(53) Moldovan,John (1800) - Shiffman,Bert (1344) [C00]
Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (9.1), 31.07.2008

#1 of 2 simultaneous games C00 French Defense (or Nimzowitsch Defense)

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 e6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nbd2
Diagram



4...b6?!N
[>=4...d5 5.e5 Nd7 transposing into the Guimard Variation; or 4...d6!? as in our 2006 Checkmate Championship game.]

5.c4 Bb4
Black's setup, a cross between the Two Knights Tango, the Q's Indian and Bogo-Indian, is not recommended.

6.Bd3 0-0
[>=6...Nh5 7.0-0 Nf4 8.Bc2 0-0 ]

7.0-0 Bxd2 8.Bxd2 d6 9.Qc2?!
[>=9.Bc3 ]

9...e5 10.Bc3
[>=10.d5 Ne7 11.Nh4!+/- ]

10...Bg4?
[10...Nd7+/= ]

11.dxe5 Bxf3??
Diagram

[11...Nh5! 12.exd6 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Nf4 14.Kh1 Qxd6 15.Rg1! Ne5 (Not 15...Nxd3?? 16.Rxg7+ Kh8 17.Qxd3!! Qxd3 18.Rg8+ Kxg8 19.Rg1# ; 15...Qxd3 ) 16.Be2 Rad8+/- was best.]

12.exf6!
[Bert must've expected 12.gxf3? dxe5-/+ ]

12...Ne5 13.Bxe5 dxe5 14.fxg7 Re8 15.gxf3
With White a piece & 2Ps ahead, we can skip the rest.

15...Qf6 16.Be2 c5 17.Kh1 Rad8 18.Rad1?! Rd4? 19.Rxd4 exd4 20.Qd2?! h6 21.Rg1 Qh4 22.Rg4 Qxf2? 23.Qxh6 f5 24.Qh8+ Kf7 25.g8Q+ Rxg8 26.Qxg8+ Kf6 27.Rg6+ Ke5 28.Qb8#
Black checkmated Time left - Moldovan 33:24, Shiffman 41:39 Estimated time used - Moldovan 23:56, Shiffman 15:41 1-0