#### (33) Sokolosky,B (1128) - Moldovan,J (1814) [A85]

Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (5), 03.07.2008

* [Moldovan & HIARCS 11]*

**
**G/55 + :05 delay
A85 Dutch Defense
(also E43 Nimzo-Indian)

1.d4
e6
2.Nf3
f5
3.e3
Nf6
4.c4
b6
[ RR4...Bb4+
5.Bd2
a5
6.Bxb4
axb4
7.b3N
Ne4
8.Nbd2
0-0
9.Bd3
Sokolosky - Moldovan : G/6, Kenilworth 04/20/2006]

5.Nc3
[ In round 2, Tomkovich played 5.Bd3
Bb7
6.0-0
& I had to settle for 6...Be7
instead of the desired pin.]

5...Bb4
6.Qc2
[ 6.Qb3
/\c5
7.a3
/\Bxc3+
* ( 7...Ba5!?
) *8.Qxc3
Ne4
9.Qc2
Bb7
10.b4
+ Bb2; & 6.Bd2
/\Bxc3
7.Bxc3
Ne4
8.Qd3
Bb7
9.Be2
0-0
10.0-0
were options.]

6...Bb7
7.Bd3
0-0
[ White would've liked 7...Bxf3
& the resulting half-open g-file.]

8.Bd2
[ 8.a3
Bxc3+
9.Qxc3
Ne4
would've joined a game I had against Minkov (Springfield 2006) and the Classical Nimzo-Indian (ECO code : E32).]

8...Bxc3
9.Bxc3
Ne4
This position also occurs after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.Nf3 Ne4 7.Qc2 f5 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 0-0.

10.0-0-0
Nxc3
[ 10...a5
was played in Saemisch - Alekhine : Bad Pistyan 1922. Black has also tried 10...Na6, 10...d5, 10...d6, 10...Qe7 & 10...Qf6.]

11.Qxc3
c5N
[ There have been 6 games with 11...d6
]

12.Rhg1
/\ a N move + g2-g4, opening lines to g7 & h7. [ But >=12.d5
exd5
13.cxd5
d6
14.h4
Fritz 8 = F; 12.dxc5
bxc5
13.h4
HIARCS 11 = H]

12...d6
Diagram Just a passing thought... Has the effectiveness of Black's bowl-like structure (Ps on c5, d6, e5 & f5) been covered in chess literature?
If it hasn't, it should be. I have a 74% score with it (compared to 66% in all Black games) & BigBase 2003 shows a 52% score for the 2nd player (vs. 46% overall).

13.h3
[ >=13.Kb1=
H]

13...Nd7
14.Nd2
Rc8
[ H's 14...Qh4=/+
; & F's 14...b5!=/+
were good alternatives.] From here on, the notes are based on analysis by H.

15.Nf1?
The idea of bringing the N to h5 is too slow. [ 15.Kb1
would've kept his disadvantage to a minimum.]

15...b5!
16.b3?
[ 16.Kb1-/+
]

16...Qb6
[ >=16...bxc4
17.bxc4
d5-+
]

17.Kb1
[ >=17.d5
exd5
18.Ng3
]

17...a6?
Unnecessary. [ 17...cxd4
18.Qxd4
Nc5
threat : 19...Nxd3 & 20...bxc4 was -+.]

18.Ng3
bxc4
19.Bxc4
d5
20.Bd3?
[ This gives my attack more impetus. 20.Be2-/+
was indicated.]

20...c4
21.Bc2
a5
22.a4?
[ >=22.Rc1
; or 22.Nh5
]

22...cxb3
23.Qxb3
Rc3??
[ Using the Qb3's horizontal paralysis to double on the c-file looks nice but doesn't further Black's cause. 23...Qd6!-+
/\24.Qxb7?
Rb8
was the proper trick.]

24.Qb5??
[ 24.Qxb6
Nxb6
25.Ne2-/+
giving up the a4 P was correct.]

24...Rfc8?
[ 24...Qc7
/\25.Rc1
Ba6
26.Qb2
Rb8
was much stronger.]

25.Rc1
Bc6??
This could've cost me a half-point. Again, ...Qc7 -+ was right.

26.Qxb6
Nxb6
Diagram

27.Kb2??
[ We missed 27.Bxf5!
Rxc1+
28.Rxc1
exf5
29.Nxf5
Kf8[]
30.Nd6
Rc7
31.Nb5
Bxb5
32.Rxc7
Bf1
33.Rc5
Bxg2
34.Rxa5
Bxh3=
]

27...Bxa4
28.Ne2
[ 28.Bxf5
/\Rxc1??
* ( 28...Rb3+-+
) *29.Bxe6++/-
was the best try.]

28...Rxc2+
29.Rxc2
Resigns was a good alternative.

29...Rxc2+
30.Ka3
Rxe2
[ This allows Bill to drag things on for 23 extra moves & 13 minutes. >=30...Nc4+!
31.Kxa4
Rb2
32.Rb1
Rxb1
33.any Rb4#]

31.Rb1
White will regain 1 piece but be down a B + Ps.
Let's skip the rest.

31...Rxf2
32.Rxb6
Bc2
33.Rxe6
Rxg2
34.Re8+
Kf7
35.Re5?
Be4
36.Ka4
Rg3
37.Kxa5
Rxh3
38.Kb6
Rxe3
39.Kc6
Rh3
40.Kd7
Kg6
41.Ke7
Kg5
42.Kf7
g6
43.Kg7
Kf4
44.Kf6
Ke3
45.Re8
Kxd4
46.Rb8
Bd3
47.Ke6
f4
48.Rb4+
Bc4
49.Rb2
f3
50.Kf6
Ke3
51.Kg5
f2
52.Kg4
Rf3
53.Rc2
f1Q
54.Rc3+
Bd3
55.Ra3
Qg2+
56.Kh4
Rh3#
White checkmated
Time left - Sokolosky 40:11, Moldovan 28:56
Estimated time used - Sokolosky 19:29, Moldovan 30:44
Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 25...Bc6??
White didn't take more than a minute for any move & averaged some 26 seconds per turn.
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