My Internet Chess Club opponent Aegis played a Catalan Opening. I chose the basic Semi-Slav set-up with pawns on e6, d5, c6 and b5 which was sound and solid. The ultimate result comes down to who plays the best strategy and especially the best tactics.
This Aegis radar locked on to my weakness. White fired missiles at d5 with Bg2, Nc3, c4 and cxd5, and e4 and exd5. When I chose 11...Bxd5, it was surprising how this natural capture was so bad. Black's lack of development and kingside vulnerability proved fatal.
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Aegis (3106) - Sawyer (2391), ICC 4 16 u Internet Chess Club, 27.10.2002 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.Ne5 [6.0-0] 6...c6 [Best is 6...c5! 7.0-0 cxd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Nc3 Ba6=] 7.cxd5 cxd5 [7...exd5=] 8.Nc3 a6 [8...Nc6= Black would do well to develop the queenside knight, which in the game is very slow to enter the fray.] 9.0-0 b5 10.e4! Bb7 11.exd5 Bxd5? [11...Nxd5= is a must.] 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Qg4 Bf6 14.Re1 Qb6 15.Bd2 Ra7 16.Bxd5 exd5 17.Bb4 Re8 [17...Be7 18.Nd7 Nxd7 19.Bxe7+/-] 18.Nd7 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 Nxd7 20.Re8+ Nf8 21.Rxf8# Black checkmated 1-0
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