Steve Stoyko - Mike Wojcio [A44]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, Open/Kenilworth, NJ USA (6) 2006


I might annotate this game more fully as part of my series on The Panther.

1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. c4

3. dxe6!? or 3. Nc3!? are also possible.

 

3... d6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e4 Nf6 6. g3 O-O

6... Nbd7 7. Bh3 (7. h4)

 

7. h4!










Deja vu - see my game with Steve from last week where he used the same strategy against the Panther.

 

7... h5?

Deja vu again -- same mistake that I made... Better 7... h6 and Black should play for either ...b5 and/or ...f5: 8. Bh3 Bxh3 9. Nxh3 Nh7 10. f3 Na6 followed by Rb8, Nc7, a6, and maybe f5.

 

8. Bh3! Nbd7 9. Kf1!?

White wants to get his King out of the way without taking the Queen's eye off of g4 and h5.

 

9... Re8 10. Kg2 g6?! 11. f3 Nh7 12. Nge2 g5? 13. hxg5 Nxg5 14. Bxg5 Bxg5 15. Bxd7 Qxd7 16. Rxh5+- Be3? 17. Qd3 Bd4 18. Qd2

Also possible was 18. Rah1

 

18... Kf8?










Necessary was 18... f6 19. Rah1

 

19. Qg5! and White forces mate.... 1-0


Mark Kernighan (2212) - Michael Goeller (2020) [B00]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, Open/Kenilworth, NJ USA (6) 2006


1. d4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. e4

3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 e5 would give us the Panther, of course.

 

3... Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. d5 Nb8?

It's hard to explain this error except to say that I did not like the looks of 7... exd5 8. exd5 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Ne5 10. Be2 Be7 11. f4 Ned7 12. Be3

 

8. dxe6 fxe6 9. e5 (9. Ng5! Bxe2 10. Qxe2 Qe7 11. e5 may be even stronger...) 9... Nfd7?










Mark thought I had to try 9... dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. Nxe5

 

10. exd6?!

Probably winning is 10. Ng5! Bf7 11. Nxf7 Kxf7 12. Bh5+ g6 13. Qf3+ Kg7 14. Qxb7+-

 

10... Bxd6 11. Ng5 Bf7

11... Bxe2 12. Qxe2 Nc5 13. Nxe6 (13. b4?! Qf6 14. Bd2 Be5!?) 13... Nxe6 14. Qxe6+ Qe7 15. Qxe7+ Bxe7

 

12. Nxf7 Kxf7 13. Bh5+

13. Ne4!

 

13... g6 14. Qf3+ Qf6 15. Qxb7 Nb6 16. Ne4 Qe5 17. Be2 N8d7 18. Nxd6+?!

18. Ng5+! Kg7 19. Qe4+-

 

18... cxd6 19. Qf3+ Nf6 20. O-O Rhc8 21. Ba6? Rxc2 22. Bf4 Qd5 23. Qa3 Qd4 24. Be3 Qxb2

24... Qa4!? 25. Qxa4 (25. Qd3?! Rxb2 26. Bd4 Rb4 unclear ) 25... Nxa4 26. Rac1 Rxc1 (26... Rxb2 27. Bd4 Rb4 28. Rc7+) 27. Rxc1 Ne8

 

25. Qxd6! Nfd5 26. Bd3 Rcc8 27. Bh6! Qf6 28. Bd2 e5?!

This seems wrong even if Fritz likes it too. I should have kept this pawn on e6 and challenged White to break through my defensive set-up. 28... Nc4!? 29. Bxc4 Rxc4 30. Rfc1 Rd4 and the game could go on until someone's flag fell...

 

29. Qa3 Nc4 30. Bxc4 Rxc4 31. Rab1

31. Qb3! Rac8 32. Rac1

 

31... Rc7

31... Kg8

 

32. Rb5 Rd7?!

32... Nf4

 

33. Rfb1 e4?! 34. Rb7

and Black forfeited on time. I count it a minor victory not to have lost before move 20 in this game after my terrible opening blunder.

1-0


Ari Minkov - John Moldovan [E32]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, Open/Kenilworth, NJ USA (6) 2006


1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Bg5 d6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 h6 8. Bh4 Nbd7 9. e3 b6 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. f3 c5

11... e5!?

 

12. Ne2 Qc7 13. O-O Rac8 14. Rac1 Qb8 15. Qd2 Rfe8 16. Rfd1 cxd4 17. exd4 Qa8 18. b4 e5 19. Bf5 Rcd8?+- 20. dxe5?!

Better 20. Bxd7! Nxd7 (20... Rxd7 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Qxh6+-) 21. Bxd8 or even 20. Ng3!?

 

20... dxe5 21. Qc2

Now 21. Bxd7 Rxd7 attacks the queen and gains a critical tempo.

 

21... g5!? 22. Bg3 Nf8?

22... e4=

 

23. Rxd8 Qxd8 24. Rd1 Qe7 25. Nc3 Kg7 26. Nd5

26. Nb5!

 

26... Nxd5 27. cxd5 Qd6 28. Qa4 Ra8 29. Re1 f6 30. Rd1 a6 31. Bf2 Ng6 32. Qb3 Ne7 33. Be6= Rd8 34. Qe3 Bc8 35. Qxb6??










Better 35. Bxc8 Nxc8=

 

35... Bxe6!-+ 36. Qa7 Bc8 37. Bc5 Qd7 38. Qb6 Nf5 39. a4 Nd6 40. b5 axb5 41. a5 Nc4 42. Qb8 Qb7 43. Qxb7+ Bxb7 44. d6 Rd7 45. Rb1 Ba6 0-1 [Fritz8]


Joe Demetrick - Ted Mann [C42]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ USA (6) 2006


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3?!

7. Bf4!

 

7... Nc6

7... Nd7! 8. Qd2 Ne5= Sam Collins, "An Attacking Repertoire for White"

 

8. Qd2 O-O

8... Ne5!=

 

9. O-O-O h6?!

It is always a bad idea to weaken the king's position in opposite-side castling situations.

 

10. h3 Re8 11. g4

11. Bc4 Bf5 12. g4 Be4

 

11... Bf6

11... Be6

 

12. g5

12. Bc4! Be6 (12... Na5?! 13. Bxf7+ Kxf7 14. Qd5+ Be6 15. Qxa5 ) 13. Bxe6 Rxe6 14. h4

 

12... hxg5 13. Bxg5?!

13. Rg1

 

13... Ne5 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Nxe5 Rxe5 16. Bd3 Be6 17. Kb1 Bd5?! 18. Rhe1

18. f4!

 

18... Qe6










19. f4! Rxe1 20. Rxe1 Bxa2+?

Better 20... Qxh3 21. Bh7+ Kxh7 22. Qxd5 Re8! 23. Rh1 Kg8 24. Qxb7 and things are unclear, but at least White has some winning chances.

 

21. Ka1 Qd5 22. Qe2

22. b3!? Bxb3 23. cxb3 Qxb3 24. Qb2

 

22... g6 23. b3 Qa5?

23... Bxb3

 

24. Kb2+- a6 25. f5! c5 26. fxg6 fxg6 27. Qe6+ Kh8 28. Qf6+ 1-0 [Fritz8]


Selwyn Davis - Mike Kruglyak [B30]

Kenilworth Chess Club Ch, U-1800/Kenilworth, NJ USA (6) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. d3 h6? 6. Be3 e5 7. O-O Be7 8. Qd2= Qc8 9. Rad1 Bg4 10. Qe2 Nf6 11. h3 Bxh3? 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. gxh3 Qxh3










14. Nh2!

This is by far the best way to stop Black's attack, preventing ...Ng4. Black simply has no pieces to follow through with....

 

14... g5 15. f3 Nh5 16. Qg2 Qg3

Keeping Queens on with 16... Qe6 gives Black more hope, but not much: 17. Qg4! Qg6 18. Ne2

 

17. Ne2 Qxg2+ 18. Kxg2 Nf4+ 19. Nxf4 gxf4 20. Bd2 h5 21. Rg1 Bh4 22. Be1 Rg8+ 23. Kh1 Rxg1+ 24. Kxg1 Bg3 25. Bxg3 fxg3

Black's connected passed pawns give him some hopes but they are easily contained.

 

26. Nf1 h4 27. Kg2 Ke7 28. Kh3 Rg8 29. Ne3 Kf6 30. Kxh4 g2 31. Ng4+ Kg6 32. Rg1 Rh8+ 33. Kg3 f5 34. Nf2 f4+ 35. Kg4 Rg8 36. Kh3 Kf6 37. Ng4+ Kg5 38. Kxg2 d5 39. Kf2 Kh4 40. Rh1+ Kg5 41. Nxe5 1-0

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