(1) Sherry,Bob (1812) - Moldovan,John (1812) [C25]
Checkmate Knockout Springfield, NJ (4), 31.05.2009
[Moldovan, John]

G/40+5 C25 Vienna Game Hamppe-Allgaier Gambit (6.Ng5)

1.e4 e5!?
An extremely rare reply for me. In fact, my only other tournament try with it was against Ed Selling in the 2006 KST.

[I half-expected 2.Nf3 /\Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4!? , the Scots' Gambit.]

2...Nc6 3.f4?!
or perhaps just "?". [>=3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3= as in one of our many other games. We've now played 104!; 3.g3 ; or 3.Nf3 Three Knights' Game]

3...exf4 4.Nf3
[RR4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 Steinitz Gambit]


[RR5.d4 g4 6.Bc4 Pierce Gambit 6...gxf3 7.Qxf3 Qh4+ 8.g3[] Nxd4 9.Qf2 Qf6-/+ ; Maybe 5.h3 suggested by Rybka 5...Bg7 6.d4=/+ is White's best.]

5...g4 6.Ng5
[6.Ng1=/+ isn't recommended anywhere but it seems like a reasonable alternative to the steed-sac.]

[RR6...d6 ! Renet 7.d4 h6 8.Nxf7 Kxf7 9.Bc4+ Kg7 10.Bxf4 Be7 11.Qd2 Bf6 12.Ne2 Qe8 13.0-0 Bxh4-/+ Forster - Almasi : Horgen 1995]

7.Nxf7[] Kxf7 8.Qxg4
? Blatny [This line lets Black develop 2 pieces with tempo. >=8.Bc4+ ! Nunn; or 8.d4 as in Corzo - Capablanca : m/8, Havana 1901 (0-1, 26) which, now that I think of it, Bob presented to his students a few years back.]

8...Nf6 9.Qxf4 Bd6-/+ 10.Bc4+?! Kg7

[11.Qf1? Rf8-+ 12.Rh3 Ng4 13.Qg1 Be5 14.Nd5 Nd4 15.c3 Nc2+ 16.Kd1 Nxa1 17.d4 d6 18.Rf3 Bh2 19.Qf1 b5 20.Bxb5 Be6 21.Ne3 Nxe3+ 0-1 Kalisch - Hazai : Gold Coast 1999]

[>=11...Rf8-+ Rybka]

12.d3-/+ d6 13.Be3?
/\ d4 but White doesn't have time for it.

13...Rf8-+ 14.Qe2?

[14.0-0 was a better attempt. Now I get an overwhelming attack :]

14...Bg4 15.Qd2 Bg3+ 16.Bf2 Bxf2+ 17.Qxf2 Nxe4 18.Qg1 Nxc3 19.bxc3 Qe7+ 20.Kd2 Qe2+ 21.Kc1 Rf2 22.Bb3 Na5
& White resigns because 23.Ba4 b5! will cost him a 2nd piece. Time left - Sherry 27:39, Moldovan 30:44 Estimated time used - Sherry 14:19, Moldovan 11:06 Longest think by White - 4 minutes for 14.Qe2? Longest think by Black - 2 minutes for 11...Be5? & 22...Na5 [>=22...Ne5 Rybka /\ ...Nxd3+!] 0-1