(6) Grasso,D (2183) - Stoyko,S (2285) [C02]
60th Annual New Jersey Open Somerset, NJ USA (4), 03.09.2006
[Stoyko, Steve (edited by Moldovan)]

After studying Ivanovic-Beliavsky, I had a chance to play the Wade Variation against a very good near-2200 player, in a critical round of the NJ Open. Having drawn the 2 previous games, I need to go all-out for the win. If I get it, I play for first place the next day. I trusted the French to bring it home!

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7
As in the aforementioned. White now varies.

6.a3
A reasonable idea. He doesn't waste a tempo with a B move followed by Bxb5.

6...cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb5 8.Bxb5+ Qxb5 9.Nc3 Qa6 10.Qa4+
[ A weak move. >=10.Qe2 ; Goeller's version, which follows, gives the move order as 10.Bg5 Nc6 11.Qa4 Qxa4 12.Nxa4 etc. - Moldovan]

10...Qxa4 11.Nxa4 Nc6 12.Bg5
Since I'm higher-rated, he is trying to draw by simplifying but I will not have none of that.

12...h6 13.Be3
Notice how useless this B is - purely defensive. Black now tries to put his pawns on light squares so the B can't attack them!

13...b5! 14.Nc3 a6 15.b4?
A positional blunder. He should try to develop & somehow trade off the B. Instead he puts another P on a dark-square. After this move, I thought I was going to win & do it quickly!

15...Nge7
Just developing.

16.Rc1 Kd7
This frees up the KN (from having to protect the other N). No need to 0-0 here since the Qs are off the board and the center is blocked. My K is quite safe.

17.Nd2 Nf5 18.Nb3
Now I decide to blow him away since my pieces are vastly superior to his.

18...a5!! 19.Nxb5 axb4 20.axb4 Bxb4+
The final straw. Also the KR is ready to attack.

21.Ke2 Rhb8 22.Nc5+ Bxc5 23.Rxc5
And now the move that causes White to resign on the spot :

23...Rxb5
[ 23...Rxb5 24.Rxb5 Nfxd4+ 25.Bxd4 Nxd4+ 26.K moves Nxb5 P.S. - This game was also published in one of Pete Tamburro's February 2007 Newark Star-Ledger columns. - Moldovan] 0-1