(18) Tomkovich,G (1705) - Moldovan,J (1814) [A84]
Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (3), 19.06.2008
[Moldovan, Fritz 8 & HIARCS 11]

G/60 A84 Dutch Defense (also E14 Queen's Indian Defense)

1.d4 e6 2.e3
[ In our last meeting (2nd round of the Ellner Memorial), my foe played 2.Nf3 & a London System.]

[ Greg said this surprised him. Would 2...b6!? have had a similar effect?; At any rate, I suspect 2...Nf6 would've been met by 3.Bd3 & a Stonewall.]

[ RR3.Bd3 Nf6 4.f4 ( 4.Ne2 Yaacov Noorwitz) 4...b6 5.Nf3 Ba6 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 0-0 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 c5 10.Ba3 d6 11.Ng5 Qd7 12.Qb3 h6 13.Nf3 Nc6 14.Nd2 Na5 15.Qc2 Rac8 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Rab1 Ne4= Bistis - Moldovan : Springfield 09/24/2000]

3...Nf6 4.c4 b6
...Bb4+ was possible, here or next, but I was hoping for Nc3 and a pin.

5.Bd3 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.b3
[ RR8.a3 Qe8N 9.b4 d6 10.Qb3 c5 11.Bb2 Hoffman - Moldovan : Springfield 08/23/1998 11...Qg6= ]

[ 8...c5N is worth a try.]

This position is also reached via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Bd3 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.b3 Ne4 8.Qc2 f5 9.Nbd2.

[ 9...Nxd2 10.Bxd2 Miranda - Fonrobert : Belo Horizonte 1966 10...Bxf3 11.gxf3 Qe8 (=/+ HIARCS 11; = Fritz 8); & 9...Ng5 10.Nxg5 Bxg5 Merino - Svicevic : Spain 1995 11.f4 Bf6= were the options.]

Diagram [ RR10.cxd5 exd5 11.Ne5 Na6 12.a3 c5 13.f3 Rc8!= 14.fxe4? cxd4 15.Qd1 dxe3-/+ Shankov - Khachatryan : Riga 1971]

[ This varies from the 10...Nd7 11.Ndf3 Bd6 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Bb2 Ndf6 14.Ne1 g6 15.f3 Ng5 16.Bb5 c5 17.Qf2 Ne6 18.Qh4 cxd4 19.exd4 a6 20.Be2 Kurr - Dermann : Neuss 1986 where 20...Nh5 would've been equal.]

11.f3 Nxd2
[ 11...Nc5! /\12.dxc5? Bxe5 13.Bb2 Bxb2 14.Qxb2 bxc5=/+ was a good alternative.]

12.Bxd2 Nd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.c5 bxc5 15.dxc5 Be5 16.Bc3 d4?
[ Trying to liberate the Bb7 backfires. Looking to trade it with 16...Bxc3 17.Qxc3 a5 and ...Ba6 would've kept things level.]

[ 17.Bb2! gives White a clear plus.]

17...Bxd4+ 18.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 19.Kh1 Rad8?
[ This runs into trouble on the c & d files. 19...Bd5= was wiser.]

Black has to lose time with his Q.

[ >=20...Qb4! /\21.a3 Qa5 planning ...Ba6 22.Ra1 Rxd3 23.Qxd3 Ba6 24.Qd7 Bxf1 25.Qxe6+ Kh8 26.Rxf1 Qxc5= ]

[ 21.c6 , forcing my cleric back to c8, was expected. Now it gets a superior square.]

21...Qxc4 22.Bxc4 Bd5

[ 23.Bxd5? Rxd5 would've been in my favor.]

23...e5 24.Rfe1 e4 25.fxe4 fxe4!?
[ This makes another P weakness. >=25...Bxe4 26.Bc4+ Kh8 27.b4 Bc2= ]

[ Not 26.Bxe4?? Bxe4 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Rxe4 Rd1+ 29.Re1 Rxe1# ]

26...c6 27.Kg1 Rde8 28.Re3 Rf4 29.g3?
[ >=29.b4 Bxa2 30.g3+/= ; or 29.Rde1 Kf7 30.g3+/= ]

29...Rf3 30.Rde1 Rxe3
Black offers a draw. [ 30...Rf5!? 31.Bxe4 Bxe4 ( 31...Rfe5?? 32.Bxd5++- ) 32.Rxe4 Rxe4 33.Rxe4 Rxc5+/= though somewhat inferior, was a lot simpler.]

31.Rxe3 Kf7 32.Kf2

[ 32...Kf6= , keeping the R mobile & available for duty on the a or b-file, was correct.]

This gives the K access to e3 & d4 while protecting against ...Rh5.

[ 33...Be6 /\ trading e4 for c5 34.b4 a5 35.a3 Rf5++/= bidding for counterplay against a3, was a better attempt.]

34.Ke3 Kf5 35.Rf2+! Ke6 36.a3 a5 37.Rf8
[ 37.Kd4 was even stronger.]

[ 37...Rh5 38.h4 Rh6 39.Bxe4 Ke7+/- was right.]

[ 38.Rxf5 Kxf5 39.Kd4 would've won & put Tomkovich in 1st place.]

[ 38...Kf7 , keeping an eye on the K-side Ps, was proper.]

[ 39.Ra8+/- was indicated.]

[ 39...Rh5! 40.Bxd5[] Kxe8 41.Bxc6+ Kd8 42.b4 Rxh2 43.bxa5 Kc7 44.Be4 Ra2 45.Bxh7 Rxa3+ 46.Kd4 Rxa5 would've given me an edge.]

[ 40.Kxe4 Rxc5 41.Rg8 would've retained good chances.]

Black proposes peace again.

White declines but after...

41...Ke6 42.Re4++/=
... He returns the offer & the game is drawn by agreement. Time left - Tomkovich 21:41, Moldovan 16:22 Time used - Tomkovich 38:19, Moldovan 43:38 Longest think by White - 4 minutes for 41.Rd4+ Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 30...Rxe3 1/2-1/2