(1) Moldovan,John (1812) - Kernighan,Mark (2207) [A00]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth (6.1), 16.07.2009

G/55 + :05 delay A00 Van't Kruys Opening

1.e3 e5

An at-the-board inspiration. Instead of steering the game into an ...e5 English (which we had discussed twice before) or copying my Ellner Memorial game against Wojcio (2.d4 exd4 3.exd4 d5) I switch colors & make my d4-playing opponent essay the unfamiliar 1.e4 e5.

2...Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4
[3...Bc5 & an Italian Game would've given me more cause for concern; as I was torn between the Giuoco Piano (4.Bc4) & the Hungarian Defense (4.Be2).]

4.a3 Ba5 5.Nf3N
[This varies from the 5.d3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 d5 of Bove - Vocaturo : Bratto 2002 where White continued with the weak, redundant 7.f3?=/+ ]

5...0-0 6.Be2
The Closed Defense [6.d3 Modern Steinitz Defense /\6...d6 7.g3 & more scope for the ls cleric, was a good alternative.]

[Fearing a Marshall Attack ( 6...Re8 7.b4 Bb6 8.0-0 c6 9.d4 & Anti-Marshall preparation, Black sidesteps ahead of time.]

7.d3 Bg4
White has used 2 minutes thus far, Black vs. his foe's 21.

8.0-0 c6 9.Bd2 Re8

(N) This misses Mark's reply. [I should've played 10.h3= /\Bh5 11.Nh2 ; 10.Re1= ; or tried 10.Ng5= (N)]

[Not 10...Nxe4? 11.Nxe4 Bxe2 12.Bxa5 Bxd1 13.Bxd8 Bxc2 14.Bc7+/- Kernighan]

11.Bxc3 Nxe4
Winning a P.

[This loses a piece & the game. 12.dxe4 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 Qxh4 14.Rad1=/+ (Kernighan) was required.]

12...Bxe2-+ 13.Qxe2 Rxe5 14.Nf3 Ng3 15.Qd1 Nxf1 16.Nxe5 dxe5
White resigns Time left - Moldovan 24:47, Kernighan 18:06 Estimated time used - Moldovan 31:34, Kernighan 38:14 Longest think by White - 12 minutes for 11.Bxc3. Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 10...Bxc3! 0-1