(2) Moldovan,John (1822) - Pawlowski,David (1780) [B07]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (10.1), 05.08.2010

G/55 + :05 delay Pirc Defense Fianchetto Variation

1.g3!?
In our previous games (all 2+12, in Springfield) I opened with c4 (twice), d4 & e4.

1...Nf6 2.Bg2 g6 3.Nc3
[3.d4 /\Bg7 4.e4 is more precise.]

3...Bg7
[3...c5 /\ a Sicilian was an option.]

4.d4 0-0
[4...d5 , making the Nc3 look rather stupid, is a good alternative but Black prefers a Pirc.]

5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6
Diagram



8.Be3?
A really shitty move. [8.d5= ; or 8.dxe5= was required.; 8.h3? loses a P to 8...exd4 9.Nxd4 Nxe4! 10.Nxc6 Nxc3 11.Nxd8 Nxd1 12.Nxb7 Nxb2 13.Bxb2 Bxb2 14.Rab1 Bc3 15.Nxd6 Bxh3! 16.Bxh3 cxd6 ]

8...Ng4
Black is already better.

9.Qd2 Nxe3 10.fxe3
I'm stuck with 2 long-term positional problems (a weak e3P & an absolutely awful light-squared B), no active prospects & can only grovel.

10...Bg4N
[10...Qg5 11.Rad1 Bg4 12.Bf3 Bh3 13.Rf2=/+ was played in Martyka - Czyrnek : Rabka 2000.]

11.h3 Bd7 12.Kh2 Na5 13.Qd3 a6 14.b4 Nc6 15.Nd5
[>=15.a3 ]

15...Na7
[>=15...Ne7 ; 15...a5 ]

16.c4 c6 17.Ndc3 b6
[>=17...b5=/+ ]

18.Rad1
[>=18.a4= ]

18...b5 19.c5 dxc5 20.bxc5
Diagram



20...Qa5?!
[>=20...Qe7=/+ ]

21.Qc2
White has finally equalized!

21...Rad8 22.Rd3
[>=22.a3 /\Qxa3 23.Ra1 Qb4 24.Rxa6 ]

22...Nc8
[22...b4 23.Na4 Nb5 ]

23.Rfd1 Ne7 24.dxe5!?
[>=24.d5= ]

24...Be6
Diagram



25.Nd5
The point behind 24.dxe5. I sack a piece to create a central P mass.

25...cxd5 26.exd5 Nxd5
[>=26...Bf5 27.e4 Bd7 28.c6 but David, being low on time, returns the N and simplifies.]

27.Bxd5 Bxd5?!
[>=27...Bxe5= ]

28.Rxd5 Rxd5 29.Rxd5 Re8?
[29...Qe1 30.Kg2 Rc8+/= was best.]

30.Nd4?
[30.c6+/- /\Qc7? 31.Rd7+- Qxe5? 32.c7 was indicated.]

30...Qe1?!
Diagram

[>=30...Bxe5 31.Rxe5 Rxe5 32.Nc6 Rxc5 33.Qxc5 Qd2+ with a draw.]

31.Ne2??
White falls apart. [31.c6 Qxe3 32.c7 Bxe5 33.Rxe5 Qxe5 34.c8Q Rxc8 35.Qxc8++/= was correct.]

31...Qf2+
facing the loss of my R, I resigned. Time left - Moldovan 16:27, Pawlowski 2:12 Time used - Moldovan 41:08, Pawlowski 55:23 Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 16.c4 Longest thinks by Black - 8 minutes for 17...b6 & 7 minutes for 20...Qa5 0-1