who: Here is a game I just played on yahoo against someone rated just over a 100 points higher than I am.
;Title: Yahoo! Chess Game
;Date: Thu Dec 29 08:02:38 GMT 2005
1. e4 c5?!
I don't play the sicilian against people rated higher than me, but I wasn't paying attention. 2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 Nc6
6. Be3 Bd7
A novelty, and one that seems to block his position and take his white bishop out of the game.
Not really knowing what to do I decided to try and trade off bishops - expecting 8.Bb5 Bxb5 9.Nxb5 a6 with a position that looks like a normal sicilian position, albeit with the white-squared bishops off.
hoping that if ever I made it to the endgame the bishop would be more useful, though maintaining the tension seems preferable.
9. cxd3 e5
10. Nf3 Be7
11. o-o a6
to avoid the nuisance of Nb5 at some point, and to prepare b5.
I'm not sure what he wants with this.
13. Rc1 Rc8
the opening is done and black's position seems better.
trying to connect his rooks in case of an eventual trade on c1, but it seems like a waste of time.
15. Rc2 Rc6?!
white sorely misses his white-squared bishop, but 15...Rc7 would probably be better.
16. Rc1 Qa5!?
trying to create an eventual pin of the knight, though risking trapping the queen.
finally converting/creating a space advantage.
18. Nxd4 Rc7
Perhaps after 19.b4 Qxa3 there is a way to trap the queen, but I don't see it.
19. Bg5 Rc8
Hoping to play 21.f3 without allowing 21...Qb5+, but it allows a pretty clearing combination that leaves white clearly worse.
21. Nxe4 Qxd2
22. Bxd2 Rxc2
23.Nxc2 allows 23...Bf5 and the continuation as in the game.
24. Nxc2 Bf5
after 25.Nxd6 black has the bishop pair against a bishop and knight with pawns on both sides of the board, but no material advantage and no clear way to win. After 25.f3 white is down a passed pawn.
26. g4 Bg6
27. resigns 0-1
Perhaps a bit premature, but with the an extra pawn plus the bishop pair I have to believe that I could convert this to a win.