(1) Moldovan,John (1823) - Gillon,Malcolm J [D02]
Garden State Chess League 2011-12 Kenilworth, NJ (7), 03.04.2012
[Moldovan & Houdini 2.0c]

Board 3 G/75+5 (delay) D02 QP Game London System

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4
I'm tiring of this... [But, instead giving my foe ...e5 for free, by opting for a Ruy Lopez, with 2.e4 e5 3.Bb5 , let's go down the beaten path, for the 126th time!!, and make him work for it.]

2...d5 3.Bf4 f6!?
This is playable... [... But I advise you to develop, with 3...Bg4 ; 3...Bf5 ; or 3...Nf6 . See the Chess Coroner CBV & PGN archives for games. ]

[>=4.c4 e5!? 5.dxe5 d4 6.e3+/= but I wasn't 100% (the bug I had in Feb. has returned) and wanted to keep things quiet for a while.]

4...Bg4 5.Bb5 Qd7
This prepares ...0-0-0 and lets Black keep his Ps clean... [... But 5...e6= must be better than the strange self-pin.]


[>=6...e6 , which has been played 3x; most recently in Sosna - Biolek : Czechia 2011. That game continued 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Rc1 Nge7+/= ]

7.Bxc6 Qxc6
[>=7...bxc6+/= ]

8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Nc3!
[9.Bxc7 Qb5 10.Nbd2 Rc8 (10...Qxb2 11.0-0+/- ) 11.Bg3 e5+/= ]

9...Qa5 10.0-0
[>=10.h3 Bh5 11.Qb3+/- ]

[>=10...0-0-0+/= ; 10...e5 meets with 11.dxe5 fxe5 12.Qd5! and after 12...Qxd5 13.Nxd5 Bd6 (13...exf4?? loses to 14.Nxc7+ Kd7 15.Nxa8 as the N will escape.) 14.Nxe5 Be6 15.Nc3 Nf6 16.Nd3 0-0-0 17.Rfd1 Be7 18.Rac1 Black has nothing for the P.]

11.h3 g5 12.hxg4
[>=12.Bg3 ]

[Not 12...hxg4? due to 13.Nxg5! fxg5 14.Be5+- ]

[13.g5!+/- was right.]

[>=13...hxg4 14.Qg6+ Kd8 15.Qxg4 fxe3 16.fxe3 Nh6+/= ]

[g5 was still best. For example: 14.g5 fxe3 15.fxe3+/- & if 15...fxg5? then 16.Ne5+- ]

14...Qxf5 15.gxf5 fxe3 16.fxe3 Nh6
Now the game is equal.

17.Nh4 Ng4 18.Ng6 Rg8
[18...Bh6 19.Nxh8 Bxe3+ 20.Kh1 Rxh8 was an excellent alternative.]

[>=19.Rae1 ]

19...Rgxf8 20.Rf3 Rg8
With the obvious intent of doubling on the g-file, followed by a possible sac on e3 or e5 and ... Rxg2+. [I expected 20...c5 ]

This reinforces d4, in anticipation of a possible ...c5, and readies Nf4 taking care of the sore g2 spot.

Black tries to stop White's planned defense and clears g8 for the other R.

I counter by stabilizing f5, re-enabling my N-transfer and ...

22...Rdg8 23.Nf4
... Threatening to win an Exchange with Ne6.

23...Nh6[] 24.Rc1
/\ Rc2, freeing my N by transferring the responsibility for g2. I may also want to double with Rfc3. [However, 24.Re1 ; & 24.Kf2 /\Ng4+?! 25.Ke2+/= merited consideration.]

[>=24...Kb8 Putting the K in the center is a bit risky.]

25.Rc2 Nf7?
[>=25...Rg3= ]

26.Ne6 Rg4 27.Rxc7+ Kd6 28.Rf2?
[28.Rc2+/= /\Rxe4 29.Rb3 b5 30.Ra3 was correct.]

28...Rxe4 29.Rxb7 Re1+ 30.Rf1[]
[30.Kh2? Nh6 favors the enemy.]

This lets me regain the advantage. [30...Rxf1+ 31.Kxf1 Nh6 was indicated.]

31.Nf4 Rd2
[>=31...Nd8 ]

With the threat of 33.Re6 mate.

This P-grab will cost Black a R and the game. Diagram [32...Ng5? 33.Rexe7 Rxd4 34.Nxh5+- was also bad.; 32...Nd8[] 33.Rb6+ Kd7[]+/- was forced.]

33.Re6+ Kc5 34.b4+!! Rxb4[]
He had to take. [34...Kc4 35.Rc6# ]

35.Nd3+ Kc4
Resigns was best. With Simon Thomson & Donnally Miller having won for Summit and ECC down a R here, there was no real hope of halved match.

36.Nxb4 Nd6 37.Rbxe7 Nxf5 38.Re4+ Kc5 39.Nxa6+ Kd5 40.Nb4+ Kc5 41.Rc7+ Kb5 42.Rf4 Ne3 43.Kf2
[>=43.a4+ /\Kxa4? 44.Nd5+ (or 44.Nc2+) winning another piece.]

[43...Nxg2 44.Rfc4 ]

44.Ke2 Re8+ 45.Kd2 Rd8+ 46.Kc3 Rd6 47.Rfc4 Ne5 48.R4c5+ Kb6 49.Nd5+?
This simplifies but drops a piece. [Much >=49.a4 & mate in 8.]

49...Rxd5 50.Rxd5 Kxc7 51.Kd4
[>=51.Rxe5 fxe5 52.Kd3 but I didn't have time to calculate and needed to bring my K toward the right to cash-in, regardless.]

Diagram [>=51...Nc6+ but after 52.Kc5 h4 53.Rh5 the h-pawn goes &, if the clock becomes a problem, I can force a draw by sacking my R for Black's last P.]

52.Rxe5 fxe5+
It was time to quit. Even if I stumble into stalemate, the match gets clinched.

53.Kxe5 Kc6 54.Kf4 Kc5 55.Kg4 Kc4 56.Kxh4 Kd4 57.g4 Ke5 58.Kh5 Kf6 59.g5+ Kg7 60.a4 Kf7 61.g6+ Kg7 62.a5 Kf8 63.Kh6 Kg8 64.g7 Kf7 65.Kh7 Ke8 66.g8Q+ Kd7 67.Qg6 Kc8 68.Qd6 Kb7 69.Kg7 Ka7 70.Kf7 Ka8 71.Ke7 Kb7 72.Kd7 Ka7 73.Kc7 Ka8 74.Qa6#
Time left - Moldovan 6:16, Gillon 44:48 Estimated time used - Moldovan 74:51, Gillon 36:17 Longest think by White - 6 minutes for 28.Rf2? Longest think by Black - 2 minutes for at turns 13, 18, 23, 41 & 43. 1-0