(1) Moldovan,John (1818) - smallblackcat (1928) [E10]
May Mania FICS (3), 07.06.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

G/40+20 E10 Two Knights Tango

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 e6
Black wants 4.Nc3 Bb4 & a Nimzo-Indian transposition but my reply stops that idea.

4.a3 d6
! IM Richard Palliser in Tango! (Everyman 2005) [RR: 4...d5 5.Nc3 a6 (5...Be7 6.Bf4 ! "grants White a pleasant edge." - Palliser) 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e3+/= Timoscenko - Naumkin : Norilsk 1987]

5.Nc3 g6
Diagram



6.e4
Playing along Classical K's Indian lines and trying to prove that the Nc6 is misplaced may be barking up the wrong tree. [6.g3 Bg7 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0 , which legitimizes my 4.a3, makes ...e6 the square peg and should yield a better version of the Fianchetto Panno (no ...Bg4 and ...Bf5 options), merited consideration.]

6...Bg7 7.Be2
[7.h3 0-0 8.Be3 looks good (Interpolating 8.Bg5 h6 brings no benefit.) but 8...e5 9.d5 Nd4! 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Bxd4 Nxe4! 12.Nxe4 Qh4! (Svetushkin - Arnaudov : Cutro 2009) equalizes.; 7.d5 is playable. However, here Black has 7...Ne7 . Following 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Nc6 7.d5 and the similar 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6!? 4.e4 d6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6.d5 (see my February win over Agress) he doesn't.]

7...0-0 8.0-0
[RR: 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.0-0 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Nb5 Qe7 14.Qd3 c5 15.dxc6 bxc6 16.Nxd4 Bb7� Ukokosha - smallblackcat : G/5, FICS 01/13/2011]

8...Re8
! Palliser

9.Bg5
[9.Be3 /\Ng4 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bc1 is +/=; but (after 9.Be3 ) Black can improve with 9...e5 /\10.d5 Nd4!= ]

9...h6
Diagram



10.Bf4N
[10.Be3 ; & 10.Bh4 have been tried before.]

10...Nh5?!
[10...e5! 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Nxd8 13.Bxe5 Nxe4! 14.Nxe4 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 Rxe5= was right. Now I get an edge.]

11.Be3 f5 12.d5 exd5?!
[>=12...Ne7+/= ]

13.exd5
[13.exf5!+/- was best.]

13...f4 14.Bc1?!
Diagram

[>=14.Bd2 ]

14...Rxe2?
There was no need to sac the Exchange. [14...Ne5+/= was indicated.]

15.Nxe2 Ne5 16.Ned4 Qf6
[>=16...Nxc4 17.Qc2 Ne5 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.Ne6 Bxe6 20.dxe6 Qf6 21.Qxc7 Qxe6 22.Qxb7 Rd8+/- ]

17.Re1
[>=17.Nxe5 dxe5 18.Nb5+- ]

17...Bg4
[>=17...Nxc4 18.Qc2 Nb6+/- (18...Ne5? 19.Qxc7+- ) ]

18.Qb3+- Re8?
[18...Nxf3+ 19.Nxf3 b6 was a better attempt.]

19.Bd2 g5?
[>=19...b6 ]

20.Nxe5 dxe5
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21.Qxb7 Rf8?
[>=21...f3 ; Of course �21...exd4? 22.Rxe8+ Kf7 23.Rae1 ]

22.Ne6?
[22.Nc6 was much stronger.]

22...Bxe6 23.dxe6 Qxe6 24.Bc3?!
[>=24.Bb4 ]

24...f3 25.Qd5
[Not 25.g3?? Qh3-+ ]

25...Qxd5 26.cxd5 Nf4 27.Bxe5??
This should have cost me a half-point. [27.gxf3+- was correct.]

27...Ne2+ 28.Kf1
[>=28.Rxe2 fxe2 29.Bxg7 Kxg7 30.Re1 Rd8 31.Rxe2 Rxd5 32.f3 ]

28...Bxe5 29.gxf3 Bxb2 30.Ra2
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30...Rxf3??(+)
[30...Nf4 31.Rxb2 Nd3 32.Rb7 Nxe1 33.Kxe1 Rxf3 34.Rxa7 Rd3+/= was missed by both sides.]

31.Kxe2+-
Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 16:58, smallblackcat 0:27 Time used - Moldovan 22:22, smallblackcat 49:33 Longest think by White - 6:35 for 10.Bf4 Longest think by Black - 12:51 for 13...f4 [After 31.Kxe2 Bc3 (�31...Rb3 32.Rb1 & the B goes.) 32.Kxf3 Bxe1 33.Rc2 Ba5 34.Rc6 Kg7 35.Kg4 White picks-up a P & the rest is easy.] 1-0