b6 Be1+ 45.Kh2 Bf3 46.Kg1 g3
47.Kf1 g2+ 48.Kg1 Ba5 49.b7 Bxb7 50.
Kh2 Bb6 0-1

(Notes by J.Chow)

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