After Jorden's exchange sac the game quickly petered out to a draw. "I should not have allowed it", Adhiban said. "I had seen it, but not in combination with Black's 27...e5, which makes it better. So probably I should have played 27.Rb4 instead of 27.Rc7." Van Foreest wiped his forehead: "This was a narrow escape." And a quite elegant one at that. "It feels like a victory."
Adhiban's 11.Nxb5 sacrifice turned out to be improvisation over the board, he had thought about it for 30 minutes. "I wanted to play 11.Be2 first", he said. Was it correct? Both players couldn't tell, but in any case it's food for theoreticians - we've seen that the line leads to many beautiful motifs.
After Brenninkmeijer's suggestion 13...Ke7 instead of 13...0-0...
Adhiban had planned to play 14.Rac1, when 14...Ne4 can follow. Now 15.Ng5 is not fatal for Black since after 15...Nxg5 16.Rxc5 he has 16...Rhd8!, using back-rank motifs to save himself. Then 17.Tdc1? is no good on account of 17...Ne4 18.Rxc6 Bxc6 19.Rxc6 Rxa2.
A highly interesting start of this match!