Re: KingsBlade - Armis vs KB Sicilian (Replay Version) [20:24]
1.Yep, it's called the Rossolimo variation.
You actually played a rather rare continuation. Black's usual responses are g6 d6 or e6. One of those three. We actually transposed into the g6 lines later in the game. If you play the accelerated dragon and you want to avoid this stuff altogether you mind prefer 2. ...g6
2. Well, the way you recaptured we basically transposed into the g6 lines of the rossolimo variation. Which is perfectly fine for black. You open up the d file, open up your bishop, your queen has more scope.
It's a tricky question to answer but I think bxc may have been better. You still have your bishop pair but now you have a huge pawn mass in the center as well. The problem though it's rather inflexible. The thing I am worried mostly about however is white's set up, I think white's pieces aren't in the best location to counter this capture. White would rather have his knight still on b1 and castled instead to play Re1 c3 d4 kind of plan. Well, that's what I think, I am not entirely sure but I think bxc is better although dxc is PERFECTLY fine.
It's not what people tell you that matters :) It's the position in front of you
After 7.d3 we are REALLY in the main main line 3. ...d6 Rossolimo variation. You played castles which is fine but another idea worth noting and it is a very good plan as well is Nfd7. The idea is as follows:
1. Black not only defends the pawn on c5 but prepares the space gaining e5 advance
2. Black would love to carry out the manouver Nd7-f8-e6-d4 the knight would be really well placed there. It's dream square for sure. Now if white drives it away at some point with c3 then notice the d3 pawn will be weak and that's part of the reason why the c5 and e5 construction is so good as the d3 pawn would be stuck
So you didn't really have to castle as white didn't castle yet either. If you castle first white might be thinking about castling queenside and starting a kingside attack
3. Developing with tempo, always a good idea! It weakens your queenside further as well and blocks the queen if you defend the pawn with b6 which is pretty much forced it seems. Yeah, that's kind of the point but most importantly just to gain a tempo for development
4. 9. ...e5 grabbing space in the center. That's kind of black's problem, you want to develop your queen to d6 but then Bf4 comes which e5 actually stops. 90% of the moves which are strategically well motivated work out tactically ;) Just ask what plan do you want to acomplish. Notice if Nxe5 then Nxe4 wins the pawn back
4a. 10. ...Qb7 might be an idea to play Be6 and Rad8 or something of the kind. It does connect the rooks and although seems a bit akward it might as well be a better place for the queen
5. White has a couple of plans at his disposal here. One might be to castle long and play for a kingside attack. Another idea might play 0-0 followed by f4. 11.a3 is designed to get some initiative on the queenside as it prepares to attack the weakest of your pawns ( the further pushed doubled pawn ). It was also played to confuse you a bit :) I knew you would probably come up with something If I had played a normal developing move such as castles. This on the other hand made you think
Re8 although maby a bit too passive does make sense as you want to preserve your bishop. While black has the bishop pair it's not that impressive yet, is it? So in the meantime black should be thinking about getting new triumphs for him. The e5 push as mentioned earlier would be a good idea as it would give you more space and stop any ideas of e5 by white. Another thought would be the profilactic a5 which stops b4 at least for the moment. Thus 12. ...Nh5 does seem to make sense with the idea to play e5 after which all your pieces are starting to work together, both the bishop on g7 and the rook on e8 support e5. Yeah the knight on h5 is kind of akward but will return one day
6. Yeah, e6 seemed like the decisive mistake. There was a game we played where you made exactly the same mistake. The point is as you fianchetoed your bishop you weakened the dark squares on the kingside. Now once you played e6 both the kingside dark squares and the center ones became weak while your bishop could defend only the kingside or the center ones. Once again 15. ...e5 was called for stopping e5 by white and gaining space. Moreover by playing e6 you completely killed your light squared bishop. Besides as white played Bh6 and will most likely trade that bishop off blocking it isn't much of a problem
7. After Re7 black is in BIG trouble Bg5 Qf8 c4 Nf7 Nd6. My silicon friend thinks that f5 was your best chance of holding on. If white captures everything off when you'll be still worse with an inferior pawn structure and down a pawn but holding on. If Nd6 the Bxh6 Qxh6 Re7 might still require some effort from white thus it seems like the most stubborn defence
8. At this point it doesn't really matter all that much but Ne8 is conceptually right, trying to trade that beast on d6. In general one should try to trade the strong pieces of your opponents. You did a great job not looking this up with Fritz! Cause I did... :(
9. 22. Qf4? Try to figure this one out.
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