### (1) mountm (2130) - Moldovan,John (1921) [C02]

May Mania FICS (4), 13.06.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

**
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G/40+20
C02 French Defense
Advance Variation

1.e4
e6
2.d4
d5
3.e5
[I expected 3.Nc3
; or 3.Nd2
]

3...c5
4.c3
Qb6
5.Nf3
Nc6
6.Be2
cxd4
7.cxd4
Nh6
8.Nc3
[For 8.Na3?!
see my 2009 draw vs. McAuliffe.; For 8.Bxh6?!
& others, see my 2008 loss to "Acho".]

8...Nf5
9.Na4
[�9.Bb5
Bd7
10.Bxc6
Bxc6
11.0-0
h5
* (11...Rc8
12.h3N
** (>=12.a4
) *12...Bb4=/+
Malinovskij - Moldovan : G/15+5, Chess Assistant Club 09/23/2006) 12.b3
Bb4N
13.Bb2
* (>=13.Qd3
) *13...Rc8=/+
T. Beauchamp - Moldovan : Springfield 12/30/2001]

9...Bb4+
[9...Qa5+
may be more precise; since 10.Kf1
then makes less sense and can be answered by 10...b5
. For example: 11.Nc5
* (>=11.Nc3
b4
12.Nb5N
h5
13.Bf4
) *11...Qb6
* (*or *11...Bxc5
12.dxc5
b4
) *12.b4
* (�12.g4?
Nfxd4!-/+
*undermining the Nc5's protection.*) *12...Nxb4
13.Rb1
Nxd4
14.Na4
bxa4
15.Nxd4
Hudoba - Rybansky : Slovakia 2002 15...Bc5N
16.a3
a5
17.Be3
0-0=/+
18.axb4?
axb4-/+
]

10.Kf1!?
Diagram

[RR: 10.Bd2
Qa5
11.Bc3
* (11.Nc3?!
Nfxd4
12.Nxd4
** (�12.a3
Nxe2!N
** (12...Nxf3+
13.Bxf3
Bxc3
14.Bxc3
Qb6
15.0-0
0-0=/+
*Gras - Amadou : France 1996& Fox - Moldovan : STC Championship, FICS West Section 11/29/2005 *16.Qd2
) *13.axb4
Nxc3
14.bxc3
Qb5
) 12...Nxd4
13.0-0
Nxe2+
14.Qxe2
0-0
Kladnak - Novak : Brno 2010 15.Qg4
Kh8=/+
) 11...b5
12.a3
Bxc3+
13.Nxc3
b4
14.axb4
Qxb4
15.Bb5
Bd7
16.Bxc6
Bxc6
17.Qd2
0-0
* (17...Bb5
18.Nxb5
Qxb5
19.Ra5
Qb6
20.0-0
0-0
21.Rc1
Rab8
22.Rc2
h6
23.Rac5
Rb7+/=
*Nunn - Schmittdiel : Dortmund 1991 (annotated at Chess Publishing)*) *18.0-0
Rfc8
19.g4
Ne7
20.h4
a5N
* (*an improvement upon the *20...Be8
21.h5
Nc6?!
22.h6
*of Kuper - Speyer : Dieren 1998*) *21.h5
h6
22.Kg2
Rab8
23.Rfb1
a4
24.Ne1
J. Blah - Moldovan : G/15, Playchess 12/23/2007 24...Be8=
]

10...Qc7?!
This was played to prevent White from developing with tempo (Bg5) but the Q is too exposed here my minor pieces (Nf5, Bb4) end-up getting pushed to lesser squares. [10...Qd8
/\11.g4
* (*Also *11.Bd3
Be7
12.Bxf5
exf5
*Barle - Pregorac : SLO-ch, Dobma 2002 *13.Nc3
Be6=
; 11.h4
Be7
12.g3
Bd7N
13.Kg2
h6=
) *11...Nh4
12.Bg5
Be7=
is correct.]

11.g4
Nfe7
[11...Nh6
12.Bxh6
gxh6
13.Rc1
was no better.]

12.a3
Ba5
13.b4
Bb6
14.b5?!
[>=14.Be3
/\ Rc1 14...h5
15.gxh5
Nf5
Nilsson - Laurine : Stockholm 1963 16.Rc1
Qd7
17.Rg1
Kf8+/=
]

14...Na5
15.Nxb6
Qxb6
Diagram

16.Bg5N
[16.a4
was played in Bergh - Vitkovsky : correspondence, IECG 2008 and Black could have equalized with 16...Nc4
]

16...Bd7
17.a4
h6?!
This puts the question to the B but expends a tempo & makes g5 a target. [>=17...Rc8=
]

18.Bxe7
Kxe7
19.Bd3?
[>=19.Qb1!+/=
looking to check on b4 and keep the Rh8 from being developed or invade on h7 if it goes to c8. For example: 19... 19...Rhc8
20.Qh7
Kf8??
21.g5+-
]

19...Rhc8
20.Rb1
Nc4
Diagram

21.Qb3?
[21.Qc1=
]

21...Rc7?
[>=21...a6=/+
]

22.Kg2
Rac8
23.Rhe1
Kf8
24.Kg1
[>=24.Qb4+
Kg8
25.Red1=
]

24...Kg8
[>=24...Qa5=/+
]

25.Qb4
[>=25.Red1=
]

25...Qa5
26.Qxa5
[26.Qe7??
falls to 26...Bxb5!-+
]

26...Nxa5
27.Re3
Diagram

27...Rc1+
28.Rxc1
Rxc1+
29.Re1
Rc3
30.Re3
Kf8
31.Kg2
Nc4
32.Bxc4
Rxc4
33.Ra3
Ke7
[�33...a6
34.bxa6
bxa6
35.a5
Ba4
]

34.h3
f6
35.Kg3
Diagram

35...Kd8
[>=35...Be8
/\36.h4
Bg6
]

36.h4
Be8
37.exf6
gxf6
38.g5
hxg5
39.hxg5
Bh5?
[39...Ke7=/+
]

40.gxf6
Bxf3
41.Rxf3
Ke8[]
[Not 41...Rxd4??
nor ...Rxa4?? 42.f7+-
]

42.Kf4
Rxd4+
43.Kg5
Diagram

43...Kf7??
This stops Kg6 short-term but loses the game. [43...Rxa4
44.Rh3
b6
45.Rh8+
Kf7
46.Rh7+
Kf8
47.Rb7
* (47.Re7
Ra2
48.Rxe6
Rxf2=
) *47...Ra1
48.Kf4
Ra4+
49.Ke5
Re4+
50.Kd6
d4=
]

44.Rh3+-
Rxa4
45.Rh7+
Kf8
46.Rxb7
Ra1
47.Kf4
Re1?
48.Rxa7
Re4+?
49.Kg5
Rb4?
50.b6
Rxb6
51.Kg6
Rb8
52.Rh7
Diagram Black resigns
Time left - mountm 26:40, Moldovan 3:48
Time used - mountm 30:30, Moldovan 52:52
Longest think by White - 1:32 for 11.g4
Longest think by Black - 7:30 for 30...Kf8
Having played 42 tournament games (counting corr.) in 24 weeks & won just 1 of my last 8, I badly need a break but, with the KST underway, that's not going to happen.** 1-0**