(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]

[ 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.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 ]

/\ 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]

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.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.

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...bxc4 17.bxc4 d5-+ ]

[ >=17.d5 exd5 18.Ng3 ]

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

[ 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

[ 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#]

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. 0-1