(3) Shiffman,Bert (1294) - Moldovan,John (1801) [A46]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (2), 16.06.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/55+5 (increment) A46 QP Game Two Knights System

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3!?
Diagram

This is the Rodney Dangerfield of Anti-Indians. It gets no respect despite being no worse than the over-rated, over-played Stonewall, Colle, Zukertort, London and Torre.

3...Bb4
[3...d5 4.Bg5 a6!? 5.e4 Bb4 Romano - Kassab : Besancon 2005; & 3...h6!? 4.e4 d5 , transposing into French-like lines, are interesting alternatives but, given last week's debacle & my bad form, why experiment?]

4.Bd2
[RR: 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.dxc5N Qa5 7.Bd2 Qxc5= E. Smith - Moldovan : Springfield 10/11/1998]

4...b6
[RR: 4...c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 0-0 1/2-1/2 Ehlvest - Veingold : Jyvaskyla 1997]

5.a3 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 Bb7
[RR: 6...Ba6 7.g3 d6 8.Bg2 Bb7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.e3 0-0 11.Re1 Re8 12.b3 Ne4 13.Qd3 f5 14.Nd2 Ndf6 15.Nxe4 Nxe4= Leaman - Piasecki : Troy, MI 1993]

7.e3 0-0N
[>=7...Ne4 Kretz - Raible : Hockenheim 1994 8.Bd3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 d6 10.0-0 Nd7 ]

8.Bd3 Ne4
[If 8...a5 (or 8...c5) then 9.0-0 Ne4 10.Be1 ]

9.Bb4
Diagram



9...d6
This allows White to keep his B pair... [... But 9...c5 10.Bxe4 Bxe4 11.dxc5 a5 12.Bc3 bxc5 13.Qd6 Bxc2 (not 13...Na6??+- 14.Qe5 ) 14.Rc1 Bg6 15.Qxc5 ]

10.0-0 c5 11.Be1 Nd7 12.c4
[>=12.Nd2 f5 13.f3 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 ] Black is now a tempo ahead (the one lost by Bc3-b4) Donner - Spassky : Beverwijk 1967, a E43 Nimzo-Indian which opened 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Bd2 d6 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.Bxc3 Ne4 11.Be1.

12...Qe7
[>=12...f5 /\13.Nd2 cxd4 14.exd4 Qg5 15.Nxe4 fxe4 ]

13.Nd2 f5 14.f3 Nxd2 15.Bxd2
Diagram

Over the next 8-9 moves, the players have difficulty finding or committing to a plan and maneuver about.

15...Nf6?!
[>=15...e5= /\16.d5 e4 ]

16.Re1
[>=16.Qe2+/= ]

16...Qd7 17.Bf1
[>=17.Qc2 ]

17...a5
[>=17...e5= /\18.d5 b5! 19.cxb5 Bxd5 ]

18.a4
[>=18.Bc3 a4 19.Qd2+/= ]

18...Rac8
/\ ...Ba6 + ...cxd4, discovering upon the c4P. However, ...e5 = was still best here, and on moves 19-20, as well.

19.b3
>= Bc3 +/= here or next.

19...Rfd8 20.Re2 Qc6 21.Rf2 Qe8 22.Bd3
>= Qc2, on this turn or the two to follow.

22...Qh5
[>=22...d5 ]

23.Be2 Rf8
Diagram

[>=23...e5! /\24.f4?! Qg6 25.fxe5 Ne4! 26.Rf3[] cxd4 27.exd4 Nxd2 28.Qxd2 Bxf3 29.Bxf3 dxe5 30.Bd5+ Rxd5 31.cxd5 e4 ] My opponent, who I was facing for the 130th time (!), had played very well to this point but he now loses a P.

24.d5? exd5 25.cxd5 Bxd5 26.Bc4?!
[>=26.Bc3 ]

26...Qf7 27.Bxd5
[>=27.Rb1 Bxc4 28.bxc4 ]

27...Qxd5
[>=27...Nxd5 ]

28.Bc3 Qxd1+?
[28...Qe6-/+ was right.]

29.Rxd1 Rcd8
[>=29...Ne8 ]

30.Bxf6
[>=30.Rfd2 Ne8 31.Be5 Rf7 32.Rd5 (32.Bxd6?? Rfd7-+ ) 32...Rfd7 33.Bf4 g6 34.Bg5 ]

30...Rxf6 31.Rd5 Kf7
Diagram



32.e4
[>=32.Rfd2 g6 33.Kf2 with good chances to hold.]

32...fxe4 33.fxe4 Rxf2 34.Kxf2 Ke6 35.g3
[>=35.Ke3=/+ ]

35...Rc8
[>=35...b5! 36.axb5 Rb8-/+ ]

36.h4?
The losing move. [>=36.Rd3 b5 (36...c4 37.Rc3 cxb3 38.Rxb3=/+ (38.Rxc8?? b2-+ ) ) 37.axb5 Rb8 38.Ke3 Rxb5 39.h4-/+ ]

36...c4-+ 37.bxc4 Rxc4 38.Rb5 Rb4
Diagram



39.Rxb4?
The P-ending is a piece of cake for Black. [39.Rg5 g6 40.h5 Rxe4 41.hxg6 hxg6 42.Rxg6+ Kd5 43.Rg8 , forcing Black to prove his technique, was a much better try.]

39...axb4 40.Ke3 Ke5 41.Kd3 b3 42.Kc3 Kxe4 43.Kxb3 d5 44.Kc3
[Racing with 44.Kb4 d4 45.Kb5 d3 46.Kxb6 d2 47.a5 d1Q 48.a6 Qa4 49.a7 Kf3 is just as hopeless.]

44...d4+
[A couple of kibitzers criticised me for not leading with 44...Ke3 but the text is fine as White will soon have to pitch Ps or let my K onto the 2nd rank.]

45.Kd2 h5 46.Ke2 d3+ 47.Kd2 Kd4 48.Kd1 Ke3 49.Ke1 d2+ 50.Kd1 g6(.)
White resigns. Time left - Shiffman 1:07, Moldovan 30:03 Time used - Shiffman 58:03, Moldovan 29:07 Longest thinks by White - 5:25 for 44.Kc3, approximately 5 minutes for 24.d5? Longest think by Black - 3 minutes for 23...Rf8 [>=50...Kd3(.) 51.a5 bxa5 52.g4 hxg4 53.h5 g3 54.h6 g2 55.h7 g1Q# ] 0-1