Anna Matlin - John Moldovan [C02]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (8) 2006


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bd3!? cxd4 7. cxd4 Bd7 8. Bc2?!

A typical opening mistake in this line, which shows how much Anna needs to work on her openings. No one rated above 1500 should make mistakes that can be found in any opening book.

Having played 6.Bd3, she is really committed to the Milner-Barry Gambit with 8. O-O! Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Nc3 a6 11. Qe2

8... Rc8

Much stronger is 8... Nb4! 9. O-O (9. Ba4?! Qa6! 10. Bxd7+ Kxd7 11. Qd2 Nd3+ 12. Kd1 Rc8 is very awkward for White.) 9... Nxc2 10. Qxc2 Rc8 11. Nc3 Ne7

9. O-O Nb4 10. Ba4! Bxa4 11. Qxa4+ Qc6 12. Qxc6+ Rxc6 13. Nc3 Nc2 14. Rb1 Ne7 15. Rd1

White can introduce favorable complications by 15. Nb5! Nc8 e.g.: 16. Bd2 a6 17. Nc3 Nb6 18. Rfc1 Nb4 19. Ne2 Be7 (19... Rxc1+ 20. Rxc1 Nxa2 21. Rc7) 20. Rc3 Nc4 21. a3

15... b6 16. Ne1?!

White's play is entirely too passive, though she does eventually get her opponent to slip.

16. Bg5!

16. Nb5!? Nc8 17. Bf4 (17. a3 a6 18. Nc3 Nxa3)

16... Nxe1 17. Rxe1 Nf5 18. Be3 Bb4 19. Rbc1 Kd7 20. a3 Bxc3 21. Rxc3 Rxc3 22. bxc3 Rc8 23. Bd2 Rc4 24. Rb1 Kc6 25. Kf1 Ne7 26. Ke2 Nc8 27. Kd3 a6 28. Ra1 Kb5 29. Kc2 Ka4 30. Bc1 Na7

30... b5! 31. Bd2 f6 (31... Nb6 32. Bc1 Ka5 33. Bd2 Na4 34. Kb3 Kb6 35. Re1 Rc8 (35... Kc6 36. Re3 Kd7 37. Rh3 h6 38. Rg3) 36. Re3 Kc6 37. Rh3 Rh8 38. Rg3 Rg8 39. Rh3 (39. Bh6 g6 40. Rf3) ) 32. exf6 (32. f4 fxe5) 32... gxf6 33. Re1 Rc6 34. Rb1 a5 35. g3 Nd6

31. Bd2 Nb5 32. Kb2 Na7 33. Ka2 Nc6 34. Rb1 Ka5 35. Kb3 b5 36. g4 Kb6 37. Ka2 Ka5 38. Kb3 Kb6 39. Ka2 Ra4 40. f4 Na5 41. Bc1 Nc4 42. f5 Na5 43. h4 Nc6 44. h5 a5 45. Bd2 Nxd4?? 46. cxd4 Rxd4 47. Be3 Kc5 1-0