(3) Demetrick,Joe (1661) - Moldovan,John (1801) [A85]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (4.2), 30.06.2011
[Moldovan & HIARCS 11.2 SP]

#2 of 2 simultaneous games G/55+5 (increment) A85 Dutch Defense Nimzo-Dutch Variation

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3
Until about 2 months ago, my opponent was strictly an e4 player but the opening didn't surprise me as I had noticed him getting Colle-Zukertort instruction from Steve Stoyko.

My recent visits to Dutch Wonderland haven't gone well (+0-4=2 if we include Anglo lines) but, after struggling to find play in round 2, I wasn't going to allow another system.

This is premature. [3.g3 /\Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 is best.]

3...Nf6 4.Nc3
[4.g3 avoiding the pin that follows; and 4.a3 , belatedly keeping the B out of b4 altogether, were options.]


This just hands Black a tempo to carry-out his theme. Better first is Qb3 or Bd2, to keep the Ps intact, or another developing move, such as Bg5, Bf4 or g3. [RR: 5.Qb3 This is superior to Qc2 because it hits the B. 5...c5 ! Simon Williams in "Play the Classical Dutch" (Gambit 2003) (5...Qe7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.e3 d6 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.b4 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5= Wong Foong Yin - Kortschnoj : Thessaloniki 1988 (ol); 5...a5 6.Bg5 (6.a3 a4! Diagram

7.Qc2 (not 7.Qxb4? Nc6 8.Qb5 Ra5 trapping White's Q 9.Nxa4 Rxb5 10.cxb5 Ne7=/+ ) 7...Bxc3+ 8.Qxc3 Ne4 9.Qc2 b6= Reilly - Johansen : Canberra 1999) 6...0-0 7.e3 b6 8.Be2 Bb7 9.0-0+/= (per HIARCS) Kouatly - Bricard : Montpellier 1991)
6.a3 Bxc3+ (6...Ba5!? 7.e3N Ne4 8.Bd3 Chatsky - Moldovan : G/10, Somerset 09/05/2010 8...b6 9.0-0 Bxc3 10.bxc3 0-0= ) 7.Qxc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 11.Kxd2 b6 12.e3 Bb7 13.Be2 d6 14.b4 Nd7 15.Rhd1 Ke7 16.Ke1 Rhd8= Del Rio - Vega : Barcelona 2000; 5.Bd2 0-0 6.a3 (6.e3 b6 7.Be2 Bb7 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Ne4 10.Ne5N Nxc3 11.bxc3 d6 12.Nd3 Qe7 13.Bf3 Be4 14.a4 Nc6= "Mizerak" - Moldovan : Chesspark 2007) 6...Bxc3 7.Bxc3 d6 8.e3 Ne4 9.Qc2 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7= Vollmer - Moldovan : STC Gauntlet, U.S. Chess Live Section 07/30/2005; 5.Bf4 b6 6.e3 Bb7 7.Be2 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 d6 9.c5 dxc5 10.dxc5 Qxd1+ 11.Rxd1 Nd5 12.Be5 Nd7 13.c4 N5f6 14.c6 Bxc6 15.Bxc7= Aloma - Cabrera : Calvia 2007; 5.g3 0-0 (5...b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 0-0 9.d5!? Ne4 10.dxe6 dxe6 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Ng5 Re8 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.Bxe4 fxe4= Ajrapetjan - Ponomariov : Alushta 2009) 6.Bg2 d6 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Qe7 9.Qb3 c5 10.Nd2 Nc6= Rubinstein - Tartakower : Karlsbad 1911; For 5.Bg5 see one of my 2008 KST wins over Shiffman.]

5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5
[For 6...0-0 see my 2008 win vs. Burnett, also from the KST.]

[7.Bf4 Ramanauskas - Paulauskaite : Radviliskis 1995 /\7...Ne4 8.Qc2 Qa5 9.e3 Qxc3+ 10.Qxc3 Nxc3 11.Bd3 is playable; but 7.dxc5?! Qa5 ; & 7.d5?! d6 are =/+.]

7...0-0 8.Be2

[8.Bd3 d6 9.0-0 Qe7 10.Qc2 g6? 11.e4 +/- was played in D. Fernandez Trivino - D. Fernandez Diez : Asturias 2001 but 10... 10...Nc6N equalizes.]

[This varies from the 8...Ne4 9.Qc2 d6 10.0-0 of Bachmann - Castro : Dortmund 1977 where the 2nd player should have continued 10...b6= (instead of 10...Qa5?+/= ) ]

9.0-0 Nc6 10.Qc2 e5 11.d5?!
[Maintaining the tension, with 11.Bd2 or a R move, was more appropriate.]

11...Na5 12.Nd2 Qd7!?
/\ 13.Nb3? Qa4 -/+ [However, 12...b6 is more natural & probably better.]

[>=13.f4 right-away.]


Houdini 1.5a, considered the #1 engine, thinks this position is equal but, in my view and hopefully yours as well, Black has a beautiful game and stands better. In fact, Joe hated his game so much, he actually considered quitting here!

[>=14.Bb2 /\ Rae1; If 14.Bd3 (/\ freezing the Bc8) then 14...Qe7! intending 15.Bxf5 Bxf5 16.Qxf5 Nxd5 ]

[14...exf4 15.Rxf4 (15.exf4? Ba6 threatening to take on d5 16.Bd3 g6-/+ ) 15...Qe7 was just as good.]

[>=15.Qd1=/+ ]

15...Ba6 16.Rb1?

This leaves the Be2 hanging and allows an elementary tactic. [>=16.Rf2-/+ ; 16.Re1-/+ ; 16.Qd1-/+ ; or, as HIARCS suggests, 16.Kf2!?-/+ ]

&, to my surprise, White immediately resigned. Time left - Demetrick 17:36, Moldovan 32:58 Time used - Demetrick 38:44, Moldovan 23:22 Longest think by White - 9 minutes for 11.d5?! Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 12...Qd7!? [16...Nxd5!! 17.Nxe4 (17.cxd5? loses an Exchange to 17...Bxe2 ) 17...Nxe3 18.Bxe3 (18.Nxc5 Qe7 ) 18...fxe4 19.Qxe4 Rae8 20.Qd5+ Kh8 21.Qd2 Qe6 22.Rf3 Nxc4 23.Bxc4 Bxc4 is winning for Black but, with the way I foul things up, the game isn't over.] 0-1