### (1) Sherer,Max (1801) - Moldovan,John (1810) [E22]

Kenilworth Quads #5 Kenilworth, NJ (2), 19.05.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

**
**G/55+5 (delay)
E22 Nimzo-Indian Defense
Spielman Variation

1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
e6
3.Nc3
Bb4
4.Qb3
Nc6
Copyright: Berthold Englisch, Vienna 1882!! [For 4...c5
see our 2009 KST opener.]

5.Nf3
White had to defend d4. [If 5.d5?!
then 5...exd5
6.cxd5
Nd4!
/\7.Qxb4??
* (>=7.Qd1
*Dittmann - Bachtiar : Leipzig 1960 *7...Nb5=/+
*TN *8.Qb3
Nxc3
9.bxc3
Ba5=/+
) *7...Nc2+
8.Kd1
Nxb4-+
]

5...a5
[5...0-0
is the norm but I wanted to take my opponent out of book. For the unenlightened: By over-protecting the B, I ensure that a possible d4-d5 won't require trading on c3 with a tempo loss and also claim space that will prevent a later Q-side expansion by White.]

6.Bg5
[>=6.a3
a4
7.Qc2
Bxc3+
as in Fine - Reshevsky : U.S. Championship 1938 (the ...a5 stem game). 8.bxc3
d6
9.e4
e5
; 6.e3
; or 6.Bd2
]

6...h6
Diagram

[6...a4
7.Qc2
a3
8.Bd2
d6
9.e3
e5
10.bxa3
Bxa3
11.Be2
exd4
12.Nxd4
0-0
Zschinzsch - Sloth : ICCF 1967, is good, too. Btw, Sloth won the 8th World Correspondence Championship.]

7.Bh4?N
[Gavin - Muelas : Barcelona 2000 continued 7.Bxf6
Qxf6
8.e3
0-0
9.a3
a4
10.Qc2
Bxc3+
11.Qxc3
d6
12.Bd3
Re8
13.0-0
e5
14.dxe5
dxe5
15.Be4
Na5=
]

7...g5
8.Bg3
g4?
This fails to take advantage of White's error. [8...a4!
9.Qc2
a3!-/+
was thematic and correct.]

9.d5
gxf3
[>=9...a4
10.Qc2
exd5
11.a3
Ba5
12.cxd5
Nxd5
although 13.Bh4
Nde7
14.Nd2
gives compensation for the P.]

10.dxc6
fxe2
11.cxd7+
Bxd7
12.Bxe2
Bc6?!
[>=12...Ne4
would have kept the balance.]

13.f3?
[13.0-0+/=
/\ Nb5 was best.]

13...Rg8
[>=13...Nh5=/+
]

14.Rd1
Qe7
Diagram

15.0-0?
[>=15.a3
Bc5
Sherer * (*or, more simply, as I suggested, *15...Bd6=
) *16.Bh4!<=>
and now Black's safest is 16...a4
* (16...Rxg2
*opens up a can of worms: *17.Ne4
Nxe4!
** (‹17...Rg6
18.Nxf6+
Rxf6
*& White will pick-up an Exchange but he can't as yet as *19.Bxf6?
** (19.Qc2©
) *19...Qxf6
is -/+.) 18.Bxe7[]
Bxe7
19.fxe4
* (‹19.h4
a4
20.Qa2
Ng3
21.Bf1
Nxf1
22.Kxf1
Bxf3
23.Rh3
Bxd1
24.Kxg2
0-0-0=/+
) *19...Bh4+
20.Kd2
Bg5+
21.Ke1
* (‹21.Kc3
Rxe2=/+
) *21...Bh4+
22.Kd2
Bg5+
23.Ke1
Bh4+
1/2-1/2) 17.Qc2
Bb6=
/\ ...Qc5 * (17...Rxg2
18.Ne4
Bxe4
19.fxe4
e5
20.Rf1~~
) */\18.Ne4?!
* (18.Bf1
*is best.*) *18...Bxe4
19.fxe4
Qc5!
20.Bxf6?
Qf2+
21.Kd2
Be3+
22.Kd3
Qxf6-/+
23.Kxe3?
Rxg2-+
]

15...Qc5+?
[>=15...Bc5+
16.Bf2[]
* (16.Kh1??
Rxg3!-+
/\17.hxg3
Nh5
18.Kh2
Nxg3!!
19.Kxg3
Qg5+
20.Kh3
Qh5+
21.Kg3
Ke7
*& Black mates in 8.*) *16...Nh5-/+
/\ ...Nf4]

16.Bf2
Qg5
17.g3
h5
18.a3
Bd6
19.Nb5
Diagram

19...Bf4!
Making use of the pin against g3, I preserve my d.s. B and stop White's intended Be3. [19...Bxb5
20.Qxb5+
Qxb5
21.cxb5
0-0-0
was an option but why go into an ending when all of my pieces (except for the Ra8) are placed for attack?]

20.Nd4
h4!
21.g4[]
[21.Nxc6??
loses to 21...hxg3!
22.hxg3
Bxg3
]

21...a4!
Now we chase the enemy Q off the b-file to save the other cleric.

22.Qb4?!
This lets the Bc6 stay put and ends-up costing White a P. [>=22.Qc3
Bd7
23.h3=
solidifying his weak spot.]

22...Bd6
23.c5!
[] [23.Qd2
, looking to trade Qs, falls to 23...Qe5-+
]

23...Bxc5
24.Qc3
[>=24.Qd2
Qd5
25.h3
]

24...Bxd4
25.Qxd4
Max offered a draw but, being ahead, I had no interest. [Furthermore >=25.Rxd4
]

25...Nd5
26.Qd2??
[26.Rfe1=/+
was expected.]

26...Nf4!
27.Be3?
Diagram [27.Rfe1
, clearing f1 for the K, was still the best try. Now White has big problems on the g-file and c6-h1 diagonal.] For the past 10 moves Black has masterfully conducted the attack...

27...Nh3+??
... But here he reverses the decisive move-order... [... and misses the murderous 27...Qxg4+!!
/\28.fxg4
Nh3#
]

28.Kh1
Qxg4!
29.Bb5?
[Not 29.Rg1??
Nf2+!
30.Bxf2
Bxf3+
31.Bxf3
Qxf3+
32.Rg2
Qxg2#
; However >=29.Qd7+
Bxd7
30.fxg4-/+
]

29...Bxb5
30.fxg4
Bc6+
31.Qg2
Rxg4
32.Qxc6+
bxc6
Now I'm 3Ps ahead but there's no clear road to victory and time-trouble.

33.Rd3
Diagram [>=33.Rf3
Ng5
34.Bxg5
Rxg5
35.Rh3
]

33...Ng5?!
[>=33...Ra5!
Sherer]

34.Rfd1?
[>=34.Bxg5
Rxg5
35.Rh3
]

34...Kf8?
[>=34...Ne4
]

35.Bd4
[>=35.Rd4
]

35...Kg8?!
Down to 1:18 [>=35...Ne4
]

36.Bc3
Kh7?!
[>=36...Ne4
37.h3
Nf2+
38.Kh2
Nxd1
39.hxg4
Nxc3
40.bxc3
c5
]

37.Rd7
Rc8
38.Bf6
Kg6
[>=38...Ne4
]

39.Rf1
[>=39.Bxg5
Rxg5
40.R7d4
]

39...Ne4
40.Be5
Diagram

40...f5??
[40...f6-+
/\41.Bxc7?
h3
was right.]

41.Rf3??
[41.Rg7+
Kh5
42.Rh7+
Kg6
43.Rg7+
Kh6
* (*or *43...Kh5
44.Rh7+
Kg6
45.Rg7+
*1/2-1/2, especially since I had just 20 seconds left.*) *44.Rxg4
fxg4
45.Rf4
Nc5
46.Rxg4
Kh5
47.h3=/+
]

41...Nd2??
This loses the N and the game. [41...Ng5
was still winning for me.]

42.Rxd2
Rg8
Resigns was indicated.

43.Rg2?!
[>=43.Rf1+-
]

43...Kh5
[>=43...Kf7
44.Rxg4
Rxg4
45.Bxc7
Rd4+/-
]

44.Rff2?!
[>=44.Rxg4
Rxg4
45.Re3+-
]

44...Rxg2
45.Rxg2
Rxg2?
[>=45...Rd8
46.h3
Rd5
/\47.Bxc7?
e5+/-
]

46.Kxg2
Kg4
47.h3+
Kg5
48.Kf3
& Black played on until he was mated somewhere around move 64.
Estimated time left - Sherer 0:50, Moldovan 0:12
Estimated time used - Sherer 58:00, Moldovan 60:00
Longest think by White - 5 minutes for 9.d5 and 18.a3
Longest think by Black - 14 minutes for 19...Bf4!
I was stupid for being greedy and not grabbing the half-point at some juncture.
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