(1) BrianWood (1546) - Moldovan,John (1862) [E32]
STC Championship sf World Chess Live (1), 10.07.2009
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]
E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense
Classical Variation (4.Qc2)
I was going to allow a French Exchange after 1.e4 but not here. A Nimzo or Q's Indian gives me better winning chances without risking a 2nd tier defense.
[This is a change from the 4...Nc6
Milner-Barry Variation; & 4...0-0
I've been using the past 4 years.
The idea is to remain flexible & take the sting out of lines with Bg5 or e4.]
Fass - Moldovan : correspondence, USCF tourney 91CA101, 1991 7...h6=
White is following the main line (4...0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.f3 d5) but, with ...d6 & ...Nbd7 providing control of e5, I don't have to waste a tempo to prevent e2-e4.
[This breaks the pin but >=9...e5
; or 9...Re8
[This varies from the 11.Bd3
of Hegedus - Cruceru : Debrecen 2002 where Black should have continued 13...Re8=
[Against a stronger player, I might have opted for 11...Qxe5
& an ending.]
/\ Bc4 was expected. I guess he wants to play on the K-side with g2-g4-g5.]
was more consistent but re-submitting to the pin puts tricks vs. the Qc3 & Bh4 back on the menu.]
protecting my Q /\14.Ng3?
winning a P.]
[This misses my check at move 16 & loses material. 14.Ng3=
[Played after just 2 seconds. 16.Nxc3
was required. Now, instead of dropping an Exchange, my opponent loses a piece & the game.]
Resigns was a good alternative.
Diagram [This makes another weakness. >=24.Bf3
[I meant to play 24...Nc6
: threat 25...Bxf5 but, with the P on h3 rather than h2, simplifying into a 2Ps-up R ending isn't so bad,]
was a much better try.]
Time left - BrianWood 40:35, jpmoldovan 49:37
Time used - BrianWood 34:25, jpmoldovan 25:23
Longest thinks by White - 4:53 to capitulate & 4:26 for 14.Rd5?
Longest think by Black - 3:30 for 9...Qe8
game length - 59:58
start - 8:29 p.m.
end - 9:29 p.m.
Even with the herky-jerky Q moves & nervous piece-return, this win is a big improvement over my recent effforts.
It was also good to see Qc2 take a hit, after all the lumps I've taken from it.