(3) Moldovan,John (1806) - Wojcio,Mike (1613) [C01]
2nd Irving Ellner Memorial Kenilworth, NJ (2.3), 23.04.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]

G/40 + :05 delay C01 French Defense Exchange Variation

1.e3
Mike answered this with laughter, a draw-offer &...

1...e5
[... which stops me from playing my intended Bird's Opening, leads to a Reversed French/Exchange French & varies from the 1...c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nb8?! of a 5-minute game we played in April 2006 (same colors, of course).]

2.d4!?
[This is suitable for blitz & skittles but not tournament, match or correspondence play. >=2.c4 & an English Opening. For examples, see my games against Sherry (2006 Checkmate Qualifier) & Minkov (2007 KST).]

2...exd4
[2...e4 3.c4 c5!? ; & 2...Nc6 3.d5 Nce7 4.c4 Ng6 would've made more interesting, asymmetrical positions.]

3.exd4 d5 4.Nf3
[RR4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bg5 h6 (8...b6 9.Nbd2 Be7?! 10.Re1 Bg4?! Moldovan - Mann : Springfield 05/14/2000 11.h3+/= ) 9.Bh4 Re8 10.Nbd2 Bg4 11.Qc2 Be7= 12.Rfe1 Qd6?!N 13.Ne5+/= Moldovan - Mann : G/5 Tourney, Kenilworth 05/08/2008]

4...Nf6 5.Bd3 Bd6
[RR5...c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Re1+ Be6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bg5 h6N 11.Bh4 g5 12.Bg3 Moldovan - Goeller : G/5, Kenilworth 11/15/2007 12...Ne4!= /\13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Qxd8+ Rxd8 15.Rxe4 Rd1+ 16.Re1 Rxe1+ 17.Nxe1 0-0! 18.Nd2 Rd8=/+ ]

6.0-0 0-0 7.Bg5
[7.Nc3 /\ Bg5 is probably more accurate.]

7...h6 8.Bh4 g5
Diagram

Can Black can get away with this?

9.Bg3 Nc6 10.c3 Be6N
[10...Bg4 11.Nbd2 Ne7?! 12.Qc2 Nh5 13.Rae1 Qd7 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.Rxe5 f6 16.Ree1+/= was played in Metger - Blackburne : Frankfurt 1887.]

11.Re1 Qd7?!
[11...Bxg3 12.hxg3 Ng4 would've maintained the balance & affirmatively answered the question posed at move 8. Now White gets an advantage.]

12.Ne5 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Nh7
[>=13...Ne8+/= ]

14.Qh5?!
[>=14.Qc2 my original thought 14...f5 (or 14...f6 Everything else loses.) 15.exf6 Nxf6 16.Nd2+/- ]

14...Kg7
Threatening 15...Bg4 -+. Thus, I answer...

15.h3 Ne7
[>=15...Bf5 ]

16.f4?
[This tries to punish Black for moving his g-P but ignores development, weakens g3 & loses the upper-hand. 16.Na3+/= /\Bf5 17.Rad1 was more rational.]

16...Bf5 17.Bxf5
I didn't see any point in retreating to f1.

17...Qxf5 18.fxg5
[>=18.Na3 ]

18...Nxg5 19.Rf1
[>=19.Nd2 ]

19...Qg6
Diagram



20.Qh4?
[A big mistake. I should've played 20.Qg4!?=/+ covering f5; or, better still, settled for 20.Qxg6+ fxg6 21.Na3= ]

20...Nf5 21.Qg4??
[This should've lost. 21.Rxf5[] Qf4 loses to 21...Nxh3+! 21...Qxf5 22.Nd2-/+ was required.]

21...Nxg3??
[Somehow, we missed 21...Ne3-+ even in the post-mortem!]

22.Qxg3 Ne4 23.Qf4!
[23.Qxg6+ fxg6 24.Rd1 ]

23...Qg5
[>=23...Qb6+ 24.Kh2 Rae8! (rather than 24...Qxb2 25.Qg4+[] Kh8 (25...Ng5? 26.h4 Qxa1 27.hxg5+/- ) 26.Qf4 ) 25.Nd2 Nxd2 26.Qxd2 Rxe5 ]

24.Na3 Qxf4 25.Rxf4 c6
[>=25...Rae8 26.Nb5 c6 27.Nd6 Rxe5 28.Re1 ]

26.Nc2
[>=26.Nc4!= /\dxc4? 27.Rxe4+/= ]

26...Rae8 27.Ne3?
[27.Rf5 f6 28.exf6+ Kg6 29.Rf3 Rxf6 30.Re3 ]

27...Rxe5 28.Nf5+ Kh7 29.Raf1
Diagram



29...Rxf5?
[Apparently attempting to trade down, Black forgets that his f7 is insufficiently covered & captures there are with check. 29...h5-/+ was best.]

30.Rxf5 Ng3??
[Having said 'A', he follows through with 'B' & falls in very short order. 30...f6+/- would have given chances to resist; due to the strongly posted N & a 20-minute clock lead.]

31.Rxf7+ Rxf7 32.Rxf7+ Kg6 33.Rxb7
Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 8:12, Wojcio 28:40 Estimated time used - Moldovan 34:33, Wojcio 14:05 Longest thinks by White - 6 minutes for 14.Qh5?! & 21.Qh4? Longest think by Black - 2 minutes for 18...Nxg5 A very lucky & undeserved win. Had my opponent not played as if the time control was G/15, the result would certainly have been 0-1; not... 1-0