### (1) Moldovan,John (1818) - smallblackcat (1928) [E10]

May Mania FICS (3), 07.06.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

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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
Diagram

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
Diagram

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**