(25) Carrelli,D (1748) - Moldovan,J (1814) [B21]
Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (4), 26.06.2008
[Moldovan & HIARCS 11]

G/55 + :05 delay B21 Sicilian Defense (by transposition)

1.f4 c5
[ A change from our March 27th, KCCC game; which featured 1...c6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.e4 Qb6 6.c3 Nf6 7.Qc2N Ng4!? ; More daring is Lev Zilbermintz's 1...h6!? ]

2.Nf3
[ 2.b3 preventing the following, was a good alternative.]

2...g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nf6!?
[ 4...Nc6 5.d3 e6 6.e4 Nge7 would've joined my game from West Orange but I had just finished showing it to Don and was already paranoid that the line might be over-exposed.]

5.d3 Nc6 6.e4 d6
[ 6...d5 7.e5 Nd7 ( 7...Ng8 8.d4 Bg4 & a Gurgenidze-like setup, looks okay, too.) 8.d4 Qb6 deserved consideration.]

7.c3 Qc7 8.Na3 a6
Diagram

9.Nc4N
[ This varies from the 9.Nc2 Rb8 10.0-0 of Chmielinska - Kucypera : Rowy 1998 where Black should've answered 10...0-0= instead of ...b5.]

9...b5 10.Ne3 Bb7 11.Bh3 0-0
[ 11...e6 12.g4 d5 13.e5 Nd7 ; & 11...c4 looking to undermine the enemy e-pawn, were options. But, I wasn't going to play ...0-0-0 and the Bh3's placement (in front of the h-pawn) rules-out quick K-side attacks.]

12.Ng4?!
[ This gives me an easy game. 12.g4 would've kept things tense and equal.]

12...Nxg4 13.Bxg4 b4
[ >=13...Na5=/+ idea : ...c4]

14.Bd2 a5 15.Qc2?
[ 15.0-0 would've restored the balance.]

15...Bc8
[ >=15...bxc3 16.Bxc3 ( 16.bxc3? Nb4!-+ ) 16...Nb4 threat : ...Ba6 17.Bxb4 axb4 & a clear plus.]

16.Bxc8 Rfxc8
Diagram

17.c4?!
[ This increases the Bg7's scope and makes a hole on d4. >=17.0-0 ]

17...Nd4 18.Nxd4 cxd4?
[ 18...Bxd4 keeping the long, dark diagonal half-open 19.Ke2 a4 20.Be3 Bg7 would've retained the advantage (=/+ HIARCS 11; -+ Fritz 8).]

19.Rc1 Qc5 20.0-0
/\ f4-f5 but I beat Don to it.

20...f5! 21.exf5
[ I expected 21.Rfe1 ]

21...gxf5
[ >=21...Qxf5 ]

22.Be1 Rf8 23.Bf2?
[ This puts Carrelli's cleric in the path of my central Ps. 23.Qe2 e5 24.fxe5 dxe5 25.Qh5= was right.]

23...e5 24.fxe5 dxe5 25.b3 Rae8 26.Rce1 Re7
Diagram

27.Qd2??
[ The leaves White's B without an escape. 27.g4-/+ was required.]

27...e4-+ 28.Qg5 e3 29.Bxe3 dxe3 30.Re2?
[ 30.d4 ]

30...h6 31.Qh4 Kh7 32.Rf4 Bf6
[ >=32...Rd7 winning the d3P.]

33.Qh5 Bg5 34.Rf3?
[ 34.d4 ]

34...Rg7
[ >=34...Qd4! /\35.h4 Qxd3[] 36.Rf1 f4! 37.hxg5 f3 38.Qxh6+ Kg8 ; or 34...Rd7 ]

35.h4 Bf6?!
[ Trying to be cute. 35...Be7 was strongest.]

36.Rexe3?
[ This drops a whole R & shortens the game. >=36.Qxf5+ Not 36.Rxf5? Rxg3+ 37.Kh2 Qc7 threat : ...Rg5+ 36...Qxf5 37.Rxf5 Rxg3+ 38.Kh2 Rg4 39.Rxe3 Rxh4+ 40.Kg2 Rg4+ although the 1st player wouldn't want a piece-down ending.]

36...Bd4 37.Kf2 Re7?!
37...Be3 was best but the text is good enough. White resigns Time left - Carrelli 26:32, Moldovan 12:19 Estimated time used - Carrelli 31:33, Moldovan 45:46 Longest think by White - 4 minutes for 37.Kf2 Longest think by Black - 11 minutes for 34...Rg7 0-1