(1) Kernighan,Mark (2200)  Moldovan,John (1806) [E33]
Garden State Chess League Maplewood, NJ (1.1), 05.03.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]
G/75 + :05 delay
E33 NimzoIndian Defense
MilnerBarry Variation
1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
e6
3.Nc3
Bb4
4.Qc2
Nc6
5.Nf3
d6
6.Bd2
[This is given an "!" in MCO15 but I doubt it's significantly better than the 6.Bg5
; 6.e4
; & 6.e3
we've seen before. Look in my PGN or CBV archives for games.]
6...e5
[6...00
7.a3
Bxc3
8.Bxc3
is more common. The only possible drawback to the chosen order would be giving White the chance to play an early b4 (move 9 or 10).]
7.a3
[7.d5
Bxc3
8.Bxc3
Ne7
9.e4
Ng6
looks fine for Black & HIARCS 11 says it's equal; along with 7.dxe5
dxe5
8.000
Bxc3
9.Bxc3
Qe7
10.e3
a5
11.h3
00
12.g4
Dao Thien Hai  F. Unzicker : Budapest 1993 12...Nd7
]
7...Bxc3
8.Bxc3
Qe7
Supporting e5 is thematic and akin to the 4...Qe7 BogoIndian. [Rybka thinks giving up the center with 8...exd4
is best but can't tell me why it has been played just twice in 21 chances. For comparison's sake, let's look at those examples :
9.Nxd4
00
(‹9...Nxd4
10.Bxd4
Bd7
11.e3
Bc6
12.Bd3
Qe7
13.f3
h6
14.00
00
15.e4
Rfe8+/=
Van den Bosch  Alexander : Cambridge 1932; Rybka suggests 9...Bd7=
N) 10.Nxc6
bxc6
11.g3
c5
12.Bg2
Rb8
13.b4
Nd7
14.Be4
Huebner  Unzicker : German Team Ch. 1990 14...g6=
; RR ‹8...e4
9.d5
exf3
10.dxc6
fxe2
11.Qxe2++/=
Van Doesburgh  Kmoch : Baarn 1941]
9.dxe5
[Rybka recommends >=9.d5
Nb8
10.g3+/=
but 10...a5!
11.Bg2
(or 11.b3N
Nbd7
12.Bg2
Nc5=
) 11...a4
12.00
Nbd7
13.e4
Nc5
14.Nh4
00
15.Nf5
Bxf5
16.exf5
Nfd7
17.Rae1
Qg5
G. Morrison  Davis : Edinburgh Open 1989 is in fact =.]
9...dxe5
10.e3
[RR10.b4
Bg4
(‹10...e4
11.b5
(11.Nd4
e3!
12.fxe3
Ne5
13.Nf5
Bxf5
14.Qxf5
Barsov  Bolduc : Montreal 2004 14...Neg4=/+
) 11...exf3
12.bxc6
fxe2
13.Bxe2
Gerusel  Langeweg : Krefeld 1967 13...00
14.00
bxc6
15.Bf3
Rb8
16.Rfe1
Be6
17.Qa4+/=
) 11.b5
(11.Qb2
e4
12.Bxf6?
gxf6=/+
) 11...Bxf3
12.gxf3
Nd4
13.Qb2
c5
14.Bg2
Sassen  Ackermann : correspondence, ICCF 1996 14...Nd7
]
10...a5
11.b3!
This stops the desired ...a4 & prepares to put additional pressure against e5.
11...Bg4
Diagram

[11...00
, allowing Black to protect e5 with the fR & keep the KN actively placed, was a good alternative.
For example : 12.Be2
(12.h3
, preventing ...Bg4, doesn't seem any better : 12...Rd8
13.Be2
e4
14.Nd2
Bf5
15.Qb2
Pedersen  Plasman : Amsterdam 2002 15...h6
16.g4
Bd7=
) 12...Bg4
13.00
Rfe8
14.h3
Bh5
15.b4
axb4
16.axb4
Rxa1
17.Rxa1
Bxf3
18.Bxf3
e4
19.Be2
Nxb4
20.Qb2
c5
21.Rb1
b6
22.Bxb4
cxb4
23.Qxb4
Qxb4
24.Rxb4
Re6
25.f3
g6
26.fxe4
Nxe4
27.Bf3
Kg7=
1/21/2 Ragozin  Botvinnik : Leningrad 1940]
12.h3N
[>=12.Nd2
Bh5
13.Bd3
Bg6
14.Ne4
Nxe4
15.Bxe4
Qc5
16.Bb2
00
17.Bxg6
hxg6
18.00
Rad8
19.Rfd1
Rfe8
20.h3=
Palliser  Scannell : Scarborough 1999]
12...Bh5
[12...Bxf3!
13.gxf3
Nd4!
would have given me an advantage.]
13.Qb2
Nd7
Time check no. 1 : White has 40 minutes left, Black 51. [13...Bxf3!?
14.gxf3
00=
; & 13...Ne4!?
14.Bxe5
(14.Nxe5?!
Nxe5
15.Bxe5
000!=/+
/\16.Bxg7?
Rhg8/+
development advantage, open lines) 14...Nxe5
15.Qxe5
Bxf3
16.Qxe7+
Kxe7
17.gxf3
Nc5
18.Rb1
Rhd8©
merited consideration.]
14.Be2
Bg6?
[14...e4
15.Nd4
(Not 15.Bxg7?
exf3
16.Bxf3
(‹16.Bxh8
fxe2
17.g4
Bg6
18.Kxe2
000+
) ) 15...Bxe2
16.Qxe2
Nxd4
17.Bxd4
00=
was right. Now Black gets a difficult position.]
15.00
00
16.Rfd1
Rfe8
17.b4
axb4
[>=17...Nb6+/=
]
18.axb4
Rxa1
[>=18...e4
19.Nh4
Nce5
]
19.Qxa1!
The b4P taboo because my Q is overloaded.
19...f6
20.Nh4
Bf7
Diagram
21.b5
[>=21.Nf5
Qd8[]
22.Bg4
Be6
23.b5
Ncb8
24.Qa7
]
21...Ncb8
Time check no. 2 : White has 20 minutes left, Black just 8:50.
22.Qb1?!
[This lets me secure my Q. >=22.Nf5
Qc5
23.Qa5+/
/\ Bb4]
22...g6
23.Bb4
Nc5
24.Nf3
Be6
25.Nd2
Nbd7
26.Nb3
b6
27.Qa2
Qf7
28.Bxc5
Nxc5
29.Nxc5
bxc5
30.Kf1?
[>=30.Qa7
]
30...Kg7
31.Ke1
Re7
Thanks to some help from my foe, I'm off the hook & only slightly worse, doubled cpawns notwithstanding.
32.Rd2
Rd7
33.Rxd7
Qxd7
Diagram
34.Qa7
Qd6
35.Qa6
Qd7
[35...Qb6
was an option.]
36.Qa3
Qd6
37.Qc3
[>=37.f3+/=
]
37...Kf7
[>=37...e4=
]
38.Bf3
Ke7
[>=38...Qb6=
]
39.Bc6
Bd7
40.Bxd7
Qxd7
41.Qa3
Qd6
42.f3
Ke6
[>=42...f5
]
43.Ke2
f5
Draw offered
44.Qa8
Qd7?!
Draw offered again. I didn't know if Mark heard me the 1st time. [>=44...Ke7+/=
]
45.Qf8
[>=45.g4+/
]
45...Qe7
46.Qc8+
Qd7
Draw offer no. 3. Time check no. 3  White is down to 23 seconds, Black has 3:59 left.
47.Qg8+
Qf7
48.Qa8
Qd7
49.Qa6+
Qd6
50.Qb7
Qd7
51.b6?
[51.g4+/=
]
51...cxb6
52.Qxb6+
Qd6
53.Qb7
Qd7
54.Qa6+
Qd6
55.Qc8+
Diagram
55...Qd7?
[This loses c5 & my next gives White a won P ending. 55...Kf7
56.Qh8
h5=
would likely have split the point & match.]
56.Qxc5
Qd6??
[56...Qb7+/
]
57.Qxd6+
Kxd6
58.Kd3+
Kc5
59.Kc3
g5
60.e4
f4
61.Kb3
h6
62.Kc3
h5
63.Kb3
Kc6
64.Kb4
Kb6
65.c5+
Kc6
66.Kc4
Kc7
67.Kd5
Black resigns
Kenilworth wins the match 2.51.5
Time left  Kernighan 0:13, Moldovan 3:03
Time used  Kernighan 80:22, Moldovan 77:27
Longest thinks by White  11 minutes for 7.a3 & 10 minutes for 22.Qb1?!
Longest thinks by Black  10 minutes for 19...f6 & 20...Bf7
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