#### (1) Moldovan,J (1809) - Pierre,M [D02]

2011-2012 Garden State Chess League West Orange (1), 04.10.2011

* [Moldovan & HIARCS 11]*

**
**Board 3
G/75+5 (delay)
D02 QP Game
Krause Defense
Reversed Slav

1.Nf3
Playing my 1st serious game in 40 days, I'm well-rested but, as you'll see, also more than a little rusty.

1...d5
My opponent arrived at the board 3 minutes late and reset his clock to 75:00 but, not taking any of his shit, I put it back at 72:00.

2.d4
c5
3.c3
Nc6?!
[The only suitable replies here are 3...cxd4
4.cxd4
Nc6
, with an Exchange Slav; 3...e6
, with a Colle or London System to follow; or 3...Nd7!?
, as in Reinfeld - Horowitz : U.S. Championship, NY 1938.]

4.dxc5!
e5
Diagram

5.e4!?
[I've had good success with the P-retaining 5.b4
(6/7 in skittles) but am not sure it's best.]

5...Nf6N
[This is an improvement over the 5...Bxc5
6.exd5+/-
of Moldovan - guestlotg : G/10+5, Chess Any Time 10/04/2010 (!); ... But Black has better, in 5...dxe4N
6.Qxd8+
Nxd8
7.Nxe5
Bxc5
]

6.exd5
Qxd5
[On principle, 6...Nxd5
7.b4
Be7
is preferable to trading Qs.; �6...e4??
7.dxc6
Qxd1+
8.Kxd1
exf3
9.Bb5!+-
]

7.Qxd5
Nxd5
8.b4?
Changing my mind, I hold onto the extra chip... [... But 8.Bc4!
/\Nf4
9.0-0
Bxc5
10.b4
Bd6
11.Bxf4
exf4
12.Re1++/-
, returning it and yielding the B pair, in exchange for an open e-file and a handful of tempi, was consistent and correct.]

8...a6?
This stops b4-b5 (which I had no intention of playing) but is unnecessary. [>=8...Be7
9.b5
e4!<=>
* (9...Na5
10.Ba3+/=
) *10.Ng5
* (�10.bxc6?
exf3
11.cxb7
Bxb7
12.Bb5+
** (12.gxf3?
0-0-/+
) *12...Kf8
13.c6
fxg2
14.Rg1
Bc8
15.Rxg2
Bf5=/+
) 10...Ne5
11.Nxe4
Bf5
with full compensation for the 2 Ps!]

9.Bb2
Bf5
10.Bc4?
Diagram [10.Nbd2+/-
/\ Nc4 was much better.]

Diagram

10...Nf6?
[>=10...Nf4
11.0-0
Bd3
12.Bxd3
Nxd3
13.Ba3
Be7
14.Nbd2
0-0+/=
]

11.0-0
Now the engine says my advantage is decisive.

11...Be7
12.Nbd2
0-0
13.Rfe1
Rad8
14.Nb3
I'm annoyed about using 32 minutes already (44 to go) but like my position and am threatening to take on e5.

14...e4
This gives me a wonderful outpost at d4. [14...Be4
/\ ...Bxf3 was an option.]

15.Nfd4
Nxd4
16.Nxd4
Bg6
17.h3
This stops ...Ng4-e5 and threatens to trap the Bg6 via 18.f4, 19.g4 and 20.f5... [... However, an immediate 17.f4
was best.]

17...Nd7
Diagram The N tries another route to e5...

Diagram

18.f4!
... But my pin on the e-pawn kiboshes that plan.

18...Bf6
[Of course, if 18...exf3??
then 19.Rxe7
]

19.Rad1
That Nd7 looks a bit shaky. Let's try to exploit it.

19...h5?!
[>=19...Rfe8
]

20.Bb3!
With an eye toward the advance on turn 22, I move my l.s. cleric to safety.

20...Bh4?
This takes the pressure off d4 and makes my plot more effective. [>=20...Bh7
21.c6
bxc6
22.Nxc6
Rc8
23.Rd6
Rc7
]

21.Re3
[>=21.f5!
Bxe1
22.fxg6
Bh4
23.gxf7+
Rxf7
24.Nf5
]

21...Rfe8
[This leaves f7 weak. >=21...Bf6
/\22.f5
Bxd4
23.cxd4
Bxf5
24.d5
Rfe8
]

Diagram

22.c6!
With this thrust, I trade-off my doubled P & weaken a6.

22...bxc6?
This lets one of my pigs loose on the 7th rank & drops an Exchange. [>=22...Nb6
23.cxb7
Rb8
]

23.Nxc6
Rc8
24.Rxd7
Rxc6
25.g3?
This weakens h3. [>=25.f5!
right away 25...Bxf5
26.Bxf7+
Kf8
27.Bxe8
Kxe8
28.Rd5
]

25...Bf6?
[>=25...Bd8
threat: 26...Bb6]

Diagram

26.f5!
Bg5?
[>=26...Bxf5
27.Bxf7+
Kf8
28.Bxe8
Kxe8
29.Rd5
g6
30.g4
hxg4
31.hxg4
Bxg4
32.Rxe4+
Be6
]

27.Re2
Bxf5
[27...Re7
28.Rxe7
Bxe7
29.fxg6
Rxg6
30.Rxe4
, with an extra B+P for White, was no better.]

28.Bxf7+
Kf8
29.Bxe8
Kxe8
[29...Bxd7
30.Bxd7
Rd6
31.Ba4
was just as bad.]

30.Rxg7?
[30.Rd5
g6
31.g4
would have won a piece and put me a full R ahead.]

30...Bf6
31.Ra7
Re6
[�31...Bxh3
32.Rxe4+
; & 31...Bxc3
32.Bxc3
Rxc3
33.g4!
]

32.Kh2
e3
33.Bc1
Bg5
34.Ra8+
Kf7
I thought giving my a-R the d-file and letting it help-out with the defense was wrong... [... but, in fact, 34...Ke7
35.Rh8
, /\ ...Rh5-xg5!, is no better.]

35.h4
Bh6
36.Rd8
Bg4
37.Re1
Ke7
38.Rd3
Bf5
Diagram

39.Rdxe3!?
A good practical decision. [HIARCS says >=39.Rd5
but, being down to 13 minutes, I wanted to simplify.]

39...Bxe3
40.Rxe3
Rxe3
41.Bxe3
Ironically, White's only remaining piece is his formerly bad B.

41...Kd6
42.Kg2
Kd5
43.Bd4
Kc4
44.Kf3
Kb5
45.Kf4
Bg4
46.Ke5
At this point I forced Pierre, who had stopped keeping score some 18-20 moves ago, to update his scoresheet.

46...Kc4
47.a4
Bd1
48.a5
Bg4
49.Kd6
Kb5
50.Bc5
Bf3
51.Kc7
Be2
52.Kb7
Ka4
Diagram [Keeping the K on b5 and taking the long diagonal brings no benefit as 52...Bf3+
53.Ka7
Be2
54.g4!!
hxg4
55.h5
g3
56.h6
Bd3
57.c4+!!
Kc6
* (*or *57...Kxc4
58.Kxa6
) *58.Bd4!
g2
59.Bg1
is +-.]

Diagram

53.Kc6
[>=53.Kb6
Kb3
54.c4!!
Bxc4
55.g4!!
hxg4
56.h5
Bd3
57.h6
]

53...Kb3
54.Bd4
Kc2
55.Kd5
Kb3
56.Ke5?
Kc4
57.Kf5
Bg4+
58.Kg5
Kb5
59.Bc5
Bd1
60.Kf6
Be2
61.Bd4
Kc4
62.Ke5
Bf3
63.Kd6
Kb5
64.Kc7
Be2
65.Kb7
Ka4?
[>=65...Bf3+
66.Ka7
Be2
]

66.Kb6
Bd3
67.Kc5
Kb3
68.Be5
Be2
After probing the K-side and nearing the 5 minute mark, I realize something extraordinary is needed to break-through and pull the trigger on a double P-sac.

Diagram

69.c4!!
[69.g4!
works similarly.]

69...Bxc4
[69...Ka4
70.b5!!
was no better.]

70.g4!!
hxg4
71.h5
Bd3
72.h6
Ka4
73.Bd6
Having the B take-over responsibility for the b4 frees the K to care for a5... [... But 73.b5!!
sacking a 3rd P /\73...axb5
* (73...Kxa5
74.b6+-
; 73...Bxb5
74.h7+-
) *74.a6
was even better.]

73...Bh7
74.Kb6?!
[>=74.b5!
/\axb5
75.a6
]

74...g3
75.Bxg3
[>=75.Kxa6
g2
76.Bc5
]

75...Kxb4
Diagram

76.Be1+??
Not having dotted the "i"s or crossed the "t"s, I stumble in time-pressure. [76.Kxa6??
Kc5=
is also mistaken.; 76.Bd6+!
Kc4
77.Kxa6
Kd5
78.Kb6!!
[] /\78...Kxd6
79.a6
Be4
80.a7
was right.]

76...Kc4
77.Kxa6
Kc5
78.Bf2+
Kc6
79.Ka7
Kc7??
Black returns the favor. [Every engine I consulted claimed 79...Bd3=
is winning for White. That's because the dunces who compiled Endgame Turbo 3 & the Gaviota Tablebases omitted B+2P vs. B!!
If you want to put that or other missing 6-man endings (such as Q+R vs. Q+P) on your hard or flash drive, you'll have to download them from http://kirill-kryukov.com/chess/tablebases-online/
If you don't have much space to spare, you can search your position at http://www.shredderchess.com/online-chess/online-databases/endgame-database.html]

80.Bg3+??
[80.a6[]
Bd3
81.Bg3+
Kc6
82.Kb8!
Bxa6
83.h7+-
was correct.]

80...Kc8??
Black abandons the key b5 & b6 squares and gives me a 3rd shot. [80...Kc6[]=
would have drawn the game and won the match.]

81.Kb6+-
Now 1 of the passers will hit paydirt as Black's K is boxed-out and his B will be overloaded.

81...Kd8
82.a6
Ke8
83.a7
Be4
Diagram

84.a8Q+
Yet another deflecting P move. If we include 22.c6 (which led to 22...bxc6 23.Nxc6 and made Black's R move from d8), that makes 5!

84...Bxa8
85.h7
Bg2
Resigns was indicated.

86.h8Q+
Ke7
87.Be5
Ke6
88.Qf6+
Kd5
89.Qd6+
Ke4
90.Qd4+
Kf3
91.Qd3+
Kg4
92.Qg3+
This forces a B-trade but, instead of calling it quits, my stalemate-dreaming foe carries-on.

92...Kf5
93.Qxg2
Kxe5
94.Kc5
I stopped keeping score here and could not reconstruct the finish. My opponent played-on until being checkmated in another 7 moves or so.
Final position:
White - Kf5, Qg5
Black - Kh5
Final Score: Summit 2 Newark 2
Time left - Moldovan (appox.) 3:20, Pierre 20:33
Estitmated time used - Moldovan 80:00, Pierre 62:47
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 12.Nbd2
Longest think by Black - 3 minutes at turns 10, 17 & 34.
This 100 or 101-mover shattered my longest tournament game record by 16 or 17 moves. In June 2009, also at West Orange, I lost to Hamilton's Joshua Hill in 84 moves.** 1-0**