(1) Moldovan,John (1812) - Kaplan,Herb (1572) [D13]
Simultaneous Exhibition Scotch Plains, NJ, 13.09.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]

board 7 of 11 D13 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense Exchange Variation

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.c4 c6 4.cxd5 cxd5
[>=4...exd5 ]

5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Nbd7
[>=6...Nc6 Moldovan - Minkov : KST 06/14/2007 ; 6...a6 Moldovan - Wojcio : KST 07/27/2007 & Moldovan - yousers : May Mania, WCL 05/06/2008; 6...Bd6 Moldovan - Bertini : STC Championship, WCL 08/13/2008]

7.e3 Be7
[RR7...Bb4 8.Qa4N Be7 9.Nb5?! (>=9.h3+/= ) 9...0-0 10.Bc7 Qe8 11.Nd6 Moldovan - sebtwok : G/20+5 tourney, FICS 04/08/2006 11...Nb6 12.Qxa7 Qc6 13.Qxb6 Qxb6 14.Bxb6 Bxd6 15.Bc5 Bxc5 16.dxc5 Ra5 17.Bd3 Rxc5= ]

8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0
[>=9.Qc2+/= preventing the following reply.; or 9.h3 giving my d-s B h2 for shelter.]


[10.Ne2 Urlass - Saran : Muehlhausen 2005 10...g5 11.Be5 f6 12.Bg3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 f5= ; >=10.Qc2N f5 11.Rac1!? Nxf4 12.exf4 as the half-open file vs. backward e6 P keeps an edge.]

10...Nxg3 11.hxg3 Nf6 12.Ne5 Bd6
[>=12...Nd7= ]

[>=13.Rc1 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Nd7 15.f4 Qb6 16.Qd2 Nc5 17.Bb1+/= ]


[14.Qe2 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Nd7 16.f4 was correct. Now my weaknesses at g4, e5 & e3 become apparent.]

14...Bxe5 15.dxe5 Ng4 16.e4
[With 16.f4?? losing to 16...Nxe3 I have to to mix-it-up or be a P-down for nothing.]

With the too-crude idea of mate in 2. [16...d4 17.Ne2 Nxe5 18.Bb5 Qb6 19.Nxd4 Rd8 20.Qc3 Bd7= was best; 16...Nxe5 17.exd5 exd5 18.Rfe1 Nxd3 19.Qxd3 Be6 20.Nxd5 Bxd5 21.Qxd5 Qxd5 22.Rxd5 Rfd8 23.Red1 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Rc8 25.Rd7 Rc1+ 26.Kh2 b5 27.Rxa7 Rc2 28.g4 Rxb2 , with a drawn R-ending, was also better.]

If now 17...Qh5, I snap on g4, take on d5 & win a P.

[17...Nxe5 18.exd5 Qf5 19.Qxf5 gxf5+/= ]


Black resigned here... [... not seeing that after 18.Nxe4 Qxe5 19.Bxg4 he could have recovered the piece with 19...f5 20.Bf3 fxe4 21.Bxe4 Rb8+/- ; 18.Bxg4 Qxg4 19.Nxe4 , threatening 20.Nf6+ K moves 21.Nxg4, was right.] 1-0