Sunday, December 03, 2017

#1265 Slav Exchange Miniature

On Thursday night I won the following, 13-move Slav Exchange miniature in Kenilworth:
[Event "Kenilworth Non-Rated Tournament (Extra)"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.11.30"] [Round "2"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "X., Amnesh"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D13"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "25"] [EventDate "2017.11.30"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "3"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1265"] [SourceDate "2007.12.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2007.12.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 2 G/55+5 (delay) D13 Queen's Gambit Slav Defense Exchange Variation (by transposition 5...cxd5)} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 ({A switch from the} 4. Qb3 {that I've used extensively (30x!!) in the past 5 years.}) 4... Bf5 $6 (4... dxc4 $142 5. a4 Bf5 {Slav Accepted}) (4... e6 {Semi-Slav}) (4... a6 { Chebanenko's V.}) (4... g6 {Schlechter's V.}) ({or} 4... Qb6 {Suechting's V.}) 5. cxd5 cxd5 ({For} 5... Nxd5 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. Nxd5 {see my 2009 win over Kruglyak.}) 6. Qb3 b6 $4 {Diagram [#]} (6... Bc8 $142 7. Bf4 Nc6 8. e3 e6 $14 { Komnenic - Piasetski : Rome 1990}) ({or} 6... Qb6 $5 7. Nxd5 Nxd5 8. Qxd5 e6 9. Qb3 Nc6 $14 {C. Torre - Opocensky : Marienbad 1925.}) ({For} 6... Qd7 $2 { see my 2012 win over Senyatkin.}) 7. e4 $3 $18 Nxe4 $2 (7... dxe4 8. Ne5 Be6 9. Bb5+ Nfd7 {Dziadyk - Mazurkov : Kiev 2004} 10. Qc2 $146 a6 (10... f5 $143 $2 11. Bf4) 11. Qxe4 axb5 12. Qxa8 b4 13. Nb5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Bd7 {was a better try. }) ({For} 7... Bg4 $2 {see my 2011 win over Mann.}) ({Also bad are:} 7... Be6 $2 $146 8. exd5 Nxd5 $2 9. Bb5+ Nd7 10. Nxd5) ({&} 7... Bxe4 $2 8. Nxe4 dxe4 $146 (8... Nxe4 $143 $2 9. Bb5+ Nd7 10. Ne5 Nef6 {Stelter - Raikhmann : Duesseldorf 2000} 11. Qf3) 9. Bb5+ Nfd7 10. Ne5 e6 11. d5 {Beil - Sedy : Plzen 2001}) 8. Nxe4 $1 (8. Bb5+ $143 $146 Bd7) 8... Bxe4 $2 (8... dxe4 {loses to} 9. Ne5 Be6 10. Bb5+ Nd7 11. d5 Bf5 {Schoch - Moen : correspondence, ICCF 2012} 12. g4 $1 $146 a6 13. Bc6) ({Best, per the engines, is the piece-foresaking} 8... a6 $146 9. Ng3 Bg4 10. Ne5 Bc8) 9. Bb5+ Nd7 10. Ne5 e6 (10... Bf5 11. Qxd5 Be6 12. Bxd7+ Qxd7 13. Qxa8+ Qd8 14. Qxa7 {is little or no better.}) 11. Bxd7+ Ke7 $146 (11... Qxd7 $142 12. Nxd7 Kxd7 13. f3 Bg6 {(Khudolev - R. Williams : correspondence, ICCF 2014) or resigns.}) {Now I have a forced mate.} 12. Bg5+ $1 f6 (12... Kd6 {holds-out a few moves more:} 13. Rc1 Bc2 $8 14. Qxc2 Qxg5 15. Qc7+ Ke7 16. Bc6+ Kf6 17. Qxf7#) 13. Qa3# {[#] Time left - Moldovan 43:55, Amnesh X. 47:12 Estimated time used - Moldovan 12:10, Amnesh X. 8:48 Longest thinks: White - 8 minutes for 8.Nxe4 Black - 3 minutes for 7...Nxe4?} (13. Qb4# {also wins.}) 1-0

#1264 Over 1800 Again!

I drew expert Roshan Idnani (2066) at the November 19th Westfield Grand Prix and am again > 1800.

Here is the game:
[Event "Westfield Grand Prix"] [Site "Westfield, NJ"] [Date "2017.11.19"] [Round "1"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Idnani, Roshan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E99"] [WhiteElo "1791"] [BlackElo "2066"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2017.11.19"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "4"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1264"] [SourceDate "2007.12.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2007.12.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 9 G/40+5 (delay) E99 King's Indian Defense Benko's Variation (11.g4)} 1. Nf3 Nf6 ({In our previous games, he opted for} 1... c5 {(twice)}) ({&} 1... d5) 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 ({I expected} 3... d5) 4. d4 (4. e4 {(Kupchik - Marshall : Lake Hopactcong 1926), discounting the Gruenfeld & inviting an Accelerated Dragon transposition (4...} c5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 d6 7. Be2 Nc6 {), is good}) ( {but} 4. g3 {(Isaacson - Cambell : Lakeland 1856!!) seems premature, due to} c6 $1 {+ ...d5.}) 4... O-O $1 {The most flexible reply.} 5. e4 (5. Bg5 {(Karlin - Najdorf : m/2, Warsaw 1934) is okay.}) 5... d6 6. Be2 (6. h3 {(Cochrane - Bonnerjee : Calcutta 1855!!) is the main alternative.}) 6... e5 7. O-O (7. d5 { was considered.}) 7... Nc6 8. d5 (8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bc1) ({&} 8. dxe5 { are playable.}) 8... Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 ({For} 9... Ne8 {see my 2009 loss to Hueckel.}) 10. f3 f5 11. g4 $5 {(?! Maric) A new move for me.} ({For} 11. Nd3 { see my 2014 draw vs. C. Sadler.}) 11... f4 {?! Golubaev [#]} (11... Kh8) ({or} 11... Nf6 {is usually seen.}) 12. h4 {! Giplis, Golubaev} Kh8 ({Is} 12... Bf6 13. g5 Bg7 14. Nd3 h6 15. Kf2 Kf7 {any better?}) 13. Nd3 {(?!)} (13. Kg2 $142 { /\ Rh1 Liushnin - Suto : correspondence, ICCF 2005}) ({or} 13. Rf2 {(! Lukacs) /\ Rh2 Sunye - Di Berardino : Sao Paulo (zt) 2005}) 13... Ng8 $1 14. Qe1 $2 ( 14. g5 $142 $1 $146 h6 15. Kf2 hxg5 16. hxg5 Qxg5 17. Rh1+ Bh6 18. Ke1 $44) 14... Bf6 15. g5 Be7 $1 $146 (15... Bxg5 $143 $6 16. hxg5 Qxg5+ 17. Kh1 Qh5+ 18. Kg1 {1/2-1/2 Ehmsen - Koch : Kiel 2012}) 16. Kg2 (16. Kf2 $142 h6 17. Rh1 hxg5 18. hxg5+ Kg7 19. Qg1 Bxg5 20. Ke1 $15) 16... h6 17. Rh1 Kg7 18. gxh6+ Nxh6 19. Bd2 Nf6 20. Qg1 Nh5 21. Be1 {[#]} Kh7 $2 (21... Nf7 $142 $17) 22. Bf2 Ng3 $2 (22... c6 $142 $11) 23. Bxg3 fxg3 24. Kxg3 Bxh4+ $2 (24... Bd7 $142 $14) 25. Rxh4 Qg5+ 26. Rg4 Bxg4 $6 (26... Nxg4 $142 27. fxg4 Rh8 $16) 27. fxg4 Rf7 $2 (27... Kg7 $142 $16) 28. Rf1 $2 (28. Qc1 $142 Qxc1 29. Rxc1 $18) 28... Raf8 $2 (28... Kg7 $142 29. Rxf7+ Nxf7 $14) 29. Rxf7+ Rxf7 $2 (29... Nxf7 $142 $16) 30. Qc1 $18 Qxc1 {Black offers a draw. White accepts. Game drawn by agreement. Another bad opening but I'm over 1800 again! (1802) Time left - Moldovan 16: 20, Idnani 10:50 Estimated time used - Moldovan 26:10, Idnani 31:40 Longest thinks: White - 2 minutes (6x) Black - 9 minutes for 16...h6} (30... Qxc1 31. Nxc1 {[#]} Re7 32. Nb3 $18 {Komodo 11} (32. Nd3 $18 {Houdini 6})) 1/2-1/2

#1263 Under 1800 Again

In the Westfield G/45 Quads on October 1st I played 3 terrible games, went 1-2 and fell under 1800 again.

[Event "Westfield G/45 Quads"] [Site "Westfield, NJ"] [Date "2017.10.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Sloan, Jed"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1769"] [BlackElo "1809"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2017.10.01"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "3"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1263"] [SourceDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Quad 5, Board 9. G/40+5 (delay). C01 French Defense, Exchange Variation.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 {Already I'm in a bad mood. I spent the entire summer playing the Modern Defense to avoid this joy-killer & am now stuck with it.} ({I would have preferred a Winawer (} 3. Nc3 Bb4 {)}) ({& accepted Tarrasch's} 3. Nd2) 3... exd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 ({I was going to answer} 5. Nf3 {with} Nb4 $5 ({For } 5... Bg4 {see my 2008 win over JasonP.})) 5... Bd6 6. h3 {Another annoying move. Now I can't play ...Bg4 & have to settle for the more passive ...Bf5 or . ..Be6.} Nge7 7. Ne2 ({I expected} 7. Nf3) 7... Bf5 $5 {This should've been delayed.} (7... O-O 8. O-O Bf5 $5 {Hannewald - Kirschbaum : Kranenburg 2005} ({ or simply} 8... Ng6 $146 {=}) 9. Bxf5 $140 Nxf5 10. Qb3 $146 a6 $1 $11 11. Qxb7 $4 (11. Qxd5 $4 Bh2+ $19 {is too obvious.}) 11... Na5 $19 {was a good alternative.}) 8. Bxf5 Nxf5 9. Qb3 {[#] Now I lose a P instead of sacking 1.} Nce7 $1 $146 ({Previously seen here were:} 9... Qd7 10. Qxd5 O-O-O 11. Qf3 f6 ( 11... Rhe8 $142 $44) 12. O-O $14 {Strashok - Evchin : Lvov 2001}) (9... O-O 10. Qxd5 (10. Qxb7 $143 $2 Qe8 $17) 10... Qd7 $44 {Taraswinee - Sithalatchumi : Chennai 2011}) 10. Qxb7 Rb8 $2 {This just throws a 2nd P away.} (10... O-O $142 $44) 11. Qxa7 Ra8 12. Qb7 O-O ({Black realizes that on} 12... Rb8 {White has} 13. Qa6 $16 {avoiding a draw. So he makes lemonade.}) 13. O-O (13. Qb5 $142) 13... Qd7 14. Qb3 Rfe8 15. Nf4 (15. Qd1 $142) 15... c6 $2 (15... Nh4 $142 $44) 16. Qc2 Qc7 17. Nd3 Ng6 18. b3 $2 (18. Qd1 $142 $16) 18... Nfh4 19. f4 (19. Qd1 $142) 19... Nf5 $2 (19... Re4 $142 $44) 20. Ne5 Ng3 21. Rf3 Ne4 $2 {[#]} (21... Nh5 $142 $44) 22. c4 $2 (22. Nd2 $142 $16) 22... Nh4 23. Rf1 Ng3 $2 (23... Nf5 $142 $17) 24. Rd1 $4 (24. Rf2 $142 $15) 24... f6 25. Nd3 $2 (25. Bb2 $142 $5) 25... Ne2+ $2 (25... Re2 $142 26. Rd2 Rae8) 26. Kh1 $2 (26. Kf1 $142 Ng3+ 27. Kf2 Re2+ 28. Qxe2 Nxe2 29. Kxe2) 26... Nxf4 $4 (26... Ng3+ $142 27. Kh2 Re2 $19 28. Rd2 $140 (28. Bd2 $143 Rxg2#) (28. Nd2 Rxg2#) 28... Nf1+) 27. Bxf4 Bxf4 28. cxd5 cxd5 $2 (28... Be3 $142 $44) 29. Qxc7 Bxc7 30. Nc3 {[#]} Bb6 $2 (30... Nf5 $142 $16) 31. Nc5 Rec8 $2 (31... Ba7 $142) 32. N5a4 $4 (32. b4 $142 $18) 32... Ba7 (32... Ba5 $142 33. Nxd5 Rc2) 33. Nxd5 Rd8 $4 (33... Rc2 $142 34. Ne3 (34. Nf4 $2 Bb8 $11) 34... Re2 35. Re1 Rxe1+ 36. Rxe1 Bxd4 $16) 34. Ne7+ $18 Kf7 35. Nc6 Rd5 36. Nxa7 (36. Nc3 $142 Rg5 37. Rd2) 36... Rxa7 37. Nc3 Rd8 (37... Rg5 $142 38. Rd2 Rc7) 38. d5 Rad7 (38... Nf5 $142) 39. b4 Nf5 40. Rd3 Ne7 (40... Nd6 $142) 41. Rad1 (41. a4 $142) 41... Nc8 (41... Nc6 $142 42. b5 Ne5) 42. a4 Nd6 43. Rd4 (43. a5 $142) 43... Rc7 (43... Nf5 $142) 44. Ne4 Ra7 (44... Nf5 $142 45. d6 $1 Ra7 46. Nc5 Nxd4 47. Rxd4 Raa8) 45. Nxd6+ Rxd6 46. a5 Rb7 47. Rc1 Ke7 48. Rc6 $6 (48. Rc5 $142) 48... Kd7 49. a6 $6 (49. Rc2 $142) 49... Rc7 $2 (49... Rb6 $142) 50. Rxd6+ Kxd6 51. b5 Kc5 52. Ra4 (52. Rc4+ $142 $1 Kxc4 53. b6) 52... Kb6 $2 (52... Ra7 $142 53. d6 Kb6) 53. a7 Rxa7 54. Rxa7 Kxa7 55. d6 1-0 [Event "Westfield G/45 Quads"] [Site "Westfield, NJ"] [Date "2017.10.01"] [Round "2"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Mundayat, Abinav"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B36"] [WhiteElo "1809"] [BlackElo "1798"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2017.10.01"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "3"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1263"] [SourceDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Quad 5, Board 9. G/40+5 (delay). B36 Sicilan Defense, Accelerated Dragon Maroczy Bind (by transposition - 6.e4).} 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 ({I've practically worn out} 4. e3) ({but} 4. g3 {is a good alternative.}) 4... cxd4 5. Nxd4 g6 6. e4 Bg7 {[#]} 7. Be2 $2 {Falling into a trap.} (7. Be3 Ng4 $140 { Breyer's Variation.} (7... d6 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O {is the main line.}) 8. Qxg4 Nxd4 9. Qd1 {is best.}) ({If White wants to avoid the N trade he should go} 7. Nc2) 7... Nxe4 $1 8. Nxc6 Nxc3 9. Nxd8 Nxd1 10. Nxf7 Nxf2 (10... Kxf7 $142 11. Kxd1 d6 $17 {Ionescu - Moraru : Baile Tusnad 2005}) 11. Nxh8 $2 (11. Rf1 Kxf7 12. Rxf2+ Ke8 13. Bf3 $15 {(Roehrkasten - Krensing : Verden 2006) is the best try.}) (11. Nd6+ $6 exd6 12. Kxf2 {saddles Black with doubled Ps but} O-O+ 13. Bf3 {Nogly - Brockmann : Hamburg 1995} d5 $1 $146 {keeps him well-ahead.}) 11... Nxh1 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. Be3 Bxb2 14. Rb1 {[#]} Bc3+ $146 (14... Be5 15. Kd2 {was played in Kirste - Skibbe : Germany 2002.}) 15. Kf1 (15. Kd1 $142) 15... Be5 16. Kg1 Ng3 (16... d6 $142) 17. hxg3 Bxg3 (17... b6 $142 $17) 18. Bf3 (18. Bd3 $142) 18... a6 $2 (18... Rb8 $142 19. Bxa7 Ra8 20. Bf2 (20. Bxb7 $143 $5 Rxa7 21. Bxc8 Rxa2 22. Rd1 Ra7) 20... Bxf2+ 21. Kxf2 Rxa2+ 22. Ke3 Ra7 $17) 19. Bxb7 $2 (19. Be4 $142 $44) 19... Bxb7 20. Rxb7 Rc8 21. c5 Rc6 {[#]} 22. Rb6 $4 {This leads to a lost ending.} (22. Rb4 $142 a5 23. Re4 $17) 22... Rxb6 23. cxb6 Kd8 24. Kf1 Kc8 $4 (24... d5 $142 $19) 25. Ke2 $4 (25. a4 $142 $17) 25... Kb7 $19 26. Kd3 Be1 27. Ke4 Ba5 28. Bg5 e6 $6 (28... Bb4 $142) 29. Ke5 Bxb6 30. Kf6 $2 (30. g4 $142 Kc6 31. Kf6 Bd8+ $140 $4 32. Kxg6 Bxg5 33. Kxg5 d5 34. Kf6 d4 35. g5 d3 36. g6 d2 37. g7 d1=Q 38. g8=Q $17) 30... Bd8+ 31. Kxg6 Bxg5 32. Kxg5 d5 33. Kf4 Kc7 34. Ke5 Kd7 35. Kd4 Kd6 36. g4 e5+ 37. Ke3 Ke6 0-1 [Event "Westfield G/45 Quads"] [Site "Westfield, NJ"] [Date "2017.10.01"] [Round "3"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Ajith, Aayush"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D91"] [WhiteElo "1809"] [BlackElo "1790"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2017.10.01"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "3"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1263"] [SourceDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.12.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Quad 5, Board 9. G/40+5 (delay). D91 Gruenfeld Defense, Seirawan's Variation.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 {Is he going to play a K's Indian, a Gruenfeld or Benoni?} 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 ({An immediate} 4. Bg5 {was an option.}) 4... Bg7 5. Bg5 c6 { This is somewhat inferior.} (5... Ne4 $142) ({or} 5... dxc4) 6. Bxf6 {For some reason, I always seem to select 2nd-rate continuations against the ...c6 lines. See, for example, my 2006 loss to Tomkovich & recent games vs. Albert Tang & Benitez (2017 KST).} (6. cxd5 $142 cxd5 (6... Nxd5 7. e4 Nxc3 8. bxc3 $14 { Kaposztas - Kanya : Salgotarjan 1978}) 7. Qb3 Nc6 8. e3 e6 ({IMO} 8... O-O $143 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Qxd5 {Levin - Knorr : Ventnor City 1939}) 9. Bd3 $14 {Mohaupt - Schwertfeger : correspondence, E. Germany 1964}) ({ECO, however, recommends} 6. e3) 6... Bxf6 7. cxd5 (7. e3 $142 O-O {Sanguinetti - R. Flores : Santiago 1959} 8. Rc1) 7... cxd5 8. Qb3 (8. e3 $142 O-O 9. Be2 Nc6 10. O-O {Lasut - Bobula : Krynica 1998}) 8... e6 (8... Nc6 9. Qxd5 Qb6 10. Qb5 Bxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4 {(Dizdar - Vogel : Berlin 1995) is playable.}) 9. e3 O-O 10. Bd3 Nc6 { [#] I thought this position was in my favor but the engines say it's on the south side of =.} 11. h4 $6 (11. O-O $142 $11 {B. Maksimovic - Sekularac : Yugoslav Ch., Kladno 1992}) 11... b6 $6 $146 (11... h5 $142 {Limberg - Pfeiffer : Germany 2011}) 12. O-O-O $6 (12. h5 $142 $36) 12... a6 (12... h5 $142 13. Kb1 a6) 13. Rdg1 $6 {[#]} (13. h5 $142 g5 14. h6 $1 $11 {/\ Qc2}) 13... b5 (13... h5 $143 14. g4 $1 hxg4 $8 15. Rxg4 e5 $8 16. Rgg1 exd4 (16... e4 $4 17. Qxd5 Qxd5 $8 (17... Ne7 $143 18. Qxa8 ({or simply} 18. Qxd8 Rxd8 19. Bxe4 Rb8 20. h5) 18... exd3 19. Qb8) (17... Bb7 $2 18. Rxg6+ $1 Bg7 $8 19. Rxg7+ $1 Kxg7 $8 20. Rg1+ Kf6 21. Qxe4) 18. Nxd5 exd3 (18... exf3 $143 19. Nxf6+ Kg7 20. Nd5) 19. Nxf6+ Kg7 (19... Kh8 $143 $2 20. h5) 20. Nh5+ $18) 17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. exd4 Bxd4 19. Kb1 Be6 (19... Bxf2 $2 20. Rg2 Bd4 21. Nxd5 $16) 20. Qd1 ({or} 20. Ne2 Bxf2 $8 (20... Bg7 $2 21. h5 $16) 21. Rg2 Be3 $8 22. Bxg6 $1 d4 23. Bf5+ Kh8 $8 24. Bxe6 fxe6 $8 25. Qxe6 $11) 20... Bg7 (20... Bxf2 $2 21. Rg2 $16 Bxh4 $4 22. Qh5 $1 $18) 21. h5 $44 {->} d4 22. Ne2 Qd5 23. Nc1) ( 13... e5 $142 $1 14. Qxd5 Nb4 $1 15. Qxd8 $8 (15. Qxa8 $2 Nxd3+ $17) 15... Nxd3+ 16. Kd2 Rxd8 17. Kxd3 exd4 18. Nxd4 Bf5+ 19. Ne4 Rd6 $1 20. g4 Bxe4+ 21. Kxe4 Re8+ 22. Kd3 (22. Kf3 Bxd4 23. exd4 Rxd4 24. Rd1 Rb4 25. b3 Ree4 26. g5 Rxh4 27. Rxh4 Rxh4 $15) 22... Bxd4 23. exd4 Red8 24. Rd1 Rxd4+ 25. Ke2 Re8+ 26. Kf3 Rb4 27. b3 Ree4 28. Rd8+ Kg7 29. h5 Rf4+ 30. Ke3 Rbe4+ 31. Kd3 Re6 $15) 14. g4 $2 (14. h5 $142 $11) 14... Bd7 (14... b4 $142 15. Ne2 a5 $17) 15. g5 Be7 ( 15... Bg7 $142 16. h5 Qa5 $15) 16. h5 b4 17. Ne2 Na5 18. Qd1 Rb8 19. hxg6 fxg6 $8 (19... hxg6 $143 $4 20. Ne5 $18) 20. Nf4 Rxf4 $4 (20... b3 $142 21. a3 Bd6 $11) 21. exf4 b3 22. a3 Nc4 $2 {[#]} (22... Qc7+ $142 23. Kb1 Nc4) 23. Qe2 $4 ( 23. Rxh7 $3 $18 Kxh7 $140 (23... Bf8 24. Rgh1 Bg7 25. Bxc4 {is little or no better.}) 24. Rh1+ Kg7 25. Rh7+ $3 Kxh7 (25... Kf8 $142 26. Qh1 Bxg5 27. Nxg5 $18) 26. Qh1+ Kg8 27. Bxg6 {& # in 2 would've wowed the crowd.}) 23... Qa5 ( 23... Bxa3 $142 $1) 24. Kb1 $4 (24. Bxc4 $142 dxc4 $44 25. Qe5) 24... Bxa3 $3 25. bxa3 Qxa3 $4 (25... Nxa3+ $142 26. Kb2 Nb5 $19) 26. Bxc4 $4 (26. Ne5 $142 $17) 26... dxc4 27. Qb2 Qb4 $4 (27... Qa5 $142 28. Rc1 Qf5+ $19) 28. Rc1 e5 $2 (28... Bc6 $142 $44) 29. Rc3 $2 (29. Qc3 $142 $18) 29... Bf5+ 30. Kc1 a5 31. Nxe5 Rc8 $4 (31... a4 $142 32. Rxc4 a3 33. Rxb4 axb2+ 34. Kxb2 Rxb4 $16) 32. Kd2 $4 (32. Qa1 $142 $18) 32... a4 33. Ra1 Ra8 $2 (33... Be6 $142 $16) 34. Qa3 $4 (34. Nc6 $142 Qd6 (34... Qb5 $143 $2 35. Ne7+ Kf7 36. Nxf5 Qxf5 37. Rxc4 Qxf4+ 38. Kc3) 35. Rxc4 Qxf4+ 36. Kc3 $18) 34... Qxa3 35. Rxa3 b2 36. Rc1 bxc1=Q+ (36... c3+ $142 37. Raxc3 a3 $15) 37. Kxc1 Rd8 $2 (37... c3 $142 38. f3 Kf8 39. Ng4 Rd8 40. Rxc3 Rxd4 $11) 38. Rxa4 Rxd4 {Black offers a draw.} 39. Rxc4 {White declines.} Rxc4+ 40. Nxc4 Kg7 $14 {[#] but Black, who was in severe time pressure, made several mistakes & eventually lost.} 1-0