The Sicilian Defence English Attack 6.Be3 is a race. Players castle opposite sides. They rush to push pawns and to attack targets. It makes for exciting chess. Compare this line to running a mile. It is easy to start well. Most can run hard for the first 10 yards, the first 100 feet, or the first 100 yards. Then we feel tired. We want to take a break and rest.
Ray Haines sent me a Sicilian Defence game from the Houlton Open. Ray writes, “I was black against Roger Hardison. I won the game, He traded Queens early, but I still had a lot of play. He made two big mistakes losing a piece each time.”
Thanks, Ray. That sums it up. After 10 moves most attackers prefer 11.g5 or 11.h4 as Roger Hardison played last time. Here White chose the slower 11.Rg1. It's not a blunder, but it seems like a waste of time. The rook might be better on h1 than g1. When White played 13.Qb6, his intention to swap queens made it clear that he no longer intended to attack kingside. There are easier paths to an even endgame than the Open Sicilian. The game result was still up for grabs until White’s position fell apart tactically.
Hardison - Haines, Houlton ME (2), 05.08.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.g4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 0-0
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