(4) Renna,Joe (1319) - Moldovan,John (1822) [A40]
Kenilworth Summer Tournament Kenilworth, NJ (13.2), 26.08.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]
A40 Modern Defense
This is unusual with the N back on g8 but playable. The down-side is that b2 is weakened and the d4 P becomes pinned.
[Of course, if 4.dxc5?
was natural & best.]
Heckler - Biegler : Germany 1994 7.d5
With the Bg5/Qd2 alignment, leaving the Nf6 on may lead to problems for White.]
White belatedly offers to trade Qs. [However, 7.Be3
was also to Black's advantage in Bedoya - Rausis : Andorra 1994.]
He really wants that swap but this unnecessarily and seriously weakens c3. [8.Nbd2=/+
/\ Nb3 was right.]
but I didn't want to make d6 backward or reduce the Bg7's scope.]
Forgetting about the c-pawn, which will now fall. [>=10.a3
leaving a retreat for the d.s. B & reinforcing b4 /\10...Nd5
is superior) 11.Bd2=/+
is no improvement.]
[Giving me doubled a-pawns with 15.Bxa6
wouldn't have helped.]
Preparing to double on the c-line &, if need be, re-route the Na6 through b8.
This loses an Exchange & the game. [>=18.f4
when White's c-Rook is sufficiently defended.]
was a much better try.]
Throwing the towel in was a good alternative.
/\ Ne4 & a counter-attack against d6, I suppose, but it's not in the cards. [>=21.Bd1
trading off the enemy R but activating my B isn't so bad.]
would have won a piece.]
Joe is threatening to recover some stuff with 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.Rxc8 but he has walked into pin and will instead lose more material. [>=24.Rb1
and White finally resigned, since he was about to be down a R, B, N & 2 Ps!
Time left - Renna 15:03, Moldovan 22:59
Time used - Renna 42:22, Moldovan 34:26
With this win, I was able to finish clear 3rd (my 2nd-best KST result), at +10-7=1, and match last year's +3 score.