I recently played an interesting thematic correspondence game, so I decided to showcase it. It was Sicilian defense,  Moscow variation, I played White.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 – Maroczy bind

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5. … Nc6 6. Nc3 e6 7. O-O Nf6 8. d4 O-O-O – it always surprises me when Black in Sicilian castles queenside.

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9. a3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 d5  – important moment! This is a very typical move when playing against Maroczy bind,  designed to destroy White’s center. It succeeds with that goal, but it’s the White who takes advantage of the opened lines.

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11. cxd5 exd5 12. Nxc6 Qxc6 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Qg4+ 

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14. … Kb8 –  computer suggests 14. …Qe6 15. Qf3 Qf6  with estimate 0.96, now after 15. Nd5 it’s 2.49. 15. … Qxd5  16. Bf4+ Ka8 17. Rad1

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17. … Qa5 18. Rxd8+ Qxd8 19. Rd1 Qe8 20. Bc7!

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20. … Be7 21. Qxg7 b6 – it makes things worse

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22. Qe5 Kb7 23. Re1

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23. … Bf6  24. Qxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxe8 Kxc7 26. Rf8 Bxb2 27. Rxf7+

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27. Rxf7+ Kb8 28. a4 h6 29. g4 Bc1 30. h4 a6 31. Rf5 Kb7 32. g5 hxg5 33. hxg5 Kc6 34. g6 – Black resigned ( 34. … Bb2 35. Rf7 ).

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