(1) Moldovan,John (1801) - Carrelli,Don (1870) [E73]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (5), 07.07.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/55+5 (increment) E73 King's Indian Defense Insanity Variation Deferred (7.g4)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7
A finger-fehler. [My opponent said he intended to play 3...d5 & a Gruenfeld.]

4.e4 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.Be3
[This varies from the 6.Bg5 Re8 7.h4 Na6 8.Qd2 c5 9.d5 of our 01/13/2008 skittles game in Springfield.]

[For 6...Na6 see my 2010 KST loss to Stoyko.]

7.g4 c5 8.d5

Being slightly behind in development and having advanced on the right wing, White wants the center closed. Thus, he turns the position into a "Rex Benoni".

This preparatory move isn't necessary... [... as the Benko Gambit-like 8...b5 (!) seems good. For example: 9.cxb5 a6 10.g5 (10.bxa6 Bxa6 ) 10...Ne8 11.a4 Nc7 12.Nf3 axb5 13.axb5 Rxa1 14.Qxa1 e6 15.dxe6 Nxe6 16.0-0 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Qc1 Bb7 19.f4 Bxc3 20.Qxc3 Bxe4 21.b4 Re8= Williams - Slaby : 4 Nations League, England 2010]

Now Black will have to work for the desired ...b5 break.

[9...Ne5 10.h3 Ne8 11.f4 Nd7 12.Qd2 Nb6?! 13.Nf3+/= was played in Le Huec - Astier : Creon 2006]

10.h3 Ne8 11.Nf3 Nc7 12.Qd2 Re8
This guards against Bh6 and prepares ...e6 [... But 12...Ne5 , getting the N out of the Bc8's way and keeping the R in place to support a possible ...f5, 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.f4 Bg7= /\ ...Bd7 + ...b5 seems more natural.]

13.a5 b5 14.axb6 Rxb6
[14...Nxb6 was expected.]

15.0-0 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.f4

[>=17...Bg7+/= ]

18.Bxd4 cxd4 19.Na4!
[19.Qxd4 Rxb2 20.Rfb1 Rxb1+ 21.Rxb1 I want to win the d4P, rather than trade b2 for it.]

19...Rb3 20.Ra3?
Defending laterally is the right idea but using the other R was better. [20.Rf3+/- ]

20...Rxa3 21.bxa3 Na8?
[>=21...e6 22.Qxd4 Qh4 23.Kg2 exd5 24.cxd5 Nb5+/= ; or 21...e5 trying to hold the P 22.fxe5 Rxe5 (22...dxe5?!+/- giving White connected passers.) 23.Qxd4 Qe8 24.Nc3 Qe7+/= ]

[22.Qxd4+/- /\Qa5 23.c5 dxc5 24.Nxc5 Qxa3 25.Kg2 , threatening to trap the enemy Q with 26.Ra1 +-, was best.]

22...Bd7 23.Bd1 Qc7 24.Qxd4 Qa5?
[>=24...Rc8+/= ]

25.Rb4 Rc8 26.Kg2 Qc7 27.Nb2 a5 28.Rb3 Rb8 29.Rxb8+ Qxb8 30.e5 Qb6?
[>=30...Nc7+/- ]

31.Qxb6 Nxb6 32.Be2?
Missed win #1. [>=32.Kf3+- /\ Ke3-d4 + c5]

32...f6 33.e6 Ba4??

[33...Bc8+/- ; or 33...Be8+/- ]

Missed win #2. [34.c5! /\dxc5 35.Nxa4 Nxa4 36.Bb5 Nb6 37.d6 , as pointed-out by NM Mark Kernighan, would have given me the victory.]

34...Nxa4 35.Kf3 Kg7 36.Ke3 Nc5 37.Bd3 h6 38.Bc2 g5 39.Kf3 Kg8 40.Kg3 Kg7 41.h4 Kf8

42.hxg5 hxg5 43.Kf3 Ke8 44.fxg5 fxg5 45.Ke3 Kd8 46.Kd4
With no way to penetrate, I offer a draw.... but Don, with an 11 minute lead on the clock (19-8), wants to play on.

46...Kc8 47.Kc3 Kb7 48.Bg6 Kb6 49.Bc2 Na6 50.Bg6 Kc5 51.Bc2 Nc7 52.Be4 Ne8 53.Bf3 Nf6 54.Kd3 Nh7??

[54...Kb6+/= holds.]

Missed win #3. Game drawn by agreement. Time left - Moldovan 6:38, Carrelli 11:05 Time used - Moldovan 52:57, Carrelli 48:25 Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 27.Nb2 Longest think by Black - 4 minutes (?) for 17...Bd4 [55.Ke4!! Kxc4 (55...Nf6+ is no better.) 56.Kf5 , threatening 57.Kg6 followed by collecting the g5 or e7P, would have earned a full point.] 1/2-1/2