John Moldovan (1774) - Stephen E Stoyko (2326) [D36]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Open Section/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. d4 c6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Qc2

10. O-O-O : a. 10. ..Nf8 11. Ne5 Ng4 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Nxg4 (13. Nf3 += F) 13... Bxg4 14. Rde1 Bh5 15. Bf5 Bg6 16. g4 a5 17. h4 = Moldovan - Jason Cohen : Kenilworth Swiss 10/13/1990; b. 10... h6 11. Bf4 Nf8 12. h3 Be6 13. g4 b5? (13. .. Bb4 += F) 14. g5 hxg5 15. Bxg5? (15. Nxg5 +/- F) 15... Qc8? 16. Rdg1 +/- Bxh3?? 17. Bh6 +- Nh5 18. Ne5 b4 19. Qe2 bxc3 20. Qxh5 cxb2+ 21. Kb1 1-0 Moldovan - chrisvantielt : e-mail game, It's Your Turn 2004

Better is 11.O-O. S

11... a5 Better is 11... Be6. S

Better is 13. Bf4. S

13... Qxe7 14. Nxd7 Bxd7 15. Kb1 Be6N

Better is 15...b5 = Scammon - Avant : IECG email 1999.

16. Rhg1!?

A waiting move. I also considered 16. Na4 & 16. Rc1

16... f6? 16... Rac8 += F 17. g4 Bf7 18. h4 Bg6 19. Rg3?

Much better is 19. Bf5 S which F thinks is +/-. 19. Bf5!+/-

19... Bxd3 20. Qxd3 Qf7 21. Rdg1 Qg6 22. Qxg6

Better is 22. Qf5. S 22. Qf5!+/=

22... Nxg6 23. g5 f5 24. h5 Ne7

24...f4 is refuted by 25.Rf3! S

25. Ne2 Nc8 26. Nf4 Nd6 27. Nd3 a4 28. h6?

28. Kc2 += F 28. Kc2!+/=

28... g6 29. Rc1 Re7 30. Rgg1 Rf8!

=/+ S; 30... Ne4 = F

31. b3?!

Steve claims this gives Black a clear advantage but Fritz thinks White has an edge. 31. Rc2 was an option.

32. Nf4 += F 32. Nf4

32... Ne4 32... Re4 = F 33. Ne5?

I had played quite well to this point but over the next several moves I ruined my game & a chance to draw the top seed. 33.Nf4 += was right.

Disasterous. 34. b4!~~

34... Nd6-+ 35. exf4 Rxf4 36. Rg4 Rxg4 37. Nxg4 Nb5 38. Ne5?

Loses a piece but the game was beyond salvage.

38... Nxd4

Black resigned. Time left - Moldovan 4:49/Stoyko 33:41... Time used - Moldovan 85:11/Stoyko 56:19

0-1

[Moldovan, with ideas from Stoyko]

Greg Tomkovich (1718) - Scott Massey (2213) [A85]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Open Section/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bd2

I am trying to prevent Scott from playing f4 as he has done in the past, he counters in the center.

Taking on the characteristics of the QGD Exchange Variation, where the Minority Attack is the plan.

10.

I begin a minority attack on the queenside, while Scott prepares f4 on the Kingside. Black seems to be ignoring his queenside development.

13. b4 a6 14. Na4 Bc7 15. Nc5 h6

Scott thought he'd be winning after 15... Nbd7 16. Qxf5 Nxc5 17. Qxg5+ , but Fritz points out that it leads to a forced draw after 17... Kh8 18. dxc5 (18. bxc5? actually loses after 18... Rg8 19. Qh4 Rg4 20. Qh6 Ng8-+) 18... Rg8 19. Qh4 Rg4 20. Qh6 Rg6 (20... Ng8? 21. Bc3+) 21. Qh4 Rg4= 1/2-1/2

16. a4 Nbd7 17. b5 axb5 18. axb5 Rxa1 19. Rxa1 Nxc5 20. Qxc5 Ne4!

In retrospect, perhaps I should have taken with the pawn! But the fight is still not over even though Black has gained the initiative.

Scott plays the move he has been trying for and I have been trying to prevent. This is the critical moment of the game.

The losing move! Scott thought that the game was likely drawn after >= 24. Nxf4 Bxf4 25. Qxf4! Qxf4 26. gxf4 Rxf4 27. Ra8 Rf8 28. bxc6 bxc6=. Now Black is clearly better and takes his time developing his kingside attack.

24... Bg4 25. bxc6 bxc6 26. Rc1 Qe6 26... Qg6!? 27. f3 Bh5 28. Kf2 Be8 29. Rg1 29. Qe3!=/+ 29... Kh8 30. Re1 Qf6 31. Qe3 Bg6 31... Qh4+ 32. Ng3 Bxf4-/+ 32. Ng3 Bxf4 33. Qe6 Qxd4+ 34. Kf1 Bxg3 35. hxg3 Bd3+ 36. Re2 Rf6 37. Qe8+ Kg7 38. Qe7+ Rf7 39. Qe6 Ra7 40. Ke1 Ra1+ 41. Kd2 Bf5# 1-0

[Tomkovich, with ideas from Massey]

Ari Minkov (1988) - Mark Kernighan (2212) [B52]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Open Section/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.

[Goeller, based on Kernighan]

Michael Wojcio - Michael Goeller [B06]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Open Section/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3!? g6

More usual is 3... Nf6. In
our game from the Summer Tournament, Mike had played 4. Qe2?! (
After the game I showed him he does not need to defend the pawn directly
due to the idea 4. d4 Nxe4?? 5. d5 Nb8 6. Qa4++-
which he has been wanting to spring on someone ever since.)
4... Bg4 5. g3? d5! 6. exd5 Qxd5 7. Bg2

More standard is 6.

6...

Not 6... Nxe4?? 7. d5 Ne5 8. Qa4++-

7... Nd7!? 8.

Stoyko thought this was a mistake, surrendering the center. I did not know the standard Modern Defense lines from this position and thought that this was the best way to attack his center. Standard in these type of positions is 8... Nd7 9. dxe5 (9. Nb3 a5=) (9. d5 Ne7 and Black has a lovely King's Indian type position with the natural ...f5 in the offing.) 9... Ndxe5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. f4 Nd7!?=

During the game I considered 8... d5 to be perfectly equal and rejected it as a sterile equality. Actually, though, after 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Bxe5 12. Nf3+/= White keeps a slight edge since he controls more squares in the center and his pawns at h3 and c3 limit the scope of Black's pieces. 8... Re8 9. Qc2 Nh5!? 10. d5 Ne7 11. Ng5 Nf4 12. Nc4 Nexd5 13. Nxf7 Nxe2+ 14. Qxe2 Nxc3 15. bxc3 Kxf7 16. f4 Kg8 17. fxe5 dxe5 18. Ba3 Be6 19. Rad1 Qh4 20. Nd2 Bf8 21. Nf3 Qg3 22. Bxf8 Rxf8=/+ 1-0 One_i-Redmike/www.playchess.de 2003 (49)

9. cxd4

9. Nxd4!? Re8 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bd3 c5 12. Re1 Bb7 13. Qc2 d5 14. e5 Nd7 (14... c4!) 15. f4 c4 16. Bf1 c5 17. Nf3~~ 1-0 beetle-chinaco/Internet Chess Club 1997 (28)

11. d5 Nb4! 12. Bb1 Nc5 13. a3 Nbd3=/+

11... a5!?

All part of my plan going into this line. The idea is to induce a4 by White, thus securing the b4 square for my Knight as a permanent base.

12. a4

I actually had not even considered the annoying counter-attack 12. Bg5! which interferes with Black's plans. And I doubt I would have considered all of the possibilities Best is likely 12... Nf6 , though it's hard to move a piece back to where it was a minute ago let alone to walk into a pin.

(12... f6!? ugly, but actually effective: 13. Be3 Nb4 (13... d5!? 14. exd5 Nb4 15. d6!+/=) 14. Bb1 (14. Bc4+ d5) 14... d5 15. a3 dxe4~~)

(12... Bf6!? I always th ought you should avoid this exchange and would never have considered it until Stoyko showed me the idea in another line. 13. Bxf6 (13. Be3 Nb4 14. Bb1 a4 15. Nbd2 a3<=>) 13... Qxf6 14. a4 Nb4 15. Bb1 b6=)

13. Re1 h6 14. Bh4 Nb4 15. Bb1 a4 16. Nbd2 g5 17. Bg3 a3! 18. Qb3 Nc6 19. bxa3 (19. e5 Be6! 20. Qxb7?! dxe5 21. dxe5 Bd5!) 19... Nh5 20. Qd3 f5!?=/+

Too passive, but I had started to worry about my kingside and found the plan of ...d5, ...Ne6, ...b6, ...Bb7, and ...c5 attractive. I considered 13... Nb6! for a long time and did not reject it on its own merits. But I did not appreciate its strength: 14. Bg5 f6! (I had only considered 14... Qd7 15. Nbd2 h6 16. Be3 and I did not see anything concrete, but it is a good position for Black.) 15. Bd2 (15. Bf4 d5! 16. Nc5 dxe4 17. Bxe4 N6d5 18. Qb3 Kh8 19. Bd2 c6=) 15... Bd7 16. Nxa5 Rxa5 17. Bxb4 Rxa4~~ 13... d5!? 14. e5 (14. Bg5 f6!-/+) 14... f6 15. exf6 Bxf6!?~~

Why allow Bg5-f6? 15... c6!? 16. Bg5 Qb6 15... Ne6! 16. Bd2 Qe7 17. h4 b6 18. h5 Ba6~~

Heading for the dark squares via g4.

During the game, I thought White had good and scary attacking chances following 18. Bf6! which had me depressed and made me spend a lot of time calculating crazy possibiities: 18... Bxf6 19. exf6 Ba6 (19... Qd8 20. Ng4 h5 (20... c5 21. Qd2 c4 22. Qh6+-) 21. Nh6+ Kf8 (21... Kh7 22. Qxh5+-) (21... Kh8?? 22. Nxf7++-) 22. Qf3|^) (19... h5 20. Bf5!->) 20. Ng4 (20. Qd2 Bc4 21. Ra3~~) 20... Bc4 21. Ra3|^

Mike was blitzing me throughout the game and still had 75 of his 90 minutes left on the clock. I meanwhile had already used all but 30. He did not see half of what I saw (based on our post-mortem) but he still played very reasonable moves and very fast, giving me no chance to assess possibilities on his time. He says he did not even consider 19. dxc5!? while I had spent lots of time making sure I was ok after 19... bxc5 (19... Bxe5!? 20. Ng4! Bxb2 21. Bd4!|^) 20. Ng4! (20. Nxc5? Nxc5 21. Bxc5 Bxe5=/+) 20... h5!? (Fritz improves with 20... c4 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Bxd4 Nc6 23. Ra3 Nxd4 24. Qxd4 f5!!-/+) 21. Nh6+ Bxh6 22. Bxh6 Nc6 23. Qd2 c4 24. Nc1 Rb8<=>

Perhaps best is 19. Ng4!? with the initiative.

19... cxd4?!

I knew that releasing the tension could not be good but I feared f5 coming and wanted to liquidate. Black is actually fine after 19... Qe7! 20. f5? (20. Ng4|^) 20... gxf5 21. Bxf5? (21. Qh5 cxd4 22. Nxd4 Nxd4 23. Bxd4 Nc6 24. Bxb6 Rb8 25. Bf2 Nxe5-/+) 21... Nxd4 22. Bxc8 Nxb3 unclear

20. Nxd4 Nxd4 21. Bxd4 Qc6 22. Ra3 Bd7 23. Ree3!? f6

The losing move. At this point, I had 20 minutes left on the clock and felt more desperate than I needed to be! I was trying for traps to create winning chances. I also miscalculated the consequences, missing two winning ideas for him. Holding is 25... f5 26. Ne3 (26. Nf6+?? Bxf6 27. exf6 Qe1+-+) 26... Rec8 27. g4 and though White has a strong attack there is no immediate win.

26. Bxg6!

26. Nxf6+! Bxf6 when both of us missed 27. Rg3!!-> (we both did see 27. exf6? Qe1+-/+) Also possible was 26. f5!?->

I missed this critical in-between move that makes all the difference. From here on out I was playing in a dispirited way with little time on the clock as well. I was hoping for winning chances following 27. Bxe8 Rxe8 28. exf6 Bxf6 29. hxg4 Qe1+ 30. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 31. Kf2 Bxd4+ 32. Kxe1 Bxc3+ 33. Rxc3 d4=/+

28. e6

28... Rxe8 29. e6 gxh3 30. Bxb6 Bxe6 31. Bc5 Qb7

32. fxe6 d4 33. Rxh3 Rxe6 34. Bxd4 Qe4 35. Rae3 Qd5 36. Rxe6 Qxe6 37. Re3 Qd5 38. Qg4! Nc2?! 39. Bxf6!

Mike played well, especially at the end, to take the point.

1-0

[Michael Goeller]

Mikhail Kruglyak (1264) - Joe Demetrick (1560) [B10]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 2. Nf3!? d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Ne5! Apocalypse Attack
2... d5 3. exd5?! 3. d4
3. Nf3
3... cxd5 4. Bb5+ Nc6 5. Qf3?! Nf6 6. Nge2 6. d4
6... Bg4 6... a6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6=/+
7. Qg3 e6 8. Nd4 8. f3!? Bd6 9. Qh4 Bf5 (9... Bh5 10. d3)
10. Nd4
8... Bd6? 9. Nxc6! bxc6 10. Bxc6+ Kf8 11. f4 11. Qe3 Rc8 12. Ba4=
11... Rc8 12. Bb5 Qb6 13. d4?? 13. Bd3=/+
13... Rxc3! 14. Qxc3 Qxb5 15. Qd3 15. Qc8+ Ke7
15... Qxd3 16. cxd3-+ Ke7 17.

[Fritz8]

Laukik Gadgil - Ted Mann (1485) [C42]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d3?! too passive.
3. Nxe5 is better
3. d4 is better.
3. Nc3 Bb4!?
3... Nc6 4. c3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5=/+ 6. Be2 e4? Premature.
6... Bf5-/+ development!
7. dxe4 Qxe4 8.

[Fritz8]

Selwyn Davis - Bob Pelican [D30]

Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ USA (1) 2006

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Nc3 b6 6. Bd3