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John Alexander Pietzcker vs William John Miles
New South Wales Championship (1901), Sydney AUS, rd 8, Aug-01
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  1-0

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May-07-21  optimal play: 36.c4 was white’s sealed move.

This sets up white’s victory since his c&f pawns control the centre and keep black’s king at bay, allowing his own king to push forward and ultimately win.

Black might have had better prospects pushing his three k-side pawns forward against white’s two pawns.

Despite this win Pietzcker only managed an 8th place finish out of ten.

Miles did better with =4th

May-08-21
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  fredthebear: This White opening w/Qxd4 (Chekover variation) against the Sicilian Defense is more often played after the moves 2.Nf3 d6 have been inserted. This allows the White queen to remain in the center (without retreating to her original square) after playing Bb5 to pin Black's threatening Nc6.

Watch Mato's video for an example of the Bb5 pin: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...

May-09-21  optimal play: <fredthebear: This White opening w/Qxd4 (Chekover variation) against the Sicilian Defense is more often played after the moves 2.Nf3 d6 have been inserted. This allows the White queen to remain in the center (without retreating to her original square) after playing Bb5 to pin Black's threatening Nc6.>

Yes, Chessgames lists this opening simply as <Sicilian Defense: General (B20)> presumably because after 2.d4 cxd4 white doesn't play 3.c3 (Smith-Morra gambit) or 3.Nf3 (Morphy gambit).

Playing Qxd4 immediately was first used by Cochrane against Staunton in their 1842 match but about a hundred years later was realised it is better played after the standard 2.Nf3 d6 for the reason you stated.

<Watch Mato's video for an example of the Bb5 pin: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...>

Yes, perfect example.

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