(1) Moldovan,John (1811) - Sherer,Max (1801) [A13]
Kenilworth Gauntlet Kenilworth, NJ (3.1), 24.03.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

Game 1 G/25+5 (increment) A13 English Opening

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3
[>=4.cxd5 exd5 5.d4 but I wanted to avoid Max's preparation and save the big dog for a more important fight.]

4...Be7 5.b3 b6
[RR5...0-0 6.Bb2 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Be2 Bf6 9.Rc1 Nc6 10.0-0 b6 11.Qc2 Bb7 12.Rfd1 Rc8 13.Qb1 Nxc3 14.dxc3 Qc7 15.Nd2 Ne5= Svidler - Naiditsch : World Blitz Championship, Moscow 2009]

6.Bb2 Bb7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 c5 9.d4
[>=9.cxd5 avoiding hanging Ps 9...exd5 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.Bd3 Ne4 13.Bb1 Ndf6 14.dxc5 bxc5 now Black has them 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Ne5 f6 17.Nd3 Clarke - Bondarevsky : Hastings 1960]

9...dxc4 10.bxc4 cxd4 11.exd4

I don't think the hangers & Nc3 are a good fit. If the steed was at d2, it would be reinforcing f3, protecting the c4 P and be out of the Rc1's way. So, in hindsight (instead of 3.Nc3, etc.) we have to say >= 3.e3 d5 4.b3 Be7 5.Bb2 b6 6.Be2 Bb7 7.0-0 0-0 8.d4 /\ Nbd2 as in (with minor transpositions) S. Agdestein - Beliavsky : Aker Brygge 1989.

11...Nc6 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Re1?
[13.d5 exd5 14.Nxd5= was right.]

13...Na5 14.Nb1?N
[14.Na4? Blackburne - Weiss : Vienna 1882 & Wallach - P. Pelts : Chicago 1992 is just as bad.; >=14.d5N Nxc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Qe2=/+ ]

This gives me a chance to consolidate. [Why not 14...Bxf3 15.Bxf3 (15.gxf3 Bd6-/+ /\ 14...Bb8, 15...Qd6 16..Qxh2#? ) 15...Nxc4 16.Ba1 ]

15.Nbd2 Ba6
[15...Bd6 /\ ...Qe7 + ...Rfc8]

16.Qa4 Qc8 17.Bf1
[>=17.Ne5 ]

17...Rd8 18.Red1 Ne8 19.Rc2
[>=19.h3 ]

[>=19...Bb7 threatening to trap my Q 20.c5[] Bc6 21.Bb5 ]

20.Rdc1 Bf6 21.c5

[21...Bxf1 22.Nxf1 Ndc4= ]

Drawn by agreement. Time left - Moldovan 3:36, Sherer 1:39 Time used - Moldovan 23:14, Sherer 25:06 Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 14.Nb1? Longest think by Black - 2:32 for 19...Nd6? [22.cxb6 Rxc2 23.Rxc2 Qb7 24.Qxa5+- was indicated.] 1/2-1/2