(1) Mann,Ted (1476) - Kernighan,Mark (2210) [A07]
2nd Irving Ellner Memorial Kenilworth, NJ (1.1), 16.04.2009
[Rybka 2.3 + opening color by Moldovan]

A07 Reti Opening Reversed Pirc

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Nc6
[Last week, in a Garden State League game against fellow Master Peter Radomskyj, Mark chose 3...e6 For that game, see post #480.]

[4.d4 denying ...e5 /\4...Bf5 5.c4 , with Catalan/Tchigorin hybrid, can't be bad.]

4...e5 5.d3
[5.d4 /\e4 6.Ne5 should also be playable.]

[Stopping Bg5 & preparing ...Be6 seems a little slow. Maybe 5...Be7 /\6.Nc3 d4 (6...0-0 7.e4 d4 8.Ne2 looks fine for White) 7.Nb1 0-0 is Black's best.; RR5...Bc5 can be met by 6.Nxe5! , the old fork-trick.]

[11 other moves have been tried but, among them, 6.Nc3 ; & 6.a3!? are the only reasonable alternatives.]

[>=6...dxc4 7.Qa4 Bd6 8.Qxc4 Be6 ; or 6...d4 Reversed Schmid Benoni]

[There have been 7 games with 7.cxd5 ; & 3 with 7.Nbd2 ; 7.Qa4N Qd7 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nb5= is another line to consider.]

7...Rb8 8.Nc3?!
[This gives Black an advantage. Rybka wanted 8.Qa4= getting the Q away from the Be6.]


[This loses/sacs a piece for little compensation. >=9.Nb1=/+ ]

9...b5 10.Qc2 bxa4 11.Qxa4 Bd7 12.Nd2
[>=12.a3-/+ ]

12...Rb4 13.Qc2 Ne7?
[13...Rb6 14.c5 Nb4-+ ]

14.a3 Rb8 15.b4 g5
[>=15...Ng6 ]

16.Nf3 Ng6 17.e3 dxe3?!
[17...g4-/+ ]

18.Bxe3 a6
[>=18...c5! 19.bxc5 Ng4 ]

19.Rfe1 Be7 20.Bd2 0-0 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 22.Rxe5

White has gained a 2nd P for the N.

22...Ng4 23.Re2
[>=23.Ra5=/+ ]

23...Bf5 24.Be4 Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Nf6
[>=25...f5 26.Re2 Bf6-/+ ]

26.Re5 Nd7
[>=26...Qd7 ]

[>=27.Re2 ]

27...Rb6 28.c5?
[28.d4 Bf6 29.Be3=/+ ]

28...Re6 29.d4?
[29.Bc3-/+ ]

[29...Nb8-+ ]

30.Qc4 Nb8 31.Be3 c6 32.Rd1 Re4

[33.Kg2-/+ ]

33...Rfe8-+ 34.Rd3
[>=34.Qc3 ]

34...Be5 35.Rxa6?
[>=35.Rd2 ]

35...Nxa6 36.Qxa6 Bxd4 37.Bxd4?
[>=37.Qxc6 ]

37...Rxd4 38.Rf3? Qd5 39.Kg2? Rxb4?!
[Considering his remaining time (just 13 seconds), Kernighan thought this move deserved a full "?". >=39...g4 ]

40.Qa7? Rb3
& facing the loss of a 2nd R, White capitulated. 0-1