One of the great things with having Nikos helping is that people know it. So they try to surprise me in the opening!? As Black I am of course happy to get into the game without any problems and even more happy when I have a better position after 11 moves! I seriously think I played really well – for my level of course!
Also on 2.5/3 is GM Allan Stig Rasmussen, who have looked a bit shaky, but is a great fighter. GM Sune Berg Hansen has 2/3 and will definitely be a strong contender. I am just happy to have played good chess in my retirement, the others can care about titles, prizes and such stuff…
Andersen,Mads (2473) – Aagaard,Jacob (2520) [D04]
DEN-ch DM 2014 Skørping (3), 14.04.2014
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.Nbd2 cxd4
I am happy to play the Caro-Kann, as long as I do not have to put my pawn on c6. I only do this with White!
5.exd4 Nc6 6.c3 Qc7?!
These lines are good for White if the bishop comes to f4. But here 6…Bf5 was more accurate.
7.Be2?! Bf5 8.Nf1
I was thinking that 8.Nh4 Bd7 9.0–0 was more natural.
8…h6 9.Ng3 Bh7 10.0–0 e6 11.Re1?!
Too slow. 11.Ne5! Bd6 12.f4!? with equal chances.
11…Bd6 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 0–0
I think Black has been quite successful in the opening, but most of the game still remains.
14.Bd2 b5 15.b3 Rab8 16.Re2
16…Rfc8 was normal, but I wanted to open up the centre and put pressure on d4 in advance.
17.Rae1 b4 18.Ne5
I realised just after my move that he was going to play this and the game would get more concrete. For some reason I got very nervous. 18.c4 should of course be played. I did not find anything concrete after 18…dxc4 19.bxc4 , so I was contemplating 19…a5!. I felt the position was pretty unclear.
Nikos tells me that 19…Nxd4!? 20.Nxd4 Bc5 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Qf3 apparently is good for Black if you analyse it deeply (I had rejected it). I think I will go to the bar instead!
18…bxc3 19.Qxc3 Rdc8 20.Rc1 Rb6
I was thinking the d4-pawn would be weak in the long term. But I did not consider it a great advantage.
21.Qd3 Qb7 22.f4
With the idea f4-f5. It seemed very logical to me.
23.Rxc6 Rbxc6 24.Nxc6 Qxc6 25.f5 Here Black is marginally better after 25…exf5.
I had planned 25…Qc2, but not seen 26.Qa6! The game is very complicated here: 26…Bb2 27.Be3 Qb1+ 28.Nf1 Re8! (28…Rc3?! 29.fxe6! Rxe3 30.Qc8+ Kh7 31.Rxb2! Qxb2 32.exf7 Re2 33.Qf5+ g6 34.f8N+ with a likely draw.) 29.Bf2 Ne4 and Black keeps the pressure on.
Putting pressure on d4.
24.Rxc6 Rbxc6 25.Nxc6 Qxc6 26.Be3
26.f5 Qc2 and the d4-pawn falls.
A bit confusing to some, probably. Yes, the bishop on e3 is bad, but in order to win one of those weak pawns, I will have to exchange it anyway. So why not do it now and have the chance to break in on c1 or c3.Black is already clearly better.
27.h3 Ne4 28.Nxe4? dxe4 29.Qd1 Bxe3+ 30.Rxe3 f5
I was sure this was winning already.
31.Re2 Qd6 32.Rf2?!
I was thinking that I would win after 32.Qd2 Rd8 33.Kf2 Qxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Rxd4 35.Rc2 a5 as well, though it would be less straight forward.
The invasion is coming.
33…Rc1+ 34.Kh2 e3 35.Rf3 e2 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Rg3 was a line I saw.
But unlike the commentary rook, I missed 37…e5!! 38.dxe5 e1Q! and Black wins. A very nice line.
My move is better as it avoids calculation and eliminates all risk of errors. But obviously computer’s don’t miss things and don’t understand this!
34.Rf1 Qxd4 35.Kh2 Kh7!
I was afraid that I had messed up there, but of course this is a good move. Again calculation is avoided.
36.Qf3 Qd2 37.Rd1 Rc1!
The pawn queens.
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