(1) Moldovan,John (1800) - Zhurbinskiy,Ilya (1711) [A35]
Westfield Quads #92 Westfield (1), 04.01.2009
[Moldovan & Rybka 2.3]
G/40 + :05 delay
A35 English Opening
4 Knights Variation
A quiet favorite with which I have lost just 3x in 16 tries (now 10-3-3).
see my 2005 STCWC win vs. KillerQueen.; For 4...d6
; & 4...e6
see my respective losses to Chieu (Springfield Swiss #2, 2003) & Kernighan (2008 KCCC).
On 2nd thought, don't look at the latter; I lost in 18 moves!!]
[The idea behind this waiting move is 5...d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 & a better development for the Bf1; which could go to c4 or b5.
I've also played 5.Be2
(2x); & 5.d4
Moldovan - Andrzuu : G/11+6, Playchess 01/07/2008 15.Qe3+/=
B13 Caro-Kann/D94 Gruenfeld 8.Be2
Hense - Fronczek : Weilburg 1998 12.0-0
Now White gains space & an edge.]
, preventing the following, was good too but we'll let Black yield the B pair, if he so desires.]
I expect my foe to play against c4.
[This takes the R out of the Bg7's range & defends c3 in case I want or need to play b3. But >=12.h3
[This safeguards his a-pawn ahead of ...Rc8 (& also prepares ...Qc7) but weakens the b6 square and was apparently unnecessary as 12...Rc8!
would've given compensation for the sacked chip.]
[This gives Black the e4 square & is no more than 2nd-best. I was worried about weakening g3 with 18.f4!
but after 18...Ned7
would've taken care of the problem.]
loses an Exchange to 21...Nd2
Exactly was I was looking for. Now let's go back to the long diagonal & see how Black responds.
[This lets me steal the b7 P. 27...Nf6+/=
over-protecting the Re8 & tactically defending the endangered b7 against 28.Bxb7?
) was indicated.
Now, I can steal the b7P beause the Re8 & N will hang.]
breaking up my Q-side majority.]
Diagram White has played a near-perfect game to this point but in the next few moves he comes back to his usual level.
was the best try.]
was much stronger.]
[This works out but only because I blunder. >=35...Nd7+/-
[This throws a half-point away & ultimately costs me $25 (A victory here would've tied for 1st). 36.Ba7
would've won. Now White runs into an overload & fork.]
[Safest. After 39.Bxg6
Black's passer compensates for his pawn-minus.]
Drawn by agreement...
... because all the Ps are on one side of the board.
But, with a 3 minute lead, Ilya could have played on in the hope that I would make more mistakes in time-pressure.
Time left - Moldovan 2:36, I. Zhurbinsky 5:36
Estimated time used - Moldovan 42:24, I. Zhurbinsky 39:24
Longest think by White - 3 minutes at turns 16, 18, 22 & 25
Longest think by Black - 4 minutes at moves 15, 21 & 24