### (1) Stoyko, Kernighan, et al - Norowitz, Chieu, et al [B33]

Kenilworth Consultation Game #6 Kenilworth, NJ, 12.2010

* [Moldovan & Fire 1.31]*

**
**Start date: 12/09/2010
End date: 12/16/2010
Time controls in week one: 5 moves with no time limit then 25 moves in 60 minutes, + 5 second delay.
WHITE - Steve Stoyko 2204, Mark Kernighan 2248, Ari Minkov 1970, Max Sherer 1820, John Moldovan 1814, Geoff McAuliffe 1653, Ted Mann 1652, Leon Hrebinka 1322, Jonathan Sherer + (after adjournment) Glen Hart 1716 & Pat Mazzillo 1287
BLACK - Yaacov Norowitz 2543, Ken Chieu 2195, Ian Mangion 1966, Don Carrelli 1888, Richard Lewis 1806, Greg Tomkovich 1659, Dan Komunicky 1555, Bert Shiffman 1336, Luis Ruales + (after adjournment) Bob Sherry 1812 & Lou Sturniolo 1490
Apologies to any players I may have missed.
Diagram

B33 Sicilian Defense
Sveshnikov Variation

1.e4
[1.Nc3
anyone?]

1...c5
The Sicilian again, for the 3rd time in the series. Why not something different? I would have rather seen a French, Caro-Kann, Modern or 1...e5.

2.Nf3
[I suggested 2.Na3!?
Somebody had to.]

2...Nc6
[An O'Kelly ( 2...a6
; or a Hyper-Accelerated Dragon ( 2...g6
) would have been interesting.]

3.d4
[Steve wanted 3.Bb5
but it lost by a one vote.]

3...cxd4
4.Nxd4
Nf6
5.Nc3
e5
I don't understand the paused-clock concept. Unless you are improvising or your opponent does something out of the ordinary, the first 5 moves should take but a minute or two.
A 10 or 15 minute time-out at the novelty-point would have been more helpful as the middlegame onset is often a critical point.
Diagram

6.Ndb5
d6
7.Bg5
[7.Nd5
Nxd5
8.exd5
Ne7
9.c4
was an option but, as usual, my 2 cents were deemed worthless.
I was an early consultation game booster but the lack of creativity in the recent ones has made me lose interest. Exploring one of the aforementioned variants would have been far more instructive and entertaining than robotically following main line theory for 12-15 moves.]

7...a6
8.Na3
b5
9.Nd5
Be7
10.Bxf6
[‹10.Nxe7
Nxe7
best 11.Bxf6
gxf6
12.Qf3
f5
13.exf5
Bxf5
14.g4?!
* (14.Bd3=
) *14...Be6=/+
Balakrishnan - Stoyko : DOCA League, Branchburg 11/19/2010]

10...Bxf6
Diagram

11.c3
The plan with c3 + Nc2 & a4 is thematic. White needs to re-deploy the Na3 and the b5 P is an obvious target. So far, the Sveshnikov has lived-up to its billing, "The Easiest Sicilian".

11...g6?!
This is a rare and inferior continuation. [>=11...Bg5
Or 11...0-0 since 12.Nxf6?! Qxf6 is =/+ 12.Nc2
0-0
13.a4
bxa4
14.Rxa4
a5
15.b3
Kh8
16.Bc4
Bd7
17.0-0
Ne7
18.Ra2
Nxd5
19.Bxd5
Rc8
20.Bc4
Qb6
21.Qh5
Bd2=
Mangion - Patrucker : Garden State Chess League, Kenilworth, NJ 04/10/2009]

12.Nc2
Bg7
13.a4
bxa4
14.Rxa4
[14.Ncb4
Nxb4
15.Qxa4+
Kf8
16.Qxb4
Bh6
was played in Tomov - Minev : Sofia 1971]

14...0-0
15.Bc4
Kh8
Diagram [They want to play ...f5 without fear of discovered checks but the K move seems unnecessary. 15...a5
16.Nce3
Rb8
17.b3
Be6
18.0-0
Qd7
19.Qd3
f5
improves.]

16.Ncb4?N
This lets Black into the game. [16.0-0
f5
* (>=16...a5
17.Nce3
Rb8+/=
) *17.exf5
gxf5
Gara - Boronyak : Hungary 1999 18.Qh5
would have kept a clear advantage.]

16...Bb7?
[>=16...Nxb4
17.Nxb4
a5
18.Bd5
Bd7
19.Bxa8
Bxa4
20.Qxa4
Qxa8
21.Nd5
Rb8=
]

17.Qe2?!
[>=17.Nxa6+/-
I can't recall why we turned the P down but it involved ...Rb8-xb2.]

17...a5
18.Nxc6
Bxc6
19.Ra2
f5
20.0-0
[>=20.exf5
Rxf5
21.0-0
]

20...Qh4?!
[>=20...fxe4
]

21.Nc7
Ra7
22.Ne6
Rfa8?
Diagram [22...Rc8+/=
]

23.Bd5?!
[>=23.exf5
]

23...Bxd5
24.exd5
e4
25.Nxg7?
[25.b4!+/-
/\Bxc3
26.Rxa5
Rxa5?
27.bxa5+-
Rxa5??
28.Qc4
]

25...Kxg7
26.Qe3
[>=26.Rfa1
/\ b4 or Qb5]

26...Qf6
27.Rfa1
Qe5
28.Rd1
a4
29.Rd4?!
[>=29.g3
h6
30.h4=
]

29...Ra5
30.g3?!
[>=30.Qd2
]

30...Rxd5
Adjourned. The game was resumed on December 16th with a time control of G/45 + 30 second increment. The clocks were set as follows : White 52:46, Black 31:57.
Diagram

31.f4?!
The sealed move, which we toiled over for some 14 minutes on. [31.Rdxa4
Rxa4
32.Rxa4
Rd1+
33.Kg2
was correct and considered but 33...Qb5
34.Qa7+
* (*Only *34.Ra7+?
Kf6-/+
*was examined.*) *34...Kh6
35.c4=/+
escaped us.]

31...Qe6
[>=31...exf3
32.Qxe5+
Rxe5
33.Rdxa4
Rxa4
34.Rxa4
Re2
35.b4
Kf6
]

32.Kf2?
[>=32.Ra1+/-
/\ Rad1 was right.]

32...Rb5
33.c4
Rc5?
[>=33...Rb6-+
; ‹33...Rb3?
34.Qxb3
axb3
35.Rxa8=/+
]

34.Qc3
Qf6
35.Qd2?!
[>=35.b4!=/+
which we had looked at several times since move 19.]

35...Rc6
Diagram

36.Ra3??
This loses but, having mismanaged our time since the opening ended, there was no way to find a proper defense.
Zeitnot has been a major factor in these games and, IMO, it ruined #'s 3, 5, 6.
For the future, I propose using clock wardens to avoid time-pressure or designated blitzers to deal with it. [36.b4-/+
was still the best try.]

36...Rb6-+
And after...

37.Ra2?
Rb3?!
38.Ke2?
Ra6?!
39.Ra3
Rab6
40.Rxb3
Rxb3
41.Kf1?
... with 30 seconds remaining, White threw in the towel.
** 0-1**