(70) Shiffman,Bert (1344) - Moldovan,John (1800) [A85]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (12.1), 21.08.2008
[Moldovan]

G/55 + :05 delay A85 Dutch Defense

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5!?
I haven't played this move-order in 2 and a half years but why fight success?? Since last summer, my Dutch results (5-1-2, in tournaments) have been much better than my Nimzo/QI/Bogo numbers (2-3-1).

3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.Bg5 0-0 6.Qc2
[RR6.Qb3 a5 7.a3 (7.0-0-0N Qe8 8.e3 Bxc3 9.Qxc3 Ne4 10.Qc2 Nxg5 11.Nxg5= Caminero - Moldovan : Springfield 2001) 7...Bxc3+ (7...a4 /\8.Qxb4? Nc6=/+ , winning the enemy Q, may be better.) 8.Qxc3 Qe8N 9.Bf4 d6 10.e3 Nbd7 11.b4 axb4 12.axb4 Rxa1+ 13.Qxa1= Kernighan - Moldovan : G/5 + :05 delay, Springfield 01/08/2006]

6...b6 7.e3 Bb7 8.0-0-0
[RR8.Bd3 d6 9.0-0-0 Bxc3 10.Qxc3 Nbd7 11.d5 exd5 12.Bxf5 Qe8 13.Bxd7 Nxd7 14.cxd5 Nc5 15.Rd4 c6 16.dxc6 Bxc6=/+ Ippolito (2205) - Shabalov : U.S. Open, Alexandria 1996 /\17.Rxd6?? Be4-+ ]

8...Bxc3N
[This varies from the 8...d6 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Qxc3 Ne4 11.Bxd8 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Rxd8 13.Ng5 Re8 14.f3 h6 15.Nh3 Nd7 16.Bd3 Nf6 17.Nf2 Rad8 18.Rhe1= 1/2-1/2 of Beloshapkin - Puraev : Tomsk 2006]

9.Qxc3 Ne4
Diagram

[9...Qe8 10.Bxf6 Rxf6 was a good alternative.]

10.Qc2??
[This drops a piece and the game. 10.Bxd8[] Nxc3 11.bxc3 (Fritz 8 claims the Exchange sac 11.Bxc7 Nxd1 12.Kxd1[] is +/= but I don't buy it & neither does HIARCS 11.) 11...Rxd8= was indicated.]

10...Nxg5-+ 11.Nxg5 Qxg5
Let's skip the rest & go to the next game. There Bert puts up a better struggle.

12.f4 Qf6 13.Qc3 d6 14.Qb3 Nd7 15.d5 Nc5 16.Qc2 Rae8 17.Be2 exd5 18.Bf3 dxc4 19.Bxb7 Nxb7 20.Qxc4+ Qf7 21.Qxf7+ Rxf7 22.Rhe1 Rfe7 23.b4 Rxe3 24.Rxe3 Rxe3 25.Rd2 Re4 26.a3 Rxf4 27.Rc2 c5 28.g3 Rd4 29.Kb2 Kf7 30.Kc3 Nd8 31.b5 d5 32.Kb2 Ne6 33.Rf2 Kf6 34.h4 Nc7 35.Rf3 Nxb5 36.Re3 Re4
White resigns Time left - Shiffman 28:10, Moldovan 40:36 Estimated time used - Shiffman 34:55, Moldovan 22:24 Longest think by White - 3 minutes for 33.h4 Longest think by Black - 2 minutes at moves 8 & 16. 0-1