Consultation Game

Stoyko, Bartell, Goeller and co. - Allen, Kernighan, Moldovan, Bilenky & co. [D12]

Kenilworth Consultation Game/Kenilworth, NJ 2007


D12 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense

1. d4

The WHITE team starts with a lineup of FM Steve Stoyko, Michael Goeller, Greg Tomkovich, Ed Selling, Bert Shiffman & Joe Azzarello.

1... d5

The BLACK side begins with NM Mark Kernighan, NM Ed Allen, Mark Bilenky, John Moldovan, Joe Renna & Max Sherer.

2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bf5 5. Nc3

5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Nc3 e6 8. Bd2 Nc6 9. Rc1 a6=

5... e6 6. Bd3










6... Bxd3

Unfortunately, we didn't give much thought to 6... Bg6 Wojcio 7. Ne5 Moldovan 7... Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Nbd7=

and neglected 6... dxc4 7. Bxc4 (7. Bxf5!? exf5 8. O-O b5 9. Ne5) 7... Nbd7 8. O-O (8. Qe2 Ne4=) 8... Bd6 9. Bd3 Bg6 10. e4 e5= which are are viable alternatives & probable improvements.

7. Qxd3 Nbd7

Mark B. thought 7... Bb4 was more consistent because after the game's 9.e4, Black has to give up the center.

8. O-O

This is better than 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Bb4+=

8... Bd6

8... Bb4! 9. Bd2 a5 10. a3 Be7 11. b4 O-O (11... axb4 12. axb4 Rxa1= looks okay, too; as long as Black doesn't answer 13. Rxa1 with 13... Bxb4? (13... O-O=) 14. Nxd5! Bxd2?? That would lose to 15. Ra8! Qxa8 16. Nc7+ Ke7 17. Nxa8 Rxa8 18. Nxd2 Moldovan) 12. bxa5 Rxa5= NCO

8... Be7 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 O-O 12. Bf4 a5 13. Rfd1 a4 14. Rab1 Qa5 = NCO; Fritz 8

9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 Qf6!? 12. Bd2

This varies from the 12. b3 O-O 13. Bb2 Qf4 14. Qxf4 Bxf4 15. Rad1 Rad8 16. g3 Bc7 1/2-1/2 of Fernandez - Daniuszewski : Paris 1924

12... Qg6 13. Qe2 O-O

FM Tom Bartell & Pat Mazzillo have joined the White crew. Brian Meinders joined Black.

14. Bc3 Rfd8 15. Rfe1 Rab8=










At this point, play was adjourned. When we resumed on May 24th, the sealed move was revealed :

16. a4

WHITE, which lost Bert Shiffman & Joe Azzarello, adds Harry Smith & Leon Hrebinka along with the side-switching Mike Wojcio & Max Sherer. BLACK, which lost NM Ed Allen adds Joe Demetrick & Pete Cavaliere.

16... Qh5

16... a6 17. a5 (17. b4)

17. b4

White has systematically worked to stifle Black's counterplay, discouraging all of his breaks by ...b5, ...c5 or ...e5.

17... Rdc8?!

This seems ndecisive. Perhaps the idea is to indirectly attack the unsupported Bishop at c3 and thus support the ...b5 thrust by tactical means. But Black's Rooks are poorly placed and the move wastes time.

17... b6

18. Qd3

White has a big space advantage and complete control of the game. Now he has to start thinking about how to begin an attack, but some precautions are useful. Stoyko thought it was a good idea to avoid an exchange of Queens to strengthen White's eventual attack.

18... Qg6

Black naturally welcomes the exchange. This waffling by the Black Queen, though, highlights how Black's position is completely devoid of useful plans.

19. Qe3

19. Qd2 is also possible.

White can also exchange Queens, as Lasker did against Capablanca, with a continued edge in the endgame but fewer prospects of attack. 19. Qxg6 hxg6 20. a5

19... b6

Probably Black's best chance at getting a pawn break, but his waffling has made it less useful than it might have been.

20. Nd2!?

Time to get the Knight to a useful attacking square via e4. The Knight also plays a useful role here protecting c4.

White does not want to exchange and therefore does not consider 20. Ne5?! which simply surrenders all of his advantage: 20... Nxe5 21. dxe5 Bc7 22. b5 Rd8 23. Rad1 Qc2

20... Nf6

To discourage Ne4.

21. h3

Black threatened 21... Bxh7+! and had ideas like ...Ng4 or ...Qh5, so White simply takes away all of that play and limits Black's Knight's mobility -- while also creating some useful luft.

21... Bc7?

This seems very passive and planless.

Black must try to break with 21... b5! when things get a bit unsettled and Black gains a critical square for his Knight at d5: 22. axb5 cxb5 23. d5!? ( or 23. c5 Nd5! 24. Qf3 Ra8 (24... Rb7?? 25. cxd6!) 25. Ra6 Bc7 26. Ne4 with the idea of Rea1 and the bind continues) 23... bxc4 (23... exd5 24. c5) 24. dxe6 Nd5! 25. Qd4 fxe6 26. Rxe6 Nxc3! 27. Qxd6 Qd3 and Black gets a fighting chance.

22. b5!

Stifling Black's last chance for counterplay!

22... Bd6?!

More waffling. Black can find nothing useful now.

22... Qf5!?

23. Qf3!

Inducing Black to exchange pawns or push, after which White gains useful open lines.

23... c5?

Better 23... cxb5 24. axb5 Rc7 when White has a clear edge but has to be careful: 25. Ra4 (25. Ra2 is simpler) 25... Qc2 26. Rea1 Nd5 27. Ne4! f5!? 28. Nxd6 Nxc3 29. R4a3! (29. Rxa7? Rxa7 30. Rxa7 Ne2+ 31. Kh2 Qd1!! 32. Ra1 Qxd4 (32... Qxa1?? 33. Qxe2) 33. Qxe2 Qxd6+ 34. g3 e5=) 29... Ne2+ 30. Kh2

24. d5! exd5 25. cxd5

Also good is 25. Bxf6 Qxf6 26. Qxf6 gxf6 27. cxd5 , but White wants to keep the Queens on for maximum attacking potential.

25... Rd8?

25... c4!?

26. Bxf6? Qxf6 27. Qxf6 gxf6 28. Nc4 Be5 29. Rad1 Rd7 30. Rd3 Re8 31. Kf1 Kf8 32. g3 Bd4 33. d6 Re6 34. g4 f5? 35. gxf5 Rxe1+ 36. Kxe1 Kg7










37. Re3!! Bxe3 38. fxe3 Kf6 39. e4 Rd8 40. Ke2?

Clearly more accurate was 40. Kf2 Kg5!? 41. Kg3 f6 42. h4+ Kh5 43. Kf4 Re8 44. e5 fxe5+ 45. Nxe5

40... Rb8?

A nearly pointless move, with the passive goal of defending b6 in case of a5 perhaps.

Moldovan appears to think 40... Kg5!? would have changed matters, and that's possible. Unfortunately, I don't have time for a complete analysis, though the lines are very interesting--and here is one fantasy variation: 41. Kf3 (41. Ne5? Kf4 42. Nxf7 Rd7 43. e5 Kxf5) 41... f6 (41... Kh4?? 42. e5) 42. Kg3 Re8 (42... Rd7 43. h4+ Kh5 44. Kf4!) 43. h4+ Kh5 44. e5 (44. Kf4? Kxh4 45. e5 fxe5+ 46. Nxe5 Rd8 47. d7 c4 48. f6 c3!) 44... fxe5 45. d7 Rd8 46. Nxe5 c4! 47. Kf4 c3! (47... Kxh4 48. Ke4 c3! 49. Kd3 Kg3) 48. Ke3 Kxh4 49. Kd3 Kg3 50. Kxc3 h5! 51. f6 Kf4 52. Kd4 h4 (perhaps 52... Kf5 53. Kd5 Kxf6 54. Kd6 h4 55. Nd3 Rg8) 53. f7 Kf5 54. Kd5 h3 55. Kd6 h2 56. Kc7 h1=Q 57. Kxd8 Qh8+ 58. f8=Q+ Qxf8+ 59. Kc7

40... Rg8 41. Kf3 Rg1 42. Ne3!

41. Kf3 Kg7

41... Kg5? 42. Ne5

42. e5 Rg8 43. Ke4 Kf8 44. Kd5

most direct

44... Ke8 45. Kc6 Kd8 46. d7! Rg1 47. f6

or 47. Nd6

47... Rd1 48. Nd6

and Black cannot avoid mate

1-0

[Moldovan and Goeller]

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