The Amateur Eye – Delayed Poison Pawn

Anish Giri vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is the game  I chose to illustrate the complexities arising from this Sicilian system.  For the club amateur, a look at this game will show the usual opening strategy for both players.  White will launch a king-side pawn roll-up and establish attacking chances on that wing and also pressure on the center.  Black will counter this by play on the queen-side and center.

l. e4  c5  2. Nf3  d6  3. d4  c:d4  4. N:d4  Nf6 5. Nc3  a6  6. Bg5 e6  7. f4  h6  8. Bh4  Qb6  Now the question is should a standard 9. Qd2 or the 2011 hot shot 9. a3 be tried?  It probably comes down to a matter of one’s taste.  Elected is…

9. a3  Be7  10. Bf2  Qc7  11. Qf3  Nbd7  12. O-O-O  b5  13. g4  g5  14. h4  g:f4  15. Be2  Rg8  16. Rdg1?  Trying to put pressure on the g-file but a bad move.

16. …d5!  17. e:d5  Ne5  18. Qh3  e:d5  19. Re1  Kf8  20. Nf5  B:f5  21. g:f5  Bc5!  Gaining complete control over the dark squares.

22. Qf1  d4  23. Nb1  Ne4  24. Bf3  N:f2!  25. B:a8  Ned3+  26. Kd2  N:e1  27. Q:f2  d3!  28. Q:e1 Be3+  Resigns  (0-1 ).























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