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Danish Championship – Round 5

Today’s opponent is one of my really good friends. Last time we met, in the 2012 championship, I had no fight left in me and we made a draw. But all our other games have been hard fought, with a score of 1-1 with a few draws on top. Still the danish state bookmaker Oddset were fearing foul play when more than 90% of all bets put on the game were put on it being a draw. Maybe this was influenced by the fact that we were playing tennis at 10am! But this means nothing, we are playing again tomorrow…

Lars Schandorff (2531) – Jacob Aagaard (2520) [D35]
DEN-ch 2014 Skørping (5), 16.04.2014

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Qb6!?
A silly move suggested by Nikos as a surprise weapon.
7.Bxf6 Qxb2 8.Qc1 Ba3 is a famous mess.
7…Ne4 8.Bf4 Na6 9.f3
During the game I feared White would be better after 9.Nxe4 , but the computer gives a nice line: 9…Nb4 10.Qb1 dxe4 11.Qxe4+ Be6 12.Nf3 Nd5 13.0–0–0 Nxf4 14.Qxf4 Qa5 15.a3 Bxa3 with perpetual check.
9…Nd6 10.a3 Bf5 11.Qd2
11.e4 Bg6 is better for White according to Komodo, but I am happy be be Black here.
11…Be7 12.b4 Qd8
12…0–0 made more sense. I did not want to give White a chance to put the knight on a4 before taking on c5. Only later I realised the knight is better on c3.
[fen size=”small”]r2qk2r/pp2bppp/n1pn4/3p1b2/1P1P1B2/P1N1PP2/3Q2PP/R3KBNR w KQkq – 0 13[/fen]
Played with a draw offer. Lars was clearly unhappy. If he had played 13.Bxa6 bxa6 14.Bxd6! I would have taken it, although I am not worse as I was thinking. 14…Qxd6 15.Nge2 0–0 16.0–0 a5 17.b5 Rac8 with about even chances.
13…Nc7 14.Kf2
Lars could not find a plan.
14…0–0 15.g3 Ncb5!
With his last move Lars indirectly decided to take on d6 with the bishop. As this knight is my best piece, I decided to support it!
16.Nc5 b6 17.Bxd6 Nxd6 18.Nb3 Re8
Threatening …Bg5.
Here Lars was down to 5 minutes. I really lost my cool entirely. I did not think long and clearly enough to realise that I have to win on the queenside only and that the kingside is irrelevant. Thus the right move is 19…a5!.
[fen size=”small”]r2qr1k1/p3bppp/1ppn4/3p1b2/1P1P3P/PN2PPP1/3Q1K2/R4BNR b – – 0 19[/fen]
19…g5? 20.hxg5 Bxg5
I am still better, but why did I weaken my position. Lars now found a few good moves quickly.
21.Re1 a5?!
Trying to bring in the remaining piece.
21…Qf6 22.Kg2 Re6 was a more natural way to play.
21…Nc4 22.Bxc4 dxc4 23.Nc1 c5 24.bxc5 bxc5 25.d5 Re5!? was a strong option suggested by Schandorff.
22.Nh3! axb4
I did not want to take on h3, as the bishop needs to defend h7 and the king.
During the game I thought 23.Nxg5 Rxa3 24.e4 dxe4 25.fxe4 Bxe4 26.Nxe4 Nxe4+ 27.Rxe4 Rxe4 was overwhelming, but I did not see 28.Bd3 when White is back in the game.
23…Ra3 24.Nxg5 Rxb3 25.Nh3 Qf6?
To be honest, I completely missed my opponent’s next move.
26.Nf4 b5!
[fen size=”small”]4r1k1/5p1p/2pn1q2/1p1p1b2/1P1P1N2/1r2PPP1/3Q1K2/4RB1R w – – 0 27[/fen]
I managed to recover and keep some advantage.
Apparently this does nothing for White’s position.
27…Bg6 28.Kg1 Nc4 29.Bxc4 bxc4 30.Nxg6 Qxg6 31.Qh2 Rxb4
With an extra pawn and a clear advantage, I won on time. Not a great game. Actually, a really poor game, ruining by White’s bad clock handling.


[Event “Landholdsklassen”]

[Site “Comwell Rebild”]

[Date “2014.04.16”]

[Round “5”]

[White “GM Lars Schandorff (2531)”]

[Black “GM Jacob Aagaard (2520)”]

[Result “0-1”]


1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Qb6 7.Qc2 Ne4 8.Bf4

Na6 9.f3 Nd6 10.a3 Bf5 11.Qd2 Be7 12.b4 Qd8 13.Na4 Nc7 14.Kf2 O-O 15.g3

Ncb5 16.Nc5 b6 17.Bxd6 Nxd6 18.Nb3 Re8 19.h4 g5 20.hxg5 Bxg5 21.Re1 a5

22.Nh3 axb4 23.axb4 Ra3 24.Nxg5 Rxb3 25.Nh3 Qf6 26.Nf4 b5 27.g4 Bg6 28.

Kg1 Nc4 29.Bxc4 bxc4 30.Nxg6 Qxg6 31.Qh2 Rxb4 0-1


[Event “Landholdsklassen”]

[Site “Comwell Rebild”]

[Date “2014.04.15”]

[Round “4”]

[White “GM Jacob Aagaard (2520)”]

[Black “IM Mikkel Djernæs Antonsen (2”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]


1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3

c4 9.Nd2 Be6 10.Be2 O-O 11.g4 Nc6 12.a3 Be7 13.Bg3 Nh7 14.O-O Na5 15.b4

cxb3 16.Nxb3 Rc8 17.Nb5 Nxb3 18.Qxb3 a6 19.Nc3 Nf6 20.f3 b5 21.Bd3



[Event “Landholdsklassen”]

[Site “Comwell Rebild”]

[Date “2014.04.14”]

[Round “3”]

[White “IM Mads Andersen (2473)”]

[Black “GM Jacob Aagaard (2520)”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.Nbd2 cxd4 5.exd4 Nc6 6.c3 Qc7 7.Be2 Bf5 8.

Nf1 h6 9.Ng3 Bh7 10.O-O e6 11.Re1 Bd6 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 O-O 14.Bd2 b5

15.b3 Rab8 16.Re2 Rfd8 17.Rae1 b4 18.Ne5 bxc3 19.Qxc3 Rdc8 20.Rc1 Rb6 21.

Qd3 Qb7 22.f4 Ba3 23.Rc3 Bb2 24.Rxc6 Rbxc6 25.Nxc6 Qxc6 26.Be3 Bc1 27.h3

Ne4 28.Nxe4 dxe4 29.Qd1 Bxe3+ 30.Rxe3 f5 31.Re2 Qd6 32.Rf2 Rc3 33.Qh5 e3

34.Rf1 Qxd4 35.Kh2 Kh7 36.Qf3 Qd2 37.Rd1 Rc1 0-1


[Event “Landholdsklassen”]

[Site “Comwell Rebild”]

[Date “2014.04.13”]

[Round “2”]

[White “GM Jacob Aagaard (2520)”]

[Black “IM Jakob Vang Glud (2518)”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]


1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Bg4 8.cxd5

Nxd5 9.e4 Nb6 10.Be3 Bxf3 11.gxf3 N8d7 12.f4 e6 13.Kh1 a5 14.Rc1 1/2-1/2



[Event “Landholdsklassen”]

[Site “Comwell Rebild”]

[Date “2014.04.12”]

[Round “1”]

[White “IM Simon Bekker-Jensen (2445)”]

[Black “GM Jacob Aagaard (2520)”]

[Result “0-1”]


1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 h6 7.Bh4 Be6 8.e3

Nbd7 9.Bd3 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.Nge2 Nxg3 12.Nxg3 h5 13.O-O h4 14.Nge2 Bd6

15.f4 Nf6 16.Qd2 g4 17.f5 Bd7 18.Nf4 Qe7 19.Rae1 O-O-O 20.Qc2 Kb8 21.a3

Bc8 22.b4 Qc7 23.Qd2 Rhe8 24.Qf2 g3 25.hxg3 hxg3 26.Qxg3 Nh5 27.Qh4 Nxf4

28.exf4 Rh8 29.Qg3 Rdg8 30.Qf3 f6 31.Ne2 Rh4 32.g3 Qh7 33.Rf2 Bxf5 34.

Bxf5 Qxf5 35.Rg2 Rhg4 36.Kf2 a6 37.Nc1 Qc2+ 38.Kg1 Qh7 39.Nd3 Bc7 40.Kf2

Ka7 41.Re3 Bb6 42.Nc5 R4g7 43.Qe2 Qf5 44.Rh2 Rh7 45.Rxh7 Qxh7 46.Qf3 Rg6

47.Ne6 Rh6 48.f5 Rh2+ 49.Ke1 Ra2 50.Re2 Ra1+ 51.Kf2 Qh2+ 52.Qg2 Qh5 53.

g4 Qh4+ 54.Ke3 Rxa3+ 55.Kd2 Rg3 56.Qf2 Qxg4 57.Kc2 Rf3 0-1 [/pgn]


  1. garryk
    April 17th, 2014 at 13:17 | #1

    John, you play quite well for a retired! 😉

  2. garryk
    April 17th, 2014 at 13:18 | #2

    Ops! I meant “Jacob”!

  3. Marvel
    June 23rd, 2014 at 10:47 | #3

    What would you have played after 7.Qd2?

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