The Amateur Eye–Dragon

The Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense offers up a counterpunch meeting the Yugoslav in the hands of Ray Robson.

White: Ray Robson vs. Black: Hikaru Nakamura

l. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 c:d4 4. N:d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rb8 11. Bb3 Na5 12. Bh6 B:h6 13. Q:h6 b5 14. Nd5 N:b3+ 15. N:b3 e5 16. N:f6+ Q:f6 17. h4 Rb6 18. h5 Qe7 19. h:g6 20. Qe3 Be6 21. Rhf1

As Warburton, a correspondence player of British repute, told me he rarely castled long less he could get the King out of the center post haste. In that context I would venture to say that 21. Kb1 was a logical idea where a safe King position might radiate a more aggressive plan going forward.

21. … Rc6 22. f4 Qc7!

Nakamura gains a tempo with the attack on c2. He is eying building up square count with the a-pawn advance threat coming with a plus of seeing better positioning of his forces and leaving White little to show for his own setup.

23. Rd2 a5! 24. Kb1

A Nimsowitsch like prophylactic decision late and not as useful as had it been played earlier.

24. …. a4 25. Nc1 b4

Square count wise, the position plays itself through it’s special ground pawn swell. The soldiers are marching!

26. Rdf2

Good or bad, Robson had to try 26. f5 to stimulate his side for action. Instead, he gives his opponent an almost free hand in the coming action.

26. …. e:f4 27. R:f4 Rc8! 28. Rf6 R:c2

One of my lessons dealt with the time element in chess. Here the master weaves his web and concludes the game giving the student a classic lesson to study, learn and apply in their own game play.

29. R:e6 Qc4 30. Ref6 a3

There remains no defense to the coming breakthrough.

31. b:a3 b:a3 32. Q:a3 R:c1 33. R:c1 Q:e4+ 34. Kb2 Qe5+ 35. Rc3 Rb8+ 36. Kc2 Q:f6 37. Rf3 Qd4 38. Rb3 Qe4+ 39. Kc1 Qe1+ 40. Kc2 Qe2+ 41. Kb1 Qd1+ 42. Qc1 White Resigned on the 55th move.

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