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Danish Championship – Round 6

Today’s game was up and down. I was better, but overplayed my position and at the end I was even a bit worse. But with neither player having more than a minute, a draw was agreed.

Aagaard,Jacob (2520) – Skytte,Rasmus (2430) [B49]
DEN-ch 2014 Skorping (6), 17.04.2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Na4 0-0 10.c4 Bd6 11.g3 Nxe4 12.Rc1 Be5 13.Nf3 d6 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Qd4 Nf6

[fen size=”small”]r1b2rk1/1pq2ppp/p2ppn2/4n3/N1PQ4/4B1P1/PP2BP1P/2R2RK1 w – – 0 16[/fen]
I had planned 16.Nb6 Rb8 17.Rfd1. The main point is that 17…Rd8 loses the extra pawn to 18.c5! on account of 18…d5 19.Bf4, winning a piece.
Apparently Black has 16…Nc6! and the game is not so clear. We both made a lot of mistakes from here on. Chess is just very difficult!
16.Rfd1 Bd7 17.c5 Nd5 18.Nb6 Bb5 19.Nxa8 Rxa8 20.cxd6 Qxd6 21.Bf4 Nc6 22.Bxd6 Nxd4 23.Bxb5 Nxb5 24.Bf4 Na7 25.Rxd5 exd5 26.Rc7 b6 27.Rd7 Nc6 28.Rxd5 f6 29.Rd7 Rc8 30.Rb7 b5 31.Rb6 Nb4 32.Bd6 Nd3 33.b4 ½-½

A lot of people are making fun of the retired bit. I think they are not getting it. A retired gardener is still allowed to mow the lawn; even at his friend’s house. But the attitude with which he does it, what he thinks of when he does it and what he does between the occasional bit of gardening is different. I play this event and it is fun. I play for entertainment; hang out with friends, eat good food (sort of; the hotel is mediocre in this department) and goof around.

When I come home I will not worry about playing chess until the end of July, when I will look at flights to Tromsoe, where I think I will make the Danish squad.

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