(3) Mangion,Ian (1836) - Moldovan,John (1812) [B15]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (2.2), 18.06.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]

G/55+5 B15 Caro-Kann Defense Tartakower Variation

1.e4


1...c6
Played after a 15 or 20 second pause. I didn't expect to face Ian until mid or late August and had yet to prepare for him.

2.d4 d5
[2...g6 is more flexible.]

3.Nd2!
[3.Nc3 would've allowed a Gurgenidze. Now I'll be stuck with a 2nd-tier opening that I've never tourney-tested.]

3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6
[I've had a lot of success with this in skittles (+8-1=1 coming in) but 4...g6!? /\5.Nf3 , joining our G/15 from Feb. 27th, was an option. For the record, the aforementioned continued 5...Bg7 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Nxf6+ Bxf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bb3 a5 10.c3 Bf5 11.Bg5 (>=11.Bh6+/= ) 11...Nd7 12.Bxf6 Nxf6= ]

5.Nxf6+
[5.Ng3 ; & 5.Ng5 are lesser alternatives.]

5...exf6!?
Diagram

[Having recently published a game with 5...gxf6 I thought varying was a good idea.]

6.c3
[Best. 6.Bc4 ; & 6.Nf3 pose Black fewer problems.]

6...Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 Re8 9.0-0
[9.Qc2 g6 10.h4 Nd7 11.h5 Nf8 12.Bh6 is the main line.]

9...Qc7
[This is agressive but inaccurate. >=9...Nd7! /\10.Qc2 Nf8 as recommended by GM Peter Lukacs in MegaBase 2008. Neither of my CK books cover that continuation but Rybka says it's =.]

10.Ng3 g6
[RR10...Be6 11.f4 c5 12.d5 Bd7 (12...c4!? 13.Bxh7+ (13.dxe6 cxd3 14.exf7+ Volzhin 14...Qxf7= ) 13...Kxh7 14.dxe6 Rxe6+/= appears to improve.) 13.c4 Na6 14.Qf3+/= Khalifman - Seirawan : Wijk aan Zee 1991]

11.Qc2
Diagram

[>=11.Ne4 Be7 (11...Rxe4?! 12.Bxe4 Bxh2+ 13.Kh1 Bd6 (which I considered) 14.Re1 Jaracz - Heinis : Groningen 1997) 12.Re1 (12.Qf3 Qd8+/= ) 12...Be6 13.Qf3 Nd7 14.Bf4 Qb6 15.b3+/= Dultreeuw - Saltaev : Germany 2003 & Godena - Dittmar : Aosta 2004]

11...Kg7?!N
[There have been 3 games with the better 11...Be6 ; & 1 with 11...Nd7 ; But, Rybka's 11...f5! may be best of all.]

12.b3
[White wants to avoid a trade of ds Bs but 12.Qd2!+/= (Rybka again) /\ Qh6+ is the only move that yields an edge.]

12...Bf4
[>=12...h5= ]

13.Bb2
[>=13.Bxf4 Qxf4 14.Rfe1 Be6 15.Re4 Qc7 16.Rae1 Nd7+/= ]

13...h5 14.Rfe1 Rxe1+
[>=14...Be6= ]

15.Rxe1 h4 16.Nf1 Be6??
Diagram

[16...Na6+/= /\17.Bxa6 bxa6 was right.]

17.Bxg6!
[I only looked at the backward 17.Rxe6? fxe6 18.Bxg6 Nd7= ]

17...Bxb3
What else?

18.axb3?!
[>=18.Qxb3 fxg6 19.Ba3+- threat : Re7+]

18...fxg6 19.Qe4
[>=19.Ba3 ]

19...Bd6[]
Gotta give-up the h4P.

20.Qxh4 Nd7?
[20...Qf7+/- was right.]

21.Ng3+- Rh8 22.Qg4 Bxg3?
[This loses in a hurry. 22...Nf8 was a much better try.]

23.Re7+ Kf8 24.Qe6 Bxh2+ 25.Kf1 Ne5 26.Qxf6+
Another bad effort with Black; which is a bad omen since I could have that color in 90% of my games. 1-0