(1) Moldovan,John (1866) - Wood,Brian (1534) [D17]
STC Championship sf WCL (3), 25.07.2009
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]

G/60+30 D17 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense Krause Attack (6.Ne5) With just 8 players for a 9-round swiss I was bound to play somebody twice but, with 7 games to go, why am I (at 2.0) paired with a 0.0 that I've already faced??

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 e6
Black is mixing his lines again. [>=7...Qc7 8.g3 e5 ]

8.f3 Bb4
Diagram

[For 8...a6?! see my 2007 KCCC draw vs. Kernighan.]

9.Bg5
This threatens e2-e4-e5 but [>=9.e4 Bg6 (9...Nxe4? 10.fxe4 Qh4+ (10...Bxe4 11.Bd2 ) 11.Kd2 Bxe4 12.Qe1+/- ; 9...Bxe4? 10.fxe4 Nxe4 11.Qd3+/- ) 10.Be3+/= I just could not remember/work-out the refutations]

9...Qc7
[>=9...h6 10.Bh4 0-0 11.e4 Bh7 12.Be2 (12.e5 g5! 13.Bf2 Nd5 ) 12...c5 ]

10.e4
[After dismissing the passive 10.Rc1 (the secondary idea behind Bg5); & 10.Qb3 , I re-consider the sacs & say "Show me!"]

10...Bg6
[10...Bxe4?! 11.fxe4 Nxe4 12.Bd2+/= ; 10...Nxe4? 11.fxe4 Bxe4 12.Qg4+/- ]

11.Qb3
[11.Be2 , played in 12 of 21 previous games, is most popular.]

11...Bxc3+?N
[There have been 6 games with 11...a5= []; & 1 with 11...c5?!+/= ]

12.bxc3 0-0 13.Bd3
[This strengthens e4 but gives Black a tactic. >=13.Bh4 /\ Bh3-d6; or 13.Be2 ]

13...h6
[13...Nd5 14.0-0 b6 was an option.]

14.Bh4
Diagram



14...Qf4??
This loses a piece & the game. [14...Nh5 15.0-0 (15.Be7 Ne5! 16.Nxe5 (16.Bd6? Nxd3+ 17.Kd2 Qd8 18.Kxd3 f5! 19.Bxf8 fxe4+ 20.fxe4 Nf4+ 21.Kd2 Qg5 22.Ne3 Rxf8 ) 16...Qxe7 17.g3 Bh7 18.Rb1 f6 19.Nc4 b6+/= ) 15...Rfe8+/- was best.]

15.Bg3+- Qg5 16.f4 Nc5
[16...Qh5 17.Be2 Ng4 18.e5 is no improvement.]

17.dxc5 Qxc5
[>=17...Qh5 ]

18.f5 Bh5?
[18...Rad8 19.Bf2 Qe7 20.fxg6 Ng4 was a better try.]

19.Bd6
Diagram

Black resigns. His Q is trapped. I control all 14 squares she can go to! Time left - jpmoldovan 44:48, BrianWood 44:39 Time used - jpmoldovan 24:42, BrianWood 24:21 Longest think by White - 8:04 for 9.Bg5. Longest think by Black - 2:06 for 14...Nc5 start - 8:32:56 p.m. end - 9:22 p.m. length - 49:03 1-0