(2) Moldovan,John (1824) - Mann,Ted (1493) [A56]
20th Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (3), 28.01.2010
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]
G/85 + :05 delay
A56 Benoni Defense
This gives White too much space. [>=5...g6
which would likely join the K's Indian; or 5...e5
+ ...Be7 & a Czech Benoni.]
[A surprise. I knew Ted had tried this before but expected either 2...c6
& a Slav, which we have discussed several times; or 2...g6
/\ a K's Indian, which we've also debated on multiple occasions (twice, via different orders).]
Playing a lower-rated & needing a victory to keep my title-hopes alive, I respond aggressively... [But... 3.e3
/\ prosaically transposing into one of our early games (Springfield 03/14/1999) & the Panov Caro-Kann, with 3...cxd4
, was a good alternative. In case you are wondering, play there continued 7...Nxd5
which I used to beat NM MarkKernighan in last year's championship, was another attractive option.]
see Kernighan-Mann : Fish Memorial 2009.]
Quite a rare move. According to ChessBase online, it has only been played in 15 of 1300+ games.
[This is a big improvement over the previouly seen 6...Bg4??+-
which has been foolishly essayed 3x. 1 of the games was in a 2001 simul by World Champion (at the time) Vladimir Kramnik.]
, when White is just-about winning, was simpler.]
; & 9...Nd7
are in the same boat) 10.gxf3
is no real improvement.]
would have broken the pin, gained the B pair & solidified a clear plus.]
Otherwise, Black loses material.
This seems off-topic (Moves like 14.Nb5 are Mann's style, not mine) but it's hard to say what was best. [Rybka, given a reasonable 5 minutes, claims that 13...g6
is equal. However, within 2 minutes of looking at the aforementioned ...g6, it decides 14.Qc2!
(threat : 15.Qh2 +-) 14...Bf3
Missed win #1. [15.Kf2
would have trapped the poor pastor.]
would have rescued the marooned minister & equalized.]
Now it's a goner.
was a better try.]
Diagram Missed win #2. [Why the hell didn't I play 21.Bg1
This gives me yet another golden opportunity & the 3rd time is the charm. [21...Bh6
would have won an Exchange & put Black back in business.]
This allows mate in 2... [...But 22...Rd8
, for example, would've succumbed to 23.Rxb7!!
&, while I was in the act of playing 24.Qd8, my foe resigned.
Time left - Moldovan 42:25, Mann 59:39
Estimated time used - Moldovan 44:35, Mann 27:16
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 17.Rf2!
Longest think by Black - 4 minutes for 20...Ng4