(1) Moldovan,John (1806) - Kernighan,Mark (2224) [A06]
2nd Irving Ellner Memorial Kenilworth, NJ (3.1), 30.04.2009
A06 Reti Opening
[Clearing e8 & looking to preserve the B pair is best.
(34 gp; 38%); & 9...Be7
(33 gp; 23%) are far more common but less successful.]
[A change from the 2.c4
& loss-resulting Symmetrical English we discussed in February (Checkmate Championship).]
[Options include :
which we've debated 3x (most recently in the 2006 KCC Championship); 3.Nc3!?
Reversed 2Ns Tango; & 3.Bb5+
I do want my lsB on b5 but would rather have it pin a N on c6 than be challenged by the counterpart cleric at d7.]
We are following my 2008 KCC Championship game vs. Ari Minkov where you'll find more extensive opening notes.
[This is my suggested improvement over the aforementioned's 8...Bb5
[Transposing into a Bird's Opening is okay but 9.d3
was more flexible.]
[There have been 4 games with 11.Nd2
; & 1 with 11.a3
Clock check : White has 32 minutes left, Black 20.
[This weakens d3. 14.e4
, with a much simpler, more harmonious position, was a good alternative.; 14.a4
Missed this. Now, having to find an answer for the 15...cxd4 menace & decide where my Rs should go, I start using big chunks of time.
when a2 is defended & Black cannot take advantage of the f4P with 16...cxd4
because White would have 17.cxd5=
[Rybka 2.3 likes 17.cxd5
planned by both players 19.b4!+/=
Rybka 2.3 19...cxb4??
winning Black's Q or mating. - Kernighan]
[This threatens mate but turns out badly. 19.Bxd4=
); nor 19...Bxa3??
Now this works.
Stopping 24.Qc7+ Ka8 25.Qc8+ Rxc8 26.Rxc8# & consolidating the P advantage.
The Dame should stay in touch with c7. 25.Kh1
[Trading Qs makes Black's conversion task rather easy. 25.Nf3
would've offered more resistance.]
threatening to fork my N & K with 27...Re2+.]
would have been a much better try.]
Resigns was best.
An excellent performance by my opponent who made just 1 mistake (26...Bf7?!) throughout.
Time left - Moldovan 0:19, Kernighan 0:10
Estimated time used - Moldovan 43:46, Kernighan 43:55
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 16.Rac1
Longest think by Black - 6 minutes for 9...0-0-0