(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

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

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

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

[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.]

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.]


[>=10...Nf4 11.0-0 Bd3 12.Bxd3 Nxd3 13.Ba3 Be7 14.Nbd2 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.

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.]

Diagram The N tries another route to e5...


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

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

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

[>=19...Rfe8 ]

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

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

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

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


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

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...Bd8 threat: 26...Bb6]


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.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

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 +-.]


[>=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.


[69.g4! works similarly.]

[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 ]


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

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

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

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