### (1) Moldovan,John (1801) - Minkov,Ari (1959) [E24]

Garden State Chess League 2010-11 Kenilworth, NJ (9), 02.06.2011

* [Moldovan & Houdini 1.5a]*

**
**board 2
G/75+5 (delay)
E24 Nimzo-Indian Defense
Saemisch Variation

1.d4
Something I haven't used against Ari before. [Most of our previous games, including all the important ones, opened 1.Nf3
; or 1.c4
]

1...Nf6
2.c4
e6
3.Nc3
Bb4
4.a3
Bxc3+
5.bxc3
b6
[For 5...d6
see my January win over Shiffman (2011 Kenilworth Ch.).]

6.f3
Bb7
Diagram

This, as we'll see, is fine... [... But 6...Nc6
7.e4
Ba6
(or 6...Ba6 then ...Nc6) seems more principled.
For example: 8.Bg5
* (8.Nh3
Na5
9.Qa4
0-0
10.Bg5?!
d6
11.e5
Qd7
12.Qc2
Ne8
13.Qe4
*J. Timman- Seirawan : Tilburg 1983 *13...d5=/+
) *8...h6
9.Bh4
g5
10.Bf2
Qe7
11.h4
0-0-0
12.d5
Na5?!
13.c5
Bxf1
14.d6
cxd6
15.cxd6
Qf8
16.Kxf1
Ne8
17.e5
f6
Carlsen - Leko : Monte Carlo 2007 (blindfold) 18.c4!+/=
]

7.Bg5
[7.e4
d6
* (*not *7...Nxe4?
8.fxe4
Qh4+
9.Ke2
Qxe4+
** (*or *9...Bxe4
10.Nf3+/-
) *10.Kf2+/-
) 8.Bd3
c5
9.Ne2
Nc6
Abdalla - Brandao : Curitiba 2010 10.Be3
0-0
11.0-0
Na5
12.Ng3
Ba6
13.Qe2
is more thematic.]

7...h6
8.Bh4
d6
9.e4
[9.e3
was more flexible and the Bf1's preference.]

9...Nbd7
10.Bd3
e5
11.Ne2
Nf8
Diagram

12.Qa4+N
[This varies from the 12.0-0
Ng6
13.Bf2
0-0
14.Qd2
Qd7
15.Rfb1
Rad8
16.a4
a5
17.Qb2
Qe7
18.Qb5
Bc8=
of Balchikliev - Malchev : Sofia 1943 but leads to a too-closed position.; I should have gone with 12.Qd2
Nxe4!
13.Bxd8
Nxd2
14.Bxc7
Nxf3+
15.gxf3
Kd7
16.Bxd6
Kxd6
17.Kf2=
, which was looked at for several minutes,; or 12.Qc1
Ng6
13.Bf2
Nh5=
In the chosen ending White has no viable break.]

12...Qd7
13.Qxd7+
N6xd7
14.0-0
Ne6
[14...Nb8
/\ ...Nc6-a5 was an option.]

15.Rfd1
f6
16.a4
a5
17.Bf2
Kf7
18.Be3
Rhd8
19.Rd2
h5
20.Rf1
g5
21.Ng3
[21.g3
h4
22.Kg2
Rh8
23.Rdd1
would likely have transposed.]

21...h4
22.Ne2?!
This is too passive. [>=22.Nf5
/\Nf4
23.Bc2
]

22...Ba6
Diagram

23.g3
[>=23.Rb1
, keeping an eye on the ...b5 break. The R trades are to my opponent's benefit because his minor pieces are superior.]

23...hxg3
24.hxg3
Rh8
25.Kg2
Rh6
26.Rdd1
Rah8
27.Rh1
Rxh1
28.Rxh1
Rxh1
29.Kxh1
c6
30.Nc1
White offers a draw...
... But, having a passed a-pawn, Black declines.

30...Nc7
31.Kg2
b5
32.cxb5
cxb5
33.axb5
Bxb5
Diagram

34.Bxb5
[>=34.c4=
]

34...Nxb5
35.Na2
Nb6
36.dxe5?
[>=36.Kf2
Na4
37.Bd2
]

36...Nc4
37.Bc1?
[>=37.Kf2=/+
]

37...Nxe5?!
[>=37...dxe5-/+
]

38.f4
Nd3
39.Be3
g4
40.Kf1
Draw offer #2.

40...Ke6?!
[>=40...Nc5=/+
]

41.Ke2?
[41.c4
Na3
42.Ke2
Nb2
43.c5=
was right.]

41...Nb2
Diagram

42.Bc1?
[42.f5+
Ke5
43.Bc1
/\Nc4??
* (43...Na4-/+
) *44.Kd3+-
, when Black has to give-up his Knights to stop 45.Bf4 mate!, was a much better try.]

42...Nc4
43.Kd3
d5
I'm in zugzwang.

44.f5+[]
What else?

44...Kd6
45.Bf4+
Kc6
46.exd5+
Kxd5
47.Bb8
Nbd6
48.Bxd6
Nxd6
49.c4+
Diagram

49...Nxc4??
[49...Ke5
50.Nc3
Nxf5
would have won.] Now White splits the point.

50.Nc3+=
Kc5
51.Ne4+
Kb4
52.Nxf6
Nd6
53.Nd5+
Kc5
54.Ne3
a4
55.Nxg4
Nxf5
56.Kc3
Diagram Game drawn by agreement.
Time left - Moldovan 3:58, Minkov 29:42
Estimated time used - Moldovan 75:42, Minkov 49:53
Longest think by White - 6 minutes for 12.Qa4+
Longest think by Black - 5 minutes for 30...Nc7
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