(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

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...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.]

[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...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 ]

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

[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 1-0