Recreation #71 – Falling To A Closed Sicilian – Higher Chess

Closed Sicilian

Washington Open 2022 – Spherical 5

Profitable all of your video games in a chess match is a tall order. In spherical 5, I confronted a Closed Sicilian, a well-liked method of assembly Black’s Sicilian Protection. Having received my final 4 video games, together with a win towards a 2200, I anticipated to win this sport. My opponent was Richard Lavoice, a USCF 1875 ELO who had misplaced to Viktors Pupols in an earlier spherical. Apparently, Richard made an ill-advised trade sacrifice that price him the sport. Provided that that I had crushed Pupols final spherical, I felt that I’d have good possibilities towards Richard .

He began the sport taking part in what I assumed was a facet line of the Closed Sicilian. After some analysis, I noticed this was truly mainline principle!

Game #71 - Falling to a Closed Sicilian

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Work in your endings. This has been a theme of mine in lots of my earlier weblog posts, and it’s one thing to say but once more. The primary purpose I misplaced this sport was my lack of ability to correctly assess the ending. I traded down after I shouldn’t have which led to a hopelessly misplaced place.

Play the place, not the opening. Newbie gamers spend an excessive amount of time taking a look at opening principle. They have a tendency to memorize a whole lot of transfer orders with out understanding the explanations behind them. My fast choice to play 11. d5 was an instance of reacting to the Closed Sicilian that I assumed I understood however didn’t. Usually, d5 is a liberating transfer that fights for management of the middle whereas forcing some favorable exchanges, however not on this case. The easy d6 was completely affordable and would have led to a extra balanced sport.

Underestimating the bishop pair. It’s one factor when your opponent has the 2 bishops, however fairly one other once they have them on an open board. This could have set off an alarm bell for me, nevertheless it didn’t. I ought to have prevented buying and selling in any respect prices and continued defensive play for the rest of the sport.


A tricky sport the place I used to be outplayed early within the opening. Typically, one transfer in chess is all it takes to be worse, and even misplaced. After the eleventh transfer, my opponent obtained an edge and by no means let up. My play worsened from there. I made some very superficial strikes and misevaluated a number of key positions. Evidently, I’ve made myself accustomed to the Bd3 variation of the Closed Sicilian! A rating of 4 out of 5 will not be a foul efficiency, however there may be nonetheless yet another spherical to go – let’s see if I could make it 5 out of 6.

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