Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Big win for MacKenzie in the Farley Memorial Summer League

Randy MacKenzie upset Daniel Johnston Monday Night in round two of the Rawle Farley Memorial League playing the white side of an unusual (2. a3!?) Sicilian Defense in which he proffered a true gambit pawn with 3. b4 cxb4 4. axb4 Nxb4.

Already a pawn down, White met 14...Na5 with an exchange sac. Black had extra material but his position was fragile and his pieces were disorganized. With 30. Rc1 and then 31. Re1 White further discoordinated Black's pieces. 33. e6 was crushing, winning back material and opening the Black king to a final assault. Unable to mount a defense Black soon resigned.

Notes in the text are from Randy MacKenzie. PGN file follows at end of blog for copying and pasting. 

 MacKenzie getting loose with some speed chess vs. Hanan Dery.  

Also on board one Lev Paciorkowski defeated Rolando Scrubb in a Queen's Gambit Declined.

PGN File:

[Event "Rawle Farley Memorial League XXIV"]
[Site "Rochester, NY"]
[Date "2017.07.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "MacKenzie, Randy"]
[Black "Johnston, Daniel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B20"]
[WhiteElo "2000"]
[BlackElo "2200"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1. e4 c5 2. a3 Nc6 3. b4 cxb4 4. axb4 Nxb4 5. c3 Nc6 6. d4 d5 7. Bb5 g6 8. h4
h5 9. c4 e6 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Nge2 Kf8 12. Qb3 Qe7 13. O-O dxc4 14. Qxc4 Na5 15.
Rxa5 Bxa5 16. Qa4 Bc7 17. Bg5 f6 18. Bc1 a6 19. e5 Kg7 20. Ne4 Rb8 21. Bd3 fxe5
22. Bg5 Qd7 23. Qa1 Bd8 24. f4 exd4 25. Rb1 b5 26. Bxd8 Qxd8 27. Nxd4 Qb6 28.
Kh1 Kf8 29. Ng5 Rb7 30. Rc1 Bd7 31. Re1 e5 32. fxe5 Ne7 33. e6 Be8 34. Nf5 Nxf5
35. Qxh8+ Ke7 36. Bxf5 gxf5 37. Rd1 Bc6 38. Qg7+ Ke8 39. Qg6+ Kf8 40. Nh7+ Rxh7
41. Qxh7 Bxg2+ 42. Kh2 Qb8+ 43. Kxg2 Qe8 44. Rd8 1-0

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