### (1) Finney,Stuart (2229) - Moldovan,John (1817) [C06]

USATE Parsippany (1), 18.02.2012

* [Moldovan & Houdini 2.0c]*

**
**40/120 then SD/60, +5s delay
C06 French Defense
Tarrasch Variation

1.e4
e6
2.d4
d5
3.Nd2
Nf6
4.e5
Nfd7
5.Bd3
c5
6.c3
Nc6
[In December 2010, while playing in the Ukraine-USA correspondence match, I looked at 6...b6
and determined that 7.Nh3!
Ba6
8.Bxa6
Nxa6
9.0-0
was +/=. The B-trade idea works best after an early Ngf3, e.g: 3...c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bd3 b6.]

7.Ngf3
cxd4
[Many other moves are played here, including 7...Be7
; 7...Qb6
; 7...g6
; 7...a6
; 7...f6
; 7...a5
; 7...g5
; & 7...Rb8
]

8.cxd4
Qb6
Diagram

9.0-0
This is Kortchnoi's Gambit. [9.a3
/\Nxd4
10.Nxd4
Qxd4
11.Nf3
is similar.; 9.Nb3
a5
10.a4
Bb4+
11.Kf1
f6
is good for Black.]

9...Nxd4
[9...Be7
]

10.Nxd4
Qxd4
11.Nf3
Qb6
12.Qa4
Qb4
13.Qc2
Nc5
14.Bd2
[14.Bxh7
Bd7
15.Bd2
* (15.h3
Rc8=
) *15...Qg4=
is equal.]

14...Qa4
15.b3
[15.Bxh7
Qxc2
16.Bxc2
b6
, Gomez - Gilles : correspondence, Chess Friend 2003, is fine for Black.]

15...Qa3
[RR: 15...Qd7
16.Nd4
Qd8
17.Rac1
Bd7
18.Be2
Ne4
19.Nb5
Bc5
Ehlvest - Akobian : U.S. Championship, Saint Louis 2009 20.Be3
Bxe3
21.Nc7+
Ke7
22.fxe3
Rc8
23.Bf3
* (*or *23.Bd3
*etc.*) *23...Bc6
24.Bxe4
Qxc7
25.Qc5+
Ke8
26.Bd3
Qb6
27.Qxb6
axb6
28.Rf4
Ke7
29.Rb4
Ra8
30.a4
Rhd8
31.Rxb6
d4
32.exd4
Rxd4=
]

16.Nd4
Diagram

16...a6??N
[16...Nxd3
, as in Lemmers - Florath : Groningen 1999 and Shaw - A. Grant : Marymass 1999, was correct but I didn't see that 17.Nb5N
could be met by 17...Qc5
18.Qxd3
Bd7
]

17.Bxh7
Bd7
18.Qb1!
Now White is threatening 19.Nc2 and sacking the d-pawn is the only way to save my Q.

18...Ne4
19.Bxe4
dxe4
20.Qxe4
0-0-0
[>=20...Rb8
21.Rac1
Qe7
]

21.Nc2??
This lets me force an ending and get back in the game. [>=21.Bg5
Re8
22.Rfd1+-
]

21...Bc6
22.Qxc6+
[>=22.Nxa3
Bxe4
23.Rac1+
Bc6
24.Nc4
]

22...bxc6
23.Nxa3
Bxa3
24.Bf4
Rd5
25.g3
Rhd8
26.h4
Bb2
27.Rae1
Kb7
28.Re2
Ba3
29.Kg2
Diagram

29...Rd1??
[29...Bc5+/=
, with decent chances to hold, was right.]

30.Rxd1
Rxd1
31.Rd2!
Missed this. Now I'm lost.

31...Rxd2
32.Bxd2
Bb2
33.f4
f6
34.exf6
Bxf6
35.h5
Kb6
36.Kf3
Kc5
37.Ke4
Kd6
38.g4
c5
39.g5
Bb2
40.Kd3
e5
41.f5
Ke7
42.Be3
Time left - Finney 73:24, Moldovan 68:43
Estimated time used - Finney 107:06, Moldovan 114:47
Longest think by White - 18 minutes for 16.Nd4
Longest think by Black - 18 minutes for 14...Qa4
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