Mystery game #22: A whirlwind attack!

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  • Frank Dixon
    WGM Anna Zatonskih (2445) -- NM Raja Panjwani (2200), Canadian Open, Kapuskasing 2004, simul, played 2004-07-13.
    Quite a devastating attack by 14-year-old Raja, facing one of the top woman players in the world! The opening is sometimes called the Steinitz Variation of the Sicilian.
    At the end White is just lost, and showed class by resigning when she did, trusting Raja's accuracy, which he had shown on every move of the game! The move 12...Bxf2+ rates a '!!', in my view. The game could also arise from the Exchange Variation of the French Defense, a line which Raja played as White at that time. So he was certainly familiar with the type of position which arose. I coached him from January 2000 to mid-2003. He had moved with his family from Kingston to Kitchener at the start of May, 2004. At Kapuskasing for two weeks, Raja won the B14 of the CYCC in a one-game G/30 playoff from FM Zhe Quan, and then played very well in the Canadian Open, which started right afterwards.
    White's best at the end is to try 20.c4, and this is met, for example, by 20...dxc4 21.Nc5 Nd3+! 22.Qxd3 cxd3 23.Nxa6 Rxe2+ 24.Kf1 d2! 25.Bxd2 Rxd2 26.Bxb7 Rad8, with a crushing position for Black. White simply misjudged the position in the late opening; she probably needed to put her bishop on e3 before moving her rook to e1. Even then, Black is doing fine.

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  • Frank Dixon
    started a topic Mystery game #22: A whirlwind attack!

    Mystery game #22: A whirlwind attack!

    Here is the text of an interesting game. You can discuss the game, guess about the opponents' strengths, game format, era, etc. In a few days, I will provide the data.
    1.e4 c5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 Be6 6.Ne2 Nc6 7.O-O Be7 8.Re1 Nf6 9.dxc5 O-O 10.Nd2 Bxc5 11.Nb3 Bb6 12.Nf4 Bxf2+ 13.Kxf2 Ng4+ 14.Ke2 Qb6 15.Kd2 Nce5 16.Rxe5 Nxe5 17.Ne2 Bg4 18.Ke1 Rfe8 19.Qd4 Qa6, 0-1.