(1) Moldovan,John (1797) - Sherry,Bob (1812) [A03]
New Year's Eve Quad Mountainside, NJ (1), 31.12.2011
[J. Moldovan & Houdini 2.0c]

G/30+15 (delay) A03 Bird's Opening Reversed Leningrad (by transposition)

This is Mieses' Opening. It's rarely seen but can't be bad because it usually transposes to other openings.

Bob thought I had played 1.d4 ;-) [For 1...Nf6 see Sturniolo - Mazzillo : Sy Fish Memorial 2008]

2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.f4!?
[4.Nf3 would have made a King's Indian Attack.]

4...Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.c3
[7.Nc3 /\d4 8.Ne4 Von Spreckelsen - Kock : Helmbrechts 1963 8...Nxe4 9.dxe4 was best.]

7...Nc6 8.Qc2
[>=8.Na3 /\ Nc2]

[>=8...Qb6=/+ ; 8...d4 9.Na3 Rb8 10.Nc4 b5 11.Nce5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bb7 Spraggett - Morovic : Cienfuegos 1997 13.Bxb7 Rxb7 14.cxd4 Qxd4+ 15.Kg2 ]

9.e4 dxe4 10.dxe4 Bb7N
[I expected 10...Ba6 11.Rd1 Qc7 (Bjelajac- Zivanic : Yugoslavia 1994 & Szymczak - Malec : Warsaw Ch. 2008)]

[>=11.Na3 /\a6 12.Nc4 b5 13.Ne3 ]

11...Qc7 12.Na3 Rad8 13.Be3?
Diagram [13.e5= was right.]

[We missed 13...Nxe4! 14.Qxe4 Nd4!-/+ 15.Qxb7 Ne2+ 16.Kf2 Qxb7 17.Rxd8 Rxd8 18.Kxe2 Qa6+ 19.Kf2 Bf6=/+ Through this point, my opponent had used less a minute of his initial 30.]

14.Rxd1 Rd8
[14...Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Nd4 16.Qe5 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Qxe5 18.fxe5 Bxf3 19.Rd7 Bd8 20.Rxa7 was an option.]

15.Rxd8+ Qxd8 16.Ne1
[>=16.Bc1 ]

[>=16...e5 ]

17.e5 Nd5
[>=17...Ng4 /\18.Bc1? c4=/+ ]

18.Bf2 Nc7 19.Be4 g6 20.Qd2 Qd8 21.Qxd8+ Nxd8 22.Bxb7=
Drawn by agreement. Time left - Moldovan 13:59, Sherry 26:26 Estimated time used - Moldovan 21:31, Sherry 8:49 Longest think by White - 3 minutes for 9.e4 Longest think by Black - 1 minute? for 16...Qa8 & 18...Nc7 1/2-1/2