(1) jps7 (1653) - Moldovan,John (1913) [E19]
STC World Championship World Chess Live (1), 15.07.2008
[Moldovan, Fritz 8 & HIARCS 11]

jps7 vs. jpmoldovan G/60+30 E19 Queen's Indian Defense

1.d4 e6 2.c4
[A small surprise. I expected 2.Nf3 /\ some QP Game or; 2.e4 & a French; which my opponent also plays (as Black).]

2...Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3
[I could tell you >=4.a3 but it's really a matter of taste.]

[Ian Mangion, who I lead the Kenilworth Summer Tournament with thru 6 rounds, prefers the more complex and topical Exaggerated Fianchetto, Nimzowitsch's 4...Ba6 ]

5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3
[7.Re1 ; 7.Bd2 ; & 7.d5!? (Panov Gambit) are the main alternatives. For the latter, see game 2 of the first (1984-85) Kasparov - Karpov match.]

7...Ne4 8.Qc2
[This is the "Old Main Line" which MCO-13 says "It is difficult for White to get an advantage" with. For comparison, here's a recent fragment with 8.Bd2 (the new main line?) : 8...Bf6 9.Nxe4 (9.Rc1 is supposed to be best.) 9...Bxe4 10.Bc3 d6 11.Qd2 Nd7N 12.b3 Qe7 13.Qb2 a5 14.Rfd1 Rfe8 15.Rd2 c5 16.dxc5 Bxc3 17.Qxc3 Nxc5 18.Rad1 Red8= T. Beauchamp (1623) - Moldovan : Springfield 07/06/2008]

[In his Queen's Indian Defense (Everyman 2002), GM Jacob Aagard writes " 8...f5 is equally good" but 9.Ne5 Nd6[] 10.Bxb7 Nxb7 11.e4 should be +/=.]

9.Qxc3 d6 10.b3
[This varies from the 10.Rd1 Nd7 11.b3 of my 2005 STC World Championship Finals game vs. trajanus; which should've been followed by 11...c5= ]

[10...c5 11.Bb2 Bf6 is more precise.]

11.Bb2 c5 12.e3
[White wants to meet ...cxd4 with exd4 but this weakens f3 and will cost him a tempo if he wants to play P to e4. >=12.Rad1 but I don't buy John Emms' claim (in NCO) that 12...Nd7 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.dxc5 Bxb2 15.c6 Bxc6 16.Qxb2 is +/=. There, too, Black is equal.]

12...Nd7 13.Rad1

[13...Qe7 14.Qc2 d5 15.Rfe1 Rad8 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Bg5 18.f4 Bh6 19.Qf2 dxc4 20.bxc4 Knudsen - Colombo : correspondence, WCCF 1993; 13...Be4 was also possible but I don't need to prevent the following or control the e4 square.]

14.Qc2 Rac8 15.dxc5
[I expected 15.e4 a6 16.d5= ]

Now Black is better.

16.Rfe1 Bxb2 17.Qxb2 Nf6
jps7 disconnected and reconnected seconds later.

This weakens b3. [>=18.Nd2 Bxg2 19.Kxg2=/+ ]

18...a5 19.Qd2
[>=19.Nh4 Rb8 20.Qc2 The "attack" on the "weak" backward d6P sets White further back because after...]


/\ ...d6-d5 ... The Dame doesn't sit well on the d-file, vis-a-vis my R.

20.Qb2 Qb6
(?! HIARCS 11) [>=20...Rb8 ]

[This lets me build a battery on the diagonal to g2 and move White's steed away from the Q-side. 21.Nd2 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 was indicated.]

21...Be4 22.Ra1 Qb7 23.Nh4[]
jps7 offers a draw.

23...Bxg2 24.Nxg2 Rb8 25.Reb1 Rdc8 26.Nf4 a4 27.b4

Black has played very well to this point and built a fine position.

[This was rightly criticized by the post-mortem kibitzers "adamredsox" & "fernbap". 27...Qe4 would've kept a clear plus.]

[Missed this. I had anticipated 28.axb4 Rxc4 which is just-about winning for Black.]

[With the back rank weak, I can't move my Q aside to discover ( 28...Qc6? 29.Qxb8 Rxb8 30.Rxb8+ Ne8+/= ) and hold both a4 & d6.]

29.axb4 Rxc4 30.Rxa4 g5 31.Nd3 Nd5 32.Ra6 Rc3 33.Ne1 Rxb4 34.Rd1
jps7 offers a draw 6:26 after moving.

34...Rbb3 35.Rxd6 Nf6 36.Nf3 Ne4?
[This gives White a much-better game. I should've played 36...g4 37.Ne5 Rb5=/+ ]

37.R6d4 f5

[This Exchange sac came as a complete shock. What was wrong with 38.Rd8+ Kg7 39.R1d7+ Kh6 40.Rh8 Nf6 41.Rf7+/- ?]

38...fxe4 39.Nxg5 Rc2
[>=39...Rb4= ]

40.Nxe4 Rbb2
jpmoldovan offers a draw. [>=40...Rb7+/= ]

[41.Rd7 h5 42.Re7+/- ]

41...Kf7 42.Rd7+ Kg6 43.h4 Kf5 44.Nd6+ Ke5

[44...Kg4 45.Ne4[] discovered checks lose 45...Kf5 46.Rd4 e5 was an option.] jps7 offers a draw.

[White avoids 45.f4+?? Kd5-+ ]

45...Kf6 46.Ng5 h6 47.Ne4+ Ke5 48.Rd4 Kf5 49.Nd6+ Kg6
jpmoldovan offers a draw.

50.Rg4+ Kf6 51.Rf4+ Ke7 52.Nc4 Rb4 53.Na3
jps7 offers a draw.

53...Rc1+ 54.Kg2 Rb3
[54...Rxf4 55.gxf4 Rc5 damaging the enemy Ps, was best.]

55.Nc4 Rb4 56.Ne5 Rxf4
My clock is getting low (6 mins. & change). Time to simplify. jpmoldovan offers a draw.

57.Ng6+ Kf6 58.Nxf4 Rd1
[>=58...e5 59.Nh5+ Kf5= ]

59.g4 e5
[>=59...Rd2 ]

60.Nh5+ Kg6

[He should've played 61.f4+/= ; or 61.Ng3+/= ]

jpmoldovan offers a draw.

[62.Ke4 Rxh4 63.f3 Rh3 64.f4 Rh4 65.f5+ Kf7 66.Kxe5 Rxg4 was no better.]

62...Rg1+ 63.Kf3
jps7 offers a draw (the 9th of the game!)... jpmoldovan accepts. Game drawn by agreement Time left - jps7 67:08, Moldovan 7:20 Time used - jps7 - 24:22, Moldovan 83:40 Longest think by White - 3:54 for 34.Rd1 Longest think by Black - 7:11 for 34...Rbb3?! Avg. time used per move - jps7 23.21 seconds, Moldovan 1:20.96 A hard-fought game. I'm disapointed by the result but at least I didn't lose in 11 moves; as in the 2005 opener. 1/2-1/2