(1) BrianWood (1546) - Moldovan,John (1862) [E32]
STC Championship sf World Chess Live (1), 10.07.2009
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]

G/60+30 E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense Classical Variation (4.Qc2)

1.d4 Nf6
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.

2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2

[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.]

[RR5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 0-0 7.Bg5 Fass - Moldovan : correspondence, USCF tourney 91CA101, 1991 7...h6= ]

5...Nbd7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.f3
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.

8...h6 9.Bh4

[This breaks the pin but >=9...e5 ; or 9...Re8 ]

10.e4 e5 11.dxe5N
[This varies from the 11.Bd3 exd4 12.Qxd4 Qe5 13.Ne2 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.]

[12.c5 /\ Bc4 was expected. I guess he wants to play on the K-side with g2-g4-g5.]

[12...Qe6 was more consistent but re-submitting to the pin puts tricks vs. the Qc3 & Bh4 back on the menu.]

13.Ne2 a5

[>=13...Re8 protecting my Q /\14.Ng3? (>=14.g4= ) 14...Nxe4!=/+ 15.Nxe4 (15.Bxe7 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Rxe7-/+ ) 15...Qxh4=/+ winning a P.]

[This misses my check at move 16 & loses material. 14.Ng3= /\g5?? 15.Nf5+- was right.]

14...Nxd5 15.Bxe7 Nxc3 16.Bxf8??
[Played after just 2 seconds. 16.Nxc3 Re8 17.Bh4-/+ was required. Now, instead of dropping an Exchange, my opponent loses a piece & the game.]

16...Nxe2+-+ 17.Bxe2
Resigns was a good alternative.

17...Nxf8 18.Rd1 Be6 19.g3 Ng6 20.b3 Ne7 21.f4 exf4 22.gxf4 Re8 23.f5 Bc8 24.h3?

[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,]

25.exf5 Bxf5 26.Bg4[]
[26.Bf1? Re3 ]

26...Bxg4 27.hxg4 Kf8 28.b4?
[>=28.Rd7 Rc8 29.Kc2 Ke8 30.Rd5 b6 31.c5 was a much better try.]

28...axb4 29.axb4 Re4 30.c5 Rxb4
White resigns 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. 0-1