(2) Mangion,Ian (1953) - Moldovan,John (1824) [C06]
20th Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (2), 21.01.2010
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]
G/85 + :05 delay
C06 French Defense
Early in the week, I toyed /\ playing a Sicilian or Modern, to avoid my opponent's usual, drawish Exchange Variation, but decided against them, because the event is rated.
A pleasant surprise, even if it is White's best. Now we'll have unbalanced P structure, instead of symmetry.
This doesn't really suit me... [...But I thought Ian would be booked-up on 3...c5
, which I easily drew FM Tom Bartell with in 2008.; Would the Guimard, 3...Nc6
, have been a better choice?]
; & 4.exd5
is bad for Black.]
[A relief. I was more worried about the space-grabbing 5.f4!
, which we saw in the January 7th GSCL battle between Simon Thomson & Steve Stoyko.]
The Q may be somewhat misplaced here. [For 6...Nc6
see Grasso - Stoyko ; Roselle - Kenilworth match 2005; For 6...cxd4
see Alvarez - Stoyko : Las Vegas 2006.
Both are in the French Lectures file on my Chess Coroner blog's sidebar.; 6...b6
, looking to trade-off the bad, light-squared B with ...B a6, was a 4th possibility.]
is an improved, Milner-Barry-type gambit. The Nd7 hinders Black's development.]
I thought this was a bit strange but the point will soon become clear. [12.Nc3
is the main line.]
Ah. Now I see what 12.b3 was about. White wanted to trade d.s. Bs without sacking his b2 P.
[Rybka likes the wussy 13...Ba3
1/2-1/2; & some sources (Gligoric, J. Watson & Emms among them) recommend the 13...Nxd4
was the only other line I considered; But, according to Tzermiadianos in "How To Beat The French Defense" >=15...Bd7!
Neumann - Gouw : correspondence 2001.]
Time check : Mangion has used approximately 14.5 minutes versus my 18.5.
Kulovana - Pirklova : Karlovy Vary 2004 19...Ng4=
Czaeczine - Albers : Dresden 2004; 17.Re1
Zakoscielna - Warchol : Chotowa 2009]
[This varies from the 17...Rac8
of Rasmussen - Baragar : Winnipeg 1999.
Neither of us suspected that, until this point, we were still in following known practice.]
While looking to make her way to d6 or e7, the Q stops White from gaining space with a3+b4.
This seriously weakens b6 &, along with it, c5. [19...Re7+/=
was right.] Luckily for me, however, White ignores this fact & takes aim at my solid K-side.
This takes the sting out of a possible Na4-c5, as the B could go to e8, instead of c8, & the R would be guarding b7.
[He has to take care of d4 before going after h7 because 21.Ng5
is equal.; Rybka, though, says >=21.h3+/=
This frees my N & stops the enemy's attack before it even gets off the ground... [... But the engine prefers 21...Rc8=
/\ 21...Nxd4! 22.Qxd4 Qxc3]
Black's position looks like a picture now. He just has to make sure White doesn't have Rxh5.
This has a tactical flaw and might deserve a "?". [>=25...a5=
; or 25...Qd6=
the move we missed 27...Qxe4
was an option.]
Black offers a draw..
... & White immediately declines.
But having 8 extra minutes (21-13) & imagining a slight pull, I play for a minority attack & a win.]
>= Rg4, here or next,.
>= ...Rf8 =, on this turn or the following.
Diagram Threat : 37.f3
This ruins what, except for 19...a6?, had been a well-played, strategic struggle. [The ...Re4 idea had to be prefaced by 36...Bc6+/=
; & 36...h4+/=
were also acceptable.]
It was a bad night for French-playing contingent. We were a combined 0 for 3. Mark Schwarcz also lost from a level position & Jim Cole missed a win before going under.
Time left - Mangion 4:12, Moldovan 3:28
Estimated time used - Mangion 84:43, Moldovan 85:27
Longest think by White - 10 minutes for 25.Rd2
Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 20...Re7
Despite the defeat, I may still be in the prize-hunt. If I win in rounds 3-5 & every favorite also does so, I should land in a 3-way tie for 1st at 4-1.