(1) Moldovan,J (1809) - Pierre,M [D02]
2011-2012 Garden State Chess League West Orange (1), 04.10.2011
[Moldovan & HIARCS 11]
D02 QP Game
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.
[The only suitable replies here are 3...cxd4
, 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.]
[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
of Moldovan - guestlotg : G/10+5, Chess Any Time 10/04/2010 (!); ... But Black has better, in 5...dxe4N
[On principle, 6...Nxd5
is preferable to trading Qs.; �6...e4??
Changing my mind, I hold onto the extra chip... [... But 8.Bc4!
, 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
with full compensation for the 2 Ps!]
/\ Nc4 was much better.]
Now the engine says my advantage is decisive.
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.]
This stops ...Ng4-e5 and threatens to trap the Bg6 via 18.f4, 19.g4 and 20.f5... [... However, an immediate 17.f4
Diagram The N tries another route to e5...
... But my pin on the e-pawn kiboshes that plan.
[Of course, if 18...exf3??
That Nd7 looks a bit shaky. Let's try to exploit it.
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
[This leaves f7 weak. >=21...Bf6
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
This weakens h3. [>=25.f5!
right away 25...Bxf5
, with an extra B+P for White, was no better.]
was just as bad.]
would have won a piece and put me a full R ahead.]
; & 31...Bxc3
I thought giving my a-R the d-file and letting it help-out with the defense was wrong... [... but, in fact, 34...Ke7
, /\ ...Rh5-xg5!, is no better.]
A good practical decision. [HIARCS says >=39.Rd5
but, being down to 13 minutes, I wanted to simplify.]
Ironically, White's only remaining piece is his formerly bad B.
At this point I forced Pierre, who had stopped keeping score some 18-20 moves ago, to update his scoresheet.
Diagram [Keeping the K on b5 and taking the long diagonal brings no benefit as 52...Bf3+
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.
was no better.]
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
was even better.]
Not having dotted the "i"s or crossed the "t"s, I stumble in time-pressure. [76.Kxa6??
is also mistaken.; 76.Bd6+!
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]
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.
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!
Resigns was indicated.
This forces a B-trade but, instead of calling it quits, my stalemate-dreaming foe carries-on.
I stopped keeping score here and could not reconstruct the finish. My opponent played-on until being checkmated in another 7 moves or so.
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