Friday, June 15, 2018

#1324 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 7 Results

There was no change in the top 6 places.

Luis Ruales (590) late-joined, bringing the number of participants to 18.

Hannah Malko (1164) won twice, defeating Ruales & upsetting Geoff McAuliffe (1625)!

I arrived late and didn't play.


Results, by board number:

1. Abujawdeh 1-0 Benitez
2. Mazzillo 0-1 Kernighan
3. Lazarus 0-1 Camejo
4. Dovydaitis 1/2-1/2 Pluviose
5. Malko 1-0 Ruales  (played with the wrong colors)
    Malko 1-0 McAuliffe


Standings after round 7 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 9.0
= 2-3. Kernighan, Camejo 7.0
4. Lazarus 4.5
= 5-6. Benitez, John Moldovan 4.0
= 7-8. Hunt, Malko 3.0
= 9-10. McAuliffe, Tomkovich 2.5
10. Pluviose 2.0
= 11-13. Gottlieb, Mazzillo 1.0
14. Dovydaitis 0.5
= 15-18. J. Renna, Vinson, Advani, Ruales 0.0


The current prize amounts and leaders for them are:

1st place $34 (Abujawdeh)
2nd place $17 (Kernighan and Camejo $12.75 ea.),
3rd place $8.50
U1600 $8.50 (Pluviose)
Under age 18 $8.50 (---)
Under age 13 $8.50 (Malko).

If we do not get another U18 player we shall instead award a 65+ prize.

Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

NOTE: BEGINNING NEXT THURSDAY ROUNDS WILL BEGIN AT 7:15 P.M.!

For full event details see post #1308.

Kernighan's win over Mazzillo & my 3 games from rounds 4 & 5 will be forthcoming.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

#1323 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 6

Abujawdeh still leads. Camejo won twice & is now tied for 2nd, with Kernighan.

Joe Renna (1411)  joined, bringing the number of participants to 17.

I arrived early (7:35!) but could not get a tournament game & fell into 5th place.


6th round results, by board number:

1. Dovydaitis 0-1 Abujawdeh
2. Benitez 0-1 Kernighan
3. J. Renna 0-1 Camejo
    Abujawdeh 0-1 Camejo
4. Malko 0-1 Lazarus
    McAuliffe 1/2-1/2 Lazarus
5. Vinson 0-1 Hunt
6. Mazzillo 1/2-1/2 Pluviose


Standings after round 6 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 8.0
= 2-3. Kernighan, Camejo 6.0
4. Lazarus 4.5
= 5-6. Benitez, Moldovan 4.0
7. Hunt 3.0
= 8-9. McAuliffe, Tomkovich 2.5
10. Pluviose 1.5
= 11-13. Gottlieb, Mazzillo, Malko 1.0
= 14-17. J. Renna, Vinson, Advani, Dovydaitis 0.0


The current prize amounts & leaders for them are: 1st place $34 (Abujawdeh), 2nd place $17 for 2nd, 3rd place $8.50 (Kernighan & Camejo $12.75 ea.), U1600 $8.50 (Pluviose), Under age 18 $8.50 (---), Under age 13 $8.50 (Malko).

If we do not get another U18 player we shall instead award a 65+ prize.


Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

P.S. -  My 3 games from rounds 4 & 5 will be posted as time permits. Been rather busy of late.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

#1322 IM Zlotnikov To Lecture At West Orange CC, On 6/12


International Master Mikhail Zlotnikov will be giving a lecture at the West Orange Chess Club on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

A $10 per attendee donation is requested. If you are a West Orange resident, are under age 18 or age 65+, the requested donation is $5.

For more information please contact club president and tournament director John Hagerty at buickchess@gmail.com or alternatively call him at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Friday, June 01, 2018

#1321 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 5 Results

Abujawdeh extended his lead with a pair of victories. Kernighan defeated Camejo to take clear possession of 2nd. I played yet another lousy game yet won & moved-up a notch.

Hannah Malko (1117)  joined, bringing the number of participants to 16.


5th round results, by board number:

1. Pluviose 0-1 Abujawdeh
    Abujawdeh 1-0 Pluviose
2. Camejo 0-1 Kernighan
3. Advani 0-1 Benitez
4. Dovydaitis 0-1 Moldovan
5. Malko 0-1 Tomkovich
6. McAuliffe 1-0 Vinson
    Malko 1-0 Vinson


Standings after round 5 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 7.0
2. Kernighan 5.0
= 3-5. Camejo, Benitez, Moldovan 4.0
6. Lazarus 3.0
7. Tomkovich 2.5
= 8-9. Hunt, McAuliffe 2.0
= 10-12. Gottlieb, Pluviose, Malko 1.0
13. Mazzillo 0.5
= 14-16. Vinson, Advani, Dovydaitis 0.0

My 4th & 5th round games will follow.

Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

Friday, May 25, 2018

#1319 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 4 Results

Abujawdeh lost his re-match against Kernighan but retained the lead. NM Mauricio Camejo won twice to move into a tie for 2nd. I picked-up a pair of simultaneous victories in the Caro-Kann, & am now tied for 4th, but was clearly worse in both games.


Arun Advani (1001 p/6)  joined, bringing the number of participants to 15.


4th round results, by board number:

1. Kernighan 1-0 Abujawdeh
2. Pluviose 0-1 Camejo
    Camejo 1-0 Lazarus  (Played with the wrong colors)
3. Mazzillo 0-1 Moldovan
4. Advani 0-1 Moldovan
5. Dovydaitis 0-1 Tomkovich
6. Vinson 0-1 Gottlieb
    Vinson 0-1 McAuliffe


Standings after round 4 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 5.0
= 2-3. Kernighan, Camejo 4.0
= 4-6. Benitez, Lazarus, Moldovan 3.0
7. Hunt 2.0
8. Tomkovch 1.5
= 9-11. McAuliffe, Gottlieb, Pluviose 1.0
12. Mazzillo 0.5
= 13-15. Vinson, Advani, Dovydaitis 0.0

My wins will follow.

Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

#1318 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 3

Sam Abujawdeh extended his lead to 2 points by defeating LM Mark Kernighan. Dave Lazarus beat Bob Hunt and is now tied for 2nd. I arrived late and didn't play.


3rd round results, by board number:

1. Abujawdeh 1-0 Kernighan
2. Hunt 0-1 Lazarus
3. Vinson 0-1 Camejo
    Camejo 1-0 Vinson
4. Mazzillo 1/2-1/2 Tomkovich
5. Dovydaitis 0-1 Pluviose


Standings after round 3 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 5.0
= 2-4. Kernighan, Benitez, Lazarus 3.0
= 5-6. Camejo, Hunt 2.0
= 7-8. Moldovan, Pluviose 1.0
= 9-10. Tomkovich, Mazzillo 0.5
= 11-14. McAuliffe, Gottlieb, Vinson, Dovydaitis 0.0


Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#1317 KST - Round 2 Annotations

My loss to Abujawdeh & Vinson 0-1 Lazarus:
[Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.05.10"] [Round "1"] [White "Abujawdeh, Sam"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C02"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo "1816"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2018.05.03"] [EventRounds "13"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1317"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.16"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 3.2 G/55+5 (delay) C02 French Defense Advance Variation Despite arriving at 8:10 I could not catch a game until 9:30.} 1. e4 e6 $6 {This, of course, is okay} ({but there was little or no reason to vary from the highly successful (+12-0=2!)} 1... g6 {of my 14 previous KST Blacks.}) 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nh6 {[#]} (7... Nge7 8. Na3 Nf5 9. Nc2 Bd7 {is a less demanding alternative.}) 8. Bxh6 $5 {"Better than its reputation." - J. Watson 2012; ?! ECO 1997; ? J. Watson 1984, Minev 1988, Psakhis 2003, S. Pedersen 2005} (8. Nc3 Nf5 9. Na4 {is the main line.}) { Now Black wins a P.} 8... Qxb2 9. Nbd2 {The most complex continuation & the best one, to boot.} (9. Nc3 Qxc3+ 10. Bd2 Qa3 11. O-O $44 {keeps Black's P structure intact}) ({&} 9. Bxg7 $2 Bxg7 10. Nbd2 Nxd4 {is =/+.}) 9... gxh6 { "White has hardly anything for the P." - Gligoric/Uhlmann 1975} 10. O-O { "Unclear." - Sveshnikov 2007} ({RR} 10. Nb3 Bb4+ 11. Kf1 Be7 $146 12. a3 a5 13. a4 Nb4 14. Ne1 Bd7 15. h4 b6 16. Rh3 Rc8 17. Rb1 Qa2 18. Ra1 Qb2 {Durarbayli - Harikrishna : Baku (ol) 2016} 19. Nxa5 $1 bxa5 $140 20. Rb3 Bxa4 $8 21. Rxa4 Qc1 $8 22. Rxa5 Qxd1 23. Bxd1 $11) 10... Bg7 (10... Nxd4 $142 {-/+ ECO} 11. Rb1 Nxe2+ 12. Qxe2 Qa3 {Virag - Nagy : Miskolc 2004} (12... Qxa2 13. Qb5+ {T. Szabo -J. Horvath : correspondence, Poland 1991} Bd7 $8 14. Qxb7 $44 Rc8 $8)) 11. Nb3 $44 {[#]} O-O $2 (11... Qa3 $142) 12. Bd3 $2 (12. a3 $142 $14) 12... Nb4 $2 $146 (12... f6 $6 13. exf6 Rxf6 {Meinhardt - Juergens : Bad Bevensen 2005} 14. Bb5 $14) (12... Qa3 $142 $146 13. Qc2 Bd7 14. Bxh7+ $140 Kh8 15. Bd3 Nb4 16. Qd2 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 b6 $11) 13. Re1 $2 (13. a3 $142 Na2 $8 14. Bc2 Nc3 15. Qd3 Ne4 16. Rfc1 $16) 13... Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Bd7 $2 (14... Qa3 $142 $17) 15. Re2 $2 (15. a4 Rac8 16. Nc5 Rxc5 $8 17. dxc5 $16) 15... Qa3 16. Re3 Rac8 (16... b6 $142 $17) 17. h3 $5 (17. Qb1 $142 $15) 17... a6 $2 (17... b6 $142 $17) 18. Nh2 (18. Qb1 $142 $44) 18... Bb5 19. Qd2 Qe7 20. Rg3 Kh8 {[#]} 21. Ng4 $2 (21. a4 $142 Bc4 22. Nc5 $15) 21... Qh4 $2 (21... h5 $142 $17 22. Nh6 $140 $4 f6 $19 ) 22. Qe3 (22. Nc5 $142 $44) 22... Qg5 $6 (22... b6 $17) 23. f4 Qf5 24. Nd2 $2 (24. a4 $142 $15) 24... Rc2 $2 (24... h5 $17) 25. Nf3 $4 (25. Qf2 $142 $15) 25... Rfc8 $6 (25... Re2 $142 26. Qc1 h5) 26. a4 R8c3 $6 (26... Bd7 $142) 27. Qe1 {[#]} Re2 $4 {This drops a R & the game.} (27... Qxf4 $142 $1 $19 28. axb5 $140 $2 Rc1) 28. Qxc3 {Black resigns Time left - Abujawdeh 39:14, Moldovan 24: 01 Estimated time used - Abujawdeh 31:18, Moldovan 25:57 Longest thinks: White - 2 minutes (4x) Black - 9 minutes for 25...Rfc8?! Thanks to my ridiculous blunder I trail the leader by 3 points instead of 1 & am probably out of the running for 1st already. Will I be able to finish in the top 2 for an 8th straight year or top 4 for a 14th straight year??} 1-0 [Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.05.10"] [Round "1"] [White "Vinson, Robert"] [Black "Lazarus, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1200"] [BlackElo "1872"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2018.05.03"] [EventRounds "13"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1317"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.16"] [SourceQuality "1"] 1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. Be3 {Better is 0-0, here or next.} (6. O-O $142) 6... Bf5 7. Bxf5 Nxf5 8. Bd2 $6 $146 (8. Qd3 $142 Qd7 9. Nc3 c6 10. O-O-O) 8... Qf6 $6 (8... Qe7+ $142 9. Qe2 Nc6 $15) 9. c3 Nd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Re1 Rfe8 12. Qc1 Qg6 $2 (12... h6 $142 13. a4 Re4 $17) 13. Bf4 Qg4 (13... Rxe1+ $142 14. Nxe1 $8 Re8) 14. Bxd6 Nxd6 15. Na3 c6 16. Qg5 (16. h3 $142 $11) 16... Qxg5 17. Nxg5 h6 (17... Nb6 $142 $15) 18. Nf3 Ne4 (18... Nb6 $142) 19. Nc2 a5 $1 20. Ne3 a4 21. Nf5 $2 (21. c4 $142 $11) 21... a3 22. b3 $2 (22. bxa3 $142 $15) 22... g6 $2 (22... Nxc3 $142 23. Nd6 Rxe1+ 24. Nxe1 Ne2+ 25. Kf1 Nxd4) 23. Nxh6+ Kg7 24. Ng4 Nxc3 25. Nge5 $4 (25. Ne3 $142 $17) 25... Nxe5 26. Nxe5 $2 (26. dxe5 $142) 26... f6 27. Nf3 Rxe1+ 28. Rxe1 $2 (28. Nxe1 $142 Re8 29. Kf1) 28... Nxa2 29. Ra1 Nb4 30. Nd2 a2 31. Kf1 Nc2 0-1

#1316 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 2 Results

I had a winning position vs. tournament leader Sam Abujawdeh but blundered away a Rook & the game.

Pat Mazzillo (1257) joined. The tourney now has 14 players.


2nd round results, by board number:

1. Pluviose 0-1 Kernighan
2. Tomkovich 0-1 Benitez
3. Abujawdeh 1-0 McAuliffe
    Abujawdeh 1-0 Moldovan
4. Gottlieb 0-1 Hunt
5. Vinson 0-1 Lazarus
    Lazarus 1-0 Vinson


Standings after round 2 of 13:

1. Abujawdeh 4.0
= 2-3. Kernighan, Benitez 3.0
= 4-5. Lazarus, Hunt 2.0
6. Moldovan 1.0
= 7-14. Camejo, McAuliffe, Tomkovich, Pluviose, Gottlieb, Mazzillo, Vinson, Dovydaitis 0.0


My loss will follow.

Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

#1315 KST - Round 1 Annotations

My win over Wedley Pluviose & Vinson 0-1 Benitez:
[Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.05.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Pluviose, Wedley"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A40"] [WhiteElo "1528"] [BlackElo "1816"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2018.05.03"] [EventRounds "13"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1315"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.05"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 3 G/55+5 (delay) A40 Modern Defense Colle System} 1. d4 g6 2. Nf3 Bg7 3. c3 d6 (3... Nf6 4. Nbd2 $140 d5 {ECO code: D03} ({or} 4... d6 5. e4 {B07 Pirc}) 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2 c5 $1 {(Frank - Claus : Moerlenbach 2004) is a good alternative.}) 4. e3 {The triangle setup isn't very effective vs. the Modern & K's Indian.} ({He should've played} 4. e4 {or, going back a step, 3.e3 /\ c2-c4.}) 4... Nd7 5. Bb5 $6 {This gives me a tempo or 2.} (5. Be2 $142 e5 6. O-O {House - Helbig : Weymouth, ENG 2006} e4 $140 $146 7. Nfd2 Qe7 8. c4 { + Nc3.}) 5... c6 {[#]} 6. Bc4 $146 (6. Be2 $142 Ngf6 7. O-O O-O {Bester - Andraschko : correspondence, LSS 2012} 8. c4 {+ Nc3.}) 6... e5 7. O-O (7. e4 $142 $11) (7. dxe5 $143 d5 $1 8. Bb3 Qe7 9. Nbd2 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxe5) 7... Qe7 $6 {This turns-out well} ({but} 7... e4 8. Nfd2 d5 $15 {was best.}) 8. Nbd2 $2 (8. e4 $11 {was right.}) {Now my central expansion will be even more advantageous.} 8... e4 9. Ne1 d5 10. Bb3 $2 (10. Be2 $142 $15) 10... Ndf6 $1 11. c4 Nh6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 {[#]} (12... cxd5 $142) 13. f3 $4 (13. Bxd5 $142 cxd5 14. Qb3 $17) 13... exf3 $4 (13... Nxe3 14. Qe2 Nxf1 $19 {would've won an Exchange but, being over-heated & tired, I just forgot to play it.}) 14. Qxf3 $4 (14. Bxd5 $142 Qxe3+ 15. Kh1 cxd5 16. Ndxf3 $17) 14... Qxe3+ $2 {This forces a Q trade but} (14... Nxe3 $142 15. Rf2 (15. Kh1 $143 $2 Bg4) 15... Bxd4 $19) 15. Qxe3+ Nxe3 16. Rf3 (16. Rf2 $142 O-O ({Not} 16... Bxd4 $2 17. Ndf3 Bb6 18. Re2 $16) 17. Ndf3 $17) 16... Bxd4 $19 17. Kh1 Nef5 18. Ne4 O-O 19. Ng5 Kg7 20. Nd3 f6 21. Ne4 {[#]} Bd7 $2 (21... Re8 $142) 22. Bc2 $2 (22. Nec5 $142 Bxc5 23. Bxh6+ Kxh6 24. Nxc5 Bc8 25. Re1) 22... Rae8 23. Ng3 $2 (23. Ndc5 $142 Bc8 24. Nb3) 23... Nxg3+ 24. Rxg3 (24. hxg3 $142) 24... Nf5 25. Rf3 (25. Rh3 $142) 25... Ne3 $6 (25... c5 $142) 26. Bxe3 Rxe3 27. Rxe3 Bxe3 28. h3 Re8 29. Re1 Bb6 30. Rxe8 Bxe8 31. Nf4 Bf7 32. b3 Be3 33. g3 Bxf4 34. gxf4 Bd5+ 35. Kh2 f5 36. Kg3 Kf6 37. h4 h6 38. a4 $2 Be4 39. Bd1 a5 40. Be2 $2 {>= Kf2, here & at turns 42, 43.} Bd5 41. Bd1 Ke6 42. Bc2 $2 h5 43. Bd1 $2 Kd6 44. Kf2 Kc5 45. b4+ (45. Ke3 Kb4 46. Kd4 Bxb3 {is little or no better.}) 45... axb4 46. Ke2 b3 47. Kd2 Kb4 48. Kc1 Kc3 49. Be2 Be4 {White resigned. Time left - Pluviose 27:47, Moldovan 24:01 Estimated time used - Pluviose 31:18, Moldovan 34:59 Longest thinks: White - 3 minutes for 9.Ne1, Black - 7 minutes for 17...Nef5. I passed-up 2 opportunities to play a 2nd game.} 0-1 [Event "Kenilworth Summer Tournament"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.05.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Vinson, Robert"] [Black "Benitez, Gilberto"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D56"] [WhiteElo "1200"] [BlackElo "1896"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2018.05.03"] [EventRounds "13"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1315"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.05"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Queen's Gambit} 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Be7 (5... dxc4 6. e4 {The Anti-Meran Gambit} b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 { was a much sharper alternative. Novelties have been introduced at move 43 in this line, perhaps beyond!}) 6. e3 Nbd7 {[#]} 7. cxd5 {This was better played on the 4th or 5th turn as Black can now recapture with the N, trade some pieces & free his game.} ({I prefer} 7. Qc2 O-O 8. a3 {which was 1st seen in Marshall - Tarrasch : Ostend 1905.}) 7... Nxd5 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 Nxc3 10. Rxc3 (10. bxc3 $142 {(Harwar - Kindt : Sas van Gent), strengthening the center & opening the b-line, which is more useful than than the c-file.}) 10... e5 ( 10... O-O $142 {Neikirkh - Gereben : Sopat 1951}) 11. dxe5 (11. d5 $142 $146 cxd5 12. Qxd5 O-O 13. Be2) 11... Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Bd3 O-O 14. Qc2 (14. O-O $142 Be6 15. Qc2 {Sommer - Kirst : Bad Duerkheim 1993} Bxa2 $140 $4 16. b3 $18) 14... h6 (14... g6 $142 {Dyner - Dunkelbaum : Ostend 1937}) 15. O-O Be6 { [#]} 16. b3 $2 $146 {This was unnecessary as the a2P is poisoned.} (16. h3 $11 {improves upon the aforementioned & the 4 previous tries.}) 16... Rfd8 17. Rc5 Rd5 $2 (17... Qf6 $142 $1 $15) 18. Rxd5 Qxd5 19. Rd1 Qa5 20. h3 Rd8 21. Bh7+ Kh8 22. Rxd8+ Qxd8 23. Bf5 (23. Qd3 Qa5 ({The engine prefers} 23... Qxd3 24. Bxd3 Kg8 {but keeping Qs on is more likely.}) 24. Be4 Qxa2 $140 $4 25. Qd8# { was an option.}) 23... Bxf5 24. Qxf5 Kg8 25. Qe4 {This is ok} ({but I'd rather move the K off the 1st row} 25. Kh2) ({or attack Black's Q-side Ps} 25. Qc5) 25... a5 {[#]} 26. a4 $2 {This drops the b3P.} (26. Kh2 $142 $11) 26... Qd1+ 27. Kh2 Qxb3 28. Qe8+ $2 (28. Qe7 $142 $16) 28... Kh7 $19 29. Qe4+ g6 30. Qe7 $2 (30. f4 $142) 30... b5 {& Black went on to win.} 0-1

Friday, May 04, 2018

#1314 Kenilworth Summer Tournament - Round 1 Results

The Kenilworth Summer Tournament got underway on last night with a 13 player field.

List of participants, by USCF rating:

1
LM Mark Kernighan
2260
2
NM Mauricio Camejo
2000
3
Gilberto Benitez
1896
4
Dave Lazarus
1872
5
John Moldovan
1816
6
Bob Hunt
1702
7
Geoff McAuliffe
1625
8
Greg Tomkovich
1600
9
Wedley Pluviose
1528
10
Paul Gottlieb
1516
11
Robert Vinson
1200
12
Sam Abujawdeh
unrated
13
Joseph Dovydaitis
unrated


Opening round results, by board number:

1. Lazarus 0-1 Kernighan
    Kernighan 1-0 Lazarus
2. Vinson 0-1 Benitez
    Benitez 1-0 Camejo
3. Pluviose 0-1 Moldovan
4. Hunt 1-0 Gottlieb  (Played with incorrect colors!)
5. Aabujawdeh 1-0 Tomkovich
    Tomkovich 0-1 Abujawdeh


Standings after round 1 of 13:

= 1-3 Kernighan, Benitez, Abujawdeh 2.0
= 4-5. Moldovan, Hunt 1.0
= 6-13. Camejo, Lazarus, McAuliffe, Tomkovich, Pluviose, Gottlieb, Vinson, Dovydaitis 0.0


My win will follow.

Registration is expected to remain open for the entire tournament.

For event details see post #1308.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

#1313 Kenilworth Summer Tournament Starts Tonight!

The Kenilworth Summer Tournament starts tonight!

Be there or be square.

#1312 Game From The Westfield Quads

On Sunday, I was a filler in the last round of Westfield's G/45 Quads.

Here is the game:
[Event "Westfield Quads, Extra Game"] [Site "Westfield, NJ"] [Date "2018.04.29"] [Round "3"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Prestia, Sebastian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D06"] [WhiteElo "1817"] [BlackElo "1817"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2018.04.29"] [EventType "game"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.05.03"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.03"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 8 G/40+5 (delay) D06 Queen's Gambit Baltic Defense Another terrible game. I missed an opening refutation (7.dxc6! +-), made 5 more mistakes (beginning with 16.Bxd3?), got away with a blunder (26.Bxf5+?? -+) & was winning at the end but taking a draw was best for business & my soul.} 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Bf5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Bf4 (5. a3 {is a good alternative.}) 5... Nf6 6. e3 Ne4 $6 (6... Bb4 $142 $11) 7. cxd5 $1 Bb4 $4 $146 {[#]} ({He should have played} 7... Nxc3 8. bxc3 Qxd5 $14) ({or} 7... exd5 8. Bd3 (8. Qb3 $143 Bb4 {transposing to the game.}) 8... Bb4 9. Qc2 O-O 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Re8 $14) 8. Qb3 $4 (8. dxc6 $1 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bxc3+ 10. Nd2 Bxa1 $2 11. cxb7 $1 (11. Qxa1 bxc6 {also wins.}) 11... Rb8 12. Qa4+ Kf8 13. Qc6 $18 {was right.}) 8... exd5 9. Bb5 (9. Bd3 $142 Nxc3 $140 $6 10. Bxf5 $14 Ne4+ 11. Kf1 $16) 9... O-O 10. O-O (10. h3 $142) 10... Bxc3 11. bxc3 g5 $1 $146 (11... Na5 12. Qb4 c6 13. Be2 Bg4 14. Rfe1 {was played in Milonakis - I. Miladinovic : Chania 1999.}) 12. Bg3 g4 $6 {This wins an Exchange} ({but} 12... Na5 $142 13. Qb2 a6 $11) 13. Nh4 Nd2 14. Qd1 Nxf1 15. Nxf5 Qg5 {[#]} 16. Bxc7 $2 (16. Bxf1 $142 Qxf5 17. Bd3 Qd7 18. Qb1 $14) 16... Qxf5 17. Bd3 $2 (17. Bxf1 $142 $44) 17... Qd7 $6 (17... Nxe3 $142 $1 18. Bxf5 Nxd1 19. Rxd1 h5 $17) 18. Bf4 Nxh2 (18... Nxe3 $142 $1 19. Bxe3 f5 $15) 19. Kxh2 f5 $2 (19... Ne7 $142 $15) 20. Kg3 $2 (20. Qa4 $142 $44) 20... h5 $2 (20... Ne7 $142 $17) 21. Qh1 $44 Qh7 22. Qh4 Kf7 $2 (22... Ne7 $142 ) 23. Rh1 $2 (23. c4 $142 $16) 23... Rh8 $4 (23... Ne7 $142 $14) 24. Qg5 $4 ( 24. c4 $142 $18) 24... Ke6 $2 (24... h4+ $142 $1 25. Kh2 (25. Rxh4 $143 Qxh4+ 26. Qxh4 Rxh4 27. Kxh4 Kf6 $17) 25... Rhg8 26. Qxf5+ Qxf5 27. Bxf5 Ne7 $15) 25. c4 Rag8 $4 {[#]} (25... h4+ $142 26. Kh2 Rag8 27. cxd5+ Kxd5 28. Qf6 Qg6 29. Qxg6 Rxg6 $16) 26. Bxf5+ $4 (26. cxd5+ $142 Kxd5 27. e4+ $3 (27. Qh4 $143 Qe7 28. Rc1 Qxh4+ 29. Kxh4 {though that is winning, as well.}) 27... Kxd4 28. Qf6+ $8 Kxd3 29. Qd6+ $18) 26... Kf7 $4 ({After} 26... Qxf5 {& White can resign as the intended deflection} 27. cxd5+ {is simply refuted by} Qxd5) 27. Bxh7 $18 Rxg5 28. Bxg5 Rxh7 29. cxd5 {White offers a draw.} Nb4 {Black declines.} 30. d6 $6 (30. e4 $142) 30... Ke6 31. Be7 $6 (31. e4 $142) 31... Nc6 32. Rb1 b6 33. Rc1 (33. Bg5 $142 Kxd6 34. Rb5) 33... Nxe7 34. dxe7 Rxe7 35. Kh4 (35. Rc6+ $142 Kf5 (35... Kd5 $143 36. Rh6) 36. Kh4) 35... Kf5 $6 (35... Kd5 $142) 36. Rc6 ({ Not} 36. Kxh5 $4 Rh7#) 36... Rh7 (36... Ke4 $142) 37. d5 $6 (37. f3 $142) 37... Ke5 38. d6 Rd7 39. Kxh5 {White offers a draw.} Rxd6 $2 {Black declines.} (39... Rf7 $142) 40. Rxd6 Kxd6 41. Kxg4 b5 42. Kf3 {Black offers a draw. White accepts. Game drawn by agreement. Time left - Moldovan 2:14, Prestia 2:45 Estimated time used - 41:16, Prestia 40:45 Longest thinks: White - 9 minutes for 16.Bxc7? Black - 7 minutes for 25...Rag8?} 1/2-1/2

#1311 White Wins Kenilworth Consultation Game

The White team of LM Mark Kernighan, Ed Selling, Paul Gottlieb and Joseph Dovydaitis won the Kenilworth Consultation Game held April 12-19.

Here is the complete game, with notes:
[Event "Kenilworth Consultation Game"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.04"] [Round "?"] [White "The White Team"] [Black "The Black Team"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D56"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "135"] [EventDate "2018.04.12"] [EventType "game"] [SourceDate "2018.05.03"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.05.03"] {Players participating on 4/12: WHITE: NM Mark Kernighan (2257), Ed Selling (1845), Paul Gottlieb (1516), Joseph Dovydaitis (---) BLACK: Gilberto Benitez (1896), John Moldovan (1817), Bob Hunt (1702), Greg Tomkovich (1600) Time Control: G/100+15 (delay) D56 Queen's Gambit Lasker's Defense Deferred} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 (3... Bb4 {& a Nimzo-Indian was considered.}) 4. Bg5 Be7 (4... Nbd7) ({&} 4... c6 { , with options that include the Manhattan & Cambridge Springs Defenses, are the main alternatives.}) 5. e3 h6 (5... Ne4 $143 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Nge2 $14) 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Nf3 Ne4 {[#]} ({RR} 7... b6 {Tartakower's Defense} 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Qa4 c5 13. Qa3 Rc8 14. Bb5 $2 (14. Be2 $142 $11) 14... Qb7 $1 $146 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. Rxc5 Rxc5 17. Qxc5 Na6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Qa3 Qc4 $15 {J. Timman - Geller : Hilversum 1973, 0-1 (36)}) 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 $8 ({Not} 8... Nxc3 $2 9. Bxd8 Nxd1 10. Be7 {& Black loses material:} Nxb2 $8 11. Bxf8 Kxf8) 9. Nxe4 {?! Stoyko, HIARCS Chess Explorer} ({RR} 9. Rc1 c6 10. Be2 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. O-O b6 14. Bd3 c5 15. Be4 Rb8 16. Qc2 Nf6 17. dxc5 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 bxc5 19. Qc2 Bb7 20. Nd2 Rfd8 21. f3 Ba6 22. Rf2 Rd7 23. g3 Rbd8 24. Kg2 Bd3 25. Qc1 Ba6 26. Ra3 Bb7 27. Nb3 Rc7 28. Na5 Ba8 29. Nc4 e5 30. e4 f5 $11 {Topalov - Anand : World Championship (m/12) Sofia 2010, 0-1 (56)}) 9... dxe4 10. Nd2 e5 (10... f5 $142 {! Stoyko} 11. Be2 e5 12. d5 a5 {Kartsev - Duengen : Ruhrgebiet 1999}) 11. d5 ({Not} 11. Nxe4 $2 exd4 12. Qxd4 $2 Rd8 $19 {Aguiar - Suarez : Villaguay 2016}) 11... Bf5 {?! Stoyko} (11... f5 $142 12. Qc2 Nd7 13. Be2 Nf6 14. O-O-O c6 15. dxc6 bxc6 16. c5 $2 (16. Rhg1 $142 $11) 16... Be6 17. Ba6 Rab8 18. a3 Nd5 $15 19. b4 $4 Rxb4 $3 $19 20. axb4 $2 Nxb4 {Kernighan - Stoyko : Mount Arlington 2005, 0-1 (29)}) 12. g3 (12. g4 $142 {Komodo 11, Stockfish 9}) (12. Nb1 $5 $146 {Houdini 6}) 12... Nd7 (12... Bg6 $142 {Komodo 11, Houdini 6}) (12... Bh7 {Stockfish 9}) 13. Bg2 {[#]} Nf6 $146 (13... Qb4 $143 14. Qc2 Nc5 15. O-O Qb6 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Bxe4 18. Qxe4 Qxb2 19. Rab1 Qxa2 20. Rxb7 $16 {A. Santos - De Jesus : correspondence, Brazil 1995}) ({&} 13... Nc5 14. O-O a5 {Duval - Sauve : Montlucon 2011} 15. Qc2 $14) (13... Bg6 $142 $146 14. Bxe4 (14. Nxe4 Qb4+ {0.00/22 Stockfish 9} 15. Qd2 Qxc4) 14... Bxe4 {0.01/31 Komodo 11.01 64-bit & 0.16/24 Houdini 6.02 x64} 15. Nxe4 Qb4+ 16. Nd2 Qxb2 $11) ({&} 13... Rac8 $146) 14. Qc2 Qd6 $2 (14... Rac8 $142 {Suggested by Hunt.} 15. Nxe4 Nxe4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. Qxe4 Qb4+ 18. Kf1 f5 19. Qc2 c6 $44) 15. O-O c6 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Bxe4 cxd5 {[#] Game adjourned. White sealed his 18th move. Time remaining - White 22:12, Black 61: 13 The game was resumed on April 19th.} {All the players from week 1 returned. Wedley Pluviose & Geoff McAuliffe joined the Black team.} 18. Bxd5 {The sealed move.} ({After} 18. cxd5 $2 Rac8 19. Qd3 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 Rc5 21. Rfd1 Rd8 { Black restores the material balance & equalizes.}) 18... Nxd5 19. Qd3 ({Not} 19. Rfd1 $2 Nxe3 $1 $11) ({nor} 19. cxd5 $2 Qxd5 $11) ({but} 19. Qd2 {was an option.}) 19... e4 20. Qxd5 ({If} 20. Qd4 {then} Rfd8 21. Rfd1 Rac8 {with the idea of} 22. cxd5 Rc5 23. Qxe4 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Qxd5 25. Qxd5 Rxd5 26. Rc1 Rd2 { & Black should have enough activity to draw.}) 20... Qxd5 21. cxd5 Rfd8 22. Rfd1 f5 23. Rac1 Rd7 24. f3 exf3 25. Kf2 Kf7 26. Kxf3 Re8 27. Rd3 Re5 28. Rc8 Kf6 29. Rf8+ Ke7 30. Rb8 Kd6 {Time check - White 4:53, Black 21:10} 31. Ra3 { This caught us by surprise.} b6 {Best, but we used WAYYY too much time (13:47) deciding upon it.} ({A prompt} 31... Rxd5 {My original intention.} 32. Rxa7 Rb5 33. b3 Ke5 {would've been wiser.}) 32. Ra8 Ree7 33. Kf4 g6 (33... Kxd5 34. Kxf5 Kc6 {was more circumspect.}) 34. Rh8 $2 (34. h4 $142 Kxd5 35. Rh8 $16) 34... Rh7 35. Rxh7 $6 {Keeping both pairs of Rs on was preferable.} Rxh7 36. e4 fxe4 37. Kxe4 Re7+ 38. Kd4 Re2 39. Rxa7 Rxb2 40. Rg7 Rxh2 $2 (40... Rb4+ $142 $1 41. Ke3 g5 $1 42. Rg6+ Kxd5 43. Rxh6 Ke5 $44) 41. Rxg6+ Kc7 42. Rg7+ Kd6 43. Rg6+ Kc7 {Black offers a draw. Time remaining - White 0:26, Black 4:05} 44. a4 { [#] White declines.} h5 $4 (44... Ra2 $142 45. Rc6+ Kd7 46. Rxb6 Rxa4+ $14 { was correct.}) {Now, with Black down to 1:44, the game deteriorates into a blitz battle & is no longer of interest but, for the sake of completeness, here's the rest:} 45. Rc6+ Kb7 46. Ke5 Rg2 $2 (46... h4 $142 47. g4 (47. gxh4 $4 Rxh4 $44) 47... Re2+) 47. Rh6 $4 (47. Rc3 $142 $18) 47... Rxg3 48. Rxh5 Ra3 $2 (48... Rg7 $142 $44 {& draws.}) 49. Rh7+ $18 Kc8 50. Rh4 $6 (50. Ke6 $142) 50... Re3+ 51. Kd6 Kb7 52. Kd7 Ka6 $2 (52... Rg3 $142 53. d6 $140 $4 Rg7+ $16) 53. d6 Rd3 54. Ke7 Re3+ 55. Kd8 Kb7 56. d7 Rd3 57. Ke7 Re3+ 58. Kd6 Rd3+ 59. Ke6 Re3+ 60. Kd6 Rd3+ 61. Ke7 Re3+ 62. Kd8 Rd3 63. Re4 Rg3 64. Rf4 Rd3 65. Rf7 Rd4 66. Ke8 Re4+ 67. Re7 Rh4 68. d8=Q+ {Black resigns. Time remaining - White 0:01, Black 0:16} 1-0

Thursday, April 26, 2018

#1310 Book Auction At Kenilworth CC Tonight

Select items from the Kenilworth CC library will be auctioned tonight, including a collection of Chess Informants.

The club intends to sell the 60 or so Informants as 1 lot and the 4 Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings volumes will comprise another. All others items will be single-pieces.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#1309 Kenilworth Consultation Game

[Event "Kenilworth Consultation Game"] [Site "?"] [Date "2018.04.12"] [Round "?"] [White "The White Team"] [Black "The Black Team"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D56"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "34"] [EventDate "2018.04.12"] [EventType "game"] [SourceDate "2018.04.12"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.04.12"] {WHITE: NM Mark Kernighan (2257), Ed Selling (1845), Paul Gottlieb (1516), Joseph Dovydaitis (---) BLACK: Gilberto Benitez (1896), John Moldovan (1817), Bob Hunt (1702), Greg Tomkovich (1600) Time Control: G/100+15 (delay) D56 Queen's Gambit Lasker's Defense Deferred} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 (3... Bb4 {& a Nimzo-Indian was considered.}) 4. Bg5 Be7 (4... Nbd7) ({&} 4... c6 { , with options that include the Manhattan & Cambridge Springs Defenses, are the main alternatives.}) 5. e3 h6 (5... Ne4 $143 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Nge2 $14) 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Nf3 Ne4 {[#]} ({RR} 7... b6 {Tartakower's Defense} 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Qa4 c5 13. Qa3 Rc8 14. Bb5 $2 (14. Be2 $142 $11) 14... Qb7 $1 $146 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. Rxc5 Rxc5 17. Qxc5 Na6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Qa3 Qc4 $15 {J. Timman - Geller : Hilversum 1973, 0-1 (36)}) 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 $8 ({Not} 8... Nxc3 $2 9. Bxd8 Nxd1 10. Be7 {& Black loses material:} Nxb2 $8 11. Bxf8 Kxf8) 9. Nxe4 {?! Stoyko, HIARCS Chess Explorer} ({RR} 9. Rc1 c6 10. Be2 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. O-O b6 14. Bd3 c5 15. Be4 Rb8 16. Qc2 Nf6 17. dxc5 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 bxc5 19. Qc2 Bb7 20. Nd2 Rfd8 21. f3 Ba6 22. Rf2 Rd7 23. g3 Rbd8 24. Kg2 Bd3 25. Qc1 Ba6 26. Ra3 Bb7 27. Nb3 Rc7 28. Na5 Ba8 29. Nc4 e5 30. e4 f5 $11 {Topalov - Anand : World Championship (m/12) Sofia 2010, 0-1 (56)}) 9... dxe4 10. Nd2 e5 (10... f5 $142 {! Stoyko} 11. Be2 e5 12. d5 a5 {Kartsev - Duengen : Ruhrgebiet 1999}) 11. d5 ({Not} 11. Nxe4 $2 exd4 12. Qxd4 $2 Rd8 $19 {Aguiar - Suarez : Villaguay 2016}) 11... Bf5 {?! Stoyko} (11... f5 $142 12. Qc2 Nd7 13. Be2 Nf6 14. O-O-O c6 15. dxc6 bxc6 16. c5 $2 (16. Rhg1 $142 $11) 16... Be6 17. Ba6 Rab8 18. a3 Nd5 $15 19. b4 $4 Rxb4 $3 $19 20. axb4 $2 Nxb4 {Kernighan - Stoyko : Mount Arlington 2005, 0-1 (29)}) 12. g3 (12. g4 $142 {Komodo 11, Stockfish 9}) (12. Nb1 $5 $146 {Houdini 6}) 12... Nd7 (12... Bg6 $142 {Komodo 11, Houdini 6}) (12... Bh7 {Stockfish 9}) 13. Bg2 {[#]} Nf6 $146 (13... Qb4 $143 14. Qc2 Nc5 15. O-O Qb6 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Bxe4 18. Qxe4 Qxb2 19. Rab1 Qxa2 20. Rxb7 $16 {A. Santos - De Jesus : correspondence, Brazil 1995}) ({&} 13... Nc5 14. O-O a5 {Duval - Sauve : Montlucon 2011} 15. Qc2 $14) (13... Bg6 $142 $146 14. Bxe4 (14. Nxe4 Qb4+ {0.00/22 Stockfish 9} 15. Qd2 Qxc4) 14... Bxe4 {0.01/31 Komodo 11.01 64-bit & 0.16/24 Houdini 6.02 x64} 15. Nxe4 Qb4+ 16. Nd2 Qxb2 $11) ({&} 13... Rac8 $146) 14. Qc2 Qd6 $2 (14... Rac8 $142 {Suggested by Hunt.} 15. Nxe4 Nxe4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. Qxe4 Qb4+ 18. Kf1 f5 19. Qc2 c6 $44) 15. O-O c6 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Bxe4 cxd5 {[#] Game adjourned. White sealed his 18th move. Time remaining - White 22:12, Black 61: 13 The game will be resumed on April 19th.} *

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#1308 Kenilworth Summer Tournament Starts May 3rd

The Kenilworth Summer Tournament will be starting on May 3rd, a month earlier than in previous years.


Here are the rules of the tournament:
  • The tournament will run from May 3 through July 26.
  • The event is NON-RATED.
  • Entry Fee is $5 for club members, $6 for non-members. $5 of each EF goes into the prize fund.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • G/55+5 (delay) may be used if there is mutual agreement between paired players. Increment settings are not allowed.
  • You may play anyone who is entered. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated or unrated player has White. In subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors. If both players are unrated or have identical ratings, they toss for initial color.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • Games may begin at 8:00 p.m. in weeks 1-7 (May 3-June 14), 7:15 p.m. in weeks 8-13 (June 21-July 26). No game may start later than 9:30 p.m.
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You may play those games simultaneously. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accumulate.
  • You get one point for a win, a half-point for a draw and zero for a loss. No bye points are awarded.
  • The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the tournament.
  • Prizes: 1st place: 40%. 2nd place: 20%. 3rd place: 10%. U1600: 10%, Under Age 18: 10%, Under Age 13: 10%.
  • Registration will remain open for the duration of the tournament. However, if there is an overwhelming turnout, the TD may cut-off entries as early as July 5th.
  • Bring clocks. The club has a limited number for use.
John Moldovan won last year, in 2016 and in 2008. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), LM Mark Kernighan (2005, 2011), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), Ian Mangion (2009) and Bob Sherry (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

#1307 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 4 Annotations

Here are my draw vs. Gilberto Benitez & Mark Kernighan's micro-mini win over Mauricio Camejo:
[Event "Kenilworth Spring Swiss"] [Site "Kenilworth"] [Date "2018.04.05"] [Round "4"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Benitez, Gilberto"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E91"] [WhiteElo "1784"] [BlackElo "1835"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2018.03.15"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.04.11"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.04.11"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 2 G/61+5 (delay) E91 King's Indian Defense} 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 {This avoids the Gruenfeld he opted for after} (4. d4 {last summer.}) 4... d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 c6 7. O-O Nbd7 ({I expected} 7... e5 {, as in our 2017 Spring Swiss game - which I haven't gotten around to publishing, as yet.}) 8. Re1 ({Perhaps I should've preferred} 8. Qc2 {With the idea of transposing to my 2010 win over G. Hart. 8...} e5 {would do that.}) 8... Qc7 9. h3 (9. Bf1 {is the most common reply.}) 9... a6 {Continuing to eschew ...e5.} 10. Be3 $1 {[#] I'm not even bothering to prevent ...b5. Development alone should give me an advantage. } b6 $6 $146 {This is odd.} (10... e5 $142 11. Qd2 (11. d5 $14 c5 $6 12. a3 $16 {Longano - Nene : Durban 2014}) 11... Re8 12. d5 Nc5 13. Bd3 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 $14 {Krklec - Gorup : Zagreb 2005}) ({&} 10... b5 $146 11. a3 bxc4 12. Bxc4 d5 13. exd5 cxd5 (13... Nb6 $143 14. Bd3 Nbxd5 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 (15... cxd5 16. Rc1 $16) 16. Bg5 $16) 14. Bd3 $14) 11. Rc1 c5 12. d5 Re8 13. g4 Nf8 14. Kg2 $2 (14. Bf4 $142 $16) 14... Bb7 $6 (14... e6 $142 $11) 15. Bf4 (15. Qd2 $142 e6 16. Bh6) 15... N6d7 $6 (15... e5 $142 $14) 16. Qd2 Ne5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Bxe5 dxe5 19. Rf1 (19. Qh6 $142) 19... Qd6 {[#]} 20. f4 $2 {This gives Black the e5 square.} (20. Qe3 $16 {/\ Rh1 + h4-h5 was right.}) 20... exf4 21. Rxf4 $6 (21. Qxf4 Qxf4 $8 22. Rxf4 Nd7 23. g5 {with a slightly better ending was best.}) 21... Nd7 $11 {Now the position is equal.} 22. Rcf1 Ne5 23. R4f2 Bc8 24. Qh6 f6 25. Nd1 { /\ Ne3} Nf7 {This puts an end to my attacking ambitions.} 26. Qd2 {>= Qf4, here or next.} Qe5 27. Nc3 Bd7 28. Qf4 {[#] White offers a draw. Black accepts. Game drawn by agreement. Time left - Moldovan 13:31, Benitez 11:17 Estimated time used - 49:49, Benitez 51:58 Longest thinks: White - 5:22 for 12.d5 Black - 8:30 for 10...b6 With the draw I tied for 2nd & raised my rating to 1817, pending a re-rate on 4/10. That's the highest it's been since June 2016.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Kenilworth Spring Swiss"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.04.05"] [Round "3"] [White "Kernighan, Mark"] [Black "Camejo, Mauricio"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B00"] [WhiteElo "2270"] [BlackElo "2057"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2018.03.15"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "4"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceDate "2018.04.11"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.04.11"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 1 G/61+5 (delay) B00 Nimzowitsch Defense} 1. d4 Nc6 2. e4 e5 3. dxe5 Nxe5 4. Nf3 Ng6 ({Tony Miles, the most notable practitioner of this defense, preferred} 4... Bb4+ {but the engines say} 5. Bd2 $1 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 $1 Nxf3+ $140 7. gxf3 Qf6 8. Nc3 $1 {(Barclay - Brunner : correspondence, ICCF 2014) gives White a clear advantage.}) 5. Bc4 {[#]} Be7 $4 (5... c6 $142 6. O-O d6 $14) 6. Qd5 $18 d6 $2 (6... Bb4+ $142 7. c3 Qe7 8. cxb4 Nf6 {or resigns.}) 7. Qxf7+ Kd7 8. Be6+ Kc6 $146 {This vares from the 8...resigns of Kas - Marcinek : correspondence, Poland 1992.} 9. Nd4+ Kb6 10. Bxc8 c5 11. Qb3+ {& Black resigned by pushing his pieces to the center of the board.} 1-0

Friday, April 06, 2018

#1306 Delay In Rating Kenilworth Swiss

Rating of the Kenilworth Spring Swiss has been delayed.

We are waiting for the USCF to approve a membership exemption for life member Bob Hunt, who is listed as inactive.

Hopefully this matter will be resolved today.

#1305 Kernighan Wins Kenilworth Spring Swiss

LM Mark Kernighan defeated NM Maurico Camejo in just 11 moves last night to win the Kenilworth Spring Swiss.

Camejo, Gilberto Benitez & I tied for 2nd.

Paul Gottlieb & Wedley Pluviose tied for top U1600


Round 4 Results:

Kernighan 1-0 Camejo
Moldovan 1/2-1/2 Benitez
Hunt 1-0 Tomkovich
Pluviose 0-1 Fricker

1/2 point byes: McAuliffe, Gottlieb


Final Standings:

1. Kernighan 3.0
= 2-4. Camejo, Benitez, Moldovan 2.5
 = 5-7. Fricker, Hunt, McAuliffe 2.0
8. Tomkovich 1.5
= 9-10. Gottlieb, Pluviose 1.0

Notes to my draw & Kernighan's miniature will follow. Look for them tomorrow Saturday night.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

#1304 Westfield CC Closed Tomorrow


The Westfield YMCA & Westfield Chess Club will be closed tomorrow, April 1st, as it is Easter Sunday.

Our next tournament will be G/50 Quads on Sunday, April 8th, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

#1303 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 3

I sat out to make an even number but the upsets continued, as unrated Wedley Pluviose defeated Paul Gottlieb & Geoff McAuliffe drew Terry Fricker.

Round 3 Results:

Benitez 0-1 Camejo
Hunt 0-1 Kernighan
Fricker 1/2-1/2 McAuliffe
Pluviose 1-0 Gottlieb

1/2 point byes: Tomkovich, Moldovan

Standings, after 3 of 4 rounds:

1. Camejo 2.5
= 2-4. Kernighan, Benitez, Moldovan 2.0
= 5-6. McAuliffe, Tomkovich 1.5
= 7-9. Fricker, Hunt, Pluviose 1.0
10. Gottlieb 0.5

The event wraps-up next week.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

#1302 Special Announcement From The Westfield CC

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

If you are playing in today's Westfield G/60 Quads please bring the exact entry fee: $20 for club members, $25 for non-members.

Also: If your USCF membership has expired please renew it before coming to the Y.

Thanks.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

#1301 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 2 Annotations

Here is my win over Terry Fricker, which put me back over 1800 again. I missed a win at move 20 & made a small mistake 2 turns later but otherwise played well:
[Event "Kenilworth Spring Swiss"] [Site "Kenilworth"] [Date "2018.03.22"] [Round "2"] [White "Fricker, Terry"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "1835"] [BlackElo "1784"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2018.03.15"] [Source "Moldovan,John"] [SourceDate "2018.03.24"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.03.24"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 3 G/61+5 (delay) D36 Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation (by transposition)} 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 {The only move I prepared for.} (2. g3 { would have caused some consternation.}) 2... d5 $5 ({I usually opt for} 2... f5 {& did so in our previous game (in Rahway on 12/12/2015) but trying to force my foe into a Q's Gambit seemed like a good idea.}) 3. d4 ({Avoiding the aforementioned, with} 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. Ne5 Qc7 8. Qa4 $5 {(De Veauce - Nunn : Birmingham, ENG 1974), was possible.}) 3... Nf6 {[#]} ({I wanted no part of} 3... c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 { Marshall's Gambit} Qxd4 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+) ({but} 3... Be7 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 { was an option.}) 4. a3 $5 {A waiting move. Normally one would not see this until move 6 (in an Anti-Cambridge Springs line) or 8 (in the Classical Defense).} Nbd7 (4... b6 {, /\ transposing into a Q's Indian, was considered}) ({but not} 4... Be7) ({&} 4... c6 {though, as it turns out, I've played those before!}) 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Qc2 c6 8. Bg5 {This position is more naturally reached via 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nf3 c6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Qc2 Be7 8.a3!?} (8. Bf4 $143 {N. Schneider - Proeschel : Germany 2012} Nh5 $146) 8... Nf8 {/\ of trading light-squared Bs, with ...Ne6, ...Pg6, ... Ng7 & ...Bf5, a plan 1st seen in Reshevsky - Stahlberg : Kemeri 1936.} 9. e3 Ne6 10. Bxf6 (10. Bh4 $142 {Kotov - Spassky : Leningrad 1956}) 10... Bxf6 11. Bd3 g6 12. O-O Ng7 (12... O-O $142 13. b4 Bg7 {/\ ...f5. Tiggelman - Theulings : Enschede 1990}) 13. b4 {[#]} O-O $146 (13... a6 14. a4 Bf5 {was tried in Nendick - Boyce : Bristol 1990 & Pogosian - Ustinov : Obninsk 2009.}) 14. h3 Bf5 15. g4 $2 (15. Bxf5 $142 Nxf5 16. b5 $11) 15... Bxd3 16. Qxd3 Ne6 17. a4 $2 (17. Na4 $142 $15) 17... Bg7 18. Rab1 f5 19. Nh2 $4 (19. Kg2 $142 $17) 19... Qh4 20. f4 {[#]} Qxh3 $4 ({I spent 3 minutes looking at} 20... Qg3+ $1 21. Kh1 {but could not find} fxg4 $1 22. hxg4 Rxf4 $1 $19) 21. Rf3 Qh4 22. g5 h6 $6 ( 22... Bxd4 $142 $1 23. Ne2 (23. exd4 $2 Nxf4 24. Qf1 Qxg5+ 25. Kh1 Ne6 $17) 23... Bb6 $1 24. a5 Nxg5 $1 25. fxg5 Bc7 $15) 23. Qf1 Nxg5 (23... Bxd4 $142 $1 24. Ne2 hxg5 25. Nxd4 Nxd4 26. exd4 g4) 24. fxg5 Qxg5+ 25. Qg2 Qxg2+ 26. Kxg2 f4 27. Ne2 (27. Rxf4 $142 Rxf4 28. exf4 Bxd4 29. Ne2) 27... fxe3 28. Rbf1 (28. Rxe3 $142) 28... Rxf3 29. Rxf3 {[#]} a5 $1 30. b5 $2 (30. bxa5 $142 Rxa5 31. Rxe3 Rxa4 32. Re7 Bxd4 33. Nxd4 Rxd4 34. Rxb7 c5 $44) 30... cxb5 31. Rxe3 $4 ( 31. axb5 $142 a4 32. Rf1 $15) 31... bxa4 $19 32. Ng4 $2 b5 33. Ne5 $2 b4 34. Nc6 $2 b3 35. Nc3 a3 36. Re1 Ra6 37. Ne7+ Kf7 38. Nexd5 Bxd4 39. Nb5 Bb2 $6 ( 39... a2 $142 $1 40. Nxd4 b2) 40. Rf1+ Kg7 41. Nbc7 {White offers a draw.} Rc6 {Black declines.} 42. Ne8+ Kh7 {White time-forfeits. Time left - Fricker 0:00, Moldovan 2:46 Estimated time used - 64:35, Moldovan 61:44 Longest thinks: White - 6 minutes for 30.b5? Black - 7 minutes for 23...Nxg5 With the win, I'm back over 1800!} 0-1

#1300 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 2 Results

Round 2 Results:

Kernighan 0-1 Benitez
Camejo 1-0 Hunt
Fricker 0-1 Moldovan
McAuliffe 1-0 Gottlieb
Pluviose -+ Tomkovich


Standings, after 2 of 4 rounds:

1. Benitez 2.0
= 2-3. Camejo, Moldovan 1.5
= 4-7. Kernighan, Hunt, McAuliffe, Tomkovich 1.0
= 8-9. Fricker, Gottlieb 0.5
10. Pluviose 0.0



Notes to my game will follow.

#1299 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 1 Annotations

Here is my draw vs. Camejo. It's not for those with weak stomachs. There were some 25 errors in the game and I missed 4 wins. The first was at move 21. That might be a good place to stop:
[Event "Kenilworth Spring Swiss"] [Site "Kenilworth"] [Date "2018.03.15"] [Round "1"] [White "Camejo, Mauricio"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B14"] [WhiteElo "2057"] [BlackElo "1784"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "128"] [EventDate "2018.03.15"] [Source "John Moldovan"] [SourceDate "2007.09.12"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2007.09.12"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 5 G/61+5 (delay) B14 Caro-Kann Defense Panov Attack Camejo arrived 5 minutes into the round & I was the only player available. Thus, both of us played a stronger opponent than expected.} 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 ({I expected} 3. Nc3 {, as in our 2014 Father's Day Quick game in Westfield.}) 3... cxd5 4. c4 {No surprise. I didn't think he'd play the more sedate Exchange Variation.} Nf6 5. Nf3 (5. Nc3 {is more usual.}) 5... e6 {(!)} ({The engines suggest} 5... Nc6) ({& the Gruenfeld-like} 5... g6 {but I prefer the Nimzo-Indian-style treatment.}) 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bd2 (7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bd2) ({&} 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 {are the main lines.}) 7... O-O 8. a3 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Nc6 { [#] This position can be classified under code E51.} 10. Nd2 $2 $146 {There have been 85 games with 8 different moves.} Re8 $2 (10... e5 $142 $1 11. dxe5 $8 d4 $1 12. Nb3 $8 (12. exf6 $2 Re8+ 13. Be2 d3 $19 14. fxg7 $140 $2 Rxe2+ 15. Kf1 Qh4) 12... dxc3 13. Qxd8 $8 Rxd8 14. exf6 $8 c2 $1 $17 {would've refuted White's novelty.}) 11. f4 $2 (11. Nf3 $142 $15) 11... Qc7 (11... b6 $142 $17) 12. Qf3 dxc4 13. Bxc4 Qd6 $2 (13... Rd8 $142 $1 14. Qf2 b6 $15) 14. Ne4 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 b6 16. Bd3 $6 (16. d5 $142 Na5 17. Bd3 f5 $1 18. Qd4 exd5+ 19. Kf2 Qc7 20. Rhe1 $44) 16... g6 (16... f5 $142 $1) 17. O-O-O $2 (17. f5 $142 $1 gxf5 18. Qh4 $44) 17... Bb7 18. h4 Rac8 19. Kb1 Na5 20. Qe2 Qd5 $6 (20... h5 $142 $17) 21. Rh2 $4 {[#]} (21. Rhg1 $142 $15) 21... Nc4 $4 (21... Rxc3 $142 $1 22. bxc3 Qb3+ 23. Ka1 Rc8 $19) 22. Rc1 h5 $2 (22... Nd6 $142 23. h5 Ne4 $11) 23. g4 hxg4 24. h5 $2 (24. Qxg4 $142 Nxa3+ 25. bxa3 Qb3+ 26. Rb2 Qxa3 27. Bxg6 Rxc3 28. Rxc3 Qxc3 29. Be4+ Kf8 30. Bxb7 Rd8 $44) 24... gxh5 25. f5 $6 (25. Qc2 $142 a5 26. f5) 25... exf5 26. Qf1 Qf3 $2 (26... Nd6 $142 27. Rxh5 Qf3 $17) 27. Bxc4 Be4+ 28. Ka1 {[#]} Rxc4 $4 (28... Qxf1 $142 29. Bxf1 Kh7 30. Rxh5+ Kg6 $44) 29. Qxc4 Qf4 30. Rch1 $4 (30. Rd2 $142 $18 {when everything is covered.}) 30... Bxh1 31. Rxh1 g3 32. Qc6 $4 (32. Ka2 $142 $16) 32... Qe4 33. Qxe4 Rxe4 34. Rxh5 Rg4 $4 (34... f6 $142 $19) 35. d5 (35. Be1 g2 36. Bf2 g1=Q+ 37. Bxg1 Rxg1+ 38. Ka2 f4 39. Rf5 Rf1 40. d5 $17) 35... Kf8 $2 (35... f6 $142 $1) 36. Rh1 $2 (36. Be5 $142 g2 37. Bh2 g1=Q+ 38. Bxg1 Rxg1+ 39. Ka2 Rf1 40. Kb3) 36... g2 37. Rg1 f4 38. Bd4 $4 (38. d6 $142 Ke8 39. Bd4 Kd7 40. Bf2 Kxd6 41. Re1 $17) 38... f3 39. Bf2 {[#]} Ke8 $4 (39... Re4 $142 $19 {/\ ...Re2}) 40. Re1+ Kd7 41. Kb1 Kd6 42. Kc2 Kxd5 43. Kd3 f5 44. Re3 $2 (44. Ke3 $142 Re4+ 45. Kd2 Rxe1 46. Kxe1 Kc4 47. a4 $11) 44... g1=Q 45. Bxg1 Rxg1 46. Rxf3 Ke5 47. Re3+ Kf4 48. Re7 Rg3+ $2 (48... a5 $142) 49. Kd2 $4 (49. Kc4 $142 $15) 49... Kg4 $2 (49... a5 $142 $19) 50. Rxa7 $11 f4 51. b4 Kh3 52. a4 Kg2 53. Rf7 f3 54. a5 bxa5 55. bxa5 f2 (55... Rg5 $142 56. a6 Ra5 57. a7 f2 58. Rg7+ (58. Ke2 $4 Ra2+ $19) 58... Kf3 59. Rf7+ Kg2 60. Rg7+ {etc.}) 56. Ke2 {[#]} Ra3 $8 ({Not} 56... Rg5 $4 57. Rxf2+ Kg3 58. Rf3+ Kg4 59. Ra3 $18) 57. Rxf2+ {White is now a P ahead but the position is a book draw.} Kg3 58. Rf5 Kg4 59. Rc5 Kf4 60. Kd2 Ke4 61. Kc2 Kd4 62. Rh5 Kc4 63. Kb2 Rb3+ 64. Ka2 Rb5 {Black offers a draw. White accepts. Game drawn by agreement. Time left - Camejo 25:01, Moldovan 2:26 Estimated time used - Camejo 41:19, Moldovan 63:54 Longest thinks: White - 5 minutes for 35.d5 Black - 7 minutes for 13...Qd6? A terrible game. Missed wins: Camejo 1, Moldovan 4!!!! With the result, however, I pick-up 12 points. My live rating is now at 1796.} (64... Rb5 65. Rh4+ Kc5 66. Ra4 Rb8) 1/2-1/2

#1298 Kenilworth Spring Swiss - Round 1 Results

Kenilworth Spring Swiss
March 15-April 5, 2018

Participants, by rating:

1. LM Mark Kernighan 2257
2. NM Mauricio Camejo 2057
3. Gilberto Benitez 1835
4. Terry Fricker 1835
5. John Moldovan 1784
6. Bob Hunt 1671
7. Geoff McAuliffe 1609
8. Greg Tomkovich 1600
9. Paul Gottlieb 1540
10. Wedley Pluviose ----


Round 1 Results:

Kernighan 1-0 Tomkovich
McAuliffe 0-1 Benitez
Gottlieb 1/2-1/2 Fricker
Hunt 1-0 Pluviose
Camejo 1/2-1/2 Moldovan


Standings after round 1 of 4:

= 1-3. Kernighan, Benitez, Hunt 1.0
= 4-7. Camejo, Fricker, Moldovan, Gottlieb 0.5
= 8-10. McAuliffe, Tomkovich, Pluviose 0.0


Notes to my game will follow.

#1297 USATE 2018: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

At last month's 48th annual U.S. Amateur Team East tournament I had the extremely dubious distinction of beating a 2135-rated, losing to a 1257 and dropping 51 points on day 3.

Altogether, I scored 3/6 playing board 1 for the Zugzwang Zigzaggers, which also featured Joe Demetrick, Alec Touhey and Jack Silver.

Here are my games, the good (wins in rounds 2, 4), the bad and the ugly:
[Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Li, Jerry"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "2123"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] [BlackTeam "Ajab's Rule - No Pin, No Win"] {Board 48.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) D36 Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 O-O 7. Qc2 c6 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Bd3 Re8 10. h3 Nf8 {[#]} 11. O-O ({For} 11. Bf4 {see my ICCF win over Brissman.}) 11... Ng6 {This prevents the aforementioned} ({but} 11... Ne4 $142 {Saemisch - Koch : Berlin 1928}) 12. Rab1 (12. Ne5 $142 Nd7 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. f4 Ndxe5 15. dxe5 f6 16. exf6 Qxf6 17. Rae1 {Gustafsson - Langheinrich : Binz 1994}) ({or} 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. b4 {P. Nikolic - Gostisa : Han Pijesak 1978}) 12... Ne4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. b4 a6 15. Na4 {Komodo agrees with this} ({but Houdini prefers} 15. a4) 15... Nh4 (15... Bf5 $142 16. Nc5 Rad8 {Simutowe - K. Abdel Razik : Windhoek 2007}) 16. Nxh4 Qxh4 17. Nb6 Rb8 (17... Bxh3 $143 $6 18. f3 $8 Bxg2 $1 (18... Ng3 $2 19. Nxa8 $16) 19. Qxg2 $8 Re6 20. fxe4 Rg6 $8 21. e5 $1 (21. Nxa8 {allows} dxe4 22. Bc2 Rxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Qg4+ {& a draw.}) 21... Rxg2+ $8 22. Kxg2 $14) 18. Nxc8 (18. Bxe4 $142 $1 $146 Qxe4 19. Qxe4 Rxe4 20. a4 $14) 18... Rbxc8 19. Bxe4 $1 $146 ({Previously seen here was} 19. f3 Nd6 $1 (19... Ng3 $143 20. Rfe1) 20. Rbe1 Re6 21. Re2 Rce8 22. Rfe1 g6 23. a4 Qf6 24. Kh1 Nf5 25. Bxf5 gxf5 26. Qd3 Qg6 27. Kh2 Kg7 {Baraeva - Izhokin : Anapa 2012}) 19... dxe4 $2 {[#]} (19... Qxe4 $142 20. Qxe4 Rxe4 $11) 20. f4 $2 (20. a4 $142 $14) 20... exf3 21. Rxf3 Qg5 (21... Qd8 $142) 22. Qc5 (22. Rbf1 $142) 22... Qg6 23. Rbf1 f6 24. Qb6 $6 (24. Qc4+ $142 $11) 24... Re7 25. Qc5 Rce8 (25... Qf7 $142 $15) 26. d5 $2 (26. Qc4+ $142 Kh8 27. Rc1 Rxe3 28. Rxe3 Rxe3 29. d5 Rg3 ( 29... Rxh3 $4 30. dxc6 bxc6 31. Qxc6 $18) 30. Rc2 $44) 26... cxd5 27. Qxd5+ Qf7 28. Qxf7+ (28. Rd1 $142 Qxd5 29. Rxd5 Rxe3 30. Rxe3 Rxe3 31. Kf2 Ra3 32. Rd8+ Kf7 33. Rd7+ Kg6 34. Rxb7 Rxa2+ 35. Kf3) 28... Kxf7 {[#]} 29. Kf2 $2 (29. Re1 $142 $15) 29... Rc8 30. Kg3 Rc3 $17 31. Re1 $2 (31. Rd1 $142 Ke8 (31... Rcxe3 32. Rxe3 Rxe3+ 33. Kf4 Re7 34. Rd6 $15) 32. Kh2) 31... Re4 32. b5 axb5 33. Rb1 b4 34. Rb3 (34. Rb2 $142) 34... Ke6 35. Kh2 $2 (35. Rb2 $142 $17) 35... f5 $2 ( 35... Rxb3 $142 36. axb3 h5 $19) 36. Rf4 $4 (36. Rb2 $142 $17) 36... Rxf4 37. exf4 Rxb3 38. axb3 Kd5 39. g4 Kd4 40. gxf5 Kc3 41. h4 Kxb3 42. h5 h6 {White resigns. Estimated time left - Moldovan 37 minutes, Li 48 minutes Estimated time used - Moldovan 116:30, Li 104:30 Longest thinks: White - 14 minutes for 17.Nb6 Black - 14 minutes for 17.Rb8} 0-1 [Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.17"] [Round "2"] [White "Bero, Philippe C"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E00"] [WhiteElo "1443"] [BlackElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Trump Administration: No Resignations..."] [BlackTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] {Board 98.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) E00 Catalan System} 1. c4 e6 2. d4 ({ This is actually the 2nd time we've played. In the 2014 USATE Bero chose} 2. Nc3 {& we transposed into a Nimzo-Dutch.}) 2... Nf6 3. g3 Bb4+ (3... c5 { & a Modern Benoni or an English transposition, was an option.}) 4. Bd2 a5 (4... Be7 5. Bg2 d5 $11 {is probably best.}) 5. Bg2 d6 {I've played this several times but it doesn't seem to equalize.} ({Likewise} 5... d5 6. Qc2 O-O) 6. Bxb4 {This trade usually favors Black, who gains a half-open a-file + control of the a3 & c3 squares.} (6. Nf3 $142 {E11 Bogo-Indian} Nbd7 (6... Nc6 7. O-O e5 8. Bg5 $14 {Neurohr - Pritchett : Germany (Bundesliga) 1990}) 7. O-O e5 8. e3 $14 {Krogius - Smyslov : Spartakiad, Moscow 1967}) 6... axb4 {[#]} 7. Qd2 $146 (7. e3 $142 $146 {=}) (7. e4 $143 $2 {Kobo - Navara : Pardubice 2012} c5 $15) 7... Na6 $6 (7... c5 $1 8. dxc5 dxc5 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 $15 {was right.}) 8. a3 (8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O b6 $1 10. Ne5 dxe5 11. Bxa8 exd4 $44 {is also interesting.}) 8... c5 $1 (8... bxa3 9. Rxa3 O-O {followed by ...Rb8 was playable but more passive.}) 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. axb4 cxb4 12. Nf3 {/\ Ne5-d3} Nd7 { This creates a temporary logjam but stopping an immediate Ne5 was necessary. Once f7 is protected, I'll be able to unravel with ...Ndc5 + ...Bd7, connect Rs, break the pin on the Na6 & perhaps challenge for control of the d-file.} 13. O-O Ke7 14. Rd1 $6 (14. Nbd2 $142 Ndc5 15. Nd4 Bd7 16. f4) 14... Ndc5 15. Ra5 Bd7 {To stop Rb5.} 16. Ne5 Ba4 $5 {[#]} (16... Rhd8 $142 17. Nxd7 Rxd7 18. Rxd7+ Kxd7 19. Rb5 Kc7 20. Kf1 Rd8 21. Ke1 b6) 17. Rxa4 $2 (17. Rc1 $11 { was correct.}) 17... Nxa4 $2 (17... Rad8 $142 $1 $17 {, wresting control of the d-file & exploiting White's 1st-rank weakenesses, would've refuted his Rxa4.}) 18. Rd7+ Kf6 19. f4 {With the Ne5 protected, he is threatening Rxf7# & my b7 P.} Rhf8 20. Be4 $2 {This threatens mate again, this time by Ng4} ({but} 20. Bxb7 $142 Rad8 21. Bxa6 Nc5 22. Bb5 Nxd7 23. Bxd7 $11) 20... g6 $2 (20... g5 $142 $1 21. Bxb7 gxf4 22. Ng4+ (22. gxf4 $143 $2 Rad8 23. Bxa6 Nc5 24. Bb5 Nxd7 25. Nxd7+ Ke7 26. Nxf8 Rd1+ 27. Kf2 Kxf8 28. Na3 $1 Rc1 29. c5 Rxc5 30. Bd3 bxa3 31. bxa3 h6 $17) 22... Kf5 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. h3 Rf8 $15) 21. Rxb7 $4 ( 21. Bxb7 Rad8 22. Bxa6 Nc5 23. Bb5 Nxd7 24. Bxd7 $11 {was required.}) 21... N4c5 {Now I'm winning.} 22. Rxf7+ Rxf7 23. Bxa8 Ra7 24. Bg2 {[#]} (24. Bf3 $142 ) 24... Nb8 (24... Nb3 $142) 25. Nd2 Nbd7 (25... Ra2 $142) 26. Nxd7+ (26. Nd3 $142 Nxd3 27. exd3 Ra2 28. Kf2 Rxb2 29. Ke3) 26... Rxd7 27. Nf3 (27. Ne4+ Nxe4 28. Bxe4 Rd2 29. Kf2 Rxb2 30. c5 b3 31. c6 $140 $2 Rc2 $1 32. Ke3 (32. Bxc2 $2 bxc2 33. c7 c1=Q) 32... Rc4 33. Kd3 $2 Rxe4 $1 34. Kxe4 b2 35. c7 b1=Q+ { was little or no better.}) 27... Rd1+ 28. Kf2 Rb1 29. g4 Rxb2 30. g5+ Ke7 31. Nd4 b3 32. Ke3 Ra2 {[#] White resigns. Time left - Bero 12:55, Moldovan 65:44 Estimated time used - Bero 109:45, Moldovan 56:56 Longest thinks: White - 10 minutes for 15.Ra5 Black - 7 minutes for 21...Nac5} 0-1 [Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.18"] [Round "3"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Scobie, Micah"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1391"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] [BlackTeam "SA Bed-Stuy MS2"] {Board 104.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) D31 Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation} 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nc3 Bd6 6. Qc2 (6. Bg5 $142 {Forgacs - A. Neumann : Barmen 1905}) 6... f5 $2 (6... h6 $142 $1 {preventing 7.Bg5}) ( 6... Nf6 {transposing into more standard lines}) ({or} 6... Bg4) 7. Bg5 Nf6 ( 7... Ne7 $142 8. e3 O-O $14 {Ivkov - Zinn : Dresden 1959}) 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 { [#] This loses a P} ({but} 8... gxf6 $143 $6 9. e3 f4 10. exf4 $146 Bxf4 11. Bd3) 9. Nxd5 Qe6 ({Of course, not} 9... cxd5 $4 10. Qxc8+ Qd8 11. Qxb7 $18) ({ RR} 9... Qh6 10. Nc3 Be6 11. e3 O-O 12. Bd3 Nd7 13. h4 {Kaidanov - Lakdawala : U.S. Open 1990}) 10. Nc3 O-O 11. e3 Nd7 12. Bd3 $146 ({Previously seen here were} 12. O-O-O Nb6 13. h4 {Zwerver - Houtman : Groningen 1999}) ({&} 12. b3 $6 {Satvik - Padmanaban : Teheran 2006}) 12... Nf6 13. Ng5 Qd7 14. Bc4+ Kh8 15. Be6 Qe7 {[#]} 16. Bxf5 $2 (16. Bxc8 Raxc8 17. Qxf5 $18 {was right.}) 16... Bxf5 (16... Nd5 $142 17. Bxc8 $8 Qxg5 18. Bh3 Nxe3 $1 19. fxe3 Qxe3+ 20. Qe2 Qxd4 21. Rd1 $8 Qh4+ 22. g3 Bxg3+ 23. hxg3 Qxg3+ 24. Kd2 Rf2 25. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 26. Kc1 g6 $11) 17. Qxf5 g6 18. Qh3 $4 (18. Qe6 $142 Qc7 $140 19. Qh3 $18) 18... Nh5 $4 (18... Nd5 $142 $14) 19. g4 $4 (19. Nge4 $142 $18) 19... Qxg5 (19... Nf4 20. Qxh7+ Qxh7 21. Nxh7 Kxh7 22. exf4 Rae8+ 23. Kd2 Rxf4 24. f3 Rxf3 25. Raf1 Ref8 26. Rxf3 Rxf3 {was also +/=.}) 20. gxh5 Qxh5 $4 (20... Rae8 $142 21. Rf1 Qh6 $14) 21. Qxh5 gxh5 22. f4 $18 {[#]} (22. Ne4 $142) 22... Rae8 23. Kd2 Bb4 $2 24. a3 Bxc3+ 25. bxc3 Rd8 26. Rhg1 c5 27. Rg5 cxd4 28. cxd4 Rg8 29. Rag1 Rge8 30. Rxh5 b6 31. Kd3 a5 32. Rb1 Rb8 33. a4 Re6 34. Rxa5 Rg6 35. Rg5 Rh6 36. a5 Rxh2 $2 37. axb6 Rb7 38. Rc1 Rb8 $2 39. b7 {Black resigns. Time left - Moldovan 77:55, Scobie 109:38 Estimated time used - Moldovan 45:20, Scobie 13: 32 Longest thinks: White - 13 minutes for 19.g4?? Black - 3 minutes for 18... Nh5} 1-0 [Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.18"] [Round "4"] [White "Zhang, Alan"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C19"] [WhiteElo "2135"] [BlackElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "See (King) Alpha"] [BlackTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] {Board 42.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) C19 French Defense Winawer Variation One of my best-ever games!} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. h4 (7. Qg4 $142 {, which we'll call the Verlinsky Variation.}) 7... Qc7 (7... Qa5 8. Bd2 Qa4 {(Phillips - Clarke : Chester/Cheshire 1952) is another way to play.}) 8. Nf3 ({Now it's too late for Q sortie:} 8. Qg4 $2 cxd4 9. Ne2 (9. Qxg7 $4 {loses to} Rg8 10. Qxh7 Qxc3+ 11. Kd1 Qxa1) 9... Nf5 10. cxd4 Qxc2 $17) 8... b6 $1 {/\ trading l.s. Bs.} (8... Bd7 $143 9. h5 h6 10. a4 {Ingbrandt - Sjodahl : Norrkoepping 1988} (10. g4 $5 {Hunt - Moldovan : Casual game, Springfield 12/26/1999} Ba4 $11)) 9. h5 h6 10. a4 (10. Bb5+ Bd7 11. Bd3 Ba4 {(Yudasin - Casper : Leipzig 1986) is also fine for Black.}) 10... Ba6 {[#] } 11. Bd3 $6 (11. Bb5+ $142 Bxb5 12. axb5 $11 {Steiner - Foltys : Lodz 1938}) 11... Bxd3 $1 12. Qxd3 (12. cxd3 $2 {drops a P to} cxd4 13. cxd4 Qc3+ 14. Bd2 $8 Qxd3 $17) 12... Nbc6 (12... Nd7 {(Malenka - Kinchant : correspondence, ICCF 2007), overprotecting c5, also favors the 2nd player but is unnecessarily defensive. The text hits e5 & prepares the thematic ..Na5-c4.}) 13. Ba3 O-O 14. O-O (14. dxc5 $143 $2 bxc5 15. Bxc5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5+ 17. Kf1 Qc7 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 $17) 14... Rfc8 $146 ({Previously seen here was} 14... Na5 15. Rfe1 (15. Nd2 {T. Bueno - L. Do Prado : correspondence, ICCF 2000} Rfc8 $15) 15... Nc4 16. Bc1 Rac8 17. Nh2 cxd4 18. cxd4 Na5 19. Ba3 Rfe8 20. Re2 Qc3 21. Qxc3 Rxc3 $15 {Levchenkov - Moskalenko : Lubniewice 1994}) 15. Nd2 ({Again, if} 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. Bxc5 $2 {then} Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Qxc5 $17) 15... Na5 16. Rfc1 cxd4 17. cxd4 Qd7 18. Bb4 (18. g4 $142 Nc4 19. c3 $11) 18... Nc4 {[#] Draw offer #1. I have the advantage + a 25 minutes lead and see that my team's prospects are not good. We're behind 1-0, a P down on board 4, worse on board 2 & out-rated on each by some 300 points.} {White immediately rejected the peace proposal but pondered 20 minutes before playing...} 19. Nb3 (19. c3 $142) 19... a5 { Draw offer #2. Now it's 2-0. White can clinch the match by accepting but he again declines.} 20. Bd2 $2 {After a 10 minute think.} (20. Bxe7 $142 Qxe7 21. Ra2 $15) 20... Nb2 $17 {Draw offer #3. The score is now 3-0 & White is practically forced to trade Qs, or so I thought.} 21. Qh3 $2 {I was going to be extremely critical of this move but given my young opponent's rating drop in the last 2 months, from 2184, let's just say that his desire to win-back a few points instead of losing nearly 30 wasn't warranted.} Nxa4 {Draw offer #4. Hey! I'm a P up but am still willing to give him a half-point & get home early. } ({The engine says} 21... Rc4 {was even stronger.}) 22. g4 $5 Rc4 23. g5 $2 { This gives my Ne7 the f5 square & makes it a monster.} (23. c3 $142) 23... Nf5 {[#]} 24. Qg4 Kh8 (24... hxg5 $142 25. Bxg5 Kh7) 25. Kh2 Nc3 26. gxh6 gxh6 27. Rg1 Kh7 (27... Ne4 $142 28. Bxh6 $140 Rxc2) 28. Rg2 $2 {Going all-in, White prepares to triple & forsakes the c-pawn.} (28. Be3 $142 Ne4 29. Rac1) 28... Ne4 {This discovers upon the c2P & hits the B.} 29. Be3 Qe7 30. Rag1 Rxc2 31. Qf4 {This blocks his B but [#]} (31. f3 Rxg2+ 32. Rxg2 Ng5 {was wanting, as well.}) 31... Qh4+ {(!) Trading Qs was good practical decison even if it was based on a oversight.} (31... a4 $142) 32. Qxh4 Nxh4 33. Rg7+ Kh8 34. Rxf7 Nf5 {I don't have 34...Nf3+ but this is still winning. 35...Nxe3, trapping the poor Nb3 & 35...Nxf2 are all threatened.} 35. Rg2 $2 (35. Kh1 $142 Nxf2+ 36. Bxf2 Rxf2 37. Rf6 a4 38. Na1 Re8) 35... a4 36. Na1 Ra2 {White has 36 seconds to make 4 moves.} 37. Rb7 Rxa1 38. Bxh6 Nxh6 39. Rgg7 Nf5 40. Rg6 Rf1 {[#] White resigns. Time left - Zhang 30:03, Moldovan 74 minutes Estimated time used - Zhang 123:17, Moldovan 79:20 Longest thinks: White - 20 minutes for 19. Nb3 Black - 6 minutes for 20...Nb2} 0-1 [Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.19"] [Round "5"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Yao, Brian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A53"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1693"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "100"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] [BlackTeam "Cornell C"] {Board 85.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) A53 Old Indian Defense} 1. d4 c6 2. c4 (2. e4 $142 $1) 2... d6 3. Nc3 Qc7 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 e5 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Be3 Be7 {[#]} 10. a3 $6 $146 (10. Nh4 $142 $1 {/\ Nf5} Bg6 11. Rc1 O-O 12. Nxg6 hxg6 $16 {Sliwerski - Motyl : Krakow 2010}) (10. Qb3) (10. Qd2) ({&} 10. Rc1 {have also been played.}) 10... O-O 11. Qd2 (11. g4 $142 Bg6 12. Nh4) 11... Rfe8 12. Nh2 $2 (12. Nh4 $142) 12... h6 13. f4 (13. d5 $142) 13... Bg6 ( 13... exf4 14. Bxf4 g5) 14. Rf2 (14. f5 $142) 14... a5 15. Nf1 $2 (15. b3) 15... a4 $2 (15... Nb6 $142 $17) 16. Kh2 $2 Qa5 {[#]} 17. g4 $4 (17. f5 $142 Bh7 18. d5 $11) 17... Nb6 18. f5 Nxc4 19. Qd3 Nxe3 20. Nxe3 Bh7 $2 (20... exd4 $142 21. fxg6 Qe5+ 22. Kg1 Qxe3 23. gxf7+ Kxf7 24. Qxe3 dxe3 $19) 21. Nc4 $4 ( 21. d5 $142 $17) 21... Qc7 $2 (21... Qa7 $142 $19) 22. dxe5 dxe5 $2 (22... d5 $142) 23. Qg3 b5 24. Nd2 Rad8 25. Nde4 Nxe4 (25... Nd5 $142 $17) 26. Nxe4 Bg5 $2 (26... f6 $142 $15) 27. Nxg5 $2 (27. e3 $142 Qb6 28. Re1 Rd3 29. Nxg5 hxg5 30. Be4 $44) 27... hxg5 {[#]} 28. f6 $2 (28. Be4 $142 $44) 28... Rd4 29. e3 Rd7 (29... Rd6 $142 $19) 30. Raf1 $2 (30. h4 $142) 30... e4 $2 (30... Re6 $142 31. fxg7 Qd8 $17) 31. Qxc7 Rxc7 32. Rc1 (32. Rd1 $142 $15) 32... c5 33. Bf1 (33. Rd1 $142) 33... c4 34. fxg7 (34. Rd1 $142) 34... Rd8 35. Kg3 Kxg7 36. h4 gxh4+ 37. Kxh4 Bg6 38. Kg3 Rc5 39. Rcc2 f6 40. Bg2 Rd3 41. Kf4 f5 42. Bf1 $4 (42. g5 $142 $15) 42... Rdd5 $2 (42... fxg4 $19) 43. g5 Rc8 44. Rh2 (44. Rcd2 $142) 44... Rd1 {[#]} 45. Rhf2 $2 (45. Be2 $142 $44) 45... Rcd8 46. Bxc4 $4 bxc4 47. Rxc4 R8d5 48. Rxa4 $2 Rg1 49. Ra7+ Kf8 50. Rh2 Rg4# {Time left - Moldovan 4:57, Scobie 22:13 Estimated time used - Moldovan 149:13, Scobie 131:57 Longest thinks: White - 13 minutes for 19.g4?? Black - 3 minutes for 18...Nh5} 0-1 [Event "48th USATE"] [Site "Parsippany, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Mistry, Jayesh"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B08"] [WhiteElo "1257"] [BlackElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2018.02.17"] [EventType "team-swiss"] [EventRounds "6"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "St. Joe's High School"] [BlackTeam "Zugzwang Zigzaggers"] {Board 109.1 40/120, SD/30 +5 (delay) B08 Pirc Defense} 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Be3 O-O 6. h3 a6 7. Qd2 ({For} 7. Bd3 {see my January 11th loss to Benitez.}) 7... b5 8. O-O-O $2 (8. e5 $142 b4 $1 9. exf6 bxc3 10. Qxc3 Bxf6 11. Qd2 $11 {Soderborg - Hesselborn : Lund 2010}) 8... b4 9. Ne2 $6 ( 9. Na4 $142 {Ciubotaru - Marcotulli : correspondence, IECG 2001} Nxe4 10. Qxb4 $15) 9... Nxe4 10. Qxb4 {[#]} Nc6 $2 $146 (10... c5 $142 $1 11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. Bxc5 dxc5 {Szadkowski - Debowski : correspondence, ICCF 2014} 13. Rxd8 (13. Qxc5 $4 Bxb2+ 14. Kxb2 Qxd1 $19) 13... cxb4 14. Rxf8+ Kxf8 $17) 11. Qc4 Na5 ( 11... Na7 $142 $8 $11) 12. Qd5 $18 Nxf2 {Resigns was a good alternative.} 13. Bxf2 Bh6+ 14. Kb1 c6 15. Qe4 Bf5 (15... Rb8 $142) 16. Qh4 Bg7 17. g4 Be4 $4 ( 17... Bd7 $142) 18. Ng5 $1 {Winning a 2nd piece.} h6 $2 (18... Bxc2+ $142 19. Kxc2 h6) 19. Nxe4 Rb8 20. Be3 $4 {[#]} (20. N2c3 $142 $18) 20... Qb6 $4 { Missing a chance to get back in the game} ({with} 20... Nc4 $1 $16 21. Bc1 $140 $4 Rxb2+ $3 22. Ka1 (22. Bxb2 $2 Qb6) 22... Qb6 $19) {The rest needs little comment.} 21. b3 Nc4 22. Bxh6 Qb4 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. N2c3 Na3+ 25. Kc1 d5 { Black wins 1 piece back, to no avail.} 26. Nb1 dxe4 27. Nxa3 Qxa3+ 28. Kb1 Rb6 29. g5 Rh8 30. Qxe4 Rh5 31. d5 cxd5 {& I resigned without waiting to see 32. Qd4+. Time left - Mistry 60:08, Moldovan 46:35 Estimated time used - Mistry 62:32, Moldovan 76:00 Longest thinks: White - 10 minutes for 26.Nb1 Black - 8 minutes for 11...Na5?? & 12...Nxf2} 1-0

#1296 Kenilworth Ch. - Prize Winners & Crosstable


1st place: LM Mark Kernighan
2nd place: John Moldovan
3rd place: Gilberto Benitez

U1800: Greg Tomkovich
Biggest Upset: Moldovan (as Black) 1/2-1/2 vs. Kernighan in round 5.