(1) Moldovan,John (1824) - Eyechess (2023) [D38]
May Mania FICS (1), 20.05.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

as jmoldovan G/40+20 (increment) D38 Queen's Gambit Ragozin Defense 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.

1.Nf3 d5
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.]

2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5
[5.Nc3 but, on this occasion, I didn't want to give Black a chance to prevent the pin with 5...Ne4 (or 5...h6 ) ]

5...Bb4+ 6.Nc3 h6 7.Bxf6
[I wasn't in the mood for 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 Ne4 9.Qb3 c5 ]

7...Qxf6 8.Qb3
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.]

8...Qd6 9.a3
[Slightly >=9.e3 /\c5? 10.Bb5+ Nc6 11.dxc5 Qxc5 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.Rfc1+/= but Black can improve with 9...Bf5, 9...0-0 or 9...c6.]

9...Bxc3+
[I thought 9...Ba5 10.Qa4+ Nc6 11.b4 Bb6 was inferior but 12.e3 0-0 13.Be2 Ne7 14.0-0 c6 , Kasparov - Kupreichik : Minsk 1978, is equal.]

10.bxc3
[10.Qxc3 , /\ 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 11.Rc1 c6 12.e3 Bf5 13.Be2 Nd7 14.0-0 a5 15.Ne1 Nf6 16.Nd3 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Rfe8 18.Bf3 Ne4 19.Bxe4 Rxe4 20.Qb3 Qd7 21.Rc5 Rg4 22.h3 Rg6 23.Kh1 a4 24.Qb4 Rf6 25.Kg1= 1/2-1/2]

10...0-0 11.e3
Diagram



11...b6N
[The previous tries in this position were: 11...c5 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Qb4 Qc7 14.Bd3 b6 15.0-0 Na6 16.Bxa6 Bxa6= Petkevich - Ibragimov : Cappelle la Grande 1998; & 11...Nc6 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.0-0 Rab8 14.Nd2 Rfe8 15.Rfe1 b6 16.Qc2= R. Anderson - Jepsen : correpondence 2000]

12.Bd3
[>=12.Be2 , avoiding the fork-threat that now follows.]

12...c5 13.c4
[>=13.dxc5 bxc5 14.c4 ]

13...Be6 14.0-0 Nd7 15.Rfd1
[>=15.Rac1 cxd4 16.Nxd4 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Bxc4 18.Rxc4 Nc5 19.Qc2 ]

15...cxd4
Diagram



16.exd4?
[16.Nxd4 Nc5 17.Qc2 Nxd3 18.Nxe6! Qxe6 19.cxd5 Qxd5 20.Rxd3= was right.]

16...Rac8 17.Rdc1 Nf6 18.Ne5
This gets rid of the isolated d-pawn and nets B for N... [... but >=18.a4 ]

18...dxc4 19.Bxc4 Qxd4 20.Bxe6 Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 Qxe5 22.Bc4 Qf4=/+
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23.Bxf7+??
This should have lost.... ... But after playing...

23...Kh8!-+
... 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! 24.Rc4 (for example) 24...Qf5 25.Rc7 Ng4 Black wins a piece.; Not 23...Rxf7?? 24.Rc8+ Ne8 25.Rxe8+= ] 1/2-1/2