### (3) Moldovan,John (1822) - Sturniolo,Lou (1404) [A04]

Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (11.2), 12.08.2010

* [Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]*

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**G/55+5 (increment)
A04 Reti Opening
Dutch Defense

1.Nf3
f5
2.d3

2...Nf6
I don't see how this natural reply can be bad but it wasn't mentioned in Nigel Davies' Chess Publishing coverage of 2.d3 and Simon Williams gave it a "?" in Play The Classical Dutch.

3.Nc3
e6
/\ 4...d5 & a Stonewall but my next prevents that. [For 3...d6
see my 2010 USATE win vs. Makatenas.]

4.e4
[This improves upon the 4.Bg5
I used against estepona in the 2008 STC Gauntlet.]

4...fxe4
5.dxe4
Bb4
Diagram

6.Bg5?!N
[>=6.Bd3
; or 6.Bd2+/=
when White can meet 6...Bxc3
* (6...0-0
7.Bd3
Nc6
8.e5+/=
*Holub - Hrabal : Czechia 2003*) *7.Bxc3
Nxe4?!
with 8.Bxg7
Rg8
9.Bd4
]

6...Bxc3+
7.bxc3
h6
8.Bxf6
Lou said this surprised him but I was not going to gambit my e-pawn.

8...Qxf6
9.e5
[9.Qd4
was an option but I didn't want an endgame.]

9...Qf4
10.Bd3
0-0
[10...b6
11.g3
Qg4
12.h3
Qh5
13.Be4
Nc6
was an option.; But 10...Nc6
11.Bg6+
would have been +/=.]

11.Qe2
Nc6
12.Be4
d5
[12...Kh8
13.g3
Qg4
; & 12...g5!?
13.h3
Kg7
14.g3
Qf7
were okay, too.; Of course, if 12...Nxe5??
then 13.Nxe5+-
/\Qxe5?
14.Bh7+
Kxh7
15.Qxe5
]

13.exd6
cxd6
Diagram

14.0-0?
[14.c4!=
restraining the d-pawn, was right.]

14...Qg4?
[Gaining center-control and threatening to win a piece with 14...d5
15.Bd3
e5
would have given Black an advantage. Now the game turns in my favor.]

15.c4
Rf4?
[>=15...Qh5+/=
]

16.Rfe1
Bd7?
This weakens b7 & leaves Black unable to defend d6. [>=16...e5-/+
]

17.Rab1
b6?
[>=17...Raf8
18.Rxb7
Be8
was a better try.]

18.Rb5?
Looking to trap the enemy Q with 19.h3... [... However, >=18.Rbd1!+-
winning the d-pawn.]

18...Ne5??
This should have lost. [18...e5+/-
was indicated.]

19.Nxe5??
[19.Rxe5!+-
, as suggested by NM Mark Kernighan, would have won on the spot.; and 19.Bxa8
Bxb5
20.cxb5
would have done so as well.]

19...Qxe2
20.Rxe2
Rxe4!
Damn. Missed this intermezzo. Now all I can get is a crummy P-up R-ending. [20...Bxb5??
21.Bxa8
dxe5?
22.cxb5
was expected.]

21.Rxe4
Bxb5
22.cxb5
dxe5
Diagram Black should have no problems drawing this but he is down to 3:02. White has 12 minutes remaining.

23.Rxe5
[>=23.Ra4+/=
]

23...Rd8?
[23...Rc8©
Kernighan]

24.Kf1
Kf7
[>=24...Rc8
25.Rxe6
Rxc2
26.a4
Kf7
27.Rd6
Ke7+/=
]

25.Ke2
Rd4
26.Re3
Ra4
27.a3
Rc4
28.Kd2
Rc5
Diagram

29.Rc3?
[>=29.a4+/-
/\Rc4
30.a5
]

29...Rxb5
30.Rc7+
Kf6
31.Rxa7
Rh5
32.h3
Rg5
33.g3
Rf5
34.f4
Rd5+
35.Ke3
Rc5
36.Kd3
Rd5+
37.Kc3
Rc5+
38.Kb3
Rb5+
39.Kc4
Diagram

39...Rb2
[>=39...Rc5+
& it would appear that White cannot make headway.]

40.Kc3
Diagram

40...Rb5?
[>=40...Rb1+/=
]

41.Rb7
g6?
After this I'm winning. [>=41...Rc5++/-
]

42.a4+-
Rc5+
43.Kb3
Rc6
44.c4
e5
45.fxe5+
Kxe5
46.Kb4
Kd4?
[>=46...Rf6
Kernighan]

47.Kb5
Rxc4
48.Rxb6
Rc5+
49.Ka6
Rc4
50.a5
Diagram

50...Rc3
51.Rxg6
Ke4
52.Rxh6
Rxg3
53.h4
Kf5
54.h5
Ra3
55.Rh8
Kf6
56.h6
Kg6
57.Kb6
Now having less than a minute left, I stopped keeping score & concluded matters by building a bridge with something like...

57...Rb3+
58.Ka7
Ra3
59.a6
Ra2
60.Rb8!
Kxh6
61.Rb6+
Kg5
62.Kb7
Rh2
63.a7
Rh7+
64.Ka6
Black resigns.
Time left - Moldovan 0:43, Sturniolo 0:14
Estimated time used - Moldovan 59:37, Sturniolo 60:01
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 14.0-0?
Longest think by Black - 9 minutes for 6...Bxc3+
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