(1) Melosh,Patrick (1592) - Moldovan,John (1814) [C01]
41st USATE Parsippany (2), 19.02.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

board 2 C01 French Defense Exchange Variation

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bd6 5.Be3
An unusual continuation. [>=5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 ; For 5.Bd3 see Sherry - Minkov : Checkmate Ch. 2008, Mangion - Carrelli : Ellner Memorial 2008, Minkov - Moldovan : New Year's Eve Quad 2009 & Sherry - Schwarcz : GSCL 2009-10.; For 5.Be2 see Sherry - Minkov : 2009 Checkmate Ch.]

5...Ne7 6.Bd3 Nbc6
[6...Nf5N looks okay, too.]

7.Nc3 a6N

[There have been 24 games with 7...Bg4 ; 5 with 7...Be6 ; 3 with 7...Nb4 ; & 1 with 7...f6 ]

[>=8.a3 h6 9.h3 Be6 Schlotthauber - Oestreich : Steinheim 1969 10.Qd2 Qd7 11.Bf4 ]

[>=8...Nb4 9.Be2 Nf5 /\10.Bc1?? Nxd4!-+ 11.Qxd4? Nxc2+ 12. K moves Nxd4.]

[>=9.Nf3= ]

9...Nb4 10.Be2?
[>=10.Nf4=/+ ]

10...Bf5 11.Rc1 Qd7?
[>=11...Bxh3 12.gxh3 Nf5-/+ ]

12.Nf4 Bxf4 13.Bxf4

13...Bxc2! 14.Rxc2 Qf5 15.0-0?
[>=15.Rd2 Qxf4 16.Qb3 Qd6 17.a3 Nbc6 18.Qxb7 0-0= ]

[15...Qxf4=/+ ]

16.Bxc7 Qxd1?
[>=16...Qxb2-/+ ]

17.Rxd1 0-0 18.Bd6 Nbc6 19.Bf3 Rfd8 20.Bc5 Rd7 21.Na4 Re8 22.Re1 Kh7 23.Bg4?!
[>=23.Nb6 Rdd8 24.g3=/+ ]

This overlooks a tactic.Diagram

[>=23...Rdd8-/+ ]

24.Bxf5+ Nxf5 25.Rxe8 Nfxd4 26.g3
[>=26.Nb6 Rf7 27.Nxd5 although that can be met by 27...Nf3+! 28.gxf3 Rf5 ]

26...Nf3+ 27.Kg2 Rf7 28.Rf8 Ne1+ 29.Kf1 Rxf8 30.Bxf8

30...Nd3 31.Nc5 Nxc5 32.Bxc5 g5 33.Ke2 Kg6 34.Ke3 Kf5 35.h3 h5 36.f3 Ne5 37.b3 Nc6 38.Bd4??

[>=38.Bb6= ]

[38...Nxd4 39.Kxd4 h4!! 40.gxh4[] gxh4 would have won. For example: 41.Kxd5 (41.Ke3 d4+ 42.Kxd4 Kf4 43.Kd3 (or 43.Kc5 transposing into 41.Kxd5 Kf4 42.Kc5) 43...Kxf3-+ ) 41...Kf4 42.Kc5 Kxf3 43.Kb6 Kg3 44.Kxb7 Kxh3 45.Kxa6 Kg4 46.b4 h3 47.b5 h2 48.b6 h1Q 49.b7 Qc6+ 50.Ka7 Qc7 51.Ka8 Qa5+ 52.Kb8 Kf5 53.Kc8 Qc5+ 54.Kb8 Ke5 55.Ka8 Qa5+ 56.Kb8 Kd6 57.a3 Qa4 58.Kc8 Qe8# ]

39.g4+ hxg4 40.hxg4+ Kg6 41.b4 Nc6 42.a3 b5 43.Ba1 a5?

[>=43...Kf7 44.f4 gxf4+ 45.Kxf4 Ke6= ]

[>=44.a4! bxa4 45.b5 Nb4 46.Bb2+/- Fritz 12]

44...Nxa5= 45.Bh8 Nc4+ 46.Kd4 Nxa3 47.Kxd5 Nc2 48.Ke4 b4 49.Kd3 b3 50.Bb2 Ne1+ 51.Ke2 Ng2 52.Kd3
Drawn by agreement Time left - Melosh 76:48, Moldovan 60:01 Estimated time used - Melosh 102:32, Moldovan 119:19 Estimated game length - 3:42 Longest think by White - 10 minutes for 28...Rf8 Longest think by Black - 14 minutes for 40...Kg6 1/2-1/2