(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.Nc3 anyone?]

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.

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

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

[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]


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".

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

[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.]

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...Nxb4 17.Nxb4 a5 18.Bd5 Bd7 19.Bxa8 Bxa4 20.Qxa4 Qxa8 21.Nd5 Rb8= ]

[>=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...fxe4 ]

21.Nc7 Ra7 22.Ne6 Rfa8?

[22...Rc8+/= ]

[>=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 ]

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

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...exf3 32.Qxe5+ Rxe5 33.Rdxa4 Rxa4 34.Rxa4 Re2 35.b4 Kf6 ]

[>=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.]


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.]

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