Xtreme Chess Semi Finals

The semi finals of the XChess Championships offer some more excellent chess entertainment and two very interesting games.

Once again Justus Williams comes up with some nice stuff under extreme time pressure.

In the second game Elliott Liu produced a fine series of sacrifices to deliver a great win and set up what must be the best final for the championship. It will be very interesting to see Elliott and Justus playing in the final.

Here are the moves the second game, Elliot versus Alex.

1e4c5Sicilian Defence.
2.Nf3 e6The Scheveningen Variation.
3.d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 a6Alex plays the Kan Variation...
5. Nc3 Qc7
6. Be2 b5
7. O-O Bb7Elliot reverses the standard 7th and 8th moves in the Kan Variation.
8. Bf3 Nc6
9. Re1 Ne5Black's move seems premature and does not pose a serious threat.
10. Bf4Nxf3+
11. Qxf3 Qb6I think d6 would have been better, threatening a pawn fork against the knight and bishop and keeping the Queen on the diagonal that aims at h2...
12. Rad1Ne7
13. Nd5Nxd5Now White initiates what turns out to be a devastating attack. Black never regains the initiative, even with move 17.
14.exd5 Bc5
15. Nf5 O-O

Black is about to castle into trouble...
16. Nxg7 Bxf2+
17.Kh1 f5
18. Nh5Bxe1
19. Rxe1Kf7
20. Qc3Ke8
21. dxe6dxe6
22. Rxe6+ Qxe6
23.Ng7+ Ke7The beauty of this fork is that it never needs to be carried out.
24. Qc7+ Kf6
25. Nh5+Kg6No choice.
26. Qg7+ Kxh5
27. Qg5# 1-0