(1) McAuliffe,Geoff (1644) - Moldovan,John (1801) [C02]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (10.1), 11.08.2011
[Moldovan& Houdini 1.5a]

#1 of 2 simultaneous games G/55+5 (delay) C02 French Defense Advance Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 8.b3
[For 8.Na3 see our draw from 2 summers ago.; >=8.Nc3 although not as Gadgil played it in round 3.]

8...Nf5 9.Bb2 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 h5
Black protects the outpost. [However, 10...0-0 11.g4 Nh6 12.h3 f6! 13.exf6 Rxf6=/+ /\14.g5? Rxf3! 15.Bxf3 Nf5-/+ Kosanski - Medak : Pula 1993; and 10...Be7 11.g4?! Nh4 12.Nxh4 Bxh4=/+ Ostrovsky - Shestoperov : Liepaia 1971 are good, too.]

11.a3
[RR11.h3 Bd7 12.a3N Be7 13.g3 0-0-0 14.b4 Kb8 15.Bc3 Rc8 16.b5 Na5 17.a4 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Rxc4=/+ nestorovic - Moldovan : G/20, Chess Cube 08/04/2009]

11...Be7 12.Bd3 Bd7
Diagram

I didn't want to commit my K yet and didn't see any reason to move a P or developed piece... [... But 12...g5!?N , a la Moskalenko (author of the "Flexible French"). may improve.]

13.Bc2N
[>=13.Bxf5 exf5 Nadvesnik - Shmirina : Budva 2003 14.Nc3 Be6 15.b4=/+ ]

13...Na5
[>=13...g5 /\ unseating the Nf3 and taking on d4.]

14.Nc3 Rc8 15.a4
[>=15.h4= ; 15.Bxf5 exf5 16.Nxd5 Qb5+-+ ]

15...a6?!
[>=15...Nc4! /\16.bxc4 Qxb2 which I looked at but rejected.]

16.Bxf5
[>=16.Rb1 ]

16...exf5 17.Nxd5 Qxb3 18.Qxb3
[>=18.Nxe7 Qxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Kxe7 20.Ba3+ Ke8 21.Ke2 Bxa4 22.Rc1=/+ ]

18...Nxb3 19.Nxe7
Diagram



19...Nxa1??
[19...Kxe7 20.Ba3+ Ke8 21.Re1 Bxa4=/+ , winning a P, was right.]

20.Nxc8+- Bxc8 21.Bxa1 Be6 22.Ke2
And, at this point, I realized that I was a piece down and resigned. Minutes left - McAuliffe 27, Moldovan 34 Estimated minutes used - McAuliffe 30, Moldovan 23 Longest think by White - 9 minutes for 15.a4 Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 12...Bd7 1-0