(1) Norowitz, Kernighan & others - Stoyko, Minkov & others [E14]
Kenilworth Consultation #5 Kenilworth, NJ, 04.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

Time control: 25 moves in 90 minutes (+ 5 second delay) then G/75 (+ 5 second delay) Lineups at the start of the game: WHITE - NM Yaacov Norowitz 2530, NM Mark Kernighan 2215, Dr. Ian Mangion 1875, Dr. Anthony Andrews 1840, Dr. Richard Lewis 1818, Greg Tomkovich 1681, Dr. Geoff McAuliffe 1653, Joe Renna 1312, Colby Chen 809 & Airu Chen BLACK - FM Steve Stoyko 2245, Michael Goeller 2043, Ari Minkov 1968, Don Carrelli 1899, John Moldovan 1847, Max Sherer 1760, Joe Demetrick 1664, Pat Mazzillo 1316, Bert Shiffman 1299, Jonathan Sherer & Joe Azzarello

1.d4 Nf6
[Steve suggested 1...e6 , avoiding the Trompovsky & seeking a French, but the narrow-minded majority wanted to take the Dutch out of our arsenal.]

2.e3 b6
This is more than okay... [... But 2...g6 (!) is even better.]

3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3
The best of the Colle/Zukertort lot. [4.Nbd2 is met by 4...c5 & an exchange on d4 when White is ready to play e4; as in the case of 5.Bd3 (5.dxc5 bxc5= ) 5...cxd4= ; Other moves, such as 4.Be2, 4.b3, 4.c3, are too slow. Black develops quickly & has a choice of setups. For example : 4.Be2 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.c4 (For 6.b3 see Norowitz - Moldovan : Kenilworth Championship 2008) 6...0-0 7.Nc3 d5 (7...Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4= ; 7...d6 8.Qc2 c5= ) 8.b3 c5= ; However, allowing a Nimzo-Indian transposition, with 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 (5.a3 E12 QID 5...c5 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.exd4 d5= ) 5...Bb4 (E43) is a good alternative.]

[Steve said the double-fianchetto isn't that good... ... but MegaBase 2010 indicates 4...g6 has scored 62.2 % in 94 games & been used by 2 World Champs (Smyslov & Sloth) + 3 Candidates (Hort, Sokolov & Ioseliani).]

5.0-0 c5
[5...Be7! 6.c4 0-0 7.Nc3 d5 /\ ...c5 has the benefit of avoiding the game's Bb5+.]


This transposes into the 4.e3 Q's Indian. [We would have answered 6.c3 Be7 7.Re1 with 7...d5 ; I can't recall what the plan vs. 7.Nbd2 was but the thematic ...cxd4 followed by ...0-0 & ...d6 looks like a good counter : 6.c3 Be7 7.Nbd2 cxd4 /\8.cxd4 0-0 9.e4 d6= 10.e5?N dxe5 11.Nxe5 (11.dxe5?? Qxd3 12.exf6 Bxf6-+ ) 11...Qxd4 12.Ndf3 Qd5-/+ ]

[6...Nc6 7.Nc3 Bd6! is an interesting try & it seems to hold up: 8.d5 (8.b3 a6 9.Bb2 Qc7 10.dxc5 bxc5 11.Qd2 Duer - Laske : Austria 2010 11...Nb4= ) 8...exd5N (8...Ne5 9.e4 (9.Nxe5 Bxe5 10.e4 0-0 11.Kh1 Re8 12.a4 Deglmann - Rooze : Augsburg 2009 12...d6= ) 9...Ng6 (9...Nxf3+ 10.Qxf3 0-0 11.Qh3+/= ; 9...a6 10.Bf4 Nfg4 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Bg3+/= ) 10.Re1+/= Ryan - Miezis : Port Erin 1998) 9.cxd5 (9.Nxd5 Nxd5 10.cxd5 Ne5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5= ) 9...Ne5 10.Nb5 Nxf3+ 11.Qxf3 Bb8= But, I'd still prefer an earlier, less artificial improvement.]

7.Nc3 cxd4
[7...0-0 8.d5! exd5 9.cxd5 d6 (9...Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bxd5 11.Bxh7+! Kxh7 12.Qxd5 ) 10.e4 Nbd7 11.h3 a6 12.a4 Qc7 13.b3+/= Hort - Ljubojevic : Portoroz/Ljubljana 1975]

8.exd4 d5
[8...0-0 9.d5! exd5 10.cxd5 Re8 (Not 10...Nxd5? 11.Nxd5 Bxd5 12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Qxd5 Nc6 14.Bf4+/- ) 11.Re1+/= N]

9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bb5+
"White's last move seems to be not very dangerous for Black, as the exchanges are favourable for him."... [... "The most ambitious continuation here is 10.Ne5 0-0 11.Qh5 ." - M. Roiz in ChessBase Magazine 101]

[10...Nd7?? loses to 11.Nxd5 Bxd5 12.Ne5 Paidousis - Aligeoriu : Piraeus 1999; & 10...Kf8?! 11.Re1 is +/=.]

(?!) [>=11.Bc4 Nxc3 12.bxc3 ]

[Minkov & Demetrick found the right solution : 11...Qd7= /\12.Ne5 Nxc3=/+ (Mundorf - Reinhardt : Dortmund 2007) 13.Nxd7?? Nxa4-+ but, when it came time to move, it was somehow forgotten.]

12.Qxb5+ Qd7 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Qb3?!

[>=14.a4 L. Bronstein - Neme : Buenos Aries 1991 & Stojanovic - Guido : Verona, IT 2007 14...0-0 15.Ne5 Qxb5 16.axb5 a5 17.Bf4+/= ]

[>=14...Nc6 15.Bf4 0-0 16.Rac1 Piankov - Gharamian : La Fere 2009 16...Rac8= ]

15.Ne5 Qb7?!
[>=15...Qe6 16.Bf4 Nc6= ]

[>=16.Bf4+/= ]

16...Nd7 17.Bf4 Nf6?!
[>=17...Nxe5= ]

[>=18.a4+/= ]

18...Rac8 19.Rae1

[>=19...Bd6= which the White team thought we were going to play.]

20.Nd3 Qd7 21.Qa3 a5 22.Qb3 h6 23.Be5
[>=23.Ne5 Qf5 24.Bg3+/= ]

[>=23...a4= /\24.Qb4 Rc4 25.Qd6 Qb5 ]

24.Qb5 g5
[>=24...Re8! right away.]

25.Bg3 Re8!

[] Game adjourned. Game resumed on April 29th. Lineup changes WHITE: + Mike Wocjio 1600, Lou Sturniolo 1555, Mikhail Kruglyak 1526, Luis Ruales; - Andrews, Renna, A. Chen & C. Chen BLACK: + Glen Hart 1718, Dan Komunicky 1469 & Leon Hrebinka 1322; - Goeller, Demetrick & Azzarello

sealed move [>=26.Ne5 Rc1! [] 27.Qb3 (Not 27.Nxd7?? Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Qf1 Rxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Nxd7-+ ; nor 27.Qxd7?! Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Nxd7 29.Nxd7?? (29.Kf1= ) 29...Rxe1# ) 27...Qc8 28.f3+/= ]

26...Nxe8 27.h3
[Steve thought 27.b4 was best.; Again, on 27.Ne5? Black has 27...Rc1!= forcing White to respond with 28.Qf1 (or 28.Qe2 ) ]

27...Nc7 28.Qa4 Bf6 29.Be5 Bd8
Black offers a draw.

An idea supplied by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili (at turn 27, perhaps), who Norowitz consulted during the adjournment.

Mazzillo's suggestion. Steve said if such a move is okay tactically you have to play it. This one wasn't. [>=30...Ne6+/= ]

[31.Qxa5 Ra6 32.Nc5 Rxa5 33.Nxd7 Rxa2 34.Rc1! (Kernighan (& co.?) had analyzed 34.Bxc7? Bxc7 35.Nf6+ Kf8 36.Nxd5 ( I don't know if he looked further) which temporaily wins a P but after 36...Bd6 Black gets it back.) 34...Ra7 35.Bxc7 Bxc7 36.Nf6+ Kf8 (36...Kg7?? 37.Ne8++- ) 37.Nxd5+/- was missed on both sides.]

31...a4 32.Qd1 Ne6
[32...Rc4+/= ]

[33.Nc5+/- ]


A nice idea but, as with 30...b5, there's a flaw. [33...Rc4+/= ]

34.Qf3! Qd7
An unfortunate necessity... [... as the intended 34...Rc3?? would have lost to 35.Qxd5!! Moldovan [Our opponents never even considered this. (They were going to play 35.Re3= /\Qc4? 36.Bd6+/- !) ] 35...Rxd3 36.Qxb5 Rc3 37.Qe8+ Nf8 38.Bd6 Bf6 39.Bxf8+- M. Sherer]

[35.Nc5 Nxc5 36.bxc5+/- ]

35...Nc5! 36.Qxd7 Nxd7 37.Nc5 Nf8
No longer worse, Black again proposes peace.

38.Bg3 Ne6 39.Re5
This leads to a trade of dPs.

39...Bf6 40.Rxd5 Nxd4(+)
Around this point, the clock started being a problem for us & after our next, it was clear we were going to eventually flag.

41.Kf1 a3!?
[>=41...Nc2 ]

42.Bd6 Ne6
[42...Bg7 ]


[43.Rd1= ]

[In severe time pressure, Black overlooks 43...Be7!-/+ /\44.Bxe7?? Nf4+-+ ]

44.Bxc5 Kg7?
[44...Rc7+/= ]

[45.Rd7+/- ]

45...Rc7 46.Kc2 Be7??
[46...Bb2 47.Kb3 f6 48.Bd4 Rc4 49.Bxb2 axb2 50.Rd1 Kf7+/= ]

Black time-forfeited In the future, I would like to see these games played at a 90+60 control over 2 weeks. 1-0