GM Chess Analysis #43 The Sicilian Dragon in Action – Haldane vs Williams

Analysis of a recent chess game that I played in the Battersea Summer League. My opponent was dangerous attacking player, Robin Haldane, ().
It was a real slug-fest with both of us attacking with vigor in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian. Can you find the moves that we both missed?

Robin Haldane vs Simon Williams
Battersea Summer Chess League

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. f3 Bg7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Bd7
(8… O-O 9. O-O-O d5)
(8… h5)
9. Bc4 O-O 10. O-O-O Ne5 11. Bb3 b5
(11… Rc8)
12. Ndxb5
(12. h4 a5 13. h5 a4 14. Bd5 b4 15. Nce2 Nxd5 16. exd5 Nc4 17. Qd3 Rc8)
12… Qb8 13. Nd4 a5 14. a4 Rc8 15. h4
(15. Ndb5! Nc4 16. Bxc4 Rxc4 17. b3 Rb4 18. Na2?! (18. e5 Ne8!? (18… dxe5 19. Bc5! e4Wells vs Williams 0-1 20. Bxe7 Bxb5)) 18… Rxb5 19. axb5 Qxb5)
15… Nc4
(15… h5 16. g4)
16. Bxc4 Rxc4 17. b3 Rb4
(17… Qb4 18. bxc4 Qa3+ 19. Kb1 Rb8+ 20. Ndb5? (20. Ncb5 Qxa4 21. Qd3 Nxe4 22. fxe4 Be6 23. Qb3 Qxc4 24. Qxc4 Bxc4 25. Kc1 Bxb5 ±) 20… Nxe4 21. fxe4 Bxc3)
(17… Rc5 18. h5 Rxh5)
18. h5
(18. Qe2 Gallagher vs Williams 2001 18… d5! 19. exd5 Qd6 20. Ndb5 Bxb5 21. Nxb5 Qe5)
18… Qb7
(18… Nxh5 19. Nd5)
19. hxg6 fxg6
(19… hxg6 20. Bh6 Bh8 21. Bf8 Rxf8 22. Rxh8+ Kxh8 23. Qh6+ Kg8 24. Rh1)
20. Bh6!?
(20. g4 Rc8 21. g5 Nh5 22. Nd5 Rxb3 23. Nxb3 Qxb3 24. Qd3!)
20… Nxe4 21. Qe3!
(21. fxe4 Rxd4 22. Qe3 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Be5 24. Nd5 Be6)
(21. Nxe4 Bxd4)
21… Bxd4
(21… Nxc3 22. Bxg7 Nxd1 23. Qh6 Kf7 24. Qxh7)
22. Rxd4 Nxc3
(22… Rxd4 23. Qxd4 Nf6 24. Bg5 Rf8 25. Qc4+ d5 26. Qd4)
23. Qxc3! e5 24. Rxb4?
(24. Rxd6 Rc8 25. Qxe5 Bf5 26. Rc6!!)
24… axb4 25. Qc4+ d5 26. Qc5 Bf5 27. Rd1?
(27. Qd6 Rc8 28. Qxe5 Rxc2+ 29. Kd1)
27… Rc8 28. Qxd5+ Qxd5 29. Rxd5 Rxc2+ 30. Kd1 Rxg2 31. Rxe5 Kf7 32. Bd2 h5 33. a5 Bd3 34. Re3 Bf1 35. Re1 Rf2 36. Bxb4 h4 37. Re7+ Kf6 38. Be1? Rxf3 39. Bxh4+ g5 40. Bxg5+ Kxg5 41. Rg7+

I can not remember the moves after this, must have been the Kronenberg!

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22 Comments

  1. Great game Si! Robin is extremely dangerous, he doesn't have a backward gear a bit like you so was nice to see you take him head on! I'm his bogey players though I'm currently 2-0 against him lol :0D

  2. move 26: 26. Rxg6+ (if hxg3 you can move your bishop and checkmate on h8) Bxg3, 27. Qe6+ Qf7 28. Qxc8+ although I cant see how you can get past Qe8

  3. Hi Sir Simon ! Very nice vid. I found the move btw but I don't want to spoil it 😀

  4. 20 Nd5 , if Knight takes Qb2 mate , 21 Qf1 Kxc3 mate ( other moves just taking on c3 is crushing for example cxd5 Bxc3 Qf1 Qa1 mate)

  5. 26: Rc6, distracting Queen or Rook from defending mate, threatening Rxc8+ 🙂

  6. move 26. Rc6. If Rook or Queen captures, then it´s mate. If Rook moves to lets say d8, then Rc7 threatening Queen and Mate on g7. First I was looking at Rxg6+, but figured that wouln´t Work, because Bishop can move to f7 to protect.

  7. move 26: I would have played Rc6. Taking with either queen or rook leads to back rank mate, so black rook must move off the file, then Rc7 with a dual threat on the Queen and mate on g7.

  8. but you didn't show us how could he win in the last position. 🙁 with his Q on e5 and R on d6

  9. You look a bit younger on the picture without a beard.

  10. Simon, is this the Haldane of the Haldane Hack against the French, the Classical with 5 Qh5?

  11. I like your Videos, but you say always "maybe i should play this and this" You should analyse your games with engine tooo 🙂

  12. Am I missing something? White has Mate in 2 on Min 14:27 instead of qc3 white plays qe7, black can for the king with ke2 but white has mate in one in qg7. Eating the black night was no the move IMO.

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