SicilianB77

Abrahamyan T. (2334)
Zenyuk I. (2281)

2009 US Women's Ch. (7)
St.Louis, 2009


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. Bb3 Bd7 10. Qd2

10. h4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. h5 e5 13. Be3 Nxh5 14. Qxd6 Be6 15. Qxd8 Rfxd8 16. Nxb5 Bxb3 17. axb3 a6 18. Nc3 f5 19. Bg5 Rd4 20. Kf2 f4 21. Rhd1 Rc8 22. Ke1 Rc6 23. Rd2 Bf8 24. Nd5 Rxd2 25. Kxd2 Kf7 26. Kd3 Ng7 27. b4 Ne6 28. Bh4 h5 29. Bf2 g5 30. c4 g4 31. fxg4 hxg4 32. c5 g3 33. Bg1 Ng5 34. Nb6 Rh6 35. Rxa6 f3 36. gxf3 Rh1 37. Be3 g2 38. Ra7+ Ke8 39. c6 Ne6 40. c7 Nxc7 41. Rxc7 Bh6 42. Bc5 Rc1 43. Re7+ Kd8 44. Rd7+ Ke8 45. Bf2 Rd1+ 46. Ke2 Rxd7 47. Nxd7 Kxd7 48. Bc5 Bc1 49. b3 Bg5 50. Kf2 1-0 Abrahamyan,T (2258) -Battsetseg,T (2234)/2007 US Women's Ch.

10... Rb8

The Chinese Variation of the Sicilian Dragon.

11. h4

11. O-O-O is the most popular move here although GM Magnus Carlsen recently showed how to play against this 11... Na5 12. Bh6 Bxh6 13. Qxh6 b5 14. g4 Nxb3+ 15. Nxb3 b4 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Rb6 18. Rhe1 e5 19. dxe6 fxe6 20. Re3 Rf7 21. Nd2 d5 22. Nb3 Qc7 23. Kb1 Rb8 24. Rde1 Rc8 25. R1e2 Qb6 26. h4 d4 27. Re5 d3 28. cxd3 Rxf3 29. d4 Bb5 30. R2e3 Bd3+ 31. Ka1 Qxd4 32. Rxe6 Rf1+ 33. Re1 Qxg4 34. Rxf1 Qxe6 35. Nc5 Qe2 36. Rc1 Bf5 37. Qf4 a5 38. h5 Qe7 39. Qc4+ Be6 40. Qc2 Qg5 41. hxg6 hxg6 42. a3 bxa3 43. Qc3 axb2+ 44. Kxb2 Qd5 45. Rc2 a4 46. Ka1 a3 47. Qe3 Bf7 48. Qc3 g5 49. Qe3 Re8 50. Qc3 Re2 51. Nb3 Rxc2 52. Qxc2 Qe5+ 53. Kb1 Kg7 54. Qd2 Bxb3 0-1 Dominguez Perez,L (2717)-Carlsen,M (2776)/Linares 2009

11... h5 12. g4!? Na5

Computers will like to take on g4 but this pawn capture is not usually played by Dragon players.

13. O-O-O b5

Opposite side castling and attacks, such is life in the Dragon.

14. Bh6 Nc4 15. Bxc4 bxc4 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. gxh5

Once again the computers like 17. g5 Ne8 18. Nd5 but closing up the kingside just is not going to happen.

17... Nxh5 18. Rhg1 Qb6 19. b3 cxb3 20. axb3 Qa5 21. Kb2

21. Rg5 was suggested by the commentary team 21... Qa1+ (21... Qa3+ is best 22. Kb1 f6! 23. Rg2 Kh7 24. Rdg1 Rg8) 22. Nb1 and there is no suitable response to the threats of Rxh5 and Ra5 trapping the queen 22... Qa6 23. Rxh5 gxh5 24. Qg5+ Kh7 25. Qxh5+ Kg7 26. Rg1+ Kf6 27. Qg5#

21... Rfc8 22. Ra1 Qc5 23. Rg5

23. Nd5! e5 24. Nf5+ Bxf5 25. exf5 Rb7 26. Rg5 Nf6 27. Nxf6 Kxf6 28. fxg6

23... e5 24. Nde2

24. Nf5+!? Bxf5 25. exf5 Rb4 26. Ne4 Rd4 (26... Qd4+? 27. Qxd4 Rxd4 28. Rxa7) 27. Qc1! Qc7 28. fxg6 Nf4 (28... fxg6 29. Rxg6+!) 29. gxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rg4

24... Rh8 25. f4 Nf6 26. f5

26. fxe5 dxe5 27. h5!?

26... Rxh4 27. Rag1 Rh6

27... Be8!? is an interesting defense.

28. fxg6 fxg6 29. Ng3 Rg8

29... Ng4!? and the rook on g1 will be unprotected after any knight checks 30. Qe1 Ne3 31. Nf5+ (31. Nh5+ Kf7 32. Rf1+ Ke8! (32... Nxf1? 33. Qxf1+ Ke8 34. Nf6+ Kd8 35. Nfd5) 33. Nf6+ Kd8 34. Nfd5 Nc4+! 35. Kc1 Rh2 36. b4 Rxb4!) 31... Bxf5 32. exf5 Rc8 33. Rxg6+ Rxg6 34. Rxg6+ Kf7 35. Rf6+ Ke8 36. Re6+ Kd7 and white is forced to go into a bad ending with 37. Rxd6+ (37. Rh6 Qxc3+ 38. Qxc3 Nd1+) 37... Qxd6 38. Qxe3

30. Nf5+! Bxf5 31. exf5 Kh7 32. fxg6+ Kg7

32... Rgxg6 33. Qd3!

33. Rf1 Rf8

Black's position is already critical 33... Qc6 34. Qd3!

33... Qd4 34. Qg2!

34. Rxf6! Rxf6 35. Ne4 Qc8 36. Nxf6 Qd8

36... Kxf6 37. Rg2 threatening both d6 and h6.(37. g7? Rg6 38. Rxg6+ Kxg6 39. Qxd6+ Kxg7 40. Qxe5+ and the game continues with some hope for black.)

37. Nh5+ 1-0 [Bird C.]

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