Steve Stoyko - Michael Goeller [A53]

Kenilworth CC Ch, Open/Kenilworth, NJ USA (5) 2006

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 Nc6 4. Nc3 e5 5. d5 Ne7 6. e4 Ng6 7. g3 Be7 8. h4! Bg4?! 9. Bh3! h5?! 10. Bxg4 Nxg4 11. Nh2! Qd7?! 12. Nxg4 hxg4 13. Qd3 a6 14. Be3 Nf8 15. b4 a5? 15... Nh7! 16. bxa5 Rxa5 17. a4 g6 18. Nb5 b6? 19. Bd2 Ra8 20. a5 bxa5 21. Bxa5 Bd8 22. Ke2! f5

Position after 22...f5

23. Bxc7!! Rxa1 24. Rxa1 and nothing can be done about Ra7 with a winning attack for White. I will be annotating this game in more detail as part of my series on "The Panther." 1-0

Scott Massey (2213) - Mark Kernighan (2210) [B25]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, Open/Kenilworth, NJ (5) 2006

Something of a surprise from Scott. In their game last year, Scott had played a different closed system with 3. Bb5 with great success.

3... Nf6!?

The Knight seems sort of misplaced here. More typically, it develops to e7 after either e5 or e6. The standard moves here are 3... e6 or 3... g6

4. Bg2 d6 5. d3 e5 6. f4 exf4 7. Bxf4 Be7 8. Nf3

It is risky to open the position when behind in
development. Maybe
9... Be6 10.

The Queen is eventually a bit exposed on this square and White does have a significant lead in development.

12.

It does look like White might win a pawn here. He should be able to cash in on his development edge in some way. 15. Ng5!? going after the two Bishops is an idea.

15... Be7

15... Rfd8?! 16. Bxc5 Qg6 17. d4

But this does not look promising. There must be something for White here....

a) 17. Qg5!? Qxg5 18. Nxg5 Bd5 19. Ne4 Rac8 20. Rae1

c) 17. Rae1! develops the last piece before taking action and looks right: 17... Rae8 (17... Nd5? 18. Qxc5+/-) 18. Ng5! Bxa2 19. Bxb7 and there are even some tactical ideas floating in the air.

17... Qxe5 18. Nxe5 Bd5= 19. Nd7!?

The most interesting try to get something out of the position.

19... Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Rfd8 21. Nxc5 b6 22. Rae1!?

White is still trying to win. 22. Nb3 Rxd3 23. Rad1 Rxd1 (23... Rad8 24. Nd4) 24. Rxd1 Nc6!= followed by f6 or Ne5 secures Black's position.

22... Nc6 23. Ne4 Rxd3 24. Re2

Still fighting for something. The idea is to deprive the Knight of a solid support on e5.

25... Rad8

26. g5 fxg5 27. Nxg5 h6 28. Nf3

28... R8d6=

The parties should likely agree to a draw here. Now White loses by trying too hard to win...

29. Re8+ Kh7 30. Rfe1 Rg6+ 31. Kf2 Rf6 32. R1e3 Rd2+ 33. Re2 Rd5!? 34. R8e6 Rdf5 35. Rxf6 Rxf6 36. Re4 g5 37. Ke3 Kg6 38. Rc4??

Ironically, Scott played this lemon with the idea of Rxc6 and Ne5+ winning. But what's good for the goose is good for the gander....

Position after 38.Rc4??

38... Rxf3+! 39. Kxf3 Ne5+ 40. Ke4 Nxc4 41. b3 Nd2+ 42. Kd3 Nf3 43. h3 Ng1 44. c4 Nxh3 45. b4 Kf5 46. a4 Nf4+ White resigns. 0-1

Bob Pelican (1649) - Ted Mann (1476) [C24]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ (5) 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. exd5

5. Bb3 is better, keeping tension on the center. 5... Bd6 6.

One side-effect of the exchange of pawns is that Black's Knight develops to this nice square. Black has the better prospects due to his strong center.

7... Bb4+!? 8. c3 Bd6 denies the Knight the c3 square.

8. Bg5

8. Nxe5! Nxe5 9. d4 Bd6 10. dxe5 Bxe5 11.

9.

10... d4 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. a3

This fork threa t saves the piece but Black can do something with his initiative.

12... dxc3

12... Nd7! 13.

13... Bxf2+! is the more promising pawn to grab in giving back the piece.

16. Qe2?!

16... Nd5! 17. Bc1

21. Qh5

White has a plan!

21... g6?

Black wants to help him: this weakens the dark squares around Black's King 21... Nf6 was much better

22... Qd8 now that the g pawn has moved, the Q or the Kt must defend f6.

23. Ra3

The idea is to go after the c-pawn by exchanging off the Knight by Ne3xd5 and Rxc3. Better may have been to go after the dark squareswith 23. Ba3! Reb8 24. Bc5

Assisting White further by opening up a nice line. 24... Qf6! 25. Qxf6+ Kxf6 26. Nxd5+ cxd5 27. Rxc3 a5 and the outside passed pawn at least gives Black the better chances.

A tactical blunder that leaves the dark squares around the King undefended.

Position after 27...Be6

and now Black must surrender the Queen to guard the dark squares. 1-0

[McAuliffe, Goeller, and Fritz 8]

Selwyn Davis - Joe Demetrick (1563) [B19]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ (5) 2006

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Bd3?

A blunder which White tries to turn into a gambit. 5. Ng3 is better 5... Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. Bd3 is standard.

6. Nf3 Qb6 7.

6... Qd8!

Resisting the greedy 6... Qxb2 7. Rb1 Qxa2 8. Rxb7 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qd8 nets a second pawn but at some cost in development 10. Qf3!? e6?! 11. g4! Qc8 12. Rxf7 Kxf7 13. gxf5 exf5 14. Bc4+ Ke8 15. Ng5->

7. Nf3 e6 8. Nd4 Bxe4 9. Bxe4 Nf6 10. Qf3 Nbd7 11. Nb3!?

11.

11... Be7 12. Rd1 Nd5 13. Bxd5?

13.

13... cxd5

Black has a solid French defense pawn structure with an extra pawn and without the bad bishop.

14.

28... Nc5 29. h3 otherwise Nxa4 and the Knight is immune.(29. a5 Nb3) 29... Nb3 30. Rd1 Kf8 31. Rd3 Ke7

29. a5 Kf8 30. a6 Ra7 31. Kf1 Nc5 0-1

[Fritz8, McAuliffe, Goeller]

Pat Mazzillo (1352) - Mike Kruglyak (1264) [B21]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ (5) 2006

2... cxd4 3. dxc5 Qa5+ 4. Nc3 Qxc5 5. Be3 Qc7

Black has wasted time with 3 Queen moves while White developed his pieces.

6. Nf3

6. Nb5 6. Bxa7 Nc6 (6... Rxa7 7. Nb5 Qa5+ 8. c3 Ra8 9. Bc4) 7. Bd4 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 f6 9. Rd1

8. Nb5! Qc6 9. Bxe5 Bxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxe4+ 11. Qe2 Qxe2+ 12. Bxe2 Ke7 13. Nc7+-

8... Qd6 9. Bc3 Nc6 10. Bc4 Nge7 11. Qd2 a6 12.

Pat Mazzillo (1352) - Mike Kruglyak (1264) [B21]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ (5) 2006

1. e4 c5 2. d4 g6?! 2... cxd4 3. dxc5 Qa5+ 4. Nc3 Qxc5 5. Be3 Qc7

Black has wasted time with 3 Queen moves while White developed his pieces.

6. Nf3

White must have something better here. Perhaps 6. Nb5!? Qa5+ 7. Bd2 Qb6 8. Bc3 or 6. Nd5!? Qd8 7. Qd4

8. Nb5! Qc6 9. Bxe5 Bxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxe4+ 11. Qe2 Qxe2+ 12. Bxe2 Ke7 13. Nc7+-

8... Qd6 9. Bc3 Nc6 10. Bc4 Nge7 11. Qd2 a6 12.

15... Qxb4 16. Qxb4 Nxb4 17. Bxa8

17... Nxb4 18. Qxb4 Rb8 19. Qa4+ Bd7 20. Qxa6

18. Bxd6

18. Nxd6+! Kd7 19. Nf5! Nxb4 (19... gxf5 20. Bxc6+ Kxc6 21. Qd5+) 20. Bxa8++-

18... Qd7 19. Bxf8 Bxf8 20. Rad1 Bb7 21. Qc3 Black resigns. 1-0 [Fritz8]