(1) Lewis,Richard (1802) - Moldovan,John (1811) [B20]
Kenilworth Gauntlet Kenilworth, NJ (2.1), 17.03.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

Game 1 G/25+5 (increment) B20 Sicilian Defense Snyder Variation

1.e4 e6
I may be going to the well once too often by playing this for the 3rd straight time against the formidable Dr. but there was no opportunity for me to prepare anything else.

2.b3 c5 3.f4
[For 3.Bb2 see our games from May 2009 & November 2010.]

3...Nc6 4.Nf3 a6
[4...d5 5.e5 a6 /\ ...Nh6 + ...Be7 was a good alternative.]

5.Bb2 Nf6 6.d3
[>=6.e5 Nd5 7.g3 ]

6...d5 7.Nbd2 Be7
[>=7...Ng4 8.Qe2 d4 ]

8.Be2
[Relevant: 8.g3 0-0 9.e5 Nd7 10.Bg2 b5 11.0-0 c4 12.Kh1 cxd3 13.cxd3 a5 14.Qe2 a4 15.Rfc1 Qb6 16.a3 b4 17.axb4 Ba6 18.bxa4 Nxb4 19.Bd4 Bc5 20.Qe3 Nxd3 21.Rcb1 Qc7 22.Bf1 Bxd4 23.Nxd4 N3c5 24.Bb5 g6 25.a5 Rfb8 26.Bxd7 Rxb1+ 27.Rxb1 Qxd7 28.Kg1 Rc8 29.Rc1 Nd3 30.Rxc8+ Qxc8= Short - Topalov : Sarajevo 2000]

8...b5
Diagram



9.Bxf6?!N
[>=9.Ne5 Bb7 10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.Bf3 Qc7= Ootes - Langerak : Hengelo 2004]

9...Bxf6 10.e5 Be7 11.0-0 Bb7 12.c4 dxc4
[>=12...0-0=/+ ]

13.dxc4 Nd4 14.Nxd4
[>=14.Bd3= ]

14...Qxd4+ 15.Kh1?
[>=15.Rf2 0-0-0 16.Nf1=/+ ] Now Black wins a P.

15...Rd8?!
[>=15...0-0-0! 16.Nf3 Qxf4-/+ ]

16.Nf3?
[>=16.Bf3 Bxf3 17.Nxf3 Qxf4 18.Qe2=/+ ]

16...Qxf4 17.Qe1 0-0?
This drops the extra chip. [17...b4-/+ was right.]

18.cxb5 axb5 19.Bxb5 Qe4
[>=19...Qb4=/+ ]

20.Bc4
[>=20.Qxe4 Bxe4 21.a4 ]

20...Rd4!?
Diagram



21.Qf2
[>=21.a4 ; 21.Nxd4?? Qxg2# ]

21...Rd7
[Sacking an Exchange for the B pair and a passed P with 21...Rxc4!? 22.bxc4 Qxc4 was more consistent with ...Rd4 than retreating but Black would be without active play.]

22.a4 Rfd8
[>=22...Bd5 ]

23.a5 Qc6
[>=23...Bc6 ]

24.a6
[>=24.Qe2 Qc7 25.a6 ]

24...Ba8 25.Qe2 Qb6 26.h3
Is he planning Nh2-g4?

26...h6 27.Nh2??
This lets my R come into play with devastating effect. [27.Rfe1 would have maintained the balance.]

27...Rd2 28.Qh5 Bxg2+?!
This wins an Exchange and P... [.... But much >=28...g6 /\29.Qxh6 Rxg2 threatening both 30...Bg5 & 30...Rg3++.]

29.Kg1 Bxf1 30.Rxf1 Rf8 31.Qf3 Qd8 32.Qb7?
[>=32.Qe3 ]

32...Qd4+ 33.Kh1
Diagram

Except for 17..0-0?, Black has played a level-headed game but he now goes berserk and loses the ability to think.

33...Rxh2+??
[33...Ra2-+ was correct.]

34.Kxh2 Qxe5+ 35.Kg2 Bd6 36.Rf3??
[36.Kf3=/+ ]

36...Qh2+ 37.Kf1 Qh1+??
[37...Bg3 38.Rxg3 Qxg3 39.a7 Qxh3+-+ ]

38.Ke2 Qg2+ 39.Kd1??
[39.Rf2[] Qxb7 40.axb7 Rb8 41.Ba6=/+ ]

39...Qg1+??
[39...Bf4-+ ]

40.Kc2?
[40.Rf1 Qd4+ 41.Ke2[]=/+ ]

40...Qg2+ 41.Kb1?
[41.Kc1-/+ ]

41...Be5 42.Kc1 Qb2+ 43.Kd1 Rd8+?!
[>=43...Bc3 44.Rxc3 Qxc3 ]

44.Rd3 Qb1+ 45.Ke2 Qc2+ 46.Ke3
[>=46.Kf1 Rxd3 47.Qa8+ Bb8 48.Qxb8+ Kh7 49.Bxd3+ Qxd3+ 50.Kf2 Qxa6 51.Qg3 ]

46...Qc1+?!
[>=46...Rxd3+ 47.Bxd3 Bd4+ ]

47.Ke2
Diagram



47...Rxd3??
[47...Qc2+ would have won. For example: 48.Ke3 Rxd3+ 49.Bxd3 Bd4+ 50.Ke4 Qg2+ 51.Kf4 g5# ]

48.Bxd3 Qb2+ 49.Kf3
and White, despite time-trouble, prevailed in 58 moves. Time left - Lewis 0:51, Moldovan 0:09 Time used - Lewis 28:50, Moldovan 29:36 Longest think by White - 3 minutes at turns 26, 26, 27 & 28. Longest think by Black - 3 minutes for 19...Qe4 Lewis leads match 1-0. 1-0