(2) Tomkovich,Greg (1659) - Moldovan,John (1801) [A53]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (1), 09.06.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/60 A53 Old Indian Defense Exchange Variation

1.d4 d6!?
This is Tartakower's Proto-Indian, an opening I had only used in skittles vs. U1350s.

2.c4 Nf6
[2...e5 the Moron Defense /\3.dxe5 dxe5 4.Qxd8+ Kxd8 , avoiding the pin against the Nf6 that follows, was an option; as was 2...g6 & a Modern Defense.]

3.Nc3 e5
[This could have been prefaced by 3...Nbd7 but the ending is okay.]

4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bg5 Bb4
According to ChessBase, this has been played just 3 times before. [Black usually answers 6...c6 ; or 6...Be6 ]

7.Bxf6+
[RR: 7.0-0-0+ Nbd7 8.Nd5 Be7 9.Bxf6 (9.Nxe7 Kxe7 10.g3 h6 11.Bd2 Ne4 12.Bb4+ c5 13.Be1 b6= Fortes - Brunet : Martorell 1997) 9...Bxf6 10.Nxf6 gxf6 11.e4 Ke7 12.Ne2 Nc5 13.Ng3 Be6 14.b3 Rad8 15.Be2 a5= Hueltner - Mellenthin : Bad Wildbad 1993]

7...gxf6
The desired ...Bxc3 could not be interpolated because of White's check.

8.0-0-0+
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8...Ke8?N
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This allows a 3-pronged fork & drops the f6P. [8...Nd7 9.Nd5 Be7 10.g3 c6 11.Ne3 Kc7 12.Bh3 Nc5 13.Bxc8 Raxc8 14.Nf5 Bf8 15.f3 e4 16.Nh3 exf3 17.exf3= W. Nawara - Polaski : Kolobrzeg 2008 17...Re8 was correct.]

9.Nd5 Na6
Resigns was a good alternative but, with no interest in a re-match, I might as well make lemonade.

10.Nxf6+ Ke7 11.Nd5+ Ke6 12.Nf3
[>=12.g3 f6 13.a3 Be7 14.b4+/- ]

12...f6 13.e3
[>=13.Nxb4 Nxb4 14.a3 Nc6 15.g3 ]

13...Bc5
>= ...Ke7 (/\ ...Be6) +/=, here or next.

14.Bd3
[>=14.Be2+/- ]

14...c6 15.Nc3 f5
Diagram

Theatening to win a piece with ...e4.

16.Ng5+?
This lets me back in the game. [>=16.Bc2+/- ]

16...Kf6 17.h4 h6 18.Nh3 Rg8 19.g3 Be6 20.Be2 Rac8 21.a3 b5!?
[>=21...Be7 ]

22.b4
[>=22.cxb5 cxb5 23.Kb1 (23.Bxb5 Bxa3! /\24.Bxa6?? Rxc3+-+ ) 23...Nc7 24.Nxb5 Nxb5 25.Bxb5 Bxa3 26.Bd7 Rb8 27.Bxe6 Kxe6 28.Rd2+/= ]

22...Be7 23.cxb5 cxb5
[>=23...c5! 24.bxc5 (24.bxa6?? cxb4-/+ ) 24...Nxc5 ]

24.Kb2
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24...Bc4??
This loses. [24...Nc7! 25.Nxb5 Nxb5 26.Bxb5 a5 /\27.bxa5 Rb8 (27...Rc5!? 28.a4 Rgc8 29.Rc1 Rxc1 30.Rxc1 Ba3+ 31.Kxa3 Rxc1 ) 28.a4 Bc4 29.Kc3 Bxb5 30.axb5 Rxb5 /\31.Ra1 Rd8 32.a6?? Rc5+ 33.Kb3 Rb8+ 34.Ka4 Bd8 35.a7 Ra5# was right.]

25.Bxc4 bxc4?
[>=25...Rxc4 was a better try but I didn't see that 26.Nxb5?? could be met by 26...Nxb4! 27.axb4? Rxb4+ 28.Ka1 Rxb5=/+ ] We can skip the rest.

26.Nd5+ Ke6 27.Nxe7 Kxe7 28.Rd5 Ke6 29.Rhd1 Rc6 30.Ng1 Nc7 31.Ra5 a6? 32.Nf3 Nb5 33.a4 c3+ 34.Kb3 c2 35.Rc1
and, after staring at the position for 22 unnecessary minutes, I resigned. Time left - Tomkovich 35:29, Moldovan 0:09 Time used - Tomkovich 24:31, Moldovan 59:51 Longest think by White - 4 minutes for 22.b4 Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 21...b5 1-0