Monday, July 17, 2017

Van Geet vs Aasum 5.c3

Dirk Daniel Van Geet played Anker Aasum in a Queens Knight Attack at an event listed as “Mariac 1993”. I am curious as to the nature of this tournament. I see that there is a commune in the south of France with that name, but the players in that event seem to be primarily postal chess players from many countries.

The line 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 is quite popular. Natural is the move 5.Nf3. The bishop check 5.Bb5+ is tempting. Most challenging both strategically and tactically is 5.c3. With this move, White strikes the Black pawn center right on the nose. Black cannot easily ignore it. White has a playable game in all lines.

Van Geet - Aasum, Mariac 1993 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.c3 [5.Nf3 f6 6.Bb5+ c6 7.Bd3=] 5...c5 6.Nf3 f6 7.Qa4+ Nd7 8.Bc4 Qb6 9.0-0 Ne7 10.Rd1 g6 11.Bxe6 Qxe6 12.b4 Kf7 13.Qb5 b6 14.bxc5 bxc5 15.Ba3 Rb8 16.Qa4 Nc6 17.d3 Nb6 18.Qa6 Be7 19.Ne2 Rhd8 20.c4? [20.cxd4 cxd4 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Ne1=] 20...Nd7 21.Rab1 Rxb1 22.Rxb1 Rb8 [22...Nb4 23.Qxe6+ Kxe6 24.Bxb4 cxb4=/+] 23.Rxb8 Ndxb8 24.Qb5 Nd7 25.Nc1 Nb4 26.Bxb4 cxb4 27.Nb3 a6 28.Qa5 Qc6 29.Nfd2 Bc5 30.Qd8 Be7 31.Qa5 Bc5 32.Kf1 Qb6 33.Qa4 Ke7 34.Ke2 Bd6 35.Kd1 Nc5 36.Nxc5 Bxc5 37.Nb3 Kd6 [37...Bd6=] 38.Nxc5 [38.Qe8+-] 38...Kxc5 39.Qd7 Qc6 40.Qe7+ Qd6 [40...Kb6 41.Qxb4+ Ka7 42.Ke2+/-] 41.Qxh7 g5 42.Qa7+ Qb6 [42...Kc6 43.Qxa6+ Kd7 44.Qxd6+ Kxd6 45.Ke2+-] 43.Qxb6+ Kxb6 44.f3 Kc5 45.g3 a5 46.h4 1-0

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