(38) Moldovan,J (1814) - Sokolosky,B (1128) [D06]
Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (6.1), 10.07.2008
[Moldovan & Fritz 8]

G/55 + :05 delay D06 Queen's Gambit Marshall's Defense (by transposition - 4...Nxd5?!)

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 Nxd5?!
This gives White the better game. Black should only take with the N when he can meet e4 with ...NxNc3; as in the Semi-Tarasch Defense (4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3). [ Best is 4...exd5 ; my many wins against it notwithstanding.]

5.e4 Bb4+
[ For 5...Nb6 see Moldovan - Demetrick from last year's KST.; which also covers 5...Nf6 & 4th move alternatives.]

6.Bd2
[ Weaker though still advantageous is 6.Nbd2 Nf4 7.Qa4+N Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 9.b4 Bb6 10.Nb3 Ng6 Moldovan - Winders : STC World Championship, FICS West section, 11/22/2005 11.b5 ]

6...Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nf6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Bd3 a6N
[ There have been 2 games with 9...Nc6 ; 1 with 9...c5 ; & 1 with 9...b6? ]

10.Rd1 c6?
[ 10...Nc6 11.e5 Nd5 was a lesser evil.]

11.0-0
HIARCS 11 = H says Black is already lost.

11...b5
[ After this, Fritz 8 agrees. 11...Nbd7+/- was a better try.]

12.Bb1
[ White wants to deliver checkmate but >=12.Qc2 & positional domination.]

12...b4 13.Ne2
[ >=13.Na4 a5 14.Nc5 /\Ba6 15.Nxa6 was a good alternative.]

13...a5 14.Qd3?
[ 14.Qc2+- threat : 15.e5 + 16.Qxh7# was indicated. I was moving very quickly (less than 15 seconds per move) in an attempt to get a 2nd game in (it didn't happen) got sloppy & missed...]

14...Ba6 15.Qe3
[ >=15.Qc2 staying on the diagonal to h7 and not subjecting her majesty to...]

15...Ng4 16.Qd2 f5?
[ This weakens e6. >=16...Nd7 ]

17.h3?
[ 17.Rfe1+/- was stronger.]

17...fxe4 18.Bxe4 Nf6 19.Bb1 Nd5?
[ This loses the e6 or h7 P. 19...Bc4+/- /\ ...Bd5 would've kept the material even.]

20.Ng5 Rf6 21.Nxh7?
[ 21.Bxh7+ Kh8 22.Rfe1+- keeping the Rf6 from moving to the h-file (22... 22...Rh6?? 23.Nf7+ ) was right.]

21...Rh6 22.Ng5??
[ 22.Rfe1 Rxh7 23.Bxh7+ Kxh7 24.Ng3+/- would've kept a clear plus.]

22...Nd7??
[ Black misses a chance to turn the tables. 22...Bxe2-+ /\23.Qxe2 Qxg5 taking advantage of my overloaded Dame would've won & piece & the game. I actually planned to continue 24.Qxe6+ and forgot/didn't see the h-R was defending e6. In the 8th round last year, Mike Wojcio suffered a similar blindness (Rh3 guarding a Pe3) and lost his Q.]

23.Rfe1
Now White is winning, again.

23...N7f6?
[ This drops the e6P. Black should've played (as H suggested) 23...Qf6 keeping it & the f4-square covered.]

24.Nxe6 Qd6?
[ 24...Qe7 ; 24...Ne4? 25.Qxh6! gxh6 26.Nxd8 Nxf2 27.Kxf2 Rxd8 ]

25.N2f4?!
[ >=25.Nxg7! /\Kxg7 26.Qg5+ ]

25...Nxf4 26.Qxf4 Qxf4 27.Nxf4
Any readers still around? Honestly, I would've stopped examining after 12.Bb1.

27...Rf8 28.Re6 Bb7 29.Bd3 Nd5 30.Rxh6 Nxf4 31.Bc4+ Nd5 32.Rd6 Re8 33.Rd7 Ba8 34.Rc1 Kf8 35.Bxd5 cxd5 36.Rcc7 g5 37.Rh7 Kg8 38.Rhg7+ Kh8 39.Rxg5 Rd8 40.Rf7 Bc6 41.Rf4?!
[ >=41.Rf6 winning the B.]

41...Rd7 42.Rh4+ Rh7 43.Rhg4 Re7 44.Rg8+ Kh7 45.Rc8 Bd7 46.Rh4+ Kg6 47.Rc5 Kg5 48.Rh8 Be6 49.Rxa5 Rb7 50.Re8 Kf5 51.Ra6 Bf7 52.Re5+ Kf4 53.Rf6#
Black checkmated Time left - Moldovan 34:36, Sokolosky 36:18 Estimated time used - Moldovan 24:49, Sokolosky 23:07 Longest think by White - 3:16 for 20.Ng5 Longest think by Black - 2 minutes for 28...Bb7 1-0