(3) Liesch,Steve (1592) - Moldovan,John (1801) [A05]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (9), 04.08.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/55+5 (increment) A05 Reti Opening King's Indian Attack

[In our other games (at Summit in 2004 & 2005) Steve played 1.e4 & I defended with the Caro-Kann.]

1...e6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.b3
This is natural but quite rare. [White usually remains flexible with 4.0-0 (see, for example, H. Smith - Moldovan : KST 2007); though he can go into an English ( 4.c4 ); or Sicilian ( 4.e4 ), right-away.]

[4...f5N 5.Bb2 Nf6= Csom - El Gindy : Cairo 1997 (via transposition); 4...Be7N 5.Bb2 Bf6= ; & 4...b6N 5.Ne5 Bb7 6.Nxc6 Qc7 (or 6...Bxc6 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.Bb2 Nf6 9.0-0 ) 7.Bb2 Bxc6 8.e4 Nf6= 9.Bxf6!? gxf6 are more creative.]

5.Bb2 Be7 6.d3 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.Nbd2

[8...Qc7 (twice); 8...d5 ; & 8...Bd7 have been played before.; 8...e5N is also worth a try.]

9.e3 Qc7 10.Rc1 Bd7
This is unnecessarily passive. [>=10...b6 /\ ....Bb7 or ...Ba6,.]

11.Re1 a6 12.c3
This is okay... [... but I'm sure the Bb2 would have preferred 12.c4 /\ a3, Rc2 + Qa1.]

Black reinforces c5, in advance of enemy's intended b4 or d4 advance, and prepares to move his Q out of harm's way.

13.Qc2 Rfc8 14.d4

After hesitation on both sides, the Ps finally engage and middle-game begins.

14...Qa7 15.Qd3 d5!?
[>=15...h6= , maintaining the status quo,; or 15...b5 16.dxc5 Qxc5 the logical follow-up to ...Qa7 17.c4 e5= ]

[>=16.c4+/= ]

16...cxd4 17.cxd4
This gives me the b4 square... [... but 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Qxd4 Bc5 19.Qd3 b5 20.Rf1 Bc6 is no better.; �17.e5? dxc3 18.Bxc3 (18.exf6?? cxb2 19.Rxc6 Bxf6-+ ) 18...Ng4 19.h3 Nh6=/+ ]

17...Nb4 18.Qb1 Bb5

19.Ne5 dxe4?
This saddles White with an isolated d-pawn... [... but lets his Ns become dominant. 19...Nd7= was correct.]


[>=20...Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Nd7 ]

[We missed 21.Rxc8+ Rxc8 22.Ng5!+/= , /\22...Be8?? 23.Bxd5 exd5 24.Qf5+- ]

21...Be8 22.Qd3
This keeps the position complex but lets me re-arrange my blockade and kick his annoying bastard out of e5. [22.Nxf6+ Nxf6 23.Nc6 (�23.Bc6 Rc7 ) 23...Bxc6 24.Bxc6= , netting the B pair, was an option.]

22...Nb4 23.Qd1 Nfd5 24.h4?!
My opponent offered a draw here but I needed a win to keep a share of 1st and thought playing-on was worth the risk. [>=24.Nc3 Nxc3 25.Rxc3 Rxc3 26.Bxc3= ]

[>=24...Rxc1 25.Bxc1 f6=/+ ]

This lets me take-over the c-file and activate my Q. [>=25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Bh3 f5 27.Ng5 Bxg5 28.hxg5= ; 25.Nc4= ; or even the sacrificial 25.Bh3!? Rxc1[] 26.Bxe6+ Kh8 27.Bxc1 fxe5 28.dxe5� ]

25...Rxc1 26.Bxc1 Qc7 27.Bb2 Rc8

This should have dropped a P. [28.Bh3=/+ best.]

28...Qc2 29.Ba3
[29.Qxc2 Rxc2 30.Rb1 Bxh5 ]

[>=29...Bxh5 ]

30.Rxd1 Kf7??
[How did I miss 30...Bxh5-+ ?]

31.Bf1 h6 32.Nfd2??
[>=32.g4=/+ ]

[32...f5-+ would have trapped the Ne4.]

Threatening to win an Exchange with Nd6+.


This gives me a 3rd chance to decisively gain material and I finally do so. [34.Be2= would have maintained the balance.]

34...f5-+ 35.Bb5?
[35.Nc4 fxe4 36.Ne5+ Kf6 37.Nxc6 Bxc6 was a much better try. Now I win a piece, instead of 2 Ns for a R.] Since the wrap-up is long and both sides were in time pressure, I won't put the rest under a microscope.

35...Rc2 36.Rc1? Rxc1+ 37.Bxc1 Bxb5 38.axb5 Nd3
Now the Bc1 is hanging as well.

39.Nc4 fxe4?!
[>=39...Nxc1 40.Ned2 Ne2+ 41.Kf1 Nxd4 ]

40.Bd2 Kf6 41.Kg2
Here I played the illegal 41...Kg5 and had to add 2 minutes to Steve's clock.

41...Kf5 42.f3 exf3+ 43.Kxf3 N3b4 44.g4+ Kf6 45.Ke4 Na2 46.Ne5 Bd6 47.Nc4 Bc7 48.Na3 Nab4 49.Nc4 Nc2
The b3P is dead.

50.Bc1 Na1 51.b4 axb4 52.Bb2 Nc2 53.Nd2 Na3 54.Nb3 Nxb5 55.Bc1 Nd6+ 56.Kd3 Nf7 57.Kc4 Ng5 58.Bxg5+?
This lets my K penetrate.

58...Kxg5 59.Kb5 Kxg4 60.Kc6 Bf4 61.Kd7

61...e5! 62.dxe5 Bxe5 63.Ke6 Bf6 64.Kxd5 Kxh5
With all the enemy Ps gone, I can't lose on time. The worst I can do is draw.

65.Kc4 Be7 66.Kb5 Bc5 67.Kc4 Kg4 68.Kd3 h5 69.Ke2 h4 70.Kf1 h3
And after White played the illegal 71.Kg1, which put 2 extra minutes on my clock, he resigned. Time left - Liesch 2:32, Moldovan 2:53 Time used - Liesch 60:23, Moldovan 60:02 Longest think by White - 5 minutes for 24.h4 Longest think by Black - 6 minutes for 15...d5 & 24...f6 0-1