Chess: Game Analysis, Closed Sicilian

An analysis of a game I played as Black in the Closed Sicilian, first by hand, and then with an engine to check my mistakes.

The game score is as follows:

[Event “Live Chess”]
[Site “”]
[Date “2021.01.12”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Prempratap”]
[Black “chrspayn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B50”]
[WhiteElo “1895”]
[BlackElo “1742”]
[PlyCount “82”]
[EventDate “2021.??.??”]

1. e4 c5 {I love the Sicilian} 2. Nc3 d6 {My opponent seems to be opting for a
closed setup, I play the Najdof so I need to go d6 instead he plays Nf3 and d4
and transitions back to the open} 3. Bc4 e6 {I like e6 to blunt the bishop on
the a2-g8 diagonal} 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d3 Be7 6. a3 {White makes space for his
bishop} O-O 7. Ba2 (7. O-O {0} d5 8. exd5 exd5 9. Ba2) 7… Nc6 8. O-O a6 9. h3
b5 {We are both working to complete our development, but since my opponent is
a little unambitous with reguards to space, I claim the space he does not,
expanding on the queenside.} 10. Bf4 Bb7 11. Re1 Qb6 12. Qc1 Rac8 {Developing
my rook to line up with my opponents queen, at the moment there is a lot of
stuff in the way, but of course stuff can move..,} 13. Ne2 {Here my opponent
goes back with his knight, and I suspect me may play with sometimes like c3
and then d4, chalinging my pawn center and opening up the center} Nd4 {I quite
like the plan I come up with here, something about it is a touch “off”, I
don’t think a GM would play this here, but for the amature level, I think it’s
a strong plan. My idea is to gain an additional central pawn, open the c file
to maximize pressure and use the combination of my space advantage and
pressure down the c file to tie up my opponents pieces.} 14. Nexd4 cxd4 15. Qd2
{Here I feel a touch rudderless for a second, ok, I have more space, three
center pawns, play down the c file.. .but what do I actually do here? I
ultimatly decide I want to roll the queen side pawns here and use them to make
threats, take more space, etc.} (15. b4) 15… a5 16. b4 {This move surprised
me a lot, I did not expect him to play it, I guess he felt like he was getting
squezed by the space problems. Not a ton of options here, axb4, axb4, and I
have developed his a Rook for him without him having to move it. I can’t just
ignore it because a 5 is hit too many times, which leaves a4} a4 17. Rac1 e5 (
17… Rc3 18. Nxd4 Qxd4 19. Be3 Qe5 20. f4 Nxe4 21. dxe4 Qxe4 22. Bd4 Rd3 23.
cxd3 Qxd4+ 24. Qf2) 18. Bh2 Rc3 19. Ra1 Qc7 (19… Rxa3 20. Bxf7+ Rxf7 21. Rxa3
) 20. Rec1 Rc8 21. Bb1 h6 22. Ne1 Nh5 (22… d5 23. Nf3 Bd6 24. exd5 Bxd5 25.
Re1 Bxf3 26. gxf3) 23. Qe2 Bg5 24. Rd1 Nf4 (24… g6 25. Nf3 Kg7 26. Re1 Bf4
27. g3 Bg5 28. Nxg5 hxg5 29. f3 Qd7 30. Qf1 d5 31. Qg2 dxe4 32. fxe4 g4 33.
hxg4 Qxg4 34. Qh3 (34. Rf1 f5)) 25. Bxf4 Bxf4 26. h4 h5 (26… d5 27. g3 Bxg3
28. fxg3 dxe4 29. Ng2 e3 30. Rf1 g6 31. h5 g5 32. Ne1 Rf8 33. Qh2 Qd7 34. Nf3
f6) 27. Qxh5 Re8 28. g3 (28. Ba2) 28… g6 29. Qf3 Bh6 30. h5 f5 31. hxg6 (31.
Ba2+ Kg7 32. Bd5 Bxd5 33. exd5 Qf7) 31… fxe4 32. Qh5 Kg7 33. Ba2 Rh8 34. Ng2
Rxc2 35. Nh4 (35. Rf1 e3 36. f3 e2 37. Rfe1 Be3+ 38. Nxe3 Rxh5 39. Nxc2 Bxf3 (
39… Qxc2)) 35… Rxf2 36. Nf5+ Rxf5 37. Qxf5 Be3+ 38. Kf1 Rf8 (38… Rh1+ 39.
Kg2 (39. Ke2 Qc2+ 40. Rd2 Qxd2#) 39… exd3+ 40. Qf3 Bxf3+ 41. Kxf3 Rxd1 42.
Rxd1 d2) 39. Bf7 Qc2 40. Re1 exd3 41. Qh3 Qf2# 0-1


  1. Great video, thanks! FYI, "Alekhine's gun" is when the Q is behind both of the rooks. The Q in the middle is often more effective, though!

  2. Whilst I like chess, I subscribed for the awesome Eve videos Lasker :/

  3. Always good to branch out and try different stuff. I'm also a fan of both EVE and the Sicilian so great stuff.

    Do ignore the negativity from the comments who would discourage you from posting anything that isn't EVE.

  4. Glad to see you uploading even if it's not EvE, I always tell my friends that EvE PvP is like speed/blitz chess in space. Enjoy your breakdown of Chess much like EvE and EvE fittings.

  5. Hey Man, hope you are alright in these troubling times. I have ADD too and the lack of activities to do during the curfew and this whole lockdown shit gets the best of me… Hope you are doing well and enjoying life! Lets hope for the best 🙂

  6. Polishing Brass and Closed Sicilian….same thing.

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