(1) Moldovan,John (1814) - Hueckel,Jackson (1946) [D34]
Garden State Chess League 2010-11 Kenilworth, NJ (4), 06.01.2011
[Moldovan & Fire 1.31]

board 1 G/75+5 D34 Queen's Gambit Tarrasch Defense

1.d4 d5
[I was happy to see this. 1...Nf6 & a K's Indian, as in our May 2009 GS game (a loss for me), was expected.]

2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5

The Tarrasch had a brief, Kasparov-headed revival in the early 80's but has since fallen out of favor.

4.cxd5 exd5
[After 4...cxd4? 5.dxe6 Bxe6 6.Nxd4 White is just a P to the good.]

5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6
[6...c4 , the Swedish Variation, is the main alternative but it's played just 10% of the time.]

7.Bg2 Be7
[For 7...Be6 see my 2005 win over Baines (Checkmate Compilation file).; & for 7...cxd4 see my 2006 loss to Garcia.]

8.0-0 0-0 9.dxc5
(!) This prevents ...c4, isolates Black's d-pawn, tries to gain a tempo (...Be7-c5) and clears d4 for the Nf3. [RR9.Bg5 c4 (9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Bf4 Qb6?! Moldovan - A. Simonaitis : G/30, Kew Gardens, NY 08/06/2009 12.Be3 Qxb2 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Bxd5+/= ) 10.Ne5 Be6 11.Qd2 Nxe5?N 12.dxe5+/- Moldovan - Fritz 8 : G/5+5, 03/08/2006]

9...Bxc5 10.Bg5
[RR10.Na4 Bd6 11.Be3 Re8 12.Rc1 Be6 13.Nc5 Bxc5 14.Bxc5 Qd7 15.Qa4N Bh3 16.Rfe1 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Ne5? Moldovan - A. Schwartz : G/15+5, Chess Assistant Club 04/01/2006 18.Qxd7 Nexd7 19.Bd4+/= ]

[10...d4 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nd5 Qd8 13.Nd2 Re8 14.Rc1 Bb6 , as in Miles - Kasparov : Niksic 1983, is most common.]


[RR11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nxd5 Qxb2 13.Nc7 Rad8 14.Qc1 Qxc1 15.Raxc1 Be7 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Rc4 Yusupov - Spraggett : Candidates Match (3), Quebec City 1989]

Black falls into a positional trap. [>=11...Be7 12.Nd4 h6 13.Be3 Ng4 14.Bf4 g5 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Bd2 Smejkal - Ljubojevic : Milan 1975]

12.Bxf6! gxf6[]
[Obviously not 12...Qxf6?? 13.Ne4 Qe7 14.Nxc5+- ]

13.Ne4 Be7 14.Qa4?N
[>=14.Nc5 Qb6 15.Na4 (15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Qd2 Rad8 17.a3 Rd6 18.b4 a5+/= Salvador - Sbarra : /Gorgonzola 2007) 15...Qa5 Delitzsch - Berreth : Schney 1993 16.Nxd4 Nxd4 17.Qxd4+/- ; 14.Qd2 Bxa2 15.Qh6+/- Van Beek - Van Lanen : Dieren 2003; or even 14.Rxc6!?N bxc6 15.Nxd4+/= ]

14...Qd5 15.Ned2?
[>=15.Nfd2 Qxa2 16.Qb5 ]

[15...Qxa2? 16.Qxa2 Bxa2 17.b3 was also +/-.; >=15...d3 The IDP lusts to advance 16.exd3 Qxd3+/= ]

[16.Nb3+/- ]

16...Rfd8 17.Rfd1

[17...d3 18.exd3 Qxd3= would have equalized.]

Hueckel thought that Ne1 was too passive and gave him the initiative on the K-side but, in fact, the opposite is true. My pieces become more active, his become targets and the d-pawn is halted.

18...Qh5 19.Bf3 Qh3?
[19...Qf5+/= ]

Being rather low on time for move 20 (down to 28 mintutes), I repeat to see what my foe wants and how Lou Sturniolo is doing. His game & mine will decide matters as the middle boards are destined to go 1-1. [>=20.Nd3+/- ]

20...Qh5 21.Bf3 Qh3?
Ten minutes have passed (5 on each side). The situation on board 4 has worsened. There's no choice now. A win is needed to halve the match.

/\ Nf4, which Black feels compelled to prevent.

22...Bd6 23.Ne4 Be5?

[23...Qf5+/- was best.]

24.Bg2 Qh5 25.f4 f5
[>=25...Qxe2 26.fxe5 Nxe5 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 but the 2Ps are little or no compensation for the B loss and that continuation trades 2 pairs of pieces.]

[26.Nec5! Bf6 other retreats are no better 27.Bf3 to protect e2 27...Qh6 ...Qh3 is no improvement 28.Nxb7+- , hitting the Rd8 while undermining the Nc6, would have collapsed Black's defenses and picked-up an Exchange + 2Ps via 28...Ne7 29.Nxd8 Rxd8 30.Qxa5 ]

[He had to play 26...fxe4 27.Nxc6 Rxc6 28.Rxc6 bxc6= ]

Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 17:06, Hueckel 16:10 Estimated time used - Moldovan 60:09, Hueckel 61:00 Longest think by White - 15 minutes for 15.Ned2 Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 15...Rac8 I wasn't pleased with my play or clock management but the result was right. 1-0