(1) Goeller,Michael (2043) - Moldovan,John (1797) [C11]
21st Kenilworth CC Championship Kenilworth, NJ (5), 09.02.2012
[Moldovan & Houdini 2.0c]

G/85+5 (delay) C11 French Defense Steinitz Variation (by transposition)

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3
[I expected 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 .; Last year Mike chose 2.f4 .]

2...d5 3.Nc3 Nf6
This varies from the 2006 Championship... [... where I played 3...d4 ]

4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bf4 Bxc5
We've reached the end of my preparation.

8.Bd3
Diagram

8...a6
[The books recommend 8...f6 but, as my opponent said afterward, that's what White wants.; 8...0-0? is met by the thematic 9.Bxh7+!+/= ]

9.Qe2
[For 9.0-0 see my Jan. 2009 draw vs. Eve Zhurbinskiy.]

9...Be7
This defends the g5 square and clears c5 for my Nd7. [9...h6 is okay but does only 1 thing.]

10.0-0-0
[>=10.h4 b5 11.h5 h6 12.Rh3= as in Gunnarsson - I. Thompson : Reykjavik 2010]

10...b5 11.Kb1 Nc5
Diagram

12.Rc1N
[Predecessor: 12.Qd2 b4 13.Ne2 a5 14.Ned4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Ba6 16.Nc6 Qc7 17.Nxe7 Qxe7 18.Be3 0-0 19.Qe2 Nxd3 20.cxd3 Rfc8 21.Rc1 Qd7 22.Rxc8+ Rxc8 23.Rc1 Rxc1+ 24.Kxc1 d4 25.Bf4 h6 26.f3 Qb5 27.Bg3 a4 28.Bf2 Qc5+ 29.Qc2 Qxe5 30.Qxa4 Bxd3 31.Qd1 Qb5 32.Kd2 e5 33.f4 f6 34.fxe5 fxe5 35.Qg4 Kh7 36.h4 Qc4 37.h5 Qc2+ 38.Ke1 Bf5 39.Qf3 Qb1+ 40.Qd1 Qxb2 41.g4 Be4 Szymanski,M (2430)-Labeckas,K (2221) Warsaw 2006 0-1]

12...Bd7 13.h4 h6 14.h5 Qa5 15.Qd2 b4 16.Ne2
Diagram

16...Na4
Black goes for the attack but ends-up losing his edge. [>=16...Ne4=/+ ]

17.Rcd1 Rb8
Threatening 18...Nc3+! Time check: White has 24 minutes left vs. Black's 64.

18.Ka1[] Bc5
[18...Nc5 was best.; 18...Nc3!? 19.bxc3 bxc3 20.Qxc3 Bb4 , forcing a draw, was another option.]

19.Be3 Bxe3 20.fxe3 0-0
[>=20...Nc5 ]

21.g4!
Diagram

21...Nc5?
This gives White the upper hand. [>=21...Qc7 Goeller 22.g5 Nxe5= ; or 21...f6 22.exf6 Rxf6= ]

22.g5 Nxd3?
[>=22...b3 23.Qxa5 Nxa5 24.axb3 hxg5 25.Nxg5 Nc6+/= ; or 22...Ne4+/= /\23.Bxe4?! dxe4= 24.Qxd7 exf3 25.Qxc6 fxe2-/+ ]

23.cxd3
[>=23.Qxd3 ]

23...hxg5?
Diagram Having completely lost the thread, Black offers a draw. White, being behind on the clock and having pity on me, accepts. Game drawn by agreement. The players tie for 2nd place. Time left - Goeller 10:33, Moldovan 33:38 Estimated time used - 76:22, Moldovan 53:17 Longest think by White - 30 minutes for 11.Kb1 Longest think by Black - 14 minutes for 21...Nc5? [23...hxg5? 24.Ned4 g4 25.Nxc6 Bxc6 26.Nd4 Bb5 27.e4+/= ; >=23...b3 24.Qxa5 Nxa5 ] 1/2-1/2