(3) Moldovan,John (1814) - Agress,Gordon (1429) [E90]
21st Kenilworth Championship Kenilworth, NJ (4), 03.02.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]
E90 King's Indian Defense
[... but, I still have to say >=3...Bg7
Gruenfeld; or 3...c5
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...
I thought my former USATE and GSCL teammate played the Q's Gambit & Nimzo-Indian.
was an option but an Anti-Indian system wasn't. They're garbage.]
This Tango-KI hybrid is interesting...
Diagram would've been funny but I didn't want the joke to be on me.]
was too commital for my taste.]
, which battles for the d4 square and threatens 6...Bxf3 7.gxf3, was expected.]
, 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.]
, played in 206 of 210 games, is the norm. Moldovan - Ian "the bailbondsman" : G/5, Springfield 07/30/2006 continued 9.Be3
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+
but I believe the middlegame holds more terrors for Black than the ending.]
This lets me attack on the right wing but the c4-c5 possibilities made counter-temporization unattactive. [For examples: 10...a6
; & 10...h5
; Trying to halt c5 doesn't work either: 10...Qd6
; or 10...Nd7
. In each case, White obtains a larger advantage than in the game.]
The Insanity Variation, Quintuple-deferred! Diagram
The ...Rd8 idea is very artifical and just misplaces pieces. [11...c6
was more appropriate.]
/\ 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+/-
This makes Black's Q a prisoner and takes a square the Nf6 could have used. [>=13...f5
threatening the Q and, as a result, winning the a7 P.]
was out of the question now because 15.exf5
picks-up an Exchange.]
, threatening 18.Qh3 followed by 19.Qxh7#, was right.; Not 16.dxc6?
With this lemon, White throws away the rest of his advantage and gives his foe good counterplay.
I overlooked this.
Yet another mistake. [>=22.fxe3!
(Black has to sac the hP with 23...h5
/ h6 24.gxh6
; or 23...Rf7
Agress misses his chance and again falls behind. [22...axb6=/+
would have given him an edge.]
Threatening 24...Rxc3! 25.Qxc3 Qxe4+ -+.Diagram [‹23...Qc6?!
threat: 25.Nxe7+ followed by 26.Nxc6.]
Max Sherer watched me play this and seemed to disapprove. [Perhaps he had 24.Kf1!?+/-
Sadly for Black, this "attacking" move does him in. It weakens the back-rank and puts his fR at risk. [>=24...Rd4
would have kept him in the game.]
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.]
would have allowed me to consolidate via 26.Nb5
, sacking the Exchange to collect the a7 passer, was the best try.]
pinning the B &, thereby, threatening 32.gxh6.]
This fatally exposes the K but the result was already known.
>= Kg2, here or next.
A spite check.
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.