(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
A relief. [6.Nb5
was more of a concern although theory and practice say Black is fine.]
seems more logical. Few references bother to cover Px.]
Putting pressure on d4. [7...Qc7
was an option but after 10.Nf3N
threatening to sac on h7 10...Nf5
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
was played in Etelli - Moldovan : NJ Amateur Championship, Westfield 03/21/1987.]
[More usual is 8...0-0
(Moles/Wicker's recommendation); or 8...Ng6
but the text is multi-dimensional (holds g7 & hits d4 again) and yields an improved form of 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Nf5 8.Bd3 h5.]
This leaves d4 insufficiently protected and gives me a P-up ending. [>=10.Qf4
Pimenov - A. Sokolsky : Moscow 1936]
[My foe obviously missed 12.cxd4
but pinning the Nc6 isn't the answer, either.; Eliminating the other N and damaging my P structure with 12.Bxf5
(16.Rxc6? Bd5 17.Rxc3 Bxg2) 16...Nxe5-/+
We're just a dozen moves in and White is already lost!
To be blunt, this is nonsensical and suicidal. It does nothing to help the Bb5 or e5P, weakens his K-side Ps, throws 2 more chips away, solidifies my Nf5 & develops my Rh8 for free. [14.Bxc6
was a much better try.]
Now I'm 3 Ps ahead & ...Nxe5 is still in the air.
/\ 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 & full mobilization, in addition to the 17...Nf3+ 18. K moves Nxg5 menace.
, threatening to win a piece via 17...Rxc3, was one of several good alternatives.]
as the Na8 is trapped) 18...Ke7
; If 17.Nxd5?
then simply 17...0-0
(the complications of 17...exd5
also favor Black) 18.Nc7
yielding an Exchange, rather than the N, or resigns.]
with the threat of 22.Rd8+ Rxd8 23.Rxd8 mate although Black can simplify with 21...Rh1
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.
Gresham resumes after a long pause. The 48 days of reflection includes 14 days of double-time. [>=23.Rxc3
threatening to win the R on a8 (24.Bd2
allows Black to trade-down with 24...Rd8
; & 24.Bf4
is little or no better. 24...Rd8+
) but after 24...Rc8
a pair of Rs would come off.; In answer to 23.Rg4?
, Black had the forceful 23...Rd8+!
& mate next) 24...Ne3+
but I wanted to chase the B away from d8 & make use of my extra R.]
This loses the B to an X-ray check. However, there was no good continuation (for him, that is!). [For example: 24.Bf4
and Black will make a new Q.]
Diagram And upon seeing this, White went silent again and eventually time-forfeited.
Days left - Gresham 0, Moldovan 149
Days used - Gresham 150, Moldovan 1 [After 24...Rg1+
/ Ke2 25...Rxc1
Black will be up a R, N & 2Ps.] 0-1