Consultation Game, April 2010

White: Norowitz, Kernighan, Mangion, Lewis, et al.
Black: Stoyko, Goeller, Moldovan, Carelli, et al.

Consultation Game - adjourned/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2010 [E14]

1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 b6 3. Nf3 Bb7 4. Bd3 e6 5. O-O c5 6. c4

We looked at 6. Nbd2 Be7 7. e4 c4!?


6... Be7 7. Nc3 cxd4 8. exd4 d5!?

We liked this better than allowing White to play d5, though 8... O-O 9. d5 exd5 10. cxd5 Re8 is book.


9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Bb5+ Bc6

Black has some dangers on the a4-e8 diagonal, but we thought they could be handled.

a) 10... Nd7? shows the danger: 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Ne5

b) 10... Kf8!? was a serious consideration, when White's Bishop is misplaced.


11. Qa4


11... Bxb5?!

11... Qd7! was our plan going into this line, but then we talked ourselves out of it because we overlooked the nifty solution to 12. Ne5? (12. Bxc6 Nxc6 =) which is 12... Nxc3! and Black is better in all lines, e.g.: 13. bxc3 Bxb5


12. Qxb5+ Qd7 13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Qb3

We thought White's best was 14. a4! but Qb3 is a good way to apply pressure.


14... O-O

Safer probably was 14... Nc6! to take care of the Ne5 ideas, but we thought the Knight looked loose there and we wanted to castle.


15. Ne5 Qb7 16. Re1 Nd7 17. Bf4

We thought White gets nothing from 17. Ng6 hxg6 18. Rxe7 Rfe8 =


17... Nf6

If 17... Nxe5 18. dxe5!? but we thought that was too simplifying and left us with the worse structure.


18. Re2 Rac8 19. Rae1 Bd8 20. Nd3 Qd7 21. Qa3 a5!

They were probably hoping for the cute trap 21... Re8? 22. Rxe8+ Nxe8 23. Qxa7!


22. Qb3 h6 23. Be5 Rc6 24. Qb5 g5!?

We also looked at 24... Rd6 25. Qxd7 Rxd7 but we wanted to keep the Knight out of f4.


25. Bg3 Re8!?

The diagram below shows the position where we adjourned upon reaching the time control for 25 moves. White sealed their move here. There are some tricky tactics involving the back rank that allow Black to keep from losing material on 26.Ne5. White is better, but we think we can hold it.


[Michael Goeller]

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