### (1) jariv (1712) - Moldovan,John (1814) [C18]

May Mania - Section B FICS (1), 04.05.2012

* [Moldovan & Houdini 2.0]*

**
**Board 6
G/40+20 (increment)
C18 French Defense
Winawer Variation

1.e4
e6
2.d4
d5
3.Nc3
Somewhat of a surprise. He's played the Exchange and Advance more.

3...Bb4
4.e5
c5
5.a3
Another pleasant turn. Instead of taking a side street with Nf3, as in previous games, my opponent drives the main road. [RR 5.Nf3
Ne7
* (5...cxd4
6.Nxd4
Bd7
7.Qg4
*jariv -CarlosKerber : FICS Team League 01/17/2012 *7...Ne7
8.Qxg7
Rg8
9.Qxh7
Qc7
) *6.Bb5+
Bd7
7.0-0
Bxc3
8.Bxd7+
Nxd7
9.bxc3
cxd4
10.cxd4
0-0
11.Bd2
Nb6
12.Rc1
Nf5
13.Ba5
Qd7
14.Bxb6
axb6
15.c4
Rxa2
16.Qb3©
Ra6
jariv - Gianuzio : G/20+20, FICS 09/22/2011]

5...Bxc3+
[5...Ba5
the Armenian Variation 6.b4
cxb4
7.Nb5
; & 5...cxd4
6.axb4
dxc3
7.Qg4!
are inferior.* (‹7.bxc3
Qc7
) *]

6.bxc3
Qa5
I now think this is the best approach... [... but will keep 6...Qc7
and 4...Qd7 & other lines in my bag of tricks ;-)]

7.Bd2
Qa4
This blockades the a4P and menaces the one on d4.

8.Qb1
White counters with a threat of his own: 9.Bb5+. But I can nullify that, keep his light-squared B out of d3 and safely castle on the K-side. [8.Qg4
looking to induce dark square weaknesses /\8...g6
* (8...Kf8!?
) *9.Qd1
is probably best.; 8.Nf3
(?!) 8...b6!
& ...Ba6, to trade-off the bad B, is good for Black.]

8...c4
[‹8...a6
9.Nf3
Ne7
10.Qb3
Qxb3
11.cxb3
Nbc6
12.Bd3
Na5
13.Bc2
c4
14.b4
Nac6
15.0-0
f5
16.h4
Bd7
17.a4
Nd8
18.g3
Nf7
19.Kg2
h6
20.h5
Kd8
21.Rh1
Kc7+/=
Ljubojevic - Kavalek : Montreal 1979]

9.g3
[9.Ne2
/\ Ng3-h5; & the similar 9.Nh3
/\ Nf4-h5 seem more dangerous.; On the other hand, f4 + g4 & Bh3 (suggested by a post-mortem kibitzer at the Kenilworth CC) is too caveman-like. 9.f4
Nc6
10.g4
Nge7
11.Bh3
h5!
is =/+.]

9...Nc6
10.Bg2
The B does little on g2 and eventually moves again. [I would have preferred 10.h4
Nge7
11.Bh3
]

10...Nge7
[10...Bd7!
/\11.Qxb7??
* (>=11.Nh3
Nge7
12.Nf4=
) *11...Rb8
12.Qc7
Nge7-+
, threatening to trap the enemy Q with 13.--
Qa6
14.--
Rb7
15.Qd6
Nc8
16.Qc5
Rb5
, was a good alternative.]

11.Nf3
0-0
This is okay but castling on the other wing would likely have given me more active play. [11...b6
12.0-0
Bd7
13.Ra2
Gauthier - Lazo : Paris 2010 13...h6
/\ ...0-0-0 is one option.; 11...b5N
/\ ...Bd7, ...Nc8-b6 and ...0-0-0 is another.]

12.0-0
Diagram

12...Rb8N
[This varies from the 12...h6
13.Qb2
b5
14.Rfe1
Bb7
15.h4
a6
16.Bh3
Rad8
17.Re2
Kh7
18.g4=
of Neuvonen - Lumley : correspondence, ICCF 2000; If Black is okay with a draw, he can also play 12...Bd7
13.Qxb7
Rab8
14.Qxd7
Rfd8
15.Qc7
Rbc8
16.Qb7
Rb8
17.Qc7
Rbc8
, etc.]

13.Nh4
Ng6
14.Nxg6
hxg6
[>=14...fxg6
15.h4
Bd7
16.Qd1
Rf5
giving my Rs some space.]

15.Qd1
Bd7
16.h4
Ne7
17.g4
This is double-edged. [17.Ra2
Qa5
18.h5
was more circumspect.]

17...Qa5
18.h5
gxh5
19.gxh5
Nf5
>= Kh7 =, here or next.

20.Bh3
Qd8
Diagram

21.Qg4
This obstructs the Bh3. [21.Bxf5
exf5
22.h6
g6
23.h7+
Kh8
24.Qf3
would have given him an edge.]

21...Qh4
22.Kh1
[I thought he was going to play 22.Kg2
Qxg4+
23.Bxg4
/\ Rh1 & h6.]

22...Ba4
23.Rg1?
White over-rates his attack. With the Qs coming off, there was no good reason to sac the c2P. [>=23.Rac1=
]

23...Qxg4
24.Rxg4
Bxc2
25.Rag1
Be4+
[25...Bd3
may improve.]

26.Kh2
Kh7
27.Rg5?
[>=27.f3
Bd3
* (‹27...Bxf3
28.Rg5
Kh8
29.Bxf5
exf5
30.Rxf5
Be4
31.Rf4©
) *28.R4g2
Rg8
29.Bxf5+
Bxf5
]

27...Rg8?
[>=27...Nh4!
28.Rxg7+
Kh8-/+
with ...Nf3+, picking-up an Exchange, to follow.]

28.Bxf5+
White offered a draw here, probably expecting a mass trade-off starting at move 29. [>=28.f3
Bd3
* (*Not *28...Bxf3?
29.Bxf5+
exf5
30.Rxf5
Be2
31.Rxf7
Bxh5
32.Rd7+/=
) *29.Bxf5+
Bxf5
30.R5g2=/+
]

28...Bxf5
29.h6?
Diagram [>=29.R5g3=/+
]

29...g6!
[‹29...gxh6?
30.Rxg8
Rxg8
31.Rxg8
Kxg8
32.Bxh6©
& an opposite Bs ending.]

30.Ra1
[>=30.R5g2
]

30...Rbf8
[>=30...Rgc8-/+
]

31.Rgg1
f6
32.exf6
Rxf6
33.Bg5
Rf7
34.a4
Rgf8
35.a5
Be4
36.f4
Diagram

36...Rxf4?
This Exchange-sac fails to get the desired 3 Ps in return because if I take the h-pawn, he gets 2 for 1 on the Q-side. [>=36...Rc8=/+
]

37.Bxf4
Rf7??
A horrendous mouse-slip. [Of course, I meant to play 37...Rxf4
38.Raf1
Rf5©
]

38.Rg3
??!! Instead of retreating his B and forcing my resignation, jariv, being a very good sport, circumvents the event's no-takeback rule and lets me capture it.

38...Rxf4©
39.Rh3
Bf5
I offered a draw here and after 40...Rg4+ but he wanted to play on.

40.Kg3!
Rg4+
Gotta keep White's K out of my territory.

41.Kf3
Rg5
42.Rh2
Be4+
43.Ke2
Rf5
Diagram [>=43...Rg3
]

44.Rf1??
This loses the f-Rook & the game. [>=44.Rf2
Rh5
45.Rf7+
Kxh6
46.Rxb7
Rh2+
47.Ke3
Kg5
48.Rxa7=
with chances for both sides.]

44...Bd3+[]
White resigned.
I feel bad about winning after the mulligan. In retrospect, I should have offered a draw before playing the skewer.
Time left - jariv 3:27, Moldovan 7:29
Time used - jariv 51:13, Moldovan 47:11
Longest think by White - 5:19 for 27.Rg5
Longest think by Black - 3:48 for 12...Rb8
Start 11:02 a.m. EDT
End 12:41 p.m.
Duration 1:39:12** 0-1**