(1) Pilosof,Haim (2098) - Moldovan,John (1875) [E33]
STC Championship sf WCL (7), 19.08.2009
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]

G/60+30 E33 Nimzo-Indian Defense Milner-Barry Variation We played in round 5 & should not have been re-matched but I wasn't going to forfeit in protest.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6
[In round 1 vs. Wood, I opted for 4...d6 ]

5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.0-0-0 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Qe7 10.e3 a5

[MCO-13 quotes Ragozin - Lisitsin : USSR Championship 1944's 10...Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Qb3 Rb8 13.g4 Bg6 14.Nh4+/- & claims White is +/-.]

[This improves upon the 11.h3 0-0 12.g4 of Dao Thien Hai - F. Unzicker : Budapest 1993 which I was prepared to meet with 12...Nd7= ]

11...0-0 12.h3 a4
[This wastes time & strengthens White's control of b4. >=12...Re8 13.g4 Nd7= ]

13.g4 Nd7?
[13...Re8 , preventing the following, was right.]

14.Bd3 g6 15.Be4 Re8 16.Kb1 f6?
[16...Nb6 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Nxe5 c5+/= was best.]

[>=17.Bd5+ ]

17...Nc5 18.Bd5+ Kg7 19.h5 Be6??
[This misses White's 22nd. 19...g5+/- was required.; Of course, 19...Bxg4?? would've lost to 20.hxg6 ]

20.hxg6 hxg6 21.Bxc6 bxc6

/\ 22...fxe5 23.Bxe5+ with mate to soon follow.

I could've quit here.

23.Nxc6 Qe6 24.g5 Ne4 25.gxf6+ Nxf6 26.Ne5 g5 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.Rh7+!
Black resigns. Time left - HaimPilosof 35:16, jpmoldovan 1:23 Time used - HaimPilosof 38:44, jpmoldovan 72:32 Longest think by White - 6:34 for 16.Kb1 Longest think by Black - 11:36 for 15...Re8 start - 12:42:18 p.m. end - 2:33 p.m. length - 1 hour, 51 minutes Haim now leads me by a full point but I am still clear 2nd. Does that mean we will be paired again for round 8?? I highly doubt it. That would be consistent! [28.Rh7+ Nxh7 29.Qxh7+ Kf8 30.Qg7# ] 1-0