(2) Gadgil,Laukik (1195) - Moldovan,John (1801) [C02]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (3.2), 23.06.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

#2 of 2 simultaneous games G/60 C02 French Defense Advance Variation I arrived some 15 minutes late and could not find a game but after Laukik beat Bert Shiffman, he offered to play and I talked Bert into letting me do a simul.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
[This is a switch from our 2006 KST game, where he chose 3.Nc3 ]

3...c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 8.Nc3 Nf5

This loses a P for insufficient compensation. [9.Na4 Qa5+ (For 9...Bb4+ 10.Kf1 see my June 13th loss to mountm.) 10.Bd2 Bb4 11.Bc3 b5 12.a3 Bxc3+ 13.Nxc3= is the main line.]

9...Nfxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4
This position is similar to the Milner-Barry Gambit but here White's l.s. cleric is passively placed, his Dame is subject to trade and can't support the e5P. Black also has 2 extra tempi because his steed is on c6, pressuring e5, instead of being back at g8.

Looking to avoid an endgame, my foe sacs a 2nd chip. There have been 65 games with other moves, the best of which apparently is Nb5. [For example: 11.Nb5 Qxe5 (11...Qxd1 is more circumspect.) 12.f4 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 Qb8 Meyer - Wuttke : Germany 1995 14.f5=/+ with ideas of Bf4, f5-f6 & fxe6.]

11...Qxe5 12.Bb5?
This tempo-loss doesn't accomplish anything positive. [>=12.g3-/+ /\Bd6?? 13.Bf4+- ]

12...Bd7-+ 13.Bd2?
[>=13.Ne2 ]

Black rushes to finish development and castle... [... But 13...d4 attacking the defender 14.Rfe1 Qh5 15.Bxc6 Bxc6 16.Ne4 Qd5 17.f3 Be7 was stronger.]

14.Rfe1 Qf6 15.Re3
Down 2 Ps for squat, White tries to make lemonade with a R-lift.

15...0-0 16.Rh3 g6
[>=16...h6 preventing later Bg5 business]

Attempting to somehow exploit my dark-square "weaknesses".

17...Rfd8 18.Qd2 Ne5
[18...Qh8?! /\ ...Bf6 was considered.]

[>=19.Bxd7 Rxd7 20.Re1 although trades, of course, benefit Black.]

19...Bc6 20.f4

White is threatening my N, and is set to win material with Bg5 but I can defend via counter-attacks.

This enables me to advance the d-pawn... [... But >=20...Nc4 ]

[Not 21.Kf1? Nc4 , when I have a primary plan of ...Qd4 and, if the White Q stays on the d-file (which she has to), secondary threats of ...Nxb2 & ...Ne3+.]

21...d4 22.fxe5 dxc3 23.Qxc3 Qf2
A multi-purpose move. I protect the Bc5 while threatening mate and the Be2.

24.Bf3[] Bd4 25.Qb4
/\ 26.Qe7, 27.Qf6 and 28.Qg7#. However, the plot isn't feasible. [>=25.Qe1 Qxb2 26.Rc1 Bxe5 27.Bxc6 bxc6 28.Rb3 ]

With a double-attack against b4 & a1.


This takes care of one problem but not the other. [>=26.Qxb2 Bxb2 27.Rf1 ]

[How the hell did I miss 26...Qxa1 0-1?]

27.Rb1 Qc3??
This drops a piece and brings White back to life. [27...Qxa2! giving me 4 extra Ps /\28.Qxe5? Qxb1+ 29.Bc1 Qxc1+ 30.Bd1 Rxd1+ 31.Qe1 Rxe1# is still winning.]

28.Qxc3 Bxc3 29.Bxc6

Black's collapse continues. [29...Bd2 30.Bxb7 Rab8 31.Bxd2 Rxd2= was required.]

30.Rxc3 Rac8?
[>=30...Rab8 31.Rxb8 Rxb8 32.Rxc6 Rb1+ 33.Bc1 e5+/- ]

31.h3 f6?
Yet another mistake, my 5th in 6 moves, but I was lost, regardless.

[32.Rb7+- would have given White the victory.]

32...Rd7 33.Ra3?!
[>=33.Rbc1 ]

33...c5 34.Rc1 Rdc7
[>=34...c4 35.Bxa7 e5 ]

35.Rc4 Kf7 36.Rac3
[>=36.Ra5+/- ]

36...e5 37.Rxc5 Rxc5 38.Rxc5 Rxc5 39.Bxc5 a6

Now Black has chances to hold.

40.g4 Ke6 41.Kg2 f5 42.Kf3 Kd5 43.Bb4 Kd4 44.Bd2 Kd3 45.Be1 Kd4+/=

Once again, I let a big advantage and points against the Advance slip-away. 1/2-1/2