(6) Komunicky,Dan (1469) - Moldovan,John (1847) [B15]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (3), 17.06.2010
[Moldovan, S. Massey & Firebird 1.2]

G/55+5 (increment) B15 Caro-Kann Defense Gurgenidze System

1.e4 c6
[RR1...g6 2.d4 c6 3.f4 d5 4.e5 Bg7 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 e6 8.Be3 h5?! 9.Bd3+/= Komunicky - Moldovan : G/10+5, ICC 04/30/2010]

2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7
[I played 4...Bg4 against Pat Mazzillo in the 2006 event and found it wanting but with Gurgenidze guru Scott Massey suggesting it, I'll have to take another look.]

5.Bd3
[For 5.e5 see Mann - Moldovan in the Checkmate Compilation file; & for 5.exd5 see McCormick - Massey in the Coroner archives.]

5...dxe4
[>=5...Bg4 threat: ...dxe4]

6.Bxe4?!
[>=6.Nxe4! /\Bxd4? (6...Nd7 7.Qe2 Ndf6+/= (not 7...Ngf6?? 8.Nd6+ Kf8 9.Nxf7!! Kxf7 10.Ng5++- ) ) 7.Bc4!+/- ]

6...Nf6 7.Be3
[>=7.Bd3 but Dan favors development and yields the B pair.]

7...Nxe4 8.Nxe4
Diagram



8...0-0N
[Previously seen here were: 8...Bf5 9.Ned2 0-0 10.0-0 Qb6 11.Nc4 Qc7 (>=11...Qa6=/+ ) 12.Qd2 Nd7 13.Bf4 Qd8= Gibson - Tyson : correspondence, CServe 1996; 8...Bg4 9.c3 e5? (9...0-0= ) 10.Qb3+/- Fenzl - Heigl : Bayern 1998; 8...Nd7 9.c3 Nb6 10.Qe2 0-0 11.Nc5 Nd5 12.Bd2 b6 13.Nd3 a5 14.Rd1 Bf5 15.Bc1 f6 16.0-0 Qd7 17.Nh4 Bg4 18.f3 Be6= Aufmwasser - Kohlei : Bad Bertrich 1998]

9.c3
[>=9.0-0= keeping c3 available for the Ne4.]

9...Qd5 10.Ned2 b5
Black wants to keep his Q on the prime d5 square. So, he tries to slow or stop c3-c4. [>=10...Qb5 11.Qb3 Be6 12.Qxb5 cxb5=/+ ]

11.0-0 Nd7
[11...a5 /\...a4-a3 was a a good alternative.]

12.a4 Bb7 13.Qc2
/\ c3-c4

13...bxa4?
[13...a6= was right.]

14.Nh4?!
With the crude plan of f4-f5-xg6 followed by sacking the N on g6. [14.Rxa4 would have given White the advantage.]

14...a6?
[14...c5=/+ /\...cxd4]

15.f4?
[After 15.c4 Qh5 16.Nhf3 White collects the a4P with equality.]

15...c5
Diagram



16.f5??
[16.Nhf3=/+ ]

16...Rac8?
[16...cxd4-+ /\17.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 18.cxd4 Qxd4+ ]

17.dxc5 Nxc5 18.Bxc5 Rxc5?
[18...Qxc5+ 19.Kh1 Bc6-+ Mark Kernighan]

19.Rxa4 Rd8 20.fxg6 hxg6!
[Not 20...Qxd2? 21.gxf7+ Kh8[] 22.Qxd2 Rxd2 23.f8Q+ Bxf8 24.Rxf8+ Kg7 25.Rf2 & White emerges a P to the good.]

21.Nhf3 Bh6
Diagram

[>=21...Qc6 ]

22.Rd4??
/\ winning Black's Q or Rd8 but there's a fly in the ointment. [22.Nb3 Be3+ 23.Kh1 Rc7-/+ was expected.]

22...Be3+-+
This skewer picks up a whole R.

23.Kh1 Bxd4 24.Nh4
[If 24.Nxd4 then 24...Qxd4?! 25.cxd4 Rxc2 or, better still, 24...Qxg2#.]

24...Bg7
White resigns Time left - Komunicky 3:35, Moldovan 16:55 Time used - Komunicky 53:25, Moldovan 40:05 Longest think by White - 8 minutes for 10...Ned2 Longest think by Black - 7 minutes for 13...bxa4 Ken Chieu & Ari Minkov won 2 games apiece to leap over me. I'm now tied for 3rd, a full point behind Ken. At the current rate, a score of 17.5 will be needed to take the 1st prize. [>=24...Bxc3! /\25.bxc3 Qxd2 ] 0-1