(7) Mann,Ted (1493) - Cole,Jim (1160) [C16]
20th Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (2), 21.01.2010
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]

C16 French Defense Winawer Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 5.a3
And now, for something completely different...

[You've seen a number of my games with 5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qd7 . Maybe we, or at least I, can learn something new from this one.]

White will probably be able to transpose into the 5.Qg4 lines but with the B having already retreated to f8, I don't see any benefit to the sortie. [>=6.Nf3 Ne7 7.b4 ]

6...Qd7 7.Nf3 Nc6
[I would've played 7...Ba6 to trade-off the bad Bc8 but copying a World Champion is more than okay!]

[RR8.Be3 Bb7 9.Bb5 0-0-0 10.0-0 Nge7 11.b4 f6 12.Rfe1 Nf5 13.Qh3 h5 Chistiakov - Petrosian : Moscow 1956; 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Ne2 0-0-0 10.b4 h6 11.h4 Nge7 12.h5 Kb8+/= Boleslavsky - Yukhtman : Moscow 1956; 8.b4 hasn't been tried, yet, but it should also be +/=.]

8...Bb7 9.0-0

[>=9...Nge7 10.Rd1 E. Espinosa - Depestre : Santa Clara 2009 10...0-0-0 ]

10.Bg5 h5
[>=10...f6 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Bh4 Bg7 ]

[11.Qf4 Re8 12.a4 would have kept an edge.]

11...f6 12.exf6 gxf6 13.Bh4 Qg7?
[13...Qf7 , protecting f6 & freeing the Ng8 for duty at f5 or g4, would have taken the sting out of a possible Qh3 + Re1 & equalized. For example : 14.Qh3 Nh6! 15.Rfe1 (or 15.Bd3 Ng4= ) 15...Nf5= ; 13...Bd6 , on the other hand, would have chased enemy Q to a better square &, after 14.Qh3 a6 (14...Re8 ) 15.Bd3 Kb8 (to enable ...Bc8) 16.b4 been +/=.]

[14.Qxg7 Bxg7 15.Rfe1 Kd7[] (15...Re8?? 16.Nxd5+- ) 16.Ne2+/- was right.]

14...Bd6 15.Qe3 Re8?

This allows the tactic in the previous note. [15...e5= was correct.]

16.Nxd5! a6 17.Bxc6?!
[>=17.Bd3+/- ]

17...Bxc6 18.Nb4 Bb7 19.d5?!
[>=19.Bg3 Bxg3 20.fxg3+/= ]

19...Nh6 20.Qd3?
This puts White in trouble. [>=20.Qc3 , with Black having compensation for the lost P.]

20...Rhg8 21.Ne1??
[21.g3=/+ was the best try.]

[21...a5 22.Na2 (22.Nc6 exd5 ) 22...Bxd5 would have won.]

22.Qh3+ Kb8 23.Bg3 Qg4?
This ruins Black's Ps & lets White get rid of his lousy Q. [23...Bxg3 24.hxg3 Ng4!-/+ /\25.Qxh5?? Rh8-+ 26.Qf5 Rh1+!! 27.Kxh1 Qh6+ 28.Qh5 Qxh5+ 29.Kg1 Qh2# was the proper continuation.]

24.Qxg4 Nxg4?!
[>=24...hxg4= ]

25.Bxd6 cxd6 26.Rd1

[This gives up an Exchange for nothing & loses. 26...d4 27.Rxd4 Re2+/= would've given Black good counterplay. For example : 28.Rxd6 Nxf2!=/+ Exploiting an overload on the Rf1 29.Rxb6 Nh3+ would have given Black at least a draw.]

I'm going to skip the rest. You can insert additional ?s if you like.

27...Ne5 28.Re3 a5 29.Nxd5 Nc4 30.Rg3 Re8 31.Nxf6 Re2 32.Rc3 b5 33.Kf1 Re6 34.Nxh5 Rh6 35.g4 Be4
& White won. 1-0