(1) Lewis,Richard (1802) - Moldovan,John (1810) [B20]
Kenilworth Quads #5 Kenilworth, NJ (3), 26.05.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/55+5 (delay) B20 Sicilian Defense Snyder Variation

1.e4 e6 2.b3 c5
This is the 4th time we have discussed this line.

[For 3.f4 see our March 2011 Gauntlet game.]

3...Nc6 4.f4
[ For 4.Nc3 see our May 2009 battle; and for 4.g3 see out Nov. 2010 GSCL tilt.]

4...d5 5.Nc3
[A rare move. White usually plays 5.e5 ]

[RR: 5...Be7 6.Bb5 Nf6 7.e5 Nd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Qg4 0-0 10.Nf3 Ba6= Gandolfo - M. Marshall : correspondence, IECG 2001]

6.Nce2 Nf6

TN [This is a big improvement over the 7.d3? e5 8.Nf3 Bd6 9.Qd2 Ng4 10.0-0-0 Ne3 11.fxe5 Nxd1 12.exd6 Nxb2 13.Kxb2 Qxd6-/+ of Kantor - Solti : Budapest 2009]

[7...a6 , preventing the following, was a good alternative.]

[>=8.Bc4 a6 9.a4= ]

8...Qb6 9.Qe2 a6
[>=9...Bd7=/+ /\ 10...Nb4. Black could also entertain going 10 or 11...h6 + 0-0-0.]

10.Bxc6+ Qxc6 11.Nf3

[11...h5 was an option but where would my K reside afterward?]

12.0-0 Bb7 13.Rae1 0-0 14.Kh1 Rfd8 15.d3 Rac8
[>=15...a5=/+ /\ ...a4]

16.Ne5 Qb6
[>=16...Qc7 , maintaining contact with e5 and freezing the enemy f-pawn, was safer.]

17.f5! Qd6??

[The engine suggests 17...Re8= but White can still sac on f7: 18.Nxf7!? Kxf7 19.e5� ]

18.Nxf7!! Kxf7 19.e5+-
However, with Richard need just a half-point to clinch 1st place, the game was drawn by agreement! Time left - Lewis 40:00, Moldovan 40:04 Estimated time used - Lewis 16:35, Moldovan 16:31 Longest think by White - 4 minutes for 17.f5! Longest think by Black - 3 minutes for 13...0-0 1/2-1/2