Saturday, August 19, 2017

#1255 KST - Round 12 Annotations

My wins over Joseph Dovydaitis & Mike Lowey.
[Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.08.17"] [Round "12.1"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Dovydaitis, Joseph"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B54"] [WhiteElo "1814"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2017.06.01"] [EventRounds "14"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1255"] [SourceDate "2017.08.19"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.08.19"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 1.1 G/55+5 (delay) B54 Sicilian Defense} 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d6 { This leads to an inferior Sicilian.} ({I expected} 3... d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. d4 { & a Tarrasch QGD.}) 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. e4 Nbd7 7. Be3 a6 8. Be2 Nc5 { This is premature.} ({Completing the Hedgehog setup with} 8... b6 9. O-O Bb7 $14 {, etc., was best.}) 9. f3 Be7 10. O-O (10. Qc2 $142 $16) 10... O-O 11. Qd2 {[#]} b6 $4 {This weakens c6, loses a P & the game.} (11... Qc7 $142 12. b4 Ncd7 $14 {Pyatkova - Abdrakmanova : Obninsk 2007.}) 12. b4 $146 (12. Nc6 $143 Qc7 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. b4 Ncd7 15. a3 {Kokeny - Bakos : Celldoemoelk 2011.}) 12... Ncd7 (12... Nb7 $142 13. Nc6 Qc7 14. Nxe7+ Qxe7 15. Bxb6 Bd7) 13. Nc6 Qe8 $8 14. Rfd1 Ne5 $2 (14... d5 $142 15. e5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxb4 17. Bxb6 dxc4 18. a3 Be7 19. Bxc4 Bb7) 15. Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. Qxd6 Qxd6 17. Rxd6 Ned7 (17... Ne8 $142 18. Rd2 Rb8) 18. Rad1 Rd8 $2 {[#]} (18... Rb8 $142) 19. Bxb6 $1 (19. e5 $142 Ne8 20. R6d2 Rb8 21. c5) 19... Bb7 $2 {This loses a R, not just an Exchange.} ( 19... Re8 $142) ({Of course, if} 19... Nxb6 $2 {then} 20. Rxd8+ Ne8 21. Rxe8#) 20. Bxd8 Rxd8 21. e5 $1 Nd5 $2 (21... Rf8 $142 22. exf6 Nxf6 {or resigns.}) ( 21... Nxe5 $143 $2 22. Rxd8+ Ne8 23. Rxe8#) 22. cxd5 exd5 (22... Bc8 $142 23. dxe6 fxe6) 23. Nxd5 Bc8 (23... Kf8 $142 24. Nb6 g5) 24. Ne7+ Kf8 25. Nxc8 Ke8 26. Nb6 (26. Bxa6 $142) 26... Ke7 (26... Nxb6 27. Rxd8+ Ke7 28. Bxa6 {was no better.}) 27. Rxd7+ Rxd7 28. Rxd7+ Ke6 29. Rd5 (29. f4 $142) 29... f5 30. Bxa6 f4 31. Bc8+ Kf7 32. Rd6 Ke7 33. Nd5+ Kf7 34. e6+ Kg6 35. e7+ Kg5 36. e8=Q g6 37. Qe5+ Kh6 38. Qxf4+ (38. Be6 g5 $8 39. Bf7# {was fastest.}) 38... Kg7 39. Rd7+ Kg8 40. Qf7+ Kh8 41. Qxh7# {Black checkmated. Time left - Moldovan 34:30, Dovydaitis 1:46 Estimated time used - Moldovan 25:55, Dovydaitis 56:34 Longest thinks: White - 3 minutes for 7.Be3 Black - 7 minutes for 21...Nd5?} 1-0 [Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.08.17"] [Round "12.2"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Lowey, Mike"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D13"] [WhiteElo "1814"] [BlackElo "1596"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2017.06.01"] [EventRounds "14"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1255"] [SourceDate "2017.08.19"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.08.19"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 1.2 G/55+5 (delay) D13 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense Exchange Variation} 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 (4... exd5 $142 {freeing the Bc8.}) 5. Nc3 Bd7 (5... Nc6 $142 6. Bf4 Bd6) 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. e3 Nf6 8. h3 {To preserve my d.s. B against ...Nh5.} Qa5 $146 {/\ ...Ne4} (8... a6 $142 9. Be2 Rc8 10. Rc1 Bb4 $14 {Storslett - Erikstad : Tromsoe 2001}) 9. a3 $2 (9. Bd3 Nb4 $140 ({or} 9... Ne4 10. Bxe4 dxe4 11. Ng5 Qa6 (11... f5 $143 12. O-O) 12. a3 $16) 10. Be2 $16 {was right.}) 9... Ne4 10. Rc1 $2 {[#]} (10. Qb3 {would have maintained the balance.}) 10... a6 $2 ({Black could have won a P & forced an ending with} 10... Bxa3 $1 11. bxa3 (11. Qb3 $143 Bd6 12. Bxd6 Nxd6 13. Be2 $17) (11. Ra1 $4 Bxb2 $1 12. Rxa5 Bxc3+ $19) 11... Nxc3 12. Qd2 Ne4 13. Qxa5 Nxa5 $15) 11. Qc2 $2 (11. Nd2 $142 $14 {breaking the pin & threatening to trade on e4.}) 11... Nd6 $2 {A strange move.} (11... Rc8 $142 12. Nd2 $8 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Qxc3 14. Rxc3 f6 $11) {Now White gets a clear advantage.} 12. Bd3 h6 (12... b5 $142) 13. O-O Be7 14. Rfe1 $6 (14. b4 $142 $1 Qxa3 $140 $4 15. Bxd6 Bxd6 16. Ra1 Qxb4 17. Rfb1 $18) 14... f5 (14... O-O $142) 15. Nd2 (15. b4 $1 Qxa3 $140 $4 16. Ra1 Nxb4 17. Qd2 Qb3 18. Reb1 Nc4 19. Bxc4 Qxc4 20. Ne5 Qc8 21. Ng6 $18 {was a good alternative.}) 15... g5 (15... Qd8 $142) 16. Bh2 b5 $2 (16... O-O $142 $16 ) 17. Nb3 $18 Qb6 $2 (17... Qd8 $142 18. Nc5 Bc8) 18. Nc5 Nc4 $2 (18... Bc8 $142) 19. Nxd7 Kxd7 {[#]} 20. Bxf5 $3 Rhf8 $2 (20... Qb7 $142 21. Nxd5 Rac8) ( 20... exf5 $143 $2 21. Nxd5 Qb7 22. Qxf5+ $40) 21. Nxd5 $1 Qd8 (21... Qb7 $142) 22. Nxe7 Nxe7 23. Be4 (23. Bg4 $142) 23... Ra7 (23... Rc8 $142) 24. Red1 Qc8 $2 (24... Ke8 $142) 25. d5 (25. Qe2 $142) 25... e5 $2 (25... exd5 $142 26. Bxd5 Ke8) 26. d6 Nc6 27. b3 N4a5 $2 (27... Kd8 $142 28. bxc4 Na5) 28. g4 $6 { Black resigns. Time left - Moldovan 32:18, Lowey 17:37 Estimated time used - Moldovan 25:02, Lowey 39:43 Longest thinks: White - 4 minutes for 9.a3? Black - 7 minutes for 14...f5?} (28. Bf5+ $142 Rxf5 29. Qxf5+ Kd8 30. Qf8+ Kd7 31. Qf7+ Kd8 32. d7 Rxd7 33. Bxe5) 1-0

#1254 KST - Round 12 Photos

Captions to follow.








Friday, August 18, 2017

#1253 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 12 Results

12th round results, by board number:

1. Moldovan 1-0 Dovydaitis
    Moldovan 1-0 Lowey
2. Mazzillo 0-1 Tomkovich
3. McCorkell 1/2-1/2 Gottlieb
4. Scarola 1-0 Benitez
    Kernighan 1-0 Benitez
5. Scarola 0-1 McAuliffe
6. Ruales 0-1 Selling

Standings after round 12 of 14:

1. Moldovan 14.0
2. Kernighan 11.5
3. McAuliffe  9.0
= 4-5. Tomkovich, Mazzillo 7.0
6. Camejo 6.5
= 7-8. Au. Hu, Vinson 6.0
9. McCorkell 5.0
= 10-12. Benitez, Al. Hu, Gottlieb 3.0
13. Al. Tang 2.5
14. Scarola 2.0
15. Lowey 1.5
= 16-21. Selling, Pelican, An. Tang, Renna, J. Tang, Levanda 1.0
= 22-23. Constantino, Ruales 0.5
= 24-26. E. Singh, Touhey, Dovydaitis 0.0

Photos & my games to follow.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#1252 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 11 Results

Another very light turnout. Only 8 players showed and just 3 games were played. I was ill and had to sit-out.

Thanks to Geoff McAuliffe and Pat Mazzillo for supplying info & results.

11th round results, by board number: 

1. Scarola 0-1 Kernighan
2. Ruales 0-1 McAuliffe
3. Renna 0-1 Tomkovich

Standings after round 11 of 14:

1. Moldovan 12.0
2. Kernighan 10.5
3. McAuliffe  8.0
4. Mazzillo 7.0
5. Camejo 6.5
= 6-8. Tomkovich, Au. Hu, Vinson 6.0
9. McCorkell 4.5
= 10-11. Benitez, Al. Hu 3.0
= 12-13. Al. Tang, Gottlieb 2.5
14. Lowey 1.5
= 15-20. Pelican, An. Tang, Renna, J. Tang, Levanda, Scarola 1.0
= 21-22. Constantino, Ruales 0.5
= 23-25. E. Singh, Touhey, Dovydaitis 0.0

No round 11 photos or games.

Friday, August 04, 2017

#1251 KST - Round 10 Annotations

My loss to Jun Tang and win over Luis Ruales.
[Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.08.03"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Tang, Jun"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A02"] [WhiteElo "1814"] [BlackElo "1389"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2017.06.01"] [EventRounds "14"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1251"] [SourceDate "2017.08.04"] [SourceVersion "2"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.08.05"] [SourceQuality "1"] {#1 of 2 simultaneous games Board 1 G/55+5 (delay) A04 Bird's Opening} 1. e3 c5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nf6 (3... g6 {preventing the game's b3, is a good alternative.}) 4. b3 e6 5. Bb2 Bd6 $5 ({Random game fragment:} 5... Be7 6. Bb5 Qc7 7. O-O a6 8. Bxc6 Qxc6 9. Ne5 Qc7 $11 {Moldovan - Sokolosky : G/7, Kenilworth 9/11/2008}) 6. Nc3 $146 (6. Bb5 {was played in Pashkin - Gorynin : Nizhnij Novgorod 2014.}) 6... O-O 7. Nb5 {(?!)} (7. Be2 $142 a6 8. O-O) 7... Bb8 {[#]} 8. Be2 $2 (8. g3 $1 a6 9. Nc3 {would've maintained the balance.}) 8... a6 9. Na3 b5 $2 (9... d5 $142 $15) 10. c4 bxc4 ( 10... b4 11. Nc2 a5 {which I expected} 12. d4 cxd4 13. Ncxd4 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 Ba7 {is also fine.}) 11. Nxc4 Bc7 (11... d5 $142 12. Nce5 Ne7) 12. O-O d5 $2 (12... Bb7 $142 $11) 13. Nce5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 $2 (14. fxe5 $142 Nd7 15. Rc1 $14) 14... d4 $2 (14... Bb7 $142 15. Bf3 Nd7 $11) 15. Bf3 Nd5 $8 16. exd4 Qd6 $4 {[#]} ( 16... cxd4 $142 17. Nc6 Qd7 18. Rc1 Nxf4 19. Ba3 Bd6 $8 20. Ne5 Bxe5 $8 21. Bxf8 Rb8 22. Ba3 f6 $14) 17. dxc5 $2 (17. Ba3 $18 Bb6 $140 $2 18. Nc4 { would've won.}) 17... Qxc5+ 18. d4 Qd6 19. Bxd5 $2 (19. g3 $142 $16 { consolidating.}) 19... Qxd5 20. Qf3 Bb7 21. Qxd5 Bxd5 22. Rac1 Bd6 $6 (22... Rfc8 $142 $11) 23. Nd7 Rfd8 24. Nb6 Rab8 25. Nxd5 exd5 26. f5 $14 f6 (26... a5 $142 $14) 27. Rc6 a5 28. Re1 $6 (28. Bc3 $142 $16) 28... Bb4 $2 (28... a4 $142 29. Re3 Bf4 $14) 29. Ree6 Rdc8 30. Kf2 Rxc6 31. Rxc6 Bf8 (31... Re8 $142) 32. Kf3 $2 (32. Bc3 $142 $16) 32... a4 33. Rc3 Rb4 $4 {[#]} (33... Bb4 $142 34. Re3 Bd6 35. h4 Kf7 $14) 34. Ke3 $4 ({Missed win #2:} 34. Ba3 $1 $18 Rxd4 $2 35. Rc8 {threatening mate & winning a piece.}) 34... Rb8 35. Rd3 (35. Kf3 $142) 35... Re8+ (35... g6 $142) 36. Kf3 Rb8 37. Bc1 axb3 $6 (37... Rc8 $142 38. Be3 g6 $14 ) 38. Rxb3 Ra8 $2 (38... Rc8 $142 39. Be3 g6) 39. a3 $2 (39. Rb5 $142 $1 Rxa2 ( 39... Rd8 $143 $2 40. a4 $18) 40. Rxd5 $16) 39... Ra4 40. Ke3 Rc4 $6 (40... g6 $142 41. Bb2 Bd6 42. fxg6 hxg6 43. h4 $14) 41. Rc3 $4 {&, rather than wait for 41...Rxc3+, I immediately resigned. Time left - Moldovan 13:41, Tang 21:48 Estimated time used - Moldovan 44:44, Tang 37:32 Longest thinks: White - 4 minutes for 28.Re1?! & 37.Bc1 Black - 6 minutes for 37...axb3?!} (41. Bd2 $142 $16) 0-1 [Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.08.03"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Ruales, Luis"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A40"] [WhiteElo "661"] [BlackElo "1814"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2017.06.01"] [EventRounds "14"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1251"] [SourceDate "2017.08.04"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.08.04"] [SourceQuality "1"] {#2 of 2 simultaneous games Board 2 G/55+5 (delay) A40 Modern Defense} 1. d4 g6 2. g4 $5 {[#] This Grob-like move is very unusual but seems quite playable.} d6 3. Bf4 $2 $146 {Overlooking the attack on g4.} ({Tactical defense, with} 3. Bg2 $1 Bxg4 $140 $2 (3... Bg7 $11) 4. Bxb7 {Winning an Exchange} Nd7 5. Bxa8 Qxa8 6. f3 {, was the correct follow-up.}) 3... Bxg4 4. h3 Bd7 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. e3 (6. Qd2 $142 {but, even then, White has little, if any, compensation for his loss.} ) 6... Nf6 7. Bg2 Qc8 (7... Nc6 $142 {straight-away}) 8. Nf3 (8. Nge2 $142 { keeping the Bg2's view un-obstructed.}) 8... O-O 9. Nh4 $2 (9. Qd2 $142 $17) 9... Nc6 (9... c5 $142 {but Black is already winning, regardless.}) 10. Qe2 Re8 (10... e5 $142 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Bh2 e4) 11. O-O-O e5 12. dxe5 Nxe5 13. Bg5 Bc6 {[#]} 14. f3 $2 (14. Rdg1 $142) 14... Qe6 $2 ({Much} 14... Nh5 $142) 15. b3 $4 (15. f4 $142 Bxg2 16. Qxg2 Nc4 17. f5) 15... Ned7 (15... h6 $142 16. Bf4 (16. Bxf6 $143 Qxf6 17. Rd4 Nd7) 16... Nh5 17. Bh2 Nd7) 16. Rd3 $2 (16. e4 $142) 16... Nc5 17. Rd4 (17. e4 $142) 17... Nfd7 (17... Nh5 $142) 18. Rhd1 Bxd4 ( 18... h6 $142 19. Bf4 g5) 19. Rxd4 (19. exd4 $142 Qxe2 20. Nxe2 Rxe2 21. Bf1 Ree8 22. dxc5 Nxc5 23. Kb2) 19... a5 (19... Qe5 $142 20. Bf4 $140 Qf6 21. Bg3 ( 21. Qf2 $143 Ne6) 21... Ne6 22. Rd3 g5) 20. a4 (20. e4 $142) 20... Kg7 $2 ( 20... Qe5 $142) 21. Rf4 $2 (21. e4 $142) 21... Qxe3+ {[#]} 22. Kd1 $2 (22. Qxe3 $142 Rxe3 23. Rxf7+ Kxf7 24. Bxe3) {Now I win more material.} 22... Qxe2+ ( 22... Qxc3 $142 {but trading Qs isn't bad & I still pick-up a piece.}) 23. Nxe2 f6 {White's cleric is trapped.} 24. Nf5+ $2 ({>= resigns or} 24. Rg4 fxg5 25. Rxg5) 24... gxf5 25. h4 $2 (25. Bh4 $142 Rxe2 26. Kxe2 Ne6 27. Rc4 (27. Rxf5 $2 Nd4+) 27... Ne5 28. Rc3) 25... fxg5 26. hxg5 {At this point I blundered in & lost the other game.} Ne5 27. Rh4 $2 (27. Rxf5 $142) 27... Bxf3 28. Rh6 $2 { This leaves the Bg2 hanging & endangers the R.} (28. Bxf3 $142 Nxf3 29. Rf4) 28... Bxe2+ 29. Kxe2 Nf7+ 30. Kf3 $2 {This drops the R, instead of an Exchange & P.} (30. Kf2 $142 Nxh6 31. gxh6+ Kxh6) 30... Nxg5+ 31. Kg3 Kxh6 {White resigns. Time left - Ruales , Moldovan Estimated time used - Ruales , Moldovan Longest thinks: White - 6 minutes for 24.Nf5+ Black - 3 minutes for 15...Ned7 & 16...Nc5} 0-1

#1250 KST - Round 10 Photos

Masters Mauricio Camejo & Mark Kernighan faced-off for the 3rd time in the event.

Jun Tang & Luis Ruales, waiting for me to put down the camera & resume play.
(I answered 25.Nxd5 += & 16...Nc5 -+.)

Mike Lowey & Geoff McAuliffe also played their 3rd game.

#1249 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 10 Results

It was a surprisingly slow night. Only 9 players showed & just 4 games were played.

10th round results, by board number: 

1. Moldovan 0-1 J. Tang
2. Ruales 0-1 Moldovan
3. Camejo 0-1 Kernighan
4. Lowey 0-1 McAuliffe


Standings after round 10 of 14:

1. Moldovan 12.0
2. Kernighan 9.5
= 3-4. McAuliffe, Mazzillo 7.0
5. Camejo 6.5
= 6-7. Au. Hu, Vinson 6.0
8. Tomkovich 5.0
9. McCorkell 4.5
= 10-11. Benitez, Al. Hu 3.0
= 12-13. Al. Tang, Gottlieb 2.5
14. Lowey 1.5
= 15-20. Pelican, An. Tang, Renna, J. Tang, Levanda, Scarola 1.0
= 21-22. Constantino, Ruales 0.5
= 23-25. E. Singh, Touhey, Dovydaitis 0.0

Photos and my 2 games to follow.