Scandinavian Defense against Tony Kukavica

Nov 15, 2011, 2:57 PM |

Round 2 of LA Masters saw me playing the talented kid Tony Kukavica. He was White and had recently a great record against me in Scandinavian defense. I used to play the 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 line. But, after watching a few videos on by eugene pereleshteyn, I switched to 2...Qxd5 line. Perhaps it was this deviation that led my opponent to play the more safe d3, rather than the sharp d4 eventually.

The game was mostly drawish. Then, my opponent had a draw in hand - he could force it, but he went for a "win" ... however, I think he had misjudged the position as it was slightly in Black's favor. Ultimately, Black won the Rook endgame.

Here is the game: