(4) Moldovan,John (1824) - Kruglyak,Mikhail (1367) [D15]
20th Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (1), 14.01.2010
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]

D15 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense

1.Nf3 c6
So... my foe wants a Caro-Kann, eh!?

2.c4
Maybe next time ;-). Actually, I did hesitate here & on the 3rd turn before deciding to walk into Mikhail's prep.

2...Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3
[Sidestepping with 4.Qc2 ; or 4.Qb3 isn't very ambitious.]

4...Bf5?!
GM-elect Alex Lenderman recommends this for Black, in an ICC video, &, on behalf of the White side, I'd like to say... Thanks for the extra points!! [To repeat, >=4...e6 ; or 4...a6 Yes, ...a6. Virtually every top GM has played it. Why won't our in-house Slavists even consider the move?]

5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Qb3
Diagram



6...b5?
I can't understand this. It weakens & doesn't develop anything. [>=6...Qb6 as in our 2009 KST game.]

7.a4
(?!) [This improves upon the 7.e3 (too slow) 7...e6 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.Qxd5 exd5 10.Bd2+/= of Nguyen Thi Thanh An - Yip Chi Fung : Macau 1996; But, according to Rybka, 7.e4N (!) 7...Nxc3 8.exf5 Nd5 9.Bd3+/- , which I rejected because it gives Black an outpost at d5 & saddles White with an isolated d-pawn, was best.; 7.Nxb5N Nd7! (Not 7...cxb5? as after 8.e4!!+- Bxe4? 9.Bxb5+ Nd7 10.Ne5 Black cannot reinforce d7 with the N (11.Qxf7#) or B (11.Qxd5).) 8.Nc3 Rb8 9.Qa4 e6+/= isn't as good.]

7...e6??
This loses. [7...b4 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.Qxb4 Nd7+/= was correct.]

8.axb5 Nb4 9.e4 Bg4?
[9...Bg6 was a much better try.]

10.Be3?
[This is unnecessarily defensive. 10.Ne5 /\Qxd4? 11.Nxg4 was right.]

10...cxb5?
This drops a piece (there's a double attack vs. the Nc6 & Bg4) but the position was untenable, regardless.

11.Bxb5+ N8c6 12.Ne5
Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 68:45, Kruglyak 71:04 Estimated time used - Moldovan 17:15, Kruglyak 14:56 Longest think by White - 6 minutes for 7.a4? Longest think by Black - 4 minutes for 7...e6?? 2 mistakes in 12 moves isn't a good way to start an event but I'll accept the point. 1-0