Saturday, June 28, 2008

#338 Games From West Orange

Here are 3 games from Tuesday's match between Kenilworth and West Orange.

[Event "Kenilworth at West Orange"]

[Site "West Orange, N.J."]

[Date "2008.06.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Hart, Charles"]

[Black "Moldovan, John"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B21"]

[WhiteElo "1943"]

[BlackElo "1814"]

[Annotator "Moldovan, HIARCS 11 & Fritz 8"]

[PlyCount "68"]

[EventDate "2008.06.24"]

[Source "The Chess Coroner #338"]

[SourceDate "2008.06.27"]


{board 4 G/85 + :05 delay B21 Sicilian Defense (also C00 French)} 1. e4 e6

2. d3 c5 3. g3 $1 {Upgrading a statement I made some 12 days ago, I will now
say this is better, not just more flexible, than 3.Nf3 & a K's Indian Attack.}
Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 (4... Nge7 5. f4 $140 d5 6. Nd2 (6. e5 Nf5 7. Nf3 h5 {
is good for Black.}) 6... g6 {may be more accurate.}) ({
If a different approach is preferred,} 4... Nf6 5. f4 $140 d5 6. e5 Nd7 {
has merit.}) 5. f4 Nge7 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. c3 (7. Nc3 {is a Closed Sicilian.}) 7...
O-O 8. O-O (8. h4 $5 {looking to prove that ...0-0 is premature, was possible.}
) 8... d5 ({Attacking the center should be fine but every time I've played it
(now 4) a 1940+ opponent has outplayed me in the middlegame.} 8... d6 {
(8...f5, 8...b5, 8...b6 & 8...Rb8 are worth weighing, too.)} 9. Be3 (9. Qe2 {
makes a Tchigorin French.}) 9... b6 {/\ ...Ba6 &/or ...f5, may be a better fit.
}) 9. e5 f6 {Diagram #} (9... b6 $145 10. Re1 Qd7 11. Be3 Bb7 12. Bf2 Rfd8 13.
Nbd2 Qc7 14. Rc1 Nb8 15. Qe2 Nd7 16. g4 Rf8 17. Bg3 $14 {
Gavrikov - Ivanchuk : Lvov 1987}) 10. exf6 ({
This is the main line. At the USATE back in February, Hux introduced} 10. Be3 {
and the play was balanced until I erred at move 27.}) 10... Bxf6 11. Re1 Qd6 {
Black doesn't have the means to enforce ...e5 and with his Q on d6, he can't
meet Ne5 with a trade of steeds. So, the Dame should've been developed to b6
or c7, instead.} 12. Qe2 Bd7 ({This retains options but} 12... b5 $142 $1 13.
Na3 $140 b4 14. Nb5 $4 Qb8 $19) 13. Na3 a6 $146 (13... Rae8 {
Clearing the way for retreats to b8 & c8.} 14. Be3 a6 15. Bf2 b5 16. Nc2 b4 17.
cxb4 cxb4 18. d4 a5 19. h4 Qb8 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Bg7 22. Nd4 Nf5 23. Rad1
Rc8 24. h5 Nxd4 25. Bxd4 $14 {
was seen in Movsziszian - Valmana : Albacete 2007.}) 14. Nc2 Rae8 15. d4 cxd4
16. Ncxd4 Nxd4 17. cxd4 Nf5 18. Qf2 Qb6 19. Rd1 {Diagram # Let's pause and
take stock of the position : White has more space and control of e5 but has
an isolated d-pawn P. Black has much better-placed pieces but his e-pawn is
backward, his Bd7 is bad and his 2 or 3-step lead in development may be
temporary. The chances are dynamically equal.} Nd6 ({This isn't bad but
there was no good reason to re-deploy the N here; as it can be kept out of e4
and c4.} 19... Rc8 $142 {looking to improve the QR which, with ...e6-e5 not
happening, was doing nothing at e8.}) ({or} 19... Nh6 {/\ ...Ng4.}) 20. Ne5 Bc8
$2 ({The start of my demise. I should've eliminated the enemy equine
immediately and taken the c-file with} 20... Bxe5 21. dxe5 Qxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Nf7 {
threat : ...Nxe5} 23. Kg1 Rc8) 21. b3 Nb5 $2 (21... Be7 $16) 22. Bb2 g5 23. Re1
gxf4 24. Qxf4 Bxe5 $4 ({
After this, Black can't defend the weaknesses around his K.} 24... Bg7 $16 {
was right.}) 25. Qxe5 $18 {If now 25...Rf5, as I planned, then 26.Qxf5.} Bd7 $2
(25... Qd8 {was a much better try.}) 26. Bxd5 $4 ({
This sac is unsound. White should've played} 26. Qg5+ Kh8 27. Rf1 $18) 26...
exd5 27. Qxd5+ Be6 $4 {Diagram #} (27... Rf7 $17 {was correct.}) 28. Qg5+ Kh8
29. Re3 $3 Rf5 ({With} 29... Bd5 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. Qxd5 {being 2 Ps down, I
have to, for better or worse, try something else and hope my foe goes wrong.})
30. d5+ Nd4 31. Rd1 $4 ({
This throws a full point away. White had his choice of wins here :} 31. Qh6 {
Moldovan}) (31. Qxf5 Bxf5 32. Rxe8+ Kg7 33. Rd1 {C. Hart}) ({or} 31. Rxe6 {
(best) Fritz 8 & HIARCS 11}) 31... Rxg5 $19 32. Bxd4+ Qxd4 33. Rxd4 Bd7 34. Kf2
Rge5 {White resigns Time left - Hart 28:56, Moldovan 24:29 Estimated time
used - Hart 58:54, Moldovan 63:21 Longest think by White - 11 minutes for
20.Ne5 Longest think by Black - 8 minutes for 23...gxf4} 0-1

[Event "Kenilworth at West Orange"]

[Site "West Orange, N.J."]

[Date "2008.06.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Tomkovich, Greg"]

[Black "Cohen, Bryan"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "D87"]

[WhiteElo "1705"]

[BlackElo "1857"]

[PlyCount "95"]

[EventDate "2008.06.24"]

[Source "The Chess Coroner #338"]

[SourceDate "2008.06.27"]


{board 7 Gruenfeld Defense Exchange Variation} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5

Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bc4 Bg7 8. Be3 Nc6 9. Ne2 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1
Rd8 12. Qd2 a6 13. Rfd1 b5 14. Bd5 Bb7 15. Qc2 e6 16. Bxc6 Qxc6 17. f3 Rac8 18.
Qb2 Kh8 19. c4 bxc4 20. Rxc4 Qb5 21. Rc2 c4 22. Qc1 a5 23. Nc3 Qc6 24. Qa3 Ra8
25. Qa4 f5 26. e5 Qxa4 27. Nxa4 Bxe5 28. Nb6 Ra6 29. Nxc4 Bg7 30. Rcd2 Bd5 31.
Ne5 Bxe5 32. dxe5 Rc6 33. Bg5 Rdc8 34. Bf6+ Kg8 35. Kf2 Rc2 36. a3 R8c3 37. Ke1
Rxd2 38. Rxd2 Rxa3 39. Rc2 Ra1+ 40. Kd2 Ra2 41. Be7 Bb3 42. Rxa2 Bxa2 43. Kc3
a4 44. Kb4 Bb3 45. f4 Kf7 46. Bd6 Ke8 47. g3 Kd7 48. Kb5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Kenilworth at West Orange"]

[Site "West Orange, N.J."]

[Date "2008.06.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Sharpell, Fred"]

[Black "Shiffman, Bert"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C75"]

[WhiteElo "1818"]

[BlackElo "1369"]

[PlyCount "90"]

[EventDate "2008.06.24"]

[Source "The Chess Coroner #339"]

[SourceDate "2008.06.27"]


{board 10 Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz Defense (by transposition - 5...d6)} 1. e4 e5 2.

Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 {Cozio Defense} 4. c3 a6 {Norwegian Defense} 5. Ba4 d6 6.
d4 Bd7 7. d5 b5 $4 (7... Nb8 $14) 8. dxc6 Nxc6 9. Bb3 Be7 10. O-O Na5 11. Bc2
Nc4 12. b3 Nb6 13. Be3 c5 14. Nbd2 Be6 15. Re1 Qc7 16. Nf1 O-O 17. Ng3 Bg4 18.
h3 Bxf3 19. Qxf3 Bf6 20. Rad1 Rad8 21. Nf5 Nc8 22. g4 Ne7 23. Nxe7+ Qxe7 24.
Kh2 Bg5 25. Bxg5 Qxg5 26. Qg3 Qe7 27. Rd5 Rd7 28. Red1 Rfd8 29. f4 f6 30. fxe5
fxe5 31. Rf1 Rf8 32. Rxf8+ Qxf8 33. Kg2 g5 34. Rd2 Rf7 35. Rf2 Rxf2+ 36. Qxf2
Qxf2+ 37. Kxf2 Kf7 38. Ke3 Ke6 39. Bd3 Kd7 40. a3 Kc6 41. c4 Kb6 42. cxb5 axb5
43. Kd2 Ka5 44. Kc3 c4 45. bxc4 bxc4 1-0

Notes to Tomkovich-Cohen will follow in a few days. Replays and a zipped PGN file will have to wait. There's no more room on the server.

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