(1) Moldovan,John (1888) - Singh,JP (1771) [D35]
STC Championship sf WCL (9), 02.09.2009
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]
jpmoldovan vs. jps7
D35 Queen's Gambit
The dubious tag may not be deserved but 5...b6 is, without question, the worst of 11 replies that I've seen here. [A better move order for those wanting to fianchetto the QB is 5...Be7
as in, (with transposition) one of my 2006 KST losses to Mark Kernighan.]
but, apparently, Black thought preventing Bb5+ or Qa4+ was necessary or worthwhile.]
Oh. This is the idea. He played a6 to stop Nb5 + Rc1. [>=8...Be7
which has been played 3 times; 8...Nbd7
which has been tried twice.]
The attack against d5 doesn't get anywhere. [>=10.Ne5
, delaying ...Nbd7 or forcing Black to take-on doubled f-Ps, improves.]
[This breaks the pin but why not just 11...c5=
threat : ...c4?]
[This should have lost. Retracting with 12...Qd8+/=
[We missed 13.Nxe4
This threatens to win an Exchange with 16...Ba6 16.Re1 Bb4... [... but >=15...f5=
This ends-up being a waste of time. [>=17.f4
If now 18...Ba6, then 19.Rf2 [18.Bxf6
was an option, however.]
/\ 19...Bxh2+ 20.Kxh2 Bxc6]
was a good alternative; as it's doubtful I would've found 22.Bg2!©
After this, Black is lost. [22...Bb5+/-
Diagram This makes things worse. [>=23...Be7
This brings the enemy K into the open... [... but >=24.g5
threatening mate in 3; as well as 28.Ng4+.]
was much stronger.]
Black grabs a P to have something for the lost Exchange & the endgame but can he survive 'til then?
threatening 32.Ng4+; as well as 32.Qh4+ Kg7 33.Qf6+ Kg8 34.Nh6# was right.]
; & 31...Kg7
were much better tries.]
threatening 34.Qe5+ Bf6 35.Qxf6+ Kg8 36.Nh6#.]
This loses a piece but there was no defense.
Unable to resign, my opponent plays to the bitter end.
Time left - Moldovan 17:08, Singh 60:52
Time used - Moldovan 61:22, Singh 17:08
Longest think by White - 11:33 for 20.g4?!
Longest think by Black - 3:19 for 32...Bg5
Start - 12:38:45 p.m.
End - 1:57 p.m.
Game length - 1 hour, 19 minutes
With this victory, I finished with a +5-1=2 record & a 7/9 score.