(1) Lewis,Richard (1700) - Moldovan,John (1812) [B20]
Kenilworth Intra-Club Match Kenilworth, 21.05.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]
B20 Sicilian Defense
This has been credited to Richard Reti but the stem game (Horwitz - Pindar : Manchester ENG 1861) dates back nearly 6 decades further.
& a P-up ending was an option but I've had great success with the Sicilian-transposing text (now +7-0=1).]
[This isn't bad but it does interfere with the Bb2. 4.Nf3
(by far the most popular continuation) 4...a6
seems more appropriate.; For those who would prefer a closed position, I'll suggest the Rossolimo-rendering 4.Bb5
; or 4.Qe2
which reverts to a Tchigorin French line.]
"Pil" - Moldovan : G/15+5, Chess Assistant Club 05/21/2009! (some 19 hours before the Lewis game); 5.f4
[This loses a P for little or no compensation. >=6.Bg2
/\ Nxd5, discovering on the Ne5 & restoring the material balance.
[Keeping the P is safest & best but 7...Bd6
is correct.) 8...exd5
[Bert Shiffman's 8...Bd6
, followed chasing the steed away, was a good alternative.]
with control of f5 & g4.]
[/\ d2-d4, gaining some play, but the R seems misplaced after my reply. Perhaps 15.d3
was a bit better.]
[This hits the d5P a 2nd x but doesn't accomplish much. >=16.d3
; or 16.Qf1
drops a piece to 17...exd4-+
, taking f3 away from the wayward steed, then ...h6.]
; not 20...Nd7?
Diagram [A tactical slip. 23...Qe7
[Doc & I missed 24.Nxd5!
overload theme 26...Qxd5
/\ ...Qa8, breaking the pin.
Diagram [Another huge f-up. 28...Re5-+
[This yields a 2nd P & the game. 29.Ne3
would've turned the tables & forced me to cough-up an Exchange with 29...Re7
[I don't understand this. At best, White will be a piece-down for a passed a-P & that's just not enough justification or compensation for his action. >=30.Qf4
Diagram [This hits 3 targets (Nd7, a6 & b4 Ps) but 33.Qf5
; & 33.Qd3
were better tries.
Now, Black doesn't even have to retreat his R to c7 & protect the N because he has the deadly, counter-attacking...]
This move is similar to the 33...Qxg6 I played against Lou Sturniolo in last month's Ellner Memorial.
; Of course, if R or 34.Qxd7?
& mates next.]
This weakens g3, exposes the 2nd rank & hastens the conclusion but, with Black consolidated, there was no hope for the first-player, anyway.
, & # in 8, was better still.]
/\ 38.Qf5+ & a draw by repetition but...
...covers f7, attacks g3 & forces the Qs off (otherwise it's mate). So...
Time left - Dr. Lewis 2:36, Moldovan 26:06
Estimated time used - Dr. Lewis 55:29, Moldovan 31:59
Longest think by White - 8 minutes for 34. Qa7
Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 27...Raa7!?