(77) Mangion,Ian (1736) - Moldovan,John (1800) [A02]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, N.J. (13), 28.08.2008
[Moldovan, Fritz 8 & HIARCS 11]

G/55 + :05 delay A02 Bird's Opening (by transposition - 4.f4)

1.b3!?
[1.e4 led to a quick White win (17 moves) on August 7th. Does he have something cooking in the Dutch oven? Let's worry about that another time by opting for...]

1...Nf6
[Re : Dutch lines - 1...e6 2.Bb2 f5!? (>=2...Nf6 as in the game; or 2...c5 ) 3.e4 is somewhat of a problem but 3...Nf6 4.exf5 (4.e5 Ne4 5.d3 Ng5 6.h4 Nf7= ) 4...exf5 5.Bd3 d5! 6.Qe2+ Vajda - Grunberg : Gyula 2000 (6.Qf3 Bc5!= /\7.Bxf5 0-0=/+ ) 6...Kf7! TN 7.Qf3 Qe7+ 8.Ne2 Nc6! 9.Bxf5 Bxf5 10.Qxf5 Re8 looks okay for Black.; >=1...f5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.Bxf6 exf6= ]

2.Bb2
[RR2.e3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e5 4.Bb5 d6 5.Ne2 Bd7 6.d4 Qe7 7.0-0 a6 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.c4= Moldovan - Shiffman : Springfield 06/03/2005]

2...e6 3.e3
[For 3.c4 see my 5th-round game (as Black, vs. Carrelli) from the 2008 Checkmate Championship.]

3...b6 4.f4
[RR4.Qf3 d5 (4...Nc6N /\5.Be2 Bb7 6.Qh3 Nb4 7.Na3 g5!? is interesting.) 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Qxf6 gxf6=/+ J. Meyer (2088) - Sondermann (2171) : Recklinghausen 2001]

4...Bb7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Be2
[If 6.Bd3 then 6...Na6= /\ ...Nc5]

6...c5 7.0-0 0-0
Diagram



8.h3?!N
[>=8.Qe1= ; 8.c4= ; or 8.d3 /\Ng4 9.Qd2= ]

8...Ne4N
[There have been 2 games with 8...d6 ; & 3 (2 by transposition) where the position reached by 8...d5 has occurred.]

9.Qe1
White had to protect against ...Ng3-xe2.

9...Bf6 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.dxc3
Diagram



11...Qc7
[11...d5=/+ was preferable.]

12.g4 Ba6?
[This loses time and the f6-c3 diagonal as neither the trade of light-squared Bs nor the positionally-desireable ...c5-c4 can be achieved. 12...g6= was correct.]

13.g5 Be7?
[13...Bd8!+/= would've given me more flexibility (lateral defenses by the Q or f-rook; perhaps ...Nc6-e7); Not 13...Bxe2?? 14.gxf6! Bxf3 (14...Bxf1?? 15.Qg3 g6 16.Qg5 ) 15.fxg7 Re8 16.Rxf3+- & White's a P ahead.]

14.c4
Now Black's in trouble.

14...f5??
Yikes! What a blunder. [According to HIARCS 11, the best try was 14...d5 15.Qh4 f5 16.Bxg7! Kxg7 17.Qh6+ Kh8 18.Ne5 Nc6 19.Ng6+ Kg8 20.Nxf8 Rxf8+/- ]

15.Qc3+-
Diagram

Of course! How could I miss something so simple?

15...Rf6[]
[Risking a whole R is the only way to fight. Giving the Exchange directly with 15...Rf7? 16.Ne5 Bf8 17.Nxf7 Kxf7 was worse.]

16.Ne5
[16.Rab1 Rg6[] 17.h4 Bf6 18.Qd3 ; & 16.h4 d6 17.gxf6 Bxf6 18.Qd2 Bxb2 19.Rad1 were excellent alternatives.]

16...d6 17.gxf6 Bxf6 18.Qd2?
[>=18.Bf3 Bb7 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.e4!+- ]

18...dxe5 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.fxe5 Nd7!
Diagram

[Not 20...Qxe5?? 21.Bf3 ]

21.Rxf5?!
[>=21.Qd6 Qxd6 22.exd6 although it may not be enough to win.]

21...Nxe5?
[21...Rd8 22.Rf4 Nxe5 was precise.]

22.Rf4?
[>=22.Rd1 exf5 23.Qd5+ Kf8 24.Qxa8+ Bc8 25.Kf2+/- ; 22.Rg5? h6 23.Rg2 Rd8 ]

22...Rd8?
[22...Ng6 23.Rf2 Rd8+/= ]

23.Qe1 Bb7?
[>=23...Ng6+/- ]

24.Qf2?
[Another missed-chance. 24.Qg3 would likely have won & tied for 1st.]

24...Qc6?
Diagram

[24...Ng6 25.Rg4 Rd2+/= ]

25.Bf3??
[25.Qh2!+/- would've kept a clear plus and chances for a tie.]

25...Nxf3+-+
but, not concerned with the victory-margin, I made a draw-offer & Ian accepted. Time left - Mangion 7:42, Moldovan 21:08 Estimated time used - Mangion 49:28, Moldovan 35:57 Longest think by White - 10 minutes for 16.Ne5?! Longest think by Black - 7 minutes for 11...Qc7 1/2-1/2