(1) Moldovan,John (1797) - Sherer,Max (1824) [A02]
Garden State Chess League 2011-12 Kenilworth, NJ (3), 15.12.2011
[Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]

board 3 G/75+5 (delay) A02 Bird's Opening

1.f4 e6 2.Nf3
[2.e4 would have transposed into a French and our Kenilworth Ch. games against Goeller.]

2...Nf6
[For 2...d5 see Carrelli - Fortunato : West Orange-Kenilworth Match, 10/2008.]

3.e3 b6
[For 3...Bc5 see my 2009 win vs. Renna.]

4.b3 Bb7 5.Bb2 Be7 6.Be2 0-0
[For 6...c5 see my 2008 draw vs. Mangion (w/Black).]

7.0-0 d6 8.c4 Nbd7
Diagram

9.Qc1N
[Predecessors: 9.Qe1 Ne8 10.Nc3 Bf6 11.d4 c5 12.Rd1 Rc8 13.Qf2 Qc7 14.Rd2 a6 15.Rfd1 Qb8 16.g4+/= Just - Koksch : Dresden 2003; 9.d3 Ng4 10.Qd2 Bf6 11.Nc3 Be7 Schoenegg - Hoelting : Templin 2004 12.Nd4+/= ; 9.Nc3 Ne4 10.Nxe4 Bxe4 11.d3 Bg6 Joan Garcia - Serrate : Barcelona 2005 12.Nd4+/= ]

9...c5 10.Qc3 Ne8
[Of course, not 10...Ne4?? 11.Qxg7# ]

11.d4
[11.d3 Bf6 12.Qc2 Bxb2 13.Qxb2 is no better.]

11...f5
[11...cxd4 12.exd4 d5 (Stoyko) was an option.]

12.Nbd2 Ndf6 13.Bd3
[>=13.Ng5 Qd7 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Bf3 ; or 13.Rae1 ]

13...Nc7
[>=13...Ne4 ]

14.d5 Qd7
Diagram [>=14...Nh5= ; �14...exd5? 15.Bxf5 ]

15.e4?!
[>=15.dxe6 Qxe6 Sherer 16.Rae1+/= Stoyko]

15...fxe4 16.dxe6??
This drops a piece and the game. [16.Nxe4[] Sherer /\16...exd5 17.Neg5� d4 18.Qc2 g6[] 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Qxg6+ Kh8 21.Qh6+ Kg8 22.Qg6+ 1/2-1/2 was right.]

16...Nxe6 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Nxe4 19.Qe3 Rxf4 20.Rae1 Re8 21.g3 Rg4 22.Rd1 Qc7
[>=22...Nxg3! 23.hxg3 Rxg3+ ]

23.Kg2 Qc8 24.Rd5? Nf4+ 25.Kh1 Nxd5 26.cxd5 Bf6
White resigns Time left - Moldovan 17:29, Sherer 31:32 Estimated time used - Moldovan 60:06, Sherer 45:58 Longest think by White - 15 minutes for 14.d5 Longest think by Black - 7 minutes for 19...Rxf4 0-1