### (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+
Diagram

8...Ke8?N
Diagram 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
Diagram

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**