(2) Sherry,Bob (1812)  Moldovan,John (1811) [B28]
5th Checkmate Championship Springfield, NJ (2.2), 25.01.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]
G/40+5
B28 Sicilian Defense
O'Kelly Variation
1.e4
c5
2.Nf3
a6
[I haven't covered this in a while so there'll be many quotes along the way. I'm sure Bob was expecting 2...e6
as in game 1 of our October 2008 match.]
3.d4
[RR3.Nc3
e6
4.Bc4
Nc6
5.b3
(5.d4
cxd4
6.Nxd4
Qc7
B47 Taimanov 7.00
Nf6
8.Re1
Mann  Moldovan : G/25+5, Springfield 06/01/2008 8...Nxd4
(or 8...Bd6=
) 9.Qxd4
Bc5=
) 5...Qc7N
6.Bb2
Nf6
7.a4
Be7
8.Qe2
Nd4
9.Nxd4
cxd4
10.Na2
DMAN6995  Moldovan : G/9, Pogo 03/08/2006 10...Qe5=
; For 3.g3
see my 2006 KST loss to Ed Selling, which also noted 3.c3 & 3.c4.]
3...cxd4
4.Nxd4
[RR4.Qxd4
Nc6
5.Qa4+/=
e6
6.Bd3
Qc7N
7.00
Nf6
8.h3
acaestamos  Moldovan : G/20, Chess Any Time 08/03/2006 8...Bc5=
]
4...Nf6
5.Nc3
e5
6.Nb3
[This varies from the 6.Nf3
Bb4
7.Bd2
of our 2006 championship contest. (7.Nxe5
Qe7
8.Nc4
Nxe4
9.Qe2[]
Nc6
10.Bd2
Bxc3
11.Bxc3
00=
Zieher  Tatenhorst : Hamburg 1991; & 7.Bg5
d6
8.Bc4
00N
9.00
Bxc3
10.bxc3
Qc7!?
(>=10...h6
11.Bxf6
Qxf6=
) 11.Qe2
(>=11.Bxf6
Qxc4
12.Be7
Re8
13.Qxd6
Qxe4
14.Nxe5
Be6©
) 11...Nbd7=
12.Rfd1?
h6
13.Bh4
b5
14.Bb3
Bb7=/+
Sean (or Shawn) X.  Moldovan : G/15, Springfield 06/01/2008 are also worth mentioning.) ; An other option is 6.Nf5
d5
7.Qf3
d4
8.Nd5
Nxd5
9.exd5
Bxf5
10.Qxf5
Qxd5
11.Qc8+
Ke7
(11...Qd8
12.Qxb7
Nd7=
Wilsbeck  Flaten : Oslo 1994) 12.Bd2©
]
6...Bb4
Diagram

7.Bd2
[RR7.Bg5
Nc6
8.Be2
h6
9.Bxf6
Qxf6
10.00
Bxc3
11.bxc3
d6N
12.Bg4
Bxg4
13.Qxg4
00
14.Rad1
Rad8
15.a4
Qe7
16.Rd5
Qc7
17.Rfd1
Ne7
18.R5d3
f5
19.exf5
Nxf5
20.Qb4
Rf6=
Ian, the bailbondsman  Moldovan : G/5, Springfield 07/30/2006; 7.Bd3
d6
(>=7...d5
) 8.Bd2
Nbd7
(>=8...Bg4!
9.f3
Be6=
) 9.00
Nc5
10.Nxc5
Bxc5N
11.Bg5
Be6
12.Be2
(>=12.Nd5
Bxd5
13.exd5+/=
) 12...h6
13.Bxf6
Qxf6
14.Nd5
Bxd5
15.Qxd5
00
16.Qxb7
Demetrick  Moldovan : G/5, Kenilworth 09/27/2007 16...Rab8
17.Qxa6
Rxb2©
; 7.Qd3
d5
8.exd5
Nxd5
9.Bd2
Be6
10.000N
Mann  Moldovan : quick skittles game, Kenilworth 08/14/2008 10...Bxc3
11.Bxc3
Qc7
12.Bd2
00=
]
7...00
[Rybka says 7...d5!?N
; & 7...Bxc3N
8.Bxc3
Nxe4!?
are = but getting get my K safe & protecting my Bb4 were priorities.]
8.f3
[For 8.Qf3
see my 2006 KST loss to Devin Camenares, where you'll also find analysis of the the aforementioned 7...d5.]
8...Nc6
9.a3?
[This gives me the initiative and allows ...d5. 9.Nd5=
would have maintained equality.]
9...Bxc3
10.Bxc3
d5
11.Bd3N
White offers a draw. [11.exd5
Nxd5
12.Qd2
(12.Bd2
Bf5
13.Be2
Qb6
14.Ba5
Nxa5
15.Qxd5
Nxb3
16.Qxb3
Qxb3
17.cxb3
Rac8/+
Nobe  Van Noort : Utrecht 2001) 12...Nxc3
13.Qxc3
e4
14.Be2
Qg5
15.g3
exf3
16.Qxf3
Bf5/+
Van Landeghem  Jatautis : Istanbul 1998]
11...dxe4?!
[>=11...Be6=/+
overprotecting d5 in preparation for ...Qb6.; An immediate 11...Qb6
would've permitted 12.exd5
Nxd5
13.Bxh7+
Kxh7
14.Qxd5+/=
]
12.fxe4?
Diagram [12.Bxe4
Nxe4
13.Qxd8
Rxd8
14.fxe4©
was right. Now Black wins a P.]
12...Nxe4!
13.Qh5
[Of course, if 13.Bxe4
then 13...Qh4+
14.K moves Qxe4.]
13...g6
14.Qh6
Nxc3
15.bxc3
Qf6
[15...e4
was best.]
16.Rf1
[>=16.Nc5/+
]
16...Qg7?
[16...Qe7+
]
17.Qe3
Diagram [17.Qxg7+
Kxg7
18.Be4
was an alternative & certainly better than what follows.]
17...e4
18.Bc4?
[>=18.Bxe4
Re8
19.000/+
]
18...Ne5+
19.Qxe4?
[19.Bd5
Ng4
20.Qg3
Nf6
21.000
Nxd5
22.Rxd5
Be6
23.Rd6
]
19...Bf5
20.Qe2?
[>=20.Qd4
]
20...Nxc4?
[20...Rae8!
]
21.Qxc4
Rfe8+
22.Kf2
Rac8
23.Qd4
Rxc3
24.Qxg7+
Kxg7
25.Nd4
Bxc2
26.Nxc2?
[26.Rfc1
Rec8
27.a4
]
26...Rxc2+
27.Kf3
Ree2
28.Rg1
Ra2
29.Rab1
b5
30.Rb3
f5
31.Rc3
Rf2+
32.Kg3
f4+
33.Kh3
Kh6?!
[>=33...h5
]
34.Rd3
Kh5
35.Rd5+
g5
36.g4+
fxg3?!
[>=36...Kg6
37.Rd6+
Kf7
38.Rd7+
Ke6
39.Re1+
Kxd7
40.Rd1+
Kc7
41.Rc1+
Kb6
42.Rc6+
Kxc6
43.a4
Rxh2#
]
37.Kxg3
Rfc2
38.Rd3
Rxh2
39.Re1
Rag2+
40.Kf3
Rh3+
41.Kxg2
Rxd3
Diagram Clock check : Black has 3:54 remaining. White has 16+ minutes.
42.a4
b4
[>=42...bxa4
43.Re6
a3
44.Rxa6
g4
]
43.Re6
b3?
[The first of several timepressure errors that make Black's conversion unnecessarily problematic. >=43...a5
]
44.Rxa6
b2?
[44...Kg4
/\ 45...Rd2+, 46...b2, ...Rd1 & ...b1Q was still an easy win.
Since this is a long game & there are others to annotate, I'm going to skip most of the rest & let the readers tack additional "?s" where they please. ]
45.Rb6
Rd2+
46.Kg3
Rd3+
47.Kg2
Ra3
48.Rxb2
Rxa4
49.Rb8
Kg4
50.Rb1
h5
51.Rb8
Ra2+
52.Kg1
Kg3
53.Rb3+
Kh4
54.Rb1
g4
55.Kh1
g3
56.Rb4+
Kh3
57.Rb1
Rd2
58.Ra1
Rd3
59.Rb1
Kg4
60.Kg2
Rd4
Diagram
61.Ra1
[61.Rd1!
/\Rxd1??
stalemate was worth a try.]
61...h4
62.Kg1
h3
63.Rb1
Rf4
64.Ra1
Re4
65.Rb1
Kf3
66.Rf1+
Ke2
67.Ra1
Rd4
68.Ra2+
Rd2
69.Ra1
Rd1+
70.Rxd1
Kxd1
71.Kh1
Ke1
72.Kg1
Ke2
73.Kh1
Ke1
74.Kg1
g2
75.Kh2
Kf2
76.Kxh3
g1Q
White resigns
Time left  Sherry 12:56, Moldovan 0:42
Estimated time used  Sherry 33:24, Moldovan 44:38
Avg. per move  Sherry 0:26.37, Moldovan 0:35.24
Longest think by White  2 minutes (6 times)
Longest think by Black  6 minutes for 18...Ne5
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