KID on the Battlefield (2)

The next time when I had to defend my ideas was in Groningen, at the end of the year. My young opponent confidently blitzed the theoretical moves...

Ashwin,Jayaram (2420) - Bojkov,Dejan (2544) [E91]
Schaakfestival 2010 Open A Groningen (2.5), 22.12.2010
[Dejan Bojkov]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0–0 e5 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nd5 c6 12.Ne7+ Kh8 13.Nxc8 Rxc8 14.Nxd4 Nf6 15.f3 Qe5 16.Be3 d5 17.Qb3 Black is very active after: [17.cxd5 Nxd5 18.Bf2 Nf4 19.Bxa6 bxa6 20.Qc2 Qg5 with initiative- 21.Be3 (21.g3 Nh3+ 22.Kg2 Nxf2 23.Qxf2 Rfd8 24.Rad1 c5 25.Nb3 c4 and Black is already slightly better) 21...c5

22.Nb3 c4 23.Nd4 Qe5 24.Bxf4 Qxd4+ 25.Kf1 Qxb2 26.Qxb2 Bxb2і Jovanic,O (2527)-Saric,I (2566)/Rijeka 2009/CBM 128 Extra (48)] 17...c5 18.Nb5 dxe4 19.Rad1 Rcd8 20.Nxa7 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 exf3 22.Bxf3 Ne4 My opponent did not believe that I will repeat the same line that I played against Jakovenko. However, as we have seen from that game things were far away from clear, and the hunter became hunted in this game. Ashwin sank into deep thought.23.a3!?N

Logical move, which deprives the black knight from the b4 square. Still, it seems as Black has good counterplay here as well.[23.Qxb7 Nd6 24.Qb3 Nxc4 is unclear, while- 23.Re1 f5 24.Qxb7 leads to Jakovenko-Bojkov, ECC Plovdiv 2010 when 24...Nb4!] 23...f5 24.Qxb7

[24.Nb5!? Bringing back the knight into the action seems like a reasonable alternative for the first player. Note that the engame after: 24...Qxb2 (24...b6!? provides counterplay) 25.Qxb2 Bxb2 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Rd7± is again favourable for White.] 24...Nd6! The same manouver recommended in DVD solves Black's problems. 25.Qb3 Nxc4 26.Bc1 [Or- 26.Bf2 Nxb2 27.Re1 Qf4 with initiative.] 26...Nxb2 27.Nc6 Qf6 28.Rd7 Seems very active, but probably White had to try the endgame: [28.Bxb2 Qxb2 29.Qxb2 Bxb2 30.Rb1 Bc3 31.Rb6 and the a pawn and active pieces should compensate for Black's extra pawn.] 28...c4! Black's threats become too strong, and now White blunders- 29.Qb6 This loses on the spot. The only move was: [29.Qb5 Although Black is still much better here- 29...Re8 30.Rxg7 Re1+ 31.Kf2 Nd3+ 32.Kg3 f4+ 33.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 34.Kh3 Nf2#] 29...Nd3

[29...Qc3? 30.Bd2] 30.Qxa6 [30.Rxd3 cxd3 31.Qxa6 Qc3–+] 30...Qc3! 31.h3 Qxc1+ 32.Kh2 Qf4+ 33.Kg1 Nc5

34.Qa7 Nxd7 35.Qxd7 c3 0–1 This time things went well for me. In the meanwhile I was pleasantly surprised to receive this picture from a student of mine:

Thanks, Dom!

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