Blitz Chess #359: Sicilian Defense, Chekhover variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|2. The opening played was the Sicilian Defense, Chekhover variation. In general, an early queen deployment is a good way to ask for trouble. Qd4 is however quite a viable option on move 4 in an option Sicilian instead of the standard knight recapture. After black’s 5th, Nc6 attacking the queen, I was only use to seeing the pinning Bb5 move. White throws something different at me in this game which results in a white queen fleeing about. How can black try to take advantage of this is the big question.

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qa4 e6 6. Nc3 Bd7 7. Be3 a6 8. Qb3 b5 9. a3 Nf6 10. h3 Be7 11. Bd3 Qc7 12. O-O O-O 13. Be2 Rfc8 14. Qa2 Rab8 15. Rac1 Na5 16. Nd2 Bc6 17. f4 d5 18. e5 Nd7 19. Nf3 Nc4 20. Bf2 Nc5 21. b3 Nb6 22. Nd4 Ba8 23. a4 b4 24. Nb1 Bb7 25. a5 Nbd7 26. Nd2 Ne4 27. Nxe4 dxe4 28. Qa4 Nc5 29. Qa2 Rd8 30. c3 bxc3 31. Rxc3 Qd7 32. Rfc1 Rbc8 33. Qd2 Nd3 34. Bxd3 exd3 35. Qxd3 Rxc3 36. Rxc3 Bb4 37. Rc4 Bxa5 38. Qc2 h6 39. Kh2 Bd5 40. Nc6 Bxc6 41. Rxc6 Qd2 42. Qxd2 Rxd2 43. Be1 Ra2 44. b4 Bxb4 45. Bxb4

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  1. There's a hole in my desk for every game I lose against an opponent like this

  2. Interesting how in the tournaments you fly and don't think much, just doing it by quickness and experience. But in these blitz games you are way slower and think way more in each position.

  3. Coverage of the Brussels Rapid & Blitz event on channel [Chess to Impress]. Hope you'll have a look.

  4. Hey, you could consider Qb7 instead of d5, it also supports b4 with pressure on b2 in the future. d5 also locks in your bishop! Also, maybe Ne4 immediatly instead of Rd8. If he captures you can still defend that pawn with Be4.


  6. it's really frustrating to see your opponent play super darn fast… like how are they so good without thinking much and that happens to me all the time lol

  7. I think That Gm.Hodor is a machine (computer), So bad Hodor 👎

  8. I think instead of 20.Nc5 , Bc5 would be a better choice to either exchange dark bishop as your bishop was quite useless or to provoke b4/Nd4 limiting two pieces and making your dark bishop do some work. And as his queen was quite limited as you said why not moving the action to kingside instead of constantly freeing his queen limitation as well as making his pieces coordination better? Even though white look a little crapmed due to his advanced e5 pawn and good dark square control, he literally control the only open diagonal really think that exchanging dark square bishop was a priority.

    But, you're playing against something that is really something so I guess a little frustration hinder a more insight during the game or maybe its just my thought. Anyway good video again, keep it up.

  9. Is there anything wrong with 7. Nd4? Maybe its too greedy, but it looks interesting.

    Also, I have a feeling your opponent was playing so fast because they probably know you tend to play very slowly.

  10. Hey jerry do you play real tournaments ?

  11. This is by far the most frustrating type of opponent to play against. Extremely fast, doesn't think twice about his moves, plays a side-line with provocative moves (Queen tempi) that makes you think, plays solid but overall not the best moves, and does it instantly.

    And unless you are 2700+ you cannot really punish this type of play in a blitz game, so you are almost always down 2-3 minutes at the end, with the frustration of not having achieved anything great. I commend you for keeping your cool after this one. I liked how you focused on something you did great (played the opening good) and took away something constructive (playing faster).

  12. That totally looked like a bot, every single move was played at the exact same interval, seemingly. No human takes exactly 3 seconds for each move, with no exception. It was definitely suspect. Bots can be set to not always play the best move too, so keep that in mind. Not that it changes anything, its still just a game of chess.

  13. Jerry did you mouse sliped in a game with KingsCrusher ??

  14. would f6 be a bad way to open the position?

  15. definitely do more of this stuff. games on i now respect your opinions much more now that i know your rating.

  16. I'm sure there's something wrong with 34. … Bb4, since you mentioned you did consider that move but chose to take 34. … exd3 instead. However, for a player like me (I'm just bad) this is not obvious. Can you explain to me why the pin with the Bishop isn't as good as it seems to me? Aren't you gaining a Rook at the end, no matter what?

  17. ok why not try at 12:39 after Nf3 Qd3 of exchange you will get pone back and if not then you have initiative.

  18. hey Jerry, thanks for the great videos. Just wondering, since the Queen is way over in the other side of the board if 7.Ne5, queen moves, double whites pawns and attack on the king side? cheers

  19. This guy's account has been closed due to violating the fair play rules. Thought it was weird they were playing so fast.. and seemed like were taking about the same amount of time between each move..

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