(3) Sturniolo,Lou (1428) - Moldovan,John (1838) [A04]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (4), 24.06.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

G/55 + :05 delay A04 Reti Opening King's Indian Attack

1.e4 g6
In addition to finishing in the top 3 ($) or 4 this summer, I'd like to complete my book against the event's e4 players. For the present foe I need Modern and Sicilan info but we can only play 1 at a time.

Lou wants me to play a Dragon but I remember him demolishing Jack McCorkell's in the 2009 Kenilworth Championship and it's never been in my bag.

2...Bg7 3.d3
[3.Nc3! d6 (3...c5 grants White's wish) 4.Bc4 was a good alternative.]

3...c5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nbd2 e5!
[6...e6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.c3 0-0 would have transposed into our 2008 KST game but the text looks to save a tempo & it scores better (70% vs.58%).]

7.0-0 Nge7 8.Nc4 0-0 9.Bg5
/\ inducing ...f6, which would reduce the Bg7's scope & my control of d4. [9.a4 protecting the outpost & slowing Black's thematic Q-side expansion is far more common (111 games vs. 1).]

[9...b5 10.Na3 Rb8 11.Qd2 f6 12.Bh6 g5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.h4 h6 15.c3 Ng6= was played in Trushelyov - Walentukiewiz : playchess.com 2006]


[This varies from the 10...Be6 11.a3 Qd7 12.Re1 b5 13.Ne3 Nd4 14.c4 bxc4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Nxc4 Rac8 17.Na5 Qb5 of Munoz - Perez : Valencia 1992 where White should have preferred 18.b3!= /\Qxd3? 19.Bf1 Qc2 20.Bc4+/= ]

11.Ne3 f5
[>=11...Be6 connecting Rs & enabling me to meet 12.a4 with 12...a6 and keep c4 covered.]

Now I have to take or bypass.

12...f4 13.Nd5 bxa4?!
[>=13...b4= ; 13...Nxd5?! 14.exd5+/= Ne7?! 15.axb5+/- Nxd5?? 16.Nd4!!+- ]

[>=14.c3+/= ]

14...Qxe7 15.Rxa4 g5 16.Bc3
[>=16.h3 ]

16...Bd7 17.Ra6

[>=17...g4 18.Nd2 f3 entombing his l.s. B 19.Bh1 Nd4 20.Bxd4 cxd4= /\ ...Bb5]

18.Nd2 Rfc8?!
[>=18...Nd4 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.Nc4 Bb5 21.Ra5 Rab8 ]

19.Nc4 Nd4?
This blunders a P away. [19...Be6+/= ]

20.Bxd4 cxd4[]
[Not 20...exd4?? 21.e5+- ]

21.Nxd6 Rc7 22.Nc4?
White returns the favor. [22.Nf5 Qf8 23.Qd2+/- ]

22...Bb5 23.Ra5 Bxc4 24.dxc4 Rxc4 25.Bh3 Rd8?

I wanted to play ...Rac8 but noticed Bxc8 before releasing the piece. [25...Rb8 26.Ra6 Rb6 27.Rxb6 axb6+/= ; or 25...Kg7+/= ]

[We missed 26.Rxa7! Qxa7 27.Be6+ Kh8 28.Bxc4+/- winning a P.]

26...Rc7 27.Bf5
[>=27.Rfa1+/= ]

[>=27...Rb8 ]

28.Rb5 Qa4 29.b3 Qa2 30.g4?
[30.Be6+ Kg7 31.Bc4+/= would have kept the c-pawn & upper hand.]

30...Qxc2 31.Qxc2?
[31.Qh3 Qc6 32.Qh6! Qd6 (32...Rf8 33.b4!+/= ) 33.Rd5 Qf8 34.Rxd8 Qxd8 35.Ra1 was right.]

31...Rxc2 32.Rb7?
[>=32.Kg2 ]


[33.Rxa7 d2 34.Be6+ Kh8 35.Raa1-/+ was required. Now Black wins.]

33...Rxd7 34.Bxd7 d2
White resigns. My opponent outplayed me much of the way & deserved a better fate. Time left - Sturniolo 1:02, Moldovan 11:44 Estimated time used - Sturniolo 56:53, Moldovan 46:06 Longest think by White - 8 minutes for 12.a4 Longest thinks by Black - 5 minutes for 16...Bd7 & 21...Rc7 0-1