(1) Macaspac,Arthur (2128) - Moldovan,John (1827) [A90]
Chess Mates G/30 063010 Rahway (1), 30.06.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

G/25 + :05 delay A90 Dutch Defense There's not much to say about this one. A horrible positional mistake on turn 13 gives me a bad game, instead of equality, and burns my clock. I hang in for a while but after 24...c6?? it's over.

1.d4 e6 2.g3 f5
[2...Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 was the main alternative.]

3.Bg2 Nf6 4.c4 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 a5
[For 5...Qe7 see 2009 KST draw with M. Sherer. 5...Qe7 ]

[For 6.Nc3 see my 2009 Checkmate Ch. loss to A. Minkov.]

6...Bxd2+ 7.Nxd2 0-0
[RR7...a4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Nh3 d6= Baez - J. West : USATE, Parsippany 2002]


[This varies from the 8...Qe8 9.Qc2 Nc6 10.e3 d6 11.0-0 a4 12.Nf4 of Esterluss - Drill : Germany 1994 where 12...e5 13.Nd5 Qf7 would have equalized.]

9.e3 Qe7 10.Qc2 a4 11.0-0 d6 12.Nf4 e5 13.Nd5

This leaves me with a backward P on a 1/2-open file. [13...Qf7 /\ ...Be6 would have transposed to the previous note.]

14.cxd5 Nb8 15.Rac1 exd4 16.exd4 Na6
Black has to develop. [16...Rf7 ]

17.Qxa4 Bd7 18.Qb3 b5?!
[>=18...Qf6 /\19.Qxb7?? Rfb8 ]

19.f4 Qf6 20.Nf3 h6 21.h4
[>=21.Rfe1 ]

21...Rab8 22.Qd3 Rb6 23.b4 g6 24.Rfe1

This bid for freedom fails miserably. [24...Rbb8+/- would have kept me alive but I would certainly have time-forfeited down the road.]

[25.Ne5! dxe5 26.fxe5 was even better.]

25...Bxc6 26.d5 Bd7 27.Nd4 Ra8 28.Nc6 Nb8 29.Rc3 Rba6 30.Rec1 Kg7? 31.Qxb5 Bxc6? 32.dxc6 Qd4+ 33.Kh2 Rxa3 34.Rxa3 Rxa3 35.Qxb8 Qd2 36.Qc7+ Kg8 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.Qd7+ Kf8 39.c7 1-0