(1) Relu (1999) - Moldovan,John (1881) [E12]
May Mania FICS (2), 27.05.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/40+20 E12 Queen's Indian Defense Petrosian Variation

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3!
Had I known this was coming, I would have opted for 3...Bb4+. [4.g3 was expected.]

4...d5 5.Nc3
[RR: 5.e3 too passive 5...Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Be2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bb7 9.Be2 c5 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.b4 Nce4 13.Bb2 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Rc8= Shiffman - Moldovan : Springfield 01/08/ 2006]

5...Be7
[For 5...Bb7 see my 1991-2 postal win (with White) over LoPresto.]

6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bf4!
[7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 0-0= , which is akin to the Tartakower QGD and can transpose there.]

7...0-0 8.e3
Diagram



8...Nh5
This is not mentioned in Jabob Aagaard's book from Everyman... [... which gives 8...c5 as the main line; and covers 8...Bf5 ; 8...Bb7 ; 8...Be6 ; 8...c6 ]

9.Bg3
[>=9.Be5 a trap-setting finesse 9...Bb7 (9...f6? 10.Bxc7! Qxc7 11.Nxd5 Qd6 12.Qb3 Be6 13.Bc4 Rf7 14.g4 Nc6 15.Nxe7+ Rxe7 16.gxh5 Na5 17.Bxe6+ Rxe6 18.Qb5+/- Alpert - Bueno : correspondence, ICCF 2000) 10.Nb5 Na6 Noack - Groot : correspondence, ICCF 2001 11.h3+/= ]

9...Be6N
[>=9...g6 protecting the N 10.Bd3 (10.Be2 Be6 11.Ne5 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Bf6 13.Nd3 c5 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.Bf3 Rb8= S. Gordon - Chandler : Sunningdale 2007) 10...Re8 11.Rc1 Nxg3 12.hxg3 c6 13.Ne2 Bf6 14.b4 Qd6= Dieks - Van der Linde : Dieren 1979 15.Qb3 a5=/+ ; or 9...Nxg3 10.hxg3 Be6 11.Bd3 h6 12.Ne5 c6 13.Qh5 G. Fielding - E. Burrell : correspondence, IECC 1997. 13...Qd6= I wonder if those guys are related to P. Fielding & B. Burrell? - past opponents of mine and postalites to boot.]

10.Bd3
[>=10.Ng5 Bxg5 11.Qxh5 c6 12.Bd3 g6 13.Qf3+/= ]

10...Nd7 11.Qc2 g6 12.0-0-0
Diagram

[>=12.Ba6 threatening Nb5 12...Nxg3 13.hxg3 ]

12...c5
With White out for blood, Black has to get his counter-attack going.

13.Qe2?!
Ba6 = was still best.

13...c4 14.Bc2 f5
This makes my l.s. worse and gives White the e5 equare. [>=14...b5 15.e4 Ndf6=/+ ]

15.Be5 a6
This is okay but unnecessary. [15...b5! 16.Nxb5 Qa5 /\17.Nc3? (17.a4 ) 17...Bxa3!-/+ 18.bxa3?? Qxc3-+ could have been played.]

16.h3 b5 17.Rdg1 Qa5 18.g4 Ng7 19.Bxg7?
[Houdini 1.5a w32: 19.gxf5 Nxf5 20.h4 b4 21.axb4 Qa1+ 22.Nb1 Rac8 23.h5 c3 24.b3 Nxe5 25.Nxe5 g5 26.f4 Nd6 27.Rh2 Bf5 28.Bxf5 Nxf5 29.Qd3 c2 30.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 31.Qxc2 Nxe3 32.Qc3 Qxc3+ 33.Nxc3 Rxf4 34.Re1 Ng2 35.Rg1 Ne3 36.Re1 0.00/21 ]

19...Kxg7 20.gxf5 Bxf5 21.Nxd5
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21...Bxc2??
[21...Bxa3! 22.bxa3 Qxa3+ would have given me a clear plus. Now the table is turned, and then some.]

22.Qxc2!
[22.Kxc2? b4! 23.Nxe7 bxa3 would have given full compensation for the piece.]

22...Rxf3? 23.Nxe7+- Raf8?
[>=23...Rf6 was a better try.]

24.Nxg6!
Diagram

This wins an Exchange and gives my foe an overwhelming attack. If Black grabs on f2, White takes on f8. If the Rf8 moves, discovered check + 26.Nxf3 follows. I resigned just before flagging. Time left - Relu 11:10, Moldovan 0:00 Time used - Relu 36:15, Moldovan 47:20 Longest think by White - 7:04 for 13.Qe2 Longest think by Black - 9:18 for 21...Bxc2? Start time - 12:31 p.m. End time - 1:55 p.m. Length of game - 1 hour, 24 minutes This makes 3 clunkers in a row. 1-0