Strategy behind an opening is important ยท Road to GM, Game 286

In round two I faced a strong IM in a position I know well and enjoy playing. It was an Exchange QGD, a calm, strategic opening, in which knowing plans is of supreme importance. If you are prepared well, it’s really hard to mess these positions up and you should always hold a slight edge with white.

Tomic Stjepan (2056) – IM Golubovic Boris (2360)
Hvar Open, round 2
Exchange QGD

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bh4 a5 10.Nf3 Na6 11.a3 Nc7 12.Ne5 Ng4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nxg4 Bxg4 15.O-O Rfd8 16.Na4 Ne8 17.h3 Be6 18.Nc5 Nd6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.b4 Rdc8 21.Rfc1 b5 22.bxa5 Rxa5 23.a4

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