(1) Moldovan,John (1824) - Eyechess (2023) [D38]
May Mania FICS (1), 20.05.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]
D38 Queen's Gambit
Being the last-seed in this event, a 2-2 score would be good but, of course, I'd like to do better than that & at least match the 2.5 I had in 2008.
A big but welcome surprise. The awesome FICS Database (which contains more than 136 million games!!!) has 138 prior games where Eyechess faced Nf3 and he didn't play this once! [I expected 1...e6
& a Dutch; or 1...Nf6
/\ K's Indian.]
but, on this occasion, I didn't want to give Black a chance to prevent the pin with 5...Ne4
[I wasn't in the mood for 7.Bh4
This is a switch from the 8.e3 & 8.Qa4+ I've played before. [For 8.Rc1
see Radomskyj - Chieu from last month's Garden State League matches.]
but Black can improve with 9...Bf5, 9...0-0 or 9...c6.]
[I thought 9...Ba5
was inferior but 12.e3
, Kasparov - Kupreichik : Minsk 1978, is equal.]
, /\ slowing ...c5 and playing a minority attack, didn't get White anywhere in Smyslov - Averbakh : Zuerich ct 1953, which was drawn after 10...0-0
[The previous tries in this position were: 11...c5
Petkevich - Ibragimov : Cappelle la Grande 1998; & 11...Nc6
R. Anderson - Jepsen : correpondence 2000]
, avoiding the fork-threat that now follows.]
This gets rid of the isolated d-pawn and nets B for N... [... but >=18.a4
This should have lost....
... But after playing...
... My opponent, who played the game perfectly (no raised eyebrow here; Black's moves were easy), offered a draw and I was more than happy to accept it.
Time left - Moldovan 7:31, Eyechess 20:24
Time used - Moldovan 39:49, Eyechess 26:56
Longest think by White - 8 minutes for 20.Bxe6
Longest think by Black - 4 minutes for 19...Qxd4
Btw, you can download a torrent with all the FICS games from 1999-2009 + zipped supplements for 2010 - which, altogether, will take at least 15 GB of space on your hard drive (before decompression) - at http://marcelk.net/logics/ [After 23...Kh8!
(for example) 24...Qf5
Black wins a piece.; Not 23...Rxf7??