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William N Watson vs C P Gawood
"Elementary, My Dear Watson" (game of the day Nov-28-2004)
British Chess Federation Junior Championship (1977), ?
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Nov-28-04  jkiipli: I dont know specifics of sicilian defence but can someone point why not 7...e5 and maybe then 8...Nxe4
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The star move is 21.Be2! This drives the Black Queen off f3, which only now permits 22.Nc4 (21.Nc4? allows ...Qxc3+). Why not 7...e5? Well, White probably wants to sacrifice something, anything, but he does have 8.Bg5,h6; 9.Bxf6,gxf6; 10.a3 (or Nd6+). Black's d-pawn is doubly backward; White can exploit two squares in front of it. If 9...Qxf6; 10.Nc7+ forks King and Rook. But I should warn you that I'm not a Sicillian expert by any stretch of the imagination.
Nov-28-04  ajile: 7. Nd6+ looks good for white. If Black takes BxN then his Bb4 is a wasted move. After QxB White has a great position and has traded off Black's bishop for his knight. What's not to like for White here?
Nov-28-04  SchemeSC: ajile,

7. Nd6+ isn't followed by 7...Bxd6. From what I understand, the best move for black is 7...Ke7 and black has a good position.

I dont know the details of that line but maybe someone else can help you more. However, I recently played 7. Nd6+ in a game of mine and got creamed :)

Nov-28-04  ajile: After 7..Ke7 8.BF4,Qa5 see Zukertort vs C Pitschel, 1878 a win by white.

On 8..e5 9.Nxc8+,Rxc8 10.BG5 then Qa5 see Mnatsakanian vs A Zaitsev, 1962 a win by white

And on 10..ND5 see J Noa vs Blackburne, 1882 another win by white.

The black king in the center is not good for black.

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  kevin86: Here is yet another example of offensive castling. An under-rated power of queenside castling-getting the king from the center and placing the qr into the center.
Nov-28-04  Kenkaku: 27...Qe4 28. Rxe4+ fxe4 29. Qe5+ forking the rook.

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