### (3) Moldovan,John (1814) - Agress,Gordon (1429) [E90]

21st Kenilworth Championship Kenilworth, NJ (4), 03.02.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

**
**G/85+5 (delay)
E90 King's Indian Defense

1.d4
Originally scheduled to play Joe Demetrick and almost unable to decide what to play on move 1, I was relieved by the pairing changes. ... until I saw...

1...g6
I thought my former USATE and GSCL teammate played the Q's Gambit & Nimzo-Indian.

2.c4
[2.e4
was an option but an Anti-Indian system wasn't. They're garbage.]

2...Nf6
3.Nc3
Nc6!?
This Tango-KI hybrid is interesting...
Diagram

[... but, I still have to say >=3...Bg7
; 3...d6
; 3...d5
Gruenfeld; or 3...c5
Benoni]

4.e4
d6
[4...Bg7!?
5.e5
Ng8
6.d5
Nb8+/=
Diagram would've been funny but I didn't want the joke to be on me.]

5.Nf3
[5.d5
Ne5
6.f4
was too commital for my taste.]

5...Bg7
[5...Bg4
, which battles for the d4 square and threatens 6...Bxf3 7.gxf3, was expected.]

6.d5
Ne5
[6...Nb8
, borrowing from round 2's Sherer - Chieu (I think they had Be2 and 0-0 in), was an alternative but Black prefers a trade to ...Nbd7-c5 re-deployment.]

7.Nxe5!
[‹7.Nd2
0-0
8.Be2
e6
9.0-0
exd5
10.cxd5
a6=
]

7...dxe5
8.Be2
Diagram

8...b6!?N
[8...0-0
, played in 206 of 210 games, is the norm. Moldovan - Ian "the bailbondsman" : G/5, Springfield 07/30/2006 continued 9.Be3
h5N
10.f3
a6
11.Qd2
b6
12.0-0-0
Qd6
13.Rdg1
Rd8+/=
]

9.Be3
Bb7
10.h3
After thinking for 9 minutes, I opt for a waiting move. Let's see where Gordon puts his K before taking action. [The new engine claims >=10.Qa4+
Qd7
11.Qxd7+
Kxd7
12.c5
but I believe the middlegame holds more terrors for Black than the ending.]

10...0-0
This lets me attack on the right wing but the c4-c5 possibilities made counter-temporization unattactive. [For examples: 10...a6
11.c5
bxc5
12.Qb3
; & 10...h5
11.c5
bxc5
12.Bxc5
Nd7
13.Be3
; Trying to halt c5 doesn't work either: 10...Qd6
11.c5!
bxc5
12.Bb5+
Nd7
13.Na4
0-0
14.Bxd7
Qxd7
15.Nxc5
Qd6
16.0-0
; or 10...Nd7
11.Qb3
Rb8
12.Qa3
. In each case, White obtains a larger advantage than in the game.]

11.g4
The Insanity Variation, Quintuple-deferred! Diagram

11...Qe8?
The ...Rd8 idea is very artifical and just misplaces pieces. [11...c6
12.g5
Ne8
13.h4
Nd6
14.h5+/=
was more appropriate.]

12.g5
Nd7
13.Bg4?!
/\ trading-off the l.s B or placing it on e6, if we have an ...f5, exf6 ...Nxf6 sequence. This plan was correct vs. Doc Lewis's Old Benoni in 2009 but not here.Diagram [>=13.h4+/-
, straight-away.]

13...Rd8?
This makes Black's Q a prisoner and takes a square the Nf6 could have used. [>=13...f5
14.gxf6
Nxf6+/=
]

14.h4
[>=14.Nb5
threatening the Q and, as a result, winning the a7 P.]

14...c6?
[>=14...e6
15.h5
exd5
16.cxd5
Qe7+/=
; 14...f5?
was out of the question now because 15.exf5
gxf5
16.Bh5
picks-up an Exchange.]

15.h5
Bc8??
Diagram [>=15...cxd5
16.cxd5
Nc5
17.hxg6
hxg6
18.Bxc5
bxc5
19.Qf3
f5
20.exf5
Bc8
]

16.Qe2?
[16.hxg6
hxg6
17.Qf3+-
, threatening 18.Qh3 followed by 19.Qxh7#, was right.; Not 16.dxc6?
Nf6
17.Bd7[]
Bxd7
18.c7
Nxh5
19.cxd8Q
Qxd8+/=
]

16...Nc5
17.Bxc8
Rxc8
18.hxg6
fxg6
19.b4?
With this lemon, White throws away the rest of his advantage and gives his foe good counterplay.
Diagram [19.Bxc5
bxc5
20.0-0-0+/-
was correct.]

19...cxd5!
I overlooked this.

20.bxc5
d4
21.cxb6
dxe3
22.Qxe3?
Yet another mistake. [>=22.fxe3!
axb6
23.Qh2!
/\Rxc4??
* (*Black has to sac the hP with *23...h5
*/ h6 *24.gxh6
Bf6©
; *or *23...Rf7
24.Qxh7+
Kf8©
) *24.Qxh7++-
Kf7
25.Rf1+
Ke6
26.Rxf8
Bxf8
27.Rb1!
Rxc3?
28.Qg8+
Kd7
* (28...Qf7?
29.Rxb6+
Kd7
30.Qxf7
) *29.Qd5+
Kc7
30.Qxe5+
Kb7
31.Qxc3+-
]

22...Rxc4?
Agress misses his chance and again falls behind. [22...axb6=/+
would have given him an edge.]

23.bxa7
Qa8
Threatening 24...Rxc3! 25.Qxc3 Qxe4+ -+.Diagram [‹23...Qc6?!
24.Nd5+/-
threat: 25.Nxe7+ followed by 26.Nxc6.]

24.0-0
Max Sherer watched me play this and seemed to disapprove. [Perhaps he had 24.Kf1!?+/-
/\Rxc3?
25.Qxc3+-
Qxe4?
* (>=25...Qxa7
) *26.Rh3!
in mind.]

24...Rf4??
Sadly for Black, this "attacking" move does him in. It weakens the back-rank and puts his fR at risk. [>=24...Rd4
25.a4
Qxa7
26.Nb5
Qd7
27.Nxd4
exd4+/-
would have kept him in the game.]

25.f3?!
This move and some that follow were not best but they were good-enough to win. [Much >=25.Rab1
threat: 26.Rb8+ but, to be honest, stopping ... Rg4+ and solidifying e4 were all I cared about. I played f3 almost immediately.]

25...h6?
[25...Rc7?
would have allowed me to consolidate via 26.Nb5
Rb7
27.a4
; 25...Rxc3
, sacking the Exchange to collect the a7 passer, was the best try.]

26.Nd5
Qf8?
[>=26...Rd4
]

27.Rab1
Diagram [>=27.Nxf4
exf4
28.Qb3
]

27...Rc8[]
28.Nxf4
[>=28.Nb6
Rd8[]
29.Nd7
]

28...exf4
29.Qb3+
Kh7
30.Rfd1
Qh8
31.Qd5?!
[>=31.Qf7
pinning the B &, thereby, threatening 32.gxh6.]

31...Ra8
32.Rb7
hxg5
This fatally exposes the K but the result was already known.

33.Rxe7
>= Kg2, here or next.

33...Kh6
34.Rd2
Threatening mate.

34...Bd4+
A spite check.

35.Qxd4
and, faced the prospect of having to trade Qs and be a R+P down, Black resigned.
Time left - Moldovan 17:12, Agress 28:34
Estimated time used - Moldovan 70:38, Agress 59:16
Longest think by White - 12 miutes for 32.Rb7
Longest think by Black - 6 minutes for 15...Bc8??
With a win next week, I can tie for 2nd. A loss might drop me to 9th.
** 1-0**