(1) Gresham,Jonathan  Moldovan,John (2120) [C17]
ICCF FM/1194 ICCF (1.1), 2010
[Moldovan & Fire 1.31]
start date: 09/29/2010
last move: 12/28/2010
end date: 02/06/2011
C17 French Defense
Winawer Variation
1.e4
e6
2.d4
d5
3.Nc3
Bb4
4.e5
c5
5.Bd2
Ne7
6.a3
A relief. [6.Nb5
Bxd2+
7.Qxd2
00
8.dxc5
Nd7
9.Qc3!
was more of a concern although theory and practice say Black is fine.]
6...Bxc3
7.bxc3
[7.Bxc3
seems more logical. Few references bother to cover Px.]
7...Nbc6
Putting pressure on d4. [7...Qc7
8.Qg4
00
9.Bd3
b6
was an option but after 10.Nf3N
threatening to sac on h7 10...Nf5
11.h4
h6
12.h5
I'd have to give up the ...Ba6 idea (it would lose a P to 13.Bxf5 exf5 14.Qxf5) with 12...Nc6
(or sac a tempo with 12...Qd7
) ]
8.Qg4
[8.Nf3
Bd7
9.Bd3
c4
10.Be2
Qa5
11.00
f6
12.exf6
gxf6
13.Bf4!?
000
14.Qd2
Nf5N
15.Rfb1
Qa4
16.Qc1
Rdg8
17.Rb4!?
Nxb4
18.axb4
Qb5
19.Rxa7©
was played in Etelli  Moldovan : NJ Amateur Championship, Westfield 03/21/1987.]
8...Nf5
[More usual is 8...00
(Moles/Wicker's recommendation); or 8...Ng6
but the text is multidimensional (holds g7 & hits d4 again) and yields an improved form of 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Nf5 8.Bd3 h5.]
9.Bd3
h5
Diagram

10.Qg5?N
This leaves d4 insufficiently protected and gives me a Pup ending. [>=10.Qf4
cxd4
11.Bxf5?!
dxc3!
12.Bxc3
exf5
13.Nf3
Be6=/+
Pimenov  A. Sokolsky : Moscow 1936]
10...Qxg5
11.Bxg5
cxd4
12.Bb5??
[My foe obviously missed 12.cxd4
Nfxd4/+
but pinning the Nc6 isn't the answer, either.; Eliminating the other N and damaging my P structure with 12.Bxf5
exf5
13.000
dxc3
14.Ne2
(‹14.Rxd5
Be6
15.Rc5
b6!
16.Rxc3
(16.Rxc6? Bd5 17.Rxc3 Bxg2) 16...Nxe5/+
) 14...Be6
15.Nxc3
Nxe5
16.Nxd5=/+
was right.]
12...dxc3
We're just a dozen moves in and White is already lost!
13.Ne2
Bd7
14.g4?
To be blunt, this is nonsensical and suicidal. It does nothing to help the Bb5 or e5P, weakens his Kside Ps, throws 2 more chips away, solidifies my Nf5 & develops my Rh8 for free. [14.Bxc6
Bxc6
15.000
(‹15.Nxc3
d4
16.Ne2
Bxg2
17.Rg1
Bf3
) 15...00
16.Nxc3
was a much better try.]
14...hxg4
Now I'm 3 Ps ahead & ...Nxe5 is still in the air.
15.Nxc3
Diagram
15...Nxe5!
/\ 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 & full mobilization, in addition to the 17...Nf3+ 18. K moves Nxg5 menace.
16.000
Bxb5
[16...Rc8
, threatening to win a piece via 17...Rxc3, was one of several good alternatives.]
17.f4?
[>=17.Nxb5
Nf3
18.Bf4
(‹18.Nc7+
Kd7
19.Nxa8
Nxg5
as the Na8 is trapped) 18...Ke7
19.Kb2
; If 17.Nxd5?
then simply 17...00
(the complications of 17...exd5
18.Rxd5
also favor Black) 18.Nc7
Bc6
19.Nxa8
Bxh1
]
17...Bc6
[>=17...Nf3
18.Nxb5
Kd7
]
18.fxe5
d4
19.Rhg1?
[>=19.Ne2
Bxh1
20.Rxh1
yielding an Exchange, rather than the N, or resigns.]
19...dxc3
20.Rxg4
[>=20.Rd3
Rxh2
21.Rgd1
with the threat of 22.Rd8+ Rxd8 23.Rxd8 mate although Black can simplify with 21...Rh1
]
20...Bf3
This forks White's unfortunate Rs, wins an Exchange and puts me a R + 2Ps ahead. For a player who describes his style as tactical (Source: http://www.ficgs.com/players/gresham_jonathan), my opponent misses a lot of stuff.
21.Rc4
Bxd1
22.Kxd1
Rxh2
[>=22...Rh5
/\23.Bf4
g5
24.Bc1
Rxh2
25.Bxg5
Rg2
26.Bc1
Rd8+
27.Ke1
Ng3
]
23.Ke1
Gresham resumes after a long pause. The 48 days of reflection includes 14 days of doubletime. [>=23.Rxc3
Rg2
24.Rh3
threatening to win the R on a8 (24.Bd2
allows Black to tradedown with 24...Rd8
25.Rd3
Rxd3
26.cxd3
Rxd2+
27.Kxd2
Kd7
; & 24.Bf4
is little or no better. 24...Rd8+
25.Kc1
) but after 24...Rc8
a pair of Rs would come off.; In answer to 23.Rg4?
, Black had the forceful 23...Rd8+!
24.Bxd8
(‹24.Ke1
Rdd2!
/\25.Bxd2
cxd2+
& mate next) 24...Ne3+
25.Ke1
Nxc2+
26.Kd1
(26.Kf1
Ne3+
27.Kg1
Nxg4
) 26...Ne3+
27.Ke1
(27.Kc1
Rh1+
28.Rg1
Rxg1#
) 27...c2
28.Rc4
Nxc4
29.Bg5
Rh1+
30.Ke2
c1Q
31.Bxc1
Rxc1
]
23...Rg2
[>=23...Rxc2
24.Rc7
b5
but I wanted to chase the B away from d8 & make use of my extra R.]
24.Bc1
This loses the B to an Xray check. However, there was no good continuation (for him, that is!). [For example: 24.Bf4
Rxc2
25.Kd1
Rf2
26.Ke1
Rxf4!
27.Rxf4
Ne3
28.Re4
c2!
and Black will make a new Q.]
24...Rg1+
Diagram And upon seeing this, White went silent again and eventually timeforfeited.
Days left  Gresham 0, Moldovan 149
Days used  Gresham 150, Moldovan 1 [After 24...Rg1+
25.Kf2
/ Ke2 25...Rxc1
26.Rxc3
Rd8
Black will be up a R, N & 2Ps.] 01