(1) Moldovan,John (1811) - Kernighan,Mark (2217) [A34]
5th Checkmate Championship Springfield, NJ (3.1), 01.02.2009
[Moldovan,John]

G/40+5 A34 English Opening Symmetrical Defense

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4
[5.d4 /\e6 , & a Semi-Tarrasch QG, was safer.]

5...Nb4 6.Bc4 Nd3+ 7.Ke2 Nxc1+
[7...Nf4+ 8.Kf1 Ne6 9.b4!? cxb4 10.Nd5 is the main line but, not surprisingly, my opponent grabs the B pair & controls d4.]

8.Rxc1 Nc6 9.Qb3?!
[>=9.Bb5!+/= /\Bd7 10.d4 was best.]

9...e6
Diagram



10.a3?N
[10.Bb5= was still indicated but I could not convince myself that giving up another minor exchange was right.]

10...Be7
>= ...a6, here or next.

11.Rhd1
[>=11.Kf1 ]

11...0-0 12.d4?
[12.Kf1=/+ ]

12...Nxd4+ 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.Nb5 e5 15.Nc7 Rb8 16.Nd5 Bg5 17.Rc2 b5 18.f3??
[18.Bd3-/+ ]

18...bxc4!-+ 19.Qxb8 d3+ 20.Kf2
Resigns was best.

20...dxc2 21.Re1 c1Q 22.Qxe5 Qc2+
[22...Qxe1+ would've sufficed.]

23.Re2 Qb3 24.f4 Bf6 25.Qh5 Bd4+
I didn't prepare, played terribly and was duly punished. 0-1