Two games from Peter Lynch

Here are two games of Peter’s from some recent tournaments. The first is an exciting Sicilian battle against Bernd Thee in the 2009 Limerick Open.

Replay Game Here

White: Thee, Bernd (1805) vs. Black:  Lynch, Peter (1540)
Sicilian Wing Gambit

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. b4 Giving up the pawn so he can build up an impressive centre. The other popular Sicilian Gambit idea is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. c3?!
3… cxb4 4. d4 g6 5. a3 bxa3 6. Nxa3 Bg7 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. c3

Position after White’s 8. c3
The basic position has been established. White has the centre he wanted while black has a Sicilian Dragon-type position and an extra pawn. Black should probably try to use the c-file, in classic Sicilian fashion, for counterplay before white uses his extra space to generate an attack.

8…Nf6 9. Qe2 O-O 10. O-O a6 11. Bg5 Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qc7 14. Rfe1 Nd7 15. Ba2 Rac8 16. Qg3 Nb6 17. f4 Na5 18. Rac1 Rfe8 19. f5 Nac4 20. Nxc4 Nxc4 21. h4 b5 22. h5

Position after White’s 22. h5

White has a tremendous attack against black’s King. The pawn storm is about to destroy his pawn cover. Meanwhile, black’s counterplay against the weak c3 pawn and c4 square seems to have petered out. Black must try 22…h6 here, with something like 23. Be3 g5 to come, trying to blockade the kingside.

22…Qb6?! 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. fxg6 fxg6 25. Be3 Rf8 26. Qxg6

Position after white’s Qxg6. Black looks exposed, but has some counterplay now along the f-file with the rooks.

26…Rf6 27. Qg4 Rcf8 28. e5 dxe5 29. dxe5 Qe6 30. Qh4 Rf5 31. Bb1 Nxe3 32. Rxe3 Qh6

33. Ba2 Kh8?

White should now be comfortably winning, after Rh3! Black cannot take without losing a piece. Instead, presumably under time pressure, he blunders horribly…
34. Qe1?? Rf1+! 35. Qxf1 Qxe3+ and black snaps up the queen too. 0-1

The second game is Peter playing Brendan Lyons in Bunratty this year. As he says himself, Brendan had a huge attack and probably should have converted it into a win, but missed something near the end.

Replay Game Here
White: Lyons, Brendan vs. Black: Lynch, Peter
Closed Sicilian/f4 attack

1. e4 c5 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O Ne7 7. Qe1 O-O 8. d3 Nbc6 9. Qh4 Nd4 10. f5 gxf5 11. Qh5 a6 12. Bh6 Ng6?!

Position after white’s 13. Ng5
12…Ng6 was dubious. Allows Ng5 immediately and white has a strong attack. (12… Bxh6 13. Qxh6 f6 is preferable)

13. Ng5 Qf6 14. Nxh7! Qe5 (14… Kxh7? 15. Bg5+) 15. Nxf8 Kxf8

16. exf5 Nxf5 17. Bxg7+ Kxg7 18. Rxf5? Throws away any advantage. What’s wrong with 18. Rae1 Qd4+ 19. Kh1, which keeps all his options open and the attack is still alive. 18… exf5 19. Qe2 Be6 20. Qxe5+ Nxe5 21. Bd5 Rb8 22. Re1 1/2-1/2

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