(1) mountm (2130) - Moldovan,John (1921) [C02]
May Mania FICS (4), 13.06.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

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
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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