(1) Moldovan,John (1843) - Sobin,Marty (1497) [A42]
Garden State Chess League 2009-10 West Orange (6), 02.03.2010
[Moldovan & Deep Rybka 3]
G/75 + :05 delay
A42 Modern Defense
[I expected 4...Bg4
, as played by Resika in the recent USATE; 4...f5
& a Leningrad Dutch; or 4...e5
This weakens d6. [6...cxd4
This leaves my foe unable to laterally defend his sore spot. [Rybka suggests coughing-up a P with 7...Ne7
Goihl - Swemers : Siegburg 1997 (7...Qc7? has also been played) 8.Nb5
Following the "don't move the same piece twice in the opening" mantra to a fault. [8.Nb5
is no better.) 9.Bf4
would have refuted Black's play.]
[This stops Bh6 but there was no real need to as 8...Ngf6
(making the Nc3 stay put) /\9.Bh6
(looking to force the Qs off with ...Qf8) would've been fine.]
Again, Nb5 was winning.
Now an attack on d6 can be countered by one against e4. [For example: 9...Bb7
This turns the Bb7 into a tall P & solidifies e4. [‹11.Qc2
[Sobin doesn't want to further weaken g6 (8...h6 has already done that) by allowing me to trade on e6 & he doesn't want to swap at d5 because after ‹11...exd5
his K would be exposed on the open file.]
/\ Ba4 was an option; as was the thematic 12.a3
followed by ...0-0 is less artificial.]
This prophylactic isn't bad... [But starting the offensive, at once, with 14.b4
, was a good alternative; since 14...f5
/\ Qa5+ takes care of the ...f4 menace.]
Diagram [This makes room for the K &/or looks to exchange d.s. Bs.
Rybka prefers 14...Ngf6+/=
but you can understand a human not wanting to retract his previous move.
The same can be said about Black's 16th & 19th.]
If 15...Bg5, I'll just drive the cleric back & gain space with 16.f4.
[But I would've have left the l.s. cleric at b7, opted for 15...Kf8
& tried to connect Rs.]
This just increases White's advantage. [>=16...Bg7+/=
loses to 19.Nb5
, getting the K to safety, was more circumspect.]
But I was more concerned with stopping Black's designs against h3.]
Finally!... [But Rybka says >=23.Be2
+ doubling Rs on the f-file.]
After this, it's all downhill. [23...Be7
was a much better try.]
With the dual threats of 25.Bxb6 & 25.c5 + 26.Bb5, the latter of which Black apparently missed.
; or 24...Kf8
Diagram /\ 27...Be6 28.Nb5 followed by c7. White is going to win a piece.
Desperation. Resigns was a good alternative. [I shouldn't poke fun at the enemy's plight but can't resist: 27...Nf8
would've completed the picture ;-)]
>= Qc8, here or next
Short of time & looking to ignite his extinguished (never-existant?) flame, Black throws more wood on. [>=34...Nh5
One more, just for the heck of it. [>=37...Bf6
At this point, with Joe Demetrick having won on board 4 to give our team a 2-1 lead, I offerred a draw but, instead of accepting it, my opponent resigned. A very gentlemanly gesture.
Final Score : Karpovs 3, Sparta 1
Time left - Moldovan 7:20, Sobin 0:36
Estimated time used - Moldovan 70:55, Sobin 77:39
Longest think by White - 10 minutes for 26.c6
Longest thinks by Black - 7 minutes for 12...Qe7 & 24...Bd8?