Friday, January 25, 2008

The Good Ol' Canal-Sokolsky

I won’t be posting much (or at all) next week due to other fun stuff I’ve got going on. In the meantime, here’s my first round game of the T4545 league. As the league name suggests, it was a 45 45 game. I had black, and apparently this was the Sicilian Canal-Sokolsky attack, Sokolsky variation. Oh really? Good to know. 'Cos here I was thinking I have no clue how to play this line so I just made what seemed the most logical moves. I think it worked out ok, and after 12…Rad8 I had a decent position.

I haven’t had the time to analyze the game properly so this is all off-the-cuff commentary. I made some inaccurate moves during the middle game and never really got much counterplay going, but overall I defended ok and white didn’t really get anywhere either. (Fritz might have some suggestions here) I think the turning point was 25. ... fxe4, allowing me to open the f-file while getting the queens off the board. The open f-file proved crucial a little later as I was able to cut off white’s king. White tried to defend his e-pawn, which gave me enough time to get my king over to the kingside after white decided to exchange rooks. (giving me a passed f-pawn in the process) After snatching off his kingside pawns I had another unstoppable passer and white had to resign.

I’m happy with the result but I need to work on finding better ways to create counterplay. As usual, there is much potential for more accuracy. But then again, I’m not Fritz.

See ya’ll in a week or so.


drunknknite said...

I used to play this for White but I've only seen it referred to as the Sicilian Moscow.

Your idea with Kg7 to take back on f6 with the king is interesting but it seems to me to be very slow. Then the king must return to g7 to stay safe so that's 4 moves when after maybe just 19...Bg5 you can play e6 next move and you get to keep your bishop. Also I think the endgame you entered should probably be winning for White but he blew it right away by moving 28.Re3 and accepting a passive position. In Rook endings the most important thing is always activity, so he should have played 28.Rd7+ Kf6 29.Rb7 Re4 30.Kf2, when your rook is unable to attack his pawns and his passed c pawn is very dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Becoming an expert in the Sicilian Canal-Sokolsky attack, Sokolsky variation would be SO worth it just to be able to sound impressive to a journeyman.

Chessaholic said...

drunknknite: yeah, I got lucky, the guy should've won that game. He screwed up the endgame. Thanks for your feedback, it's always much appreciated!

lep: lol... I like your style.

Anonymous said...

white still had an easy draw with 39.b5