(4) Wojcio,Mike (1601) - Moldovan,John (1822) [B28]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (8), 22.07.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

G/55+5 (increment) B28 Sicilian Defense O'Kelly Variation

We (MW, JM) have already debated 1...g6 (a 2005 blitz game), the French (2006 KST) & the Caro-Kann (2007 KST). So, that only leaves...

1...c5 2.Nf3 a6
[Someday I'll try 2...g6 the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon.]

3.Qe2N 3...Nc6 4.c3
[White can omit this in favor of 4.g3 and meet 4...Nd4 with 5.Nxd4 cxd4 6.c3 ]

[The thematic 4...d5 was a good alternative but I want to retain flexibility.]

[If 5.d4 then 5...cxd4 6.cxd4 d5 7.exd5 (7.e5? Bg4=/+ gives Black a great Gurgenidze.) 7...Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 /Qd6 = & the 1st player has an isolated d-pawn to worry about.]

5...Bg7 6.Bg2 d6 7.h3
This prohylactic is unnecessary. [There was no reason to fear 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3= ]

7...e5 8.a4 Nge7

I have the same basic structure as in round 4 but with ...a6 in place of ...0-0. Mike has played Qe2, c3, h3 & a4 instead of Lou Sturniolo's superior 0-0, d3, Nbd2 & Nc4.

9.d3 h6!
This stops the aforementioned's Bg5 and prepares ...Be6.

At e3 the cleric is subject to attack by ...f7-f5-f4 and White is without the Ne3-d5 maneuver. [>=10.Na3 ; 10.Nbd2 ; or, if he didn't want to commit the N yet, 10.0-0 ]

10...Be6 11.0-0
[�11.Qd2 Na5=/+ ]

11...0-0 12.Nbd2 Qd7
[>=12...f5 keeping an eye on the b6 & a5 squares.]

[>=13.Nc4 looking to fork my Ra8 & Q. 13...Rad8 14.Qd2= Now Black gets ...b5 in and has the better game.]

13...b5 14.b3
[>=14.Rfe1 ]

14...Kh7 15.Ng1
[>=15.Ne1=/+ ]


[16.axb5 axb5 17.Rxa8 Rxa8 18.c4-/+ ]

16...exf4 17.exf5??
[17.Bxf4 Bxc3 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.axb5 Nd4 20.Qf2 Bxa1 21.Bxa8 Bc3 22.Ne4 axb5 23.Bxd6 Nxb3 24.Nxc3 Qxd6 25.Bg2 Qxd3-/+ ]

17...fxg3+ 18.Kxg3 Nxf5+-+ 19.Kh2 Nxe3?!
[>=19...b4 ]

20.Qxe3 Rae8?
[>=20...b4 ]

21.Rxf8 Bxf8?!
[>=21...Rxf8 /\22.Bxc6? Qxc6 23.Qxe6? Rf2+ 24.Kg3 Qg2+ 25.Kh4 Qg5# ]

[>=22.axb5 axb5 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 24.Ne4 Bg7 25.Ra7 Kh8 26.Ne2-+ Bxb3?? 27.Nf4� ]

[>=22...d5 Wojcio]

23.Qb7 Qxb7 24.Bxb7

[24...bxa4 25.Rxa4 Nxd3 26.Rxa6 d5 ]

[25.Ne4 Kh8 26.Bxc8 Rxc8 27.axb5 axb5 28.Ra6 d5 29.Nf2-/+ ]

25...d5 26.Bxd5 Nxd3?
[26...bxa4 27.Ne4 Kg7 28.Rxa4 Nxd3-+ ]

[>=27.axb5 axb5 28.Ne4 Kg7 29.Bc6 Re6 30.Ra7+ Re7 31.Rxe7+ Bxe7 32.Bxb5 Nc1 33.Bc4 Bf5 34.Nf2 Bc2 35.b4 cxb4 36.cxb4 Bxb4 37.Nf3-/+ ]

27...Bg7 28.axb5 axb5?!
[>=28...Nb4! 29.Re1 Be5+ 30.Kh1 Nxd5-+ ]

29.Ra7 Kh8 30.Nd6??
& White resigned ahead of 30...Be5+ 31. Kh1/ Kh2 Bxd6. I played very poorly after turn 18 and didn't see that the final move loses a piece. Time left - Wojcio 48:18, Moldovan 36:16 Time used - Wojcio 9:12, Moldovan 21:09 Longest think by White - 2 minutes for 22.Qf3 Longest think by Black - 3 minutes for 23...Qxb7 Hopefully, I can snap out of my funk and repeat last year's strong stretch-run but, to be honest, the fire is lacking. [30.Nf3 Bxh3 31.Kg3 Bf1 32.c4 bxc4 33.Bxc4 Be2 34.Bxd3 Bxd3 35.Nxc5-/+ ] 0-1