(1) Moldovan,John (1811) - Curran,Chris (1298) [B51]
Kenilworth Gauntlet Kenilworth, NJ (1.1), 10.03.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

Game 1 G/25+5 (increment) B51 Sicilian Defense Moscow Variation

1.e4
Having entered just to make an even numbered field, I was in a loosey-goosey mood.

1...c5
Since Chris is new to the club, I didn't know what to expect. However, a Sicilian makes sense. It matches the English he played in last week's Garden State League match.

2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6
[For 3...Bd7 see my 2001 win vs. Minkov, in the Checkmate Compilation file.]

4.0-0 Nf6
Diagram

[>=4...Bd7 ; For 4...a6 see Pedersen - Lewis : GSCL 01/06/2011]

5.Re1
[>=5.e5! dxe5 6.Nxe5+/= Gereben - H. Mueller : Schlechter Memorial, Vienna 1947 as Black ends-up with doubled c-pawns.]

5...Bd7 6.c3 g6 7.d4 cxd4
[>=7...Bg7= ]

8.cxd4 Bg7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.h3 a6 11.Ba4
[>=11.Bf1 e5 12.d5 Tal - Dzindzichashvili : blitz match, New York 1991]

11...Rc8N
[Predecessor (9): 11...b5 12.Bc2 Rc8 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4 g5 15.e5 dxe5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 gxh4 18.Bb3 Bf5 19.Qf3 e6 20.Qb7 b4 21.Qxb4 a5 22.Qxh4 Qb6 23.g4 Bh7 24.g5 hxg5 25.Qxg5 Rxc3 26.bxc3 Ne4 27.Qe3 Qxe3 28.Rxe3 Bxe5 29.Rae1 Bxc3 30.Rxe4 Bxe4 1/2-1/2 (30) Bernath,R (2159)-Pasztorcsik,J (2134)/Hungary 2007/EXT 2009]

12.e5 Ne8 13.Bf4
Diagram



13...Be6??
This drops a piece and the game. [13...dxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 b5 16.Bb3 Nc7= would have mantained the balance.]

14.d5 Nxe5?
Resigns was a good alternative. [>=14...dxe5 was a much better try.]

15.dxe6?!
[>=15.Bxe5 ]

15...fxe6?
[>=15...Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 fxe6 ]

16.Bxe5 Qb6?
[>=16...Bxe5 17.Nxe5 dxe5 18.Bd7 Rb8 19.Bxe6+ Kg7 20.Rxe5 Nf6 ]

17.Bd7 Rc7
[>=17...Bxe5 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Bxc8 Qxb2 20.Nxe5 Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 dxe5 22.Bxb7 ]

18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Bxg7+ Nxg7 20.Nd5
Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 16:20, Curran 14:44 Time used - Moldovan 10:20, Curran 11:31 Longest think by White - 2 minutes for 17.Bd7 Longest think by Black - 2 minutes at turns 13, 14, 17 Moldovan leads match 1-0 1-0