2006 KCC Summer Tourney

Round 4

Devin Camenares - Greg Tomkovich [B76]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (4) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Re8?!

NM Scott Massey saw this game on the monitor and said, "That must be Tomkovich as Black." Greg always moves his Rook to avoid exchanging his Dragon Bishop after Bh6 (when the Bishop is pinned to the Rook at f8 and cannot retreat to h8). Though this is sometimes useful, it is generally a wasted tempo (and tempi are very significant in such a sharp opening). A simpler way to discourage Bh6 in this position is to develop quickly and put pressure on the Knight at d4. For example:

8... Nc6 9. O-O-O (9. Bh6?? Bxh6 10. Qxh6 Nxd4) (9. Nxc6?! bxc6 10. Bh6 Bxh6! 11. Qxh6 Qa5 and Black has excellent play, with ideas like Rb8, d5, e5, and Be6.) 9... Qa5 10. Kb1 Bd7 11. g4 (11. Nd5 Nxd5) (11. Bh6? Nxd4 12. Bxg7 Nxf3) 11... Rfc8 and the Rook is more actively placed at c8 than at e8.

9. O-O-O

9. Bc4!? targetting f7 is an idea.

9... Nc6 10. g4!

White gets on with his attack, taking advantage of Black's wasted tempo.

White cannot win a pawn by 10. Nxc6?! bxc6 11. e5 Nd7 12. exd6 exd6 13. Bd4 (13. Bg5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Qa5) 13... d5 and Black's pawns in the center more than compensate for the potential dark square weaknesses.

10... Bd7 11. h4 Rc8

11... h5!?

12. h5 Ne5 13. hxg6 fxg6

White's attack has developed very naturally, but now he has to figure out how to proceed without allowing Black too much counterplay with ideas like Nc4, Qa5, and possibly Rxc3! in some lines. There is also the annoying pressure at f3 from the Knight at e5 which limits the mobility of the Knight at d4.

14. Qg2!?

This is an interesting idea, getting the Queen over to the kingside while overprotecting the base of the pawn chain at f3. Unfortunately, it has the flaw of allowing Black counterplay with Rxc3.

Perhaps White should take precautions against Rxc3 with something like 14. Kb1

or 14. Nd5!?

Similar to the game would be 14. Qh2 Rxc3! 15. bxc3 Qa5 16. Kb2 Qb6+ 17. Ka1 Nxf3! 18. Bc4+ Kh8 19. Qe2 Ne5 20. g5 Nh5

14... Nc4?!

Necessary may be 14... Rxc3! 15. bxc3 Qa5 16. Kb1 Rc8 with the typical Black counterplay in the Dragon.

15. Bxc4+ Rxc4










16. Nf5!!

A thematic move, and very inspired. Devin said that his main idea was to eliminate Greg's "Dragon Bishop," which would have a powerful psychological effect if nothing else! After all, Greg has already shown his extreme reluctance to part with that piece.

We also looked at 16. Nde2!? Qa5 17. Qh2 Be6 18. Nf4 Rxc3!? (the safe option is 18... Bf7) 19. Nxe6! Qxa2! 20. bxc3 (20. Nxg7? Qa1+ 21. Kd2 Qxb2 22. Rc1 Rec8) 20... Qxe6

16... Bh8?

Greg retreats to preserve his Dragon Bishop at all costs!!

Black must accept the sacrifice, though White gets an attack along the g- and h-files: 16... gxf5 17. g5! (17. gxf5 Rf8! (17... Rxc3? 18. Rdg1) (17... Kh8? 18. Qg6!!) 18. Bd4 (18. Rdg1 Rf7 19. Bh6 Qf8) 18... e5 19. fxe6 Bxe6 20. Qh2 Rf7 and Black seems to hold.) 17... Nxe4 (17... Ng4 18. fxg4 fxg4 19. Qh2 h6 20. Qh5!) (17... Nh5 18. g6!!) 18. fxe4 Bxc3 19. Qh3 and it is very unclear.

17. Bh6?

The beginning of a crazy idea to exchange off the Dragon Bishop at all costs!! But White has a thematic win with

17. e5!! dxe5 (17... gxf5 18. gxf5+ Bg7 19. Rdg1! Ng4 20. e6) 18. g5! Nh5 19. Nh6+ Kf8 20. Qd2 Rc7 21. Rxh5! gxh5 22. Qd3 and the Queen invades with deadly threats. 22... Kg7 23. Qd5 Rf8 24. Qxe5+ Kg6 25. Qe4+

17... Qa5?

17... Rxc3!

18. Bg7?

White continues his mad quest to exchange off Greg's Dragon Bishop! Clearly the game was being played more in the realm of fantasy than of reality! Perhaps Devin sensed Greg's attachment to the Bishop and hoped he would at least gain a tremendous tactical victory by removing it from the board? Was it an attempt at symbolic castration perhaps? Sort of like Delilah cutting Samson's hair?

18. Bd2

18... Bxg7 19. Nxg7

VICTORY!!!

19... Kxg7

The Bishop is gone, but so is White's piece, and he has gained no new lines of attack. As Scott Massey said, "Which was the higher price, the piece or the three tempi?" Black must win now.

20. Qd2 Rh8 21. g5 Ne8 22. f4 Nc7 23. f5 gxf5 24. g6 h6 25. Qd3

25. Rh5 Rxc3! 26. Qd4+ Qe5 27. Qxe5+ dxe5 28. Rxd7 Kxg6 29. bxc3 (29. Rxf5 Rc4) 29... Kxh5 30. Rxc7 f4

25... Be6 26. Rdf1 fxe4 27. Nxe4 Qxa2 28. Ng5 Qa1+ 29. Kd2 Qa5+ 30. Kd1 Qxg5 31. Rhg1 Bg4+ 32. Ke1 Qe5+ 33. Kf2 Rf4+ 0-1


Pat Mazzillo - James Cole [B21]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (4) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Nxc3 e6 6. Bc4 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 b5 10. Bb3 Bb7 11. Bf4 Qc7 12. Rac1 Nf6?










13. Nd5!

A standard shot in the Smith-Morra when the Rook at c1 opposes Black's Queen at c7.

13... Nxd5?

Black loses less material after 13... Qd8 14. Nxe7 Nxe7 (14... Qxe7 15. Bxd6 Qd8 16. Bf8!) 15. Rxd6 Qa5 16. Bd2 b4 17. Rd4 though White's initiative is very powerful here.

14. exd5 exd5 15. Bxd5 O-O 16. Bxc6 Bxc6 17. Nd4 Rfe8 18. Rxc6

18. Nxc6!

18... Bf6? 19. Qxe8+

19. Rxc7! Rxe2 20. Nxe2 is even better, when White has a full piece and a Rook.

19... Rxe8 20. Rxc7 Bxd4 21. Rdc1

Black can always hope for 21. Rxd4?? Re1#

21... Bb6 22. Rc8 Bd8 23. Kf1!? h6 24. Re1

after 24...Rf8 (or 24...Rxe1+ 25.Kxe1 followed by Rxd8+) 25.Bxd6 Black loses the whole house, so he resigned.

0-1

Ari Minkov (1945) - Mark Kernighan (2206) [A29]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (4) 2006


1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. d3?!

A wasted tempo.

5. Nc3

5... Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 Be6 8. Nf3 f6 9. Nc3 c5 10. Rc1 Na6 11. Ne4 Qb6 12. O-O Rc8 13. a3 O-O 14. Rc2 Qb3 15. Rfc1 b6 16. Nc3 Rcd8 17. Nxd5 Bxd5 18. Rc3 Qa4 19. Qc2 Qb5 20. Nh4 Kh8 21. Bxd5 Rxd5 22. Rc4 Rfd8 23. Qa4 Nc7 24. Qxa7 R5d7 25. R1c2 Ne6

25... Qc6! 26. Rb4 Nd5 27. Qa4 Nxb4

26. Qa4 Qxa4 27. Rxa4 Nd4 28. Rd2 g5 29. Ng2 e4 30. Ra6??










30. Ne1 exd3 31. exd3 (31. Nxd3 b5) 31... g4 (31... Re7 32. Kf1 Rde8 33. Rd1 Re2 34. b4 Ra2 "We saw this with our own bare brains" said Kernighan as we followed this line with Fritz.)

30... exd3 31. Rxb6

31. Rxd3 Nxe2+

31. exd3 Nf3+

31... dxe2 32. Ne1 Nf3+! 33. Nxf3 Rxd2 34. Re6 Rxb2 35. Kg2 g4! 36. Ng1 Rdd2 37. h3 e1=Q!

and Black forces mate.

0-1

Ed Selling (1689) - John Moldovan (1774) [B28]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (4) 2006


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 e6 5. O-O d6 6. d3

Overly commital.

6. Nc3 Nf6 7. d4

6... Nf6 7. Nc3

7. Nbd2 KIA

7... Be7 8. a3?! O-O 9. Re1 Qc7 10. Bf4 e5 11. Be3 h6 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Nd4 14. Nd2

White should play in more KIA fashion with 14. c3! Nf5 15. Bc1!? Bd7 16. Nd2 b5 17. Qh5 Bg5 18. h4 Be7 19. Be4 g6 20. Qe2

14... Bd7 15. c4 Nf5 16. Ne4 Nxe3 17. Rxe3 f5 18. Nc3 Bf6

18... f4

19. Rb1 b5 20. Re1 bxc4 21. dxc4 Rab8 22. Qe2 Rb3 23. Qc2 Rfb8? 24. Bh3

24. Nb5

24... Qc8










25. Nb5! R3xb5 26. cxb5 axb5 27. b3 Kf7

27... e4 28. Bg2 Ra8

28. Rb2 e4 29. Ra2 g6 30. Bg2 c4 31. bxc4 bxc4 32. a4 Qc5 33. Rd1 Rb3

33... c3!

34. Bf1 Rb4? 35. a5! Bd4? 36. a6! Qxd5

36... Qa7 37. Rxd4!!

37. a7 Bc6 38. a8=Q Bxa8 39. Rxa8 Qxa8 40. Rxd4 d5 41. Qd2 Rb5 42. Qxh6 Qa1 43. Qh7+ Kf6










44. Rxc4! Rb1

44... dxc4 45. Qh8+

45. Rc6+ 1-0


Burt Schiffman - Joe Demetrick [E90]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (4) 2006


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Be2 e5 8. d5 Nc5 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. Nd2 Qg5 12. Bg4

12. h4 Qxg2 13. Bf3 Nd3+ 14. Ke2

12... h5

12... f5 13. Bf3 Nd3+ 14. Ke2 Nf4+

13. Nf3 Qd8 14. Bxc8 Rxc8 15. Qd2 a5 16. O-O b6 17. b3 Qd7 18. Rfe1 Qe7 19. Rab1 f5 20. Qd1 Bh6 21. Qe2 fxe4 22. Nxe4 Nxe4 23. Qxe4 Qf6 24. Re2

24. Nh4 Qxf2+ 25. Kh1 Qg3

24... Qf5 25. Nh4 Qxe4 26. Rxe4 Kg7 27. Nf3 Rf7 28. h4 Rcf8 29. Ng5? Bxg5 30. hxg5 Rxf2 31. a4 Rc2 32. Re3 Rff2 33. Rg3 Kf7 34. Rf1 Rxf1+ 35. Kxf1 Kg7 36. Re3 Rd2 37. Kg1 Rd4 38. Rg3 Rd2 39. Kf1 Rd4 40. Kg1 Re4 41. Kf2 h4 42. Rh3 Rg4 43. Kg1?

43. Kf3 Rxg5 (43... Rg3+) 44. Rxh4

43... Rxg5 44. Rxh4 Rg3 45. Rh3 Rxh3 46. gxh3 Kf6 47. Kf2 Kf5 48. Kf3 g5 49. Ke3 g4 50. hxg4+

50. h4 Kg6 51. Kf2 Kh5 52. Kg3 e4 53. Kf4 Kxh4

50... Kxg4 51. Ke4 Kg3 52. Ke3 Kg4 53. Ke4 Kg5 54. Kf3 Kf5 55. Ke3 e4 56. Ke2 Kf4 57. Kf2 e3+ 58. Ke2 Ke4 59. Ke1 Kd3 60. Kd1 e2+ 61. Ke1










61... Kc3

Fritz 8: 61... Ke3! 62. c5 bxc5 63. b4 axb4 64. a5 b3 65. a6 b2 66. a7 b1=Q#

62. Kxe2 Kxb3 63. Kd3 Kxa4 64. Kc3 0-1

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