### (2) Moldovan,John (1801) - Kumar,Aravind (1976) [D35]

Kenilworth Summer Tournament - open Kenilworth, NJ (10.2), 11.08.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

**
**#2 of 2 simultaneous games
G/55+5 (delay)
D36 Queen's Gambit
Exchange Variation

1.Nf3
e6
2.c4
Nf6
3.Nc3
d5
4.cxd5
exd5
5.d4
Be7
6.Bg5
0-0
7.Qc2
c6
8.e3
Ne4
This is best. [For 8...Re8
; and 8...Nbd7
see my 2006 Kenilworth Ch. games against Stoyko and Tomkovich.]

9.Bxe7
[9.Nxe4
dxe4
10.Bxe7
Qxe7
11.Nd2
; and 9.Bf4
are playable.]

9...Qxe7
10.Bd3
f5
[I prefer 10...Bf5
11.0-0
Nd7
12.Rab1
a5
13.a3
Bg6N
14.b4
axb4
15.axb4
Ra3
but will admit to an anti-stonewall bias. ;-)]

11.0-0
Nd7
12.Nd2
Diagram

[>=12.Rae1
protecting e3, in preparation for the N-kicking f2-f3 12...Ndf6
13.Ne5
Be6
14.Na4
Rae8
15.f3
Nd6
16.Nc5
Bc8
17.b4
Qc7
18.Re2
g6
19.a4
a6
20.Rc1+/=
Kortschnoj - Minev : Leipzig 1960; or 12.Rab1
planning a minority attack (b2-b4-b5) 12...a5
13.a3
Kh8
14.Rfe1
Rf6
15.Nd2
Nd6
16.Na4
b5
17.Nc5
Nc4
18.Nxd7
Bxd7
19.Nf3
Raf8
20.a4+/=
Beliavsky - Filippov : Batumi 1999]

12...Qf6!?N
I thought this was odd but its point soon becomes clear. [12...Ndf6
has scored extremely well in practice (+9-2=4 for Black) but the chances should be even.]

13.f3
[13.Ne2
, reinforcing the d4 & f4 spots, may improve.]

13...Nd6
[I expected 13...Nxd2
14.Qxd2
f4
looking to undermine the d4P.; or 13...Nxc3
14.bxc3
c5
]

14.b4
This is too ambitious. [>=14.Rae1
/\f4
(?!) 15.Nb3+/=
]

14...a6
[14...f4
was a good alternative.]

15.Nb3
b5?
[>=15...Qh6
16.Rae1
Nb6=
would have maintained the balance. Now White gets the upper hand.]

16.e4
Qf7?!
[>=16...Nc4
17.e5
* (‹17.Rae1
Ndb6=
) *17...Qe7
18.Bxf5!
g6
* (*Not *18...Ne3?
19.Bxh7+
Kh8
20.Qg6+/-
Nxf1??
21.Qh5+-
) *19.Bxd7
Bxd7
* (19...Ne3??
20.Qf2
Nxf1
21.Bxc6+-
) *20.Nd1
Qxb4
21.Nc5
Bf5
22.Qf2
Qd2
23.Qxd2
Nxd2
24.Re1
h5+/=
]

17.Na5
Nb8
18.a4
[>=18.g4!+/-
]

18...Nc4
19.Rae1
Nxa5
20.bxa5
Be6
21.e5?!
[>=21.Ne2
Qd7
22.e5+/-
]

21...Nd7
[>=21...c5+/=
]

22.Re2?!
[>=22.Ne2
Rac8
23.g4+/-
trying to force-open the d3-h7 diagonal.]

22...Rfc8
Diagram

23.Qd2?
This lets the initiative pass to Black. [>=23.g4+/=
]

23...b4
24.Na2
b3?!
[>=24...c5
25.dxc5
b3
26.c6
Nb8
* (‹26...Nc5
27.Nb4
) *27.Nc1
d4©
]

25.Nc3?
White has lost the thread. [25.Nb4=
]

25...c5
26.dxc5
Nxc5?!
[>=26...Qe7
]

27.Ra1??
This completes the collapse. [27.Bb1-/+
was required. Now Aravind wins an Exchange and the game:]

27...d4-+
28.Nd1
Nxd3
29.Qxd3
Bc4
30.Qd2
Bxe2
31.Qxe2
Rc2
32.Qd3
b2
33.Rb1
Rac8
34.Rxb2
Rxb2
35.Nxb2
Qa2
36.Qxd4
White plays for a perpetual but there is none to be had. Despite time-pressure, Black has the K's escape worked-out.

36...Rc1+
37.Nd1
Qb3
38.Qd8+
Kf7
39.Qd7+
Kg6
40.Qd6+
Kh5
41.g4+
fxg4
42.fxg4+
Kh4
43.Qe7+
Kh3
44.Qxg7
Rxd1+
45.Kf2
Rd2+
46.Kf1
Qd1#
Given the huge advantage in development, position and clock I had after 21 moves, this loss and the evening's 0 for 2 were huge disappointments. In 10 previous KST simuls, I had amassed a +12-2= 6 mark!
Time left - Moldovan 0:36, Kumar 1:22
Estimated time used - Moldovan 58:14, Kumar 57:28
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 15.Nb3
Longest think by Black - 9 minutes for 12...Qf6
** 0-1**