(2) Moldovan,John (1822) - Minkov,Ari (1968) [A17]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (13.1), 26.08.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

G/60 A17 English Opening Nimzo-English Variation Zvaginsev Attack (4.g4)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4
I play this line, too, but am starting to think it's somewhat inferior. [3...d5 is probably best.]

[For the quieter 4.Qc2 see my losses to Volovich to (as Black, Labate Grand Prix, 2007) and V. Shen (with White, Westfield Grand Prix 2009).; One can alternatively play 4.Qb3 ; 4.g3 ; or the Nimzo-Indian transposing 4.d4 ]

[RR4...Nc6 5.a3!?N Bxc3 6.bxc3 b6 (>=6...Nxg4 ) 7.d4 Ba6 8.Qa4 Na5 Moldovan - Minkov : G/30, Springfield 05/08/2005 9.Ne5= ; For 4...h6 see my 2007 Labate G.P. defeat vs. V. Shen.]

5.g5 Bxc3
[>=5...Nh5 6.Qb3 Nc6 7.a3 Be7 Krasenkow - Kravtsiv : AIG rapid, Warsaw 2009]

6.dxc3 Ne4?

This lets me fork e4 & g7. [He had to innovate with 6...Nh5+/= ; or 6...Ng8+/- ]


This loses a 2nd P & the game. [7...Bb7 8.Qxg7 Ke7 as in Krasenkow - Hoang Thanh Trang : Budapest 2004 & Turova - Prohaszka : Budapest 2005, was a much better try.]

8.Qxg7 Rf8 9.Qxh7 Bb7 10.g6?
[10.Ne5 , threat : 11.Qg6+ Rf7 12.Qxf7 mate, was strongest.]

10...Nf6 11.Qh4
[>=11.Qg7 /\ 12.Bh6, netting an Exchange & trading Qs.]

11...Qe7 12.Bg5 Qg7?
This allows a skewer & loses more material. [>=12...Bxf3 13.exf3 Nc6 14.0-0-0 0-0-0 making me work for the point.]

13.Bh6 Rh8
[>=13...Qxg6 14.Bxf8 Bxf3 15.Rg1 Bg4 16.Ba3 Nc6 ]

14.Bxg7 Rxh4 15.Bxf6
and being down a B & 2 Ps, Black resigned Time left - Moldovan 46:20, Minkov 54:37 Time used - Moldovan 13:40, Minkov 5:23 1-0