(1) Sturniolo,Lou (1661) - Moldovan,John (1797) [A47]
21st Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (4), 02.02.2012
[Moldovan & Houdini 2.0c]

G/85+5 (delay) A47 Queen's Indian Defense vs. Colle's System

1.d4 Nf6
[In last year's Summer Tourney, I chose 1...g6 and we went into a Gurgenidze.]

2.Nf3 b6 3.e3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6
This is standard for Q's Indian players but I'm starting to believe it's too passive. [4...g6 5.0-0 Bg7 is more dynamic.]

5.0-0 c5 6.c3
[For 6.c4 see Kenilworth Consultation Game #5.; 6.b3 (Zukertort's System) is another way to play.]

6...Be7 7.Nbd2
Diagram

7...cxd4
[RR: 7...0-0 8.h3N (For 8.Re1 see Sturniolo - Minkov : KST 2010.) 8...d6 9.b3 Nbd7 10.Bb2 e5 11.e4 Re8 12.d5 a6 13.Rc1 Nf8 14.a4 h6 15.Re1 Ng6 16.Bf1 Rf8 17.c4 Nh7 18.Rc3 Ng5 19.Bc1 Bc8 20.Nxg5 hxg5 21.Nf3 Nf4 22.Bxf4 gxf4 23.Rd3 g6= Shiffman - Moldovan : skittles game, Springfield 08/22/1999 (0-1, 44)]

8.exd4
[For 8.cxd4 /\ e4 see Lou's victory over Ian Mangion, also from the 2010 KST.]

8...0-0
This is the most flexible response... [... But 8...d6 may be more accurate.]

9.Re1
[V. Kovacevic - Drasko : Yugoslav Championship 1989 saw White take aim at h7 with 9.Ng5 d6 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.Bc2 Re8 12.Qd3 but 12...g6 13.Qh3 Bf8 14.f4 Bg7 15.Nde4 Qe7= kept the field level.]

9...d6 10.Nf1 Nbd7 11.Qe2
[A R-lift was tried in Kosic - Pap : Herceg Novi 2005 but Black held the balance: 11.Ng5 Re8 12.Re3!? h6 13.Nh3 e5 14.Rg3 Kh8 15.Ne3 Bf8= ; 11.h3 Qc7 12.Bf4 , going into a London setup, was also playable.]

11...a6
Diagram [>=11...h6 12.Ng3 (12.Ba6 Bxa6 13.Qxa6 Qc8 is fine for Black) 12...Re8 ] Now, after...

12.Ng5!N
..., I have to worry about sacs on e6 and f7. [There have been 4 games with 12.Ng3 ; & 2 with 12.a4 ]

12...Qc7
[12...h6?? would have weakened my light squares and lost to 13.Nxe6! fxe6 14.Qxe6+ Rf7 15.Bg6 ; 12...Re8 /\13.Nxf7?! Kxf7 14.Qxe6+ Kf8 15.Bf4 Bd5=/+ was okay, though.]

13.Ng3
[Not 13.Nxe6? fxe6 14.Qxe6+ Rf7=/+ ; nor 13.Nxf7? Rxf7 14.Qxe6 Nf8-/+ ]

13...g6
My opponent didn't think this was right... [... But, if I had played 13...Rfe8 he could have tried 14.Nxf7!? Kxf7 15.Qxe6+ Kf8 16.Bg5 (or 16.Bf4 ) 16...Bd5 17.Qh3 ]

14.h4
White pulls out a can opener and goes for a new target but the defense has been worked-out.

14...Rfe8
[Black avoids 14...Kg7? 15.Qxe6!+/- /\fxe6?? 16.Nxe6+ Kf7 17.Nxc7+- ]

15.h5
[15.Nxf7?! Nxe6 transposes 15...Kxf7 16.Qxe6+ Kg7=/+ ]

15...Nf8
This reinforces g6 & e6. [If 15...Bf8 /\...Bg7 16.hxg6 hxg6 White can play 17.Nxf7!? Kxf7 18.Qc2 ]

16.hxg6 hxg6
Diagram

17.N3e4
[17.Kh2!? /\N8h7?? looking to trade off that bothersome Ng5 18.Nxf7!+- Kxf7 19.Qxe6+ Kg7 20.Bh6+!! Kxh6 21.Qf7 Nf8 22.Nf5+!! sacking a 3rd piece 22...gxf5 23.Rh1 would have won the brillancy or best game prize (Are we awarding one this year?).; However, Black can nullify that ( 17.Kh2 ) with 17... 17...e5 ]

17...Nxe4
Seeking relief from White's pressure via exchanges. [17...Nd5 /\ ...f5 was an option but I didn't want to move any more Ps.]

18.Bxe4
[I expected 18.Nxe4 ]

18...Bxg5
This leaves the dark squares around my K a bit weak. [>=18...Bxe4 19.Qxe4 Rac8 20.Qf3 Bd8!= ]

19.Bxg5 Nh7 20.Bxb7
[20.Bh6+/= would have given White an edge.]

20...Qxb7 21.Be3 b5 22.f3
Diagram [>=22.Qg4 ]

22...Qc6?!
This stops a4... [... But >=22...Nf6= ]

23.Kf2
[>=23.Qf2+/= ]

23...e5
[>=23...f5= ]

24.Qd2 Rac8 25.g4
/\ Kg3 + Qh2 [>=25.Rh1+/= ]

25...Nf6?!
[>=25...Rf8= ]

26.Kg3 Nd5?
[>=26...e4= /\27.fxe4?? Nxe4+-+ ]

27.Rh1
Diagram

27...Nxe3?
[>=27...f6 28.Rad1 Rc7 29.dxe5 Nxe3 30.Qxe3 dxe5 31.Qh6 Rg7+/= ]

28.Qxe3 Kg7[] 29.Qh6+ Kf6 30.dxe5+?
White misses his chance. [>=30.Rae1 Rcd8 31.g5+ Ke6 32.Qg7+/- winning the e5P by force.]

30...Rxe5 31.Qf4+
[>=31.Rad1+/= ]

31...Ke6?
[>=31...Ke7= ]

32.Rae1?
[>=32.Rad1+/= ]

32...Qc4
Diagram Black has dodged the bullets and is back on even terms.

33.Rxe5+ dxe5 34.Qe3 Qc5
[34...Rd8 taking an open file and keeping aim at a2 /\35.Qb6+?! Rd6=/+ was a good alternative.; 34...Qxa2?? 35.Qb6++- wasn't.]

35.Qe2
[35.Qxc5 & a R ending was safer.]

35...Rd8 36.Rd1 Rd5 37.Rxd5 Qxd5 38.b3
Diagram

38...f5 39.gxf5+ gxf5 40.Qh2 Qd6
[Not 40...e4 41.Qh6+ Ke5?? 42.f4# ]

41.Qh6+ Kd5 42.Qd2+
[42.c4+ bxc4 43.bxc4+ /\Kxc4?? 44.Qxd6+- was worth a shot.]

42...Kc6 43.Qc2?!
[>=43.Qxd6+ Kxd6 44.Kh4 but, as you've already seen twice (moves 35, 42), my foe wanted to keep the Qs on.]

43...e4+
Diagram

44.Kf2??
A blunder in time-pressure. [44.Kg2 Qg6+ 45.Kf2= was required.] Now I win Lou's Q with an x-ray.

44...Qh2+
White resigns Time left - Sturniolo 0:36, Moldovan 7:29 Estimated time used - 88:07, Moldovan 81:11 Longest think by White - 11 minutes for 13.Ng3 and 14.h4 Longest think by Black - 9 minutes for 28...Kg7 [] My opponent was equal or ahead until his final turn and deserved a better fate. I never mustered a threat yet came away with a full point. 0-1