The Southend Masters 2019 tournament was a success for iChess’ GM Damian Lemos, who finished joint-first. It was a tough tournament, with two rounds to play every day. So what did Damian and the other players do after 8 hours hunched over the board? Play more chess, of course! Every evening, the players would gather together for some fun games!
In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Lemos analyzes a game he particularly enjoyed from the tournament, his game against IM David Eggleston. Damian immediately mixes things up by playing 1.e4, while he is usually a 1.d4 and 1.Nf3 player. He is used to playing traditional closed systems but in this game, he wanted to avoid some opening preparation and play something different.
After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3. c3, the game entered a delayed Alapin Sicilian (see the diagram on the left). Watch the video and you’ll see how later in the game a small pawn move from Black completely changes the evaluation…
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