(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
So... my foe wants a Caro-Kann, eh!?
Maybe next time ;-).
Actually, I did hesitate here & on the 3rd turn before deciding to walk into Mikhail's prep.
[Sidestepping with 4.Qc2
; or 4.Qb3
isn't very ambitious.]
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?]
I can't understand this. It weakens & doesn't develop anything. [>=6...Qb6
as in our 2009 KST game.]
(?!) [This improves upon the 7.e3
(too slow) 7...e6
of Nguyen Thi Thanh An - Yip Chi Fung : Macau 1996; But, according to Rybka, 7.e4N
, which I rejected because it gives Black an outpost at d5 & saddles White with an isolated d-pawn, was best.; 7.Nxb5N
as after 8.e4!!+-
Black cannot reinforce d7 with the N (11.Qxf7#) or B (11.Qxd5).) 8.Nc3
isn't as good.]
This loses. [7...b4
was a much better try.]
[This is unnecessarily defensive. 10.Ne5
This drops a piece (there's a double attack vs. the Nc6 & Bg4) but the position was untenable, regardless.
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.