(65) Burmett,Wayne (1499) - Moldovan,John (1800) [A85]
Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (11), 14.08.2008
[Moldovan & HIARCS 11]

G/55 + :05 delay A85 Dutch Defense

1.d4 e6 2.c4
Knowing that my opponent reached a winning position against Ian Mangion's Nimzo-Indian in round 5 (with the Saemisch Variation) and not wanting a QGD, I opt for Keres'...

and after...

... decide to go Dutch for the 5th time in the event!

3...f5 4.Nf3
[4.e4!? fxe4 5.Qg4 (5.Qh5+?! g6 6.Qe5 Nf6 7.Bg5 0-0=/+ ) 5...Nf6 6.Qxg7 Rg8 7.Qh6 Szabo - Grob : Vienna 1947 7...Nc6~~ Diagram

would've been akin to the 4.Qg4 Winawer French and very interesting!]

4...Nf6 5.a3
This is unncesssary as Black will usually relent with ...Bxc3 at some point. [At the Super-GM level, 5.Qb3 is, by far, the most popular choice. The text isn't mentioned in Williams' Dutch book, MCO-13 or NCO.]

5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 0-0
[RR6...b6 7.e3 Bb7 8.Be2 Nc6 9.a4 0-0 10.Ba3 d6 11.Rb1 Ne4 12.Qc2 Na5 13.Bb4 Nc6 14.0-0 a5 15.Ba3 Ba6 16.Nd2 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Ne7 18.Bd3 Ng6 19.Rfe1 Nh4 20.e4 f4 21.f3 Qg5= Em. Lasker - Tennison : simul, USA 1893; 6...Ne4 7.Qc2 d6 , /\ controlling the c5 square, could've been met by 8.g4! ]

[RR7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 (8.Bd2N b6 9.e3 Bb7 10.Be2 d6 11.0-0 c5 12.Qc2 Ne4 13.Be1 Nc6 14.Rd1 Qe7=/+ espiri4567 - Moldovan : G/15+5, Yahoo 07/23/2004; 8.Bf4N b6 9.h3 Bb7 10.e3 d6 11.a4 Nbd7 crosales - Moldovan : FICS G/15 Championship, Qualifier #7, 02/18/2005; 8.Bh4? g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 d6 + ...Nbd7 =/+) 8...Qxf6 9.e3 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.0-0 d6 12.Re1 Pecnik - Suskovic : Zagreb 1996 12...c5= ; 7.c5!? /\ avoiding problems arising from ...c5, ...Nc6-a5 and ...Ba6. 7...b6 8.cxb6 axb6 9.g3 Bb7 10.Bg2 Qe7 11.0-0 d6 12.Re1 Nbd7 13.Qb3 Kh8 14.a4 Rfb8 15.Bg5 Be4 16.Nd2 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 h6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.e4 e5 20.Qb5 Qf7 21.f3 Rf8 22.Rf1 Qe7= Sivaji - Seiter : Zuerich 1997]

7...b6 8.Be2
[This is too timid. >=8.Bd3 ]

8...Bb7 9.0-0 Ne4 10.Qc2

[There have been 9 games with 10...d6 (recommended by NM Scott Massey in the post-portem); 8 with 10...c5 ; 2 with 10...Nc6 ; & 1 with 10...Rf6 . 16 of the 20 began as Nimzo-Indians.]

11.Nd2 Nxd2 12.Bxd2 c5 13.f3 Nc6
This hits d4 & delays the planned 14.e4. Black must be better now (my engines say =) because, compared to the Saemisch Nimzo : - White's e-pawn & Bs are passively-placed. Pe4, Bd3 + Be3/Bg5 is optimal. - Black has ...f5 in & no f4-f5 to worry about. He also has the only Knight. That means that barring any tactical defense, the 1st player will have to (if he can) use his Q to cover the c4 sore spot.


[After this, White will have problems at d5, c4 & e2. 14.Bd3 ; 14.Be1 ; 14.Rad1 (best?); or 14.Rac1 would've been more reasonable.]

14...Na5=/+ 15.Bd3?
[>=15.Rae1 Burmett 15...exd5 16.cxd5 Moldovan 16...c4 Massey 17.e4 Qxa3 HIARCS; or 15.e4 exd5 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.c4 NM Mark Kernighan (17.exd5 Qxe2-/+ ) 17...Be6! HIARCS 18.Bxa5 bxa5 ]

15...Ba6 16.Rae1
[White must lose a P. If 16.Qa2?? (or Qa4) then 16...exd5-+ exploiting the pinned c4P and unprotected Bd3.]

16...Bxc4 17.Bc1?
[Why give up a 2nd P? >=17.e4-/+ ]

Now Black is winning.

[18.c4 was a better try.]

18...fxe4 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.Rxe4 d5 21.Rg4 Qf6 22.Bg5 Qf5 23.Qf2?
[>=23.Qe2 avoiding the next note.]

[>=23...Qxg4! 24.fxg4 Rxf2 25.Rxf2 Rf8 trading down.]


White pieces are aggressively posted but there are no real weaknesses in Black's camp.

[This liberates my h-pawn. 24...Rf7 over-protecting g7 & preparing to triple on the f-file, was good, too.]

[>=25.Re1 , bringing another piece into play.]

25...Qg6 26.Rxf8+
[I expected 26.Rg4 Qf5 27.Rf4 Qd3 White should be keeping material on, despite his time-pressure.]

26...Rxf8 27.Re1
[This allows a Q swap but moving the Dame would've dropped a 3rd P ( 27.Qh4 Nxa3 ).]

27...h6 28.Bf4
[28.Be7? Qxg3 29.hxg3 Re8 30.Rxe6 Moldovan (or 30.Bh4 g5 Kernighan) 30...Kg8 Massey and the B is trapped.]

28...Qxg3 29.hxg3
Resigns was an option. The rest is just a formality.

29...Re8 30.a4 Kg8 31.Kf2 Kf7 32.Be5 Nxe5 33.Rxe5 Ke7 34.Ke3 Kd6 35.f4 a6 36.g4 b5 37.c4?
[37.axb5 axb5 was bad enough.]

White time-forfeits Time left - Burmett 0:00, Moldovan 15:07 Estimated time used - Burmett 58:10, Moldovan 42:58 Longest think by White - 6 minutes at turns 5 & 11. Longest think by Black - 4 minutes at turns 20 & 24. 0-1