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 "2012.01.06"] [SourceVersionDate "[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 "2012.04.11"] {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 "] {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.

Friday, March 23, 2018

#1295 Kenilworth Championship - Round 7 Annotations

My draw vs. Selling:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.22"] [Round "7"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Selling, Ed"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E92"] [WhiteElo "1784"] [BlackElo "1845"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "33"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.28"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 2 G/75+5 (delay) E92 King's Indian Defense Petrosian Variation} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 Ne8 (7... a5 $142 { , which is the main line.}) 8. Bg5 ({RR} 8. h4 $142 $1 Nf6 {Frackowiak - Fudalej : Polanica Zdroj 2001} (8... h6 9. h5 (9. Nd2 f5 10. h5 g5 11. exf5 Bxf5 12. Nde4 $14 {Bilek - Lehmann : Capablanca Memorial, Havana 1965}) 9... g5 10. Be3 $14) (8... f5 $143 $2 9. h5 f4 10. hxg6 hxg6 11. g3 $16 {Gligoric - Bogdanovic : Titovo Uzice 1966}) 9. Be3 Ng4 10. Bg5 $14) 8... f6 9. Bh4 (9. Bd2 $142 f5 {I. Rajlich - Kolago : Rowy 1998} 10. O-O) {Now Black's d.s. B improves its scope.} 9... Bh6 10. Nd2 {[#]} Na6 $146 (10... Qd7) (10... c5) ( 10... Ng7) ({&} 10... Bg5 {have also been tried}) ({but} 10... a5 $146 { is probably best of all.}) 11. Bg4 (11. O-O $142 $14) 11... Nc5 12. Bxc8 $2 ( 12. Be2 $142 {humbly retreating, to cover d3} a5 {to stop me from kicking the Nc5 away} 13. Nb3 $11) 12... Qxc8 $2 (12... Nd3+ $142 13. Kf1 Qxc8 14. Nb3 Nf4 $15) 13. Qe2 f5 (13... Bxd2+ $142 $1 14. Kxd2 c6 $11) 14. f3 fxe4 15. Ndxe4 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Qf5 17. O-O {[#] White offers a draw. Black accepts. Game drawn by agreement. [#] Time left - Moldovan 48:17, Selling 57:41 Estimated time used - Moldovan 28:08, Selling 18:44 Longest thinks: White - 7 minutes for 12. Bxc8? Black - 4 minutes for 14...fxe4 With the half-point I clinched 2nd place.} (17. O-O Qf4 (17... Qh5 $4 18. Be7 $18 Rf7 $2 19. Ng3 $18) 18. Qf2 $1 ( 18. Bg3 $143 Qe3+ 19. Qxe3 Bxe3+ 20. Bf2 Bxf2+ 21. Rxf2 Nf6 $11) 18... Qe3 19. Rfe1 Qxf2+ 20. Kxf2 $1 $14 {(keeping control of f6) /\ c5}) 1/2-1/2

#1294 Kenilworth Championship - Round 7 Photos

 Photo credit: Ed Selling



Captions to follow.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

#1293 Tal Quote

A Mikhail Tal quote, per issue 23 of The Friendly Post:

"Over-the-board chess is the favorite of mortals. Correspondence chess is the favorite of the Gods."

Friday, February 23, 2018

#1292 Kernighan Wins Kenilworth Championship

LM Mark Kernighan won the 27th Kenilworth Championship held January 11th thru February 22nd. It is the 3rd club title in 4 years for Kernighan & his 4th overall.

I finished 2nd & the scored the biggest upset.

Gilberto Benitez was 3rd. Greg Tomkovich topped all U1800 players.


7th round results:

Gottlieb 0-1 Kernighan
Moldovan 1/2-1/2 Selling
McAuliffe 1/2-1/2 Benitez
Tomkovich 1-0 Ruales
Dovydaitis 0-1 McCorkell

Pelican: 1 point bye


Final Standings:

1. Kernighan 6.5
2. Moldovan 5.0
3. Benitez 4.5
= 4-5. Selling, Tomkovich 4.0
= 6-8. Pelican, McAuliffe, McCorkell 3.5
9. Gottlieb 2.5
10. Dovydaitis 2.0
11. Ruales 1.5
12. Abujawdeh 1.0 (withdrawn)

A crosstable, photos from the final round and notes to my game will follow.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#1291 Missing Or Lost Pages


During the Kenilworth CC site's move to a new host in December many of my java-replay pages were lost or misplaced.

It will take some time to note what I need to move or re-upload and fix the problem.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

#1290 Kenilworth Championship - Round 6 Annotations

My win over McAuliffe:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.15"] [Round "6"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "McAuliffe, Geoff"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D41"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1612"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan,John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.17"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.17"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 2. G/75+5 (delay). D41 Queen's Gambit, Semi-Tarrasch Defense.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 {Thanks to frequent use by Vladimir Kramnik this is back in fashion} ({but} 4... exd5 {, which I faced in round 4, remains best. }) 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Be7 {This is a favorite of Kenilworth member Bob Sherry.} (6... c5 {/\ ...cxd4 followed by ...Bb4+ is the norm.}) 7. Nf3 (7. Qg4 $5 g6 { Landgren - H. Karlsson : Stockholm 1994} 8. Bc4 $146 c5 9. Ne2 {was an option.} ) 7... c5 8. Bb5+ {?! Tsesarsky} Bd7 9. Bd3 $1 cxd4 ({For} 9... O-O {see Karpov - Kegelij : simul, Kamp Lintfort 2004 & my 2011 draw vs. J. Demetrick.}) 10. cxd4 O-O (10... Bb4+ $143 11. Bd2 Bxd2+ 12. Qxd2 $16 {Soulas - Alozy : correspondence, ICCF 2008 & Krumm - Heidrich : correspondence, Germany 2008}) ( 10... Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Bb4 12. O-O Bxd2 13. Nxd2 $16 {Ererdem - Micoogullari : Manavgat 2015}) 11. O-O {[#]} Bc6 $146 (11... Nc6 12. Bd2 Rc8 13. Rb1 $14 { was played in Cumming - Saint Louis : correspondence, ICCF 2012.}) 12. Re1 Bb4 {This gains a tempo on my R but side-tracks a K-side defender.} 13. Re2 (13. Re3 $142 $1 $16) 13... Nd7 14. Qb3 a5 (14... Qa5 {was expected.}) 15. Bf4 Re8 16. Rc1 Rc8 $2 {[#]} (16... Nf8 $142 $14) {Now I gain 2 pieces for a R.} 17. d5 $1 exd5 18. exd5 Rxe2 19. Bxe2 Nc5 20. Rxc5 Bxc5 21. dxc6 Rxc6 {White is close to winning. He has a material advantage & the B pair.} 22. Bc4 (22. Qxb7 $142 Rb6 23. Qe4) 22... Rb6 $2 (22... Qe7 $142 $16) 23. Qc2 Rb4 $2 (23... h6 $142) 24. a3 $4 {This gives Black a chance to get back in the game. [#]} (24. Ng5 $142 $1 $18 {-> was right.}) 24... Rb6 $4 (24... Rxc4 $1 25. Qxc4 Qd1+ 26. Qf1 {, when Black wins the a3P & creates connected passers, would have given Geoff chances to hold.}) 25. Ng5 $1 {Now I have a winning attack.} Bd6 $2 (25... Kf8 $142) 26. Nxf7 Qe7 (26... Qf6 27. Ng5+ Kf8 $8 (27... Kh8 28. Qxh7#) 28. Nxh7+ { was little or no improvement.}) 27. Nxd6+ (27. Ng5+ $142 Kf8 $8 (27... Kh8 28. Qxh7#) 28. Qf5+ Qf6 (28... Ke8 29. Qc8+ Qd8 $8 30. Bf7+ Ke7 (30... Kf8 31. Qxd8#) 31. Qe6+ Kf8 32. Nxh7#) 29. Nxh7+ Ke7 30. Nxf6 gxf6 31. Qe6+) 27... Kf8 $2 {This allows mate in 3.} (27... Kh8 28. Nf7+ Kg8 29. Ng5+ Kf8 30. Qf5+ Ke8 31. Qc8+ Qd8 32. Bf7+ Ke7 {would've held-out a number of moves longer.}) 28. Qf5+ {[#] &, rather than play to the bitter end, my opponent resigned. Time left - Moldovan 19:07, McAuliffe 15:27. Estimated time used - Moldovan 59:13, McAuliffe 62:53. Longest thinks: White - 7 minutes at moves 17, 25 & 26. Black - 8 moves for 25...Bd6? Despite the big mistake at move 24, this was my best game of the tournament.} (28. Qf5+ Qf6 29. Qc8+ Ke7 30. Qe8#) 1-0

#1289 Kenilworth Championship - Round 6 Photos


Captions to follow.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#1288 Kenilworth Championship - Round 6 Results

In round 6 of the Kenilworth Championship, I defeated Geoff McAuliffe:


Round 6 Results:

Pelican 0-1 Kernighan.
Moldovan 1-0 McAuliffe
Benitez 1-0 Dovydaitis

1/2 point byes: Selling, Tomkovich, Gottlieb, McCorkell
1 point bye: Ruales


Standings, after 6 of 7 rounds:

1. Kernighan 5.5
2. Moldovan 4.5
3. Benitez 4.0
4. Selling 3.5
= 5-6. Tomkovich, McAuliffe 3.0
= 7-9. Pelican, Gottlieb, McCorkell 2.5
10. Dovydaitis 2.0
11. Ruales 1.5
12. Abujawdeh (withdrawn) 1.0

Photos, notes to my win & round 7 pairings to follow.

Post updated 2/21 @ 12:16 a.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

#1287 Kenilworth Championship - Round 5 Annotations

My draw versus Kernighan:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.08"] [Round "5"] [White "Kernighan, Mark"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A48"] [WhiteElo "2252"] [BlackElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.02.11"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.11"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 1. G/75+5 (delay). A48 King's Indian Defense vs. London System.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. Nbd2 d6 {This is okay} ({but} 4... c5 $142 $1 5. e3 $140 cxd4 $1 (5... d6 {was played in Alekhine - Euwe : London 1922}) 6. exd4 d5 { , transposing into an Exchange Caro-Kann.}) 5. e4 Nbd7 {This may be inaccurate. } (5... O-O {C. Watson - Euwe : London 1922}) ({&} 5... Nc6 {(Auffenberg - Chirkov : Weymouth, ENG 1968) are good alternatives.}) 6. Bc4 c6 {[#]} ({ A rare reply. Castling is usual & the engine recommends} 6... c5 {Sukandar - Richards : Melbourne 2014.}) 7. Qe2 $146 {Already a new move.} ({Previously seen here were:} 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 {Vink - Kerstens : Hengelo 1997}) (7. Bb3 { Wagle - Kirschner : Schoeneck 2002}) ({&} 7. h3 d5 8. Bd3 Qa5 9. c3 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 {Burch - Coburn : England 2010}) 7... d5 (7... O-O {/\ ... Nxe4!}) ({&} 7... Nh5 8. Be3 e5 {were options.}) 8. Bb3 (8. exd5 cxd5 9. Bd3 ( 9. Bb3 a5 $11) 9... Nh5 10. Be3 Qc7 {is of little or no improvement.}) { Now the game takes-on a Gurgenidze CK character.} 8... dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Nf6 11. Qe2 {[#]} O-O $6 (11... a5 $142 12. a4 Bg4 13. c3 (13. Bxf7+ Kxf7 14. Ne5+ Ke8 15. Nxg4 Nxg4 16. Qxg4 Qxd4 $11) 13... Nd5 14. Bg3 Qb6 $11) 12. O-O (12. h3 $142 $14 {preventing the following.}) 12... Bg4 {Black is a tempo down vs. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 Ngf6 8. Nxf6+ Nxf6 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qe2 Bg4 (D. Mann - Athens : correspondence, IECG 1998, with transposition) but White's extra move (Bb3) is of no benefit.} 13. Rad1 Nd5 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bc1 (15. Bh4 $143 Bf6 $1 16. Bg3 a5) 15... Qc7 16. h3 Bxf3 17. Qxf3 e6 18. Rfe1 Rad8 19. c3 Rd7 {[#]} 20. h4 Qd8 21. h5 g5 22. Bc2 Nf6 23. Re5 Rd5 $2 (23... Re8 $142 $11) 24. Bb3 $6 (24. Qe2 $142 $14) 24... Rd7 25. Qh3 Nd5 26. Re4 Nf6 (26... c5 $142 $1 27. dxc5 Nf4 28. Qf3 Rxd1+ 29. Qxd1 Qxd1+ 30. Bxd1 Nd3 31. Be3 Nxb2) 27. Ree1 Qc7 {Time check: White has 26 minutes left vs. Black's 18.} 28. Bc2 Rfd8 29. Rd3 {[#]} c5 {Black finally (some 25 moves late!) gets in his thematic break & eliminates White's space advantage.} 30. dxc5 $8 (30. Be3 $4 cxd4 31. Bxd4 $2 {loses to} Rxd4 $1 32. Rxd4 Rxd4 33. cxd4 Qxc2) 30... Rxd3 31. Bxd3 Qxc5 32. Be2 Qa5 {Black offers a draw.} 33. a3 {White declines but his outside majority & B pair are only illusory advantages.} Qa4 34. Qf3 b6 35. Rd1 Rxd1+ 36. Bxd1 Qe4 {This forces a Q trade.} 37. Qxe4 Nxe4 {[#]} 38. Kf1 Bf8 $6 (38... f5 $142 $1) 39. Bf3 Nf6 40. Be3 Bd6 41. Bd4 Nd7 $6 (41... e5 $142 $11) 42. Ke1 $5 (42. Bc6 e5 43. Bxd7 exd4 44. cxd4 $14 {wins a P but creates an opposite Bs ending.}) 42... Bc5 {This forces a trade of Bs.} 43. Bxc5 Nxc5 (43... bxc5 $142 $1) 44. Kd2 Kf8 45. Bc6 { [#]} (45. b4 $142 Nd7 46. Kd3 Ke7 47. Kc4 {but} Kd6 48. Kb5 Kc7 49. Ka6 Kb8 { gets Black to the Q-side in time.}) 45... e5 $2 (45... Ke7 46. b4 Kd6 (46... Na6 $5) 47. bxc5+ Kxc6 48. cxb6 axb6 $11 {was right.}) 46. Ke3 (46. g4 $1 Ke7 47. b4 Ne6 48. Ke3 $16 {would have given White winning chances.}) 46... f5 $1 47. Bd5 $2 (47. b4 $142 $11) 47... Ke7 $2 (47... Na4 $142 $17) 48. g3 $4 (48. b4 $142 $15) 48... Nd7 $2 (48... Na4 $142 $19) 49. Kd3 $4 (49. Bb3 $142 $17) 49... Nf6 $19 {[#] Black offers a draw. White accepts. Game drawn by agreement. Time left - Kernighan 0:40, Moldovan 6:14. Estimated time used - Kernighan 78: 25, Moldovan 72:46. Longest thinks: White - 9 minutes for 3.Bf4. Black - 7 minutes for 6...c6.} 1/2-1/2

#1286 Kenilworth Championship - Round 5 Photos




Captions to follow.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

#1285 Kenilworth Championship - 5th Round Results

In round 5 of the Kenilworth Championship, I drew LM Mark Kernighan.


5th round results, by board number:

1. Kernighan 0-1 Moldovan
2. Selling 1/2-1/2 McAuliffe
3. McCorkell 0-1 Benitez
4. Pelican 1/2-1/2 Tomkovich
5. Ruales 0-1 Gottlieb

Dovydaitis: 1 point bye.


Standings after round 5 of 7:

1. Kernighan 4.5
2. Moldovan 3.5
= 3-5. Benitez, Selling, McAuliffe 3.0
= 6-7. Pelican, Tomkovich 2.5
= 8-10. Gottlieb, McCorkell, Dovydaitis 2.0
11. Abujawdeh (withdrawn) 1.0
12. Ruales 0.5

Photos & notes to my game will follow.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

#1284 Early Start For Tomorrow's Westfield Quads


A reminder: Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday.

So, the Westfield Quads will be starting at 10:35 a.m.

Registration begins at 10.

#1283 Kenilworth Championship - 4th Round Annotations

Here is my win over Tomkovich:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.02.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Tomkovich, Greg"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D35"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1618"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner #1283"] [SourceDate "2018.02.01"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.02.01"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 2. G/75+5 (delay). D35 Queen's Gambit, Exchange Variation.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 ({For} 4... Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1 {see Anand's Tata Steel win over Hou Yifan.}) 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 (6. e3 Bf5 $140 $2 7. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 8. Qb3 $16 {(Ghitescu - Benites : Reykjavik 1957) was a good alternative.}) 6... O-O (6... Nc6 $143 {Attacking the unprotected d4P.} 7. e3 Nb4 $2 {Sakharov - Lutikov : Kiev 1960} 8. Qb3 $16) 7. e3 {[#]} Be6 {This looks a bit suspect as the B can become subject to Ne2-f4.} ({For} 7... Re8) ({&} 7... h6 8. Bh4 b6 $1 {see my archives.}) 8. Bd3 h6 9. Bh4 Nbd7 10. Nge2 $1 (10. Nf3 {would have transposed into my 2012 USATE draw vs. P. Balakrishnan.}) 10... Rc8 11. O-O c5 12. Rac1 (12. Nf4 $142 $1 c4 $140 { Jolowicz - Hoefer : Langenwang 1993} (12... Qb6 13. Rad1 cxd4 14. exd4 Bg4 15. Be2 $14 {Kanko - Vayrynen : Naantali 1997}) (12... cxd4 13. exd4 $14 Bd6 $2 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Qe2 $16 {Feliciano - Dias : Osasco 2012}) (12... a6 13. Rad1 c4 { Vrolijk - Vuckovic : Prague 2016} 14. Bg6 $1 $14) 13. Bg6 $1 $14) 12... cxd4 ( 12... c4 13. Bf5 Bd6 {would have equalized.}) 13. Nxd4 Nc5 {[#]} 14. Nxe6 $146 {Grabbing the B pair.} (14. Qb1 Nfd7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Bf5 {was played in Banusz - Ladanyi : Budapest 2001}) ({but} 14. Bf5 {was best of all.}) 14... fxe6 {This reinforces d5 but weakens his e6 & g6 squares.} ({I expected} 14... Nxe6 {looking to dissolve the isolonus with ...d4.}) 15. Bg6 Nce4 16. Qd3 Nc5 ( 16... Nxc3 $142 17. Rxc3 Rxc3 18. Qxc3 Qc8) 17. Qb1 (17. Qd4 $142 $14) ({or} 17. Qe2 $14) 17... Ncd7 (17... Ng4 $142 $11) 18. Rcd1 $2 (18. Bg3 $142 $14) 18... Ne5 19. Bc2 {Stubbornly holding onto the 2 Bs.} (19. Bg3 $142 Nxg6 20. Qxg6) 19... Nc4 20. Ne2 ({Moving the steed avoids threats such as} 20. a3 $2 Nxa3 21. bxa3 Rxc3 $17) 20... Qb6 {[#]} 21. Nd4 $6 (21. Nf4 $142 $1 g5 $140 22. Ng6 Rf7 23. Nxe7+ Rxe7 24. Bb3) (21. Bb3 $143 $4 Nxe3 $1 $19) 21... Nxb2 (21... Ng4 $142 22. Bxe7 Qc7 23. g3 Qxe7) ({Not} 21... Qxb2 $2 22. Nxe6 $16) 22. Nxe6 Qxe6 $2 (22... Nxd1 $142 23. Nxf8 Nc3 (23... Nxf2 $4 24. Ng6 $18) 24. Qxb6 axb6 25. Ng6 Bd6 $11 {was right.}) 23. Qxb2 {White has a textbook setup against the isolated d-pawn: control of d4 + pressure against d5.} b6 (23... Rc4 $142 24. Bg3 Bd6) 24. Bb3 Rc5 25. Rd4 Rd8 $2 (25... g5 $142 26. Bg3 Ne4 $16) 26. Rfd1 $4 {Missed win #1.} (26. e4 $142 $18 Nxe4 $140 27. Re1 Bxh4 28. Rexe4 Bxf2+ 29. Kxf2 $8) 26... Kh8 $2 (26... g5 $142 27. Bg3 Ne4 $14) 27. Qb1 (27. h3 $142 $16) 27... Qc6 $4 (27... g5 $142 28. Bg3 Ne4 $14) 28. Qf5 $2 {Missed win #2.} (28. e4 $142 $18 {taking advantage of the pins against the Nf6 & Pd) 5, + the weaknesses at e7 (loose B) & d8 (insufficiently protected R).}) 28... Rc1 29. h3 $1 Rxd1+ 30. Rxd1 Qc5 $2 (30... Qd7 $142 $16) {Now I trade 1 advantage (the B pair) for another & pick-up the d5P.} 31. Bxf6 Bxf6 32. Rxd5 Rxd5 33. Bxd5 $1 $18 {/\ 34.Qe6 + 35.Qg8#.} ({Not} 33. Qxd5 Qxd5 34. Bxd5 {& an opposite Bs ending.}) 33... Qc1+ 34. Kh2 Qc7+ 35. g3 Qe5 $2 {[#]} (35... Qd6 $142 {&, although the light squares around Black's K are very weak, White still has work ahead.}) 36. Qc8+ Kh7 37. Bg8+ {This wins the enemy's Q} ({but even} 37. Qg8+ $142 Kg6 $8 38. Bf7+ Kg5 (38... Kf5 39. Qh7+ g6 (39... Kg5 40. Qg6#) 40. Qxg6#) 39. Qh7 {which forces mate in 2.}) 37... Kg6 38. Qc2+ Qf5 (38... Kh5 39. Bf7+ g6 (39... Kg5 40. Qg6#) 40. Qxg6#) 39. Bh7+ {Black resigns. Time left - Moldovan 19:34, Tomovich 44:38. Estimated time used - Moldovan 50:02 (not including 8:39 in-transit), Tomovich 33:37. Longest thinks: White - 4:17 for 14.Nxe6. Black - 6 minutes for 21...Nxb2. Not my best game but it was good enough to give me a chance to tie for 1st next week.} (39. Bh7+ Kxh7 (39... Kh5 40. Qxf5+ Bg5 (40... g5 41. Qg6# (41. Qg4#)) 41. Qg6# (41. Qg4#)) (39... Kg5 40. Qxf5#) 40. Qxf5+) 1-0
No photos this week, due to my late arrival.

#1282 Kenilworth Championship - 4th Round Results

In round 4 of the Kenilworth Championship, I defeated Greg Tomkovich (with my trusty QGXV) and moved into 2nd place.

4th round results, by board number:

1. McAuliffe 0-1 Kernighan
2. Moldovan 1-0 Tomkovich
3. Selling 1-0 McCorkell
4. Gottlieb 0-1 Benitez
5. Dovydaitis 1-0 Ruales

Pelican: 1/2 point bye.


Standings after round 4 of 7:

1. Kernighan 4.0
2. Moldovan 3.0
= 3-4. Selling, McAuliffe 2.5
= 5-8. Benitez, Pelican, Tomkovich, McCorkell 2.0
= 9-11. Abujawdeh (withdrawn), Gottlieb, Dovydaitis 1.0
12. Ruales 0.5

Notes to my game will follow.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

#1281 Mikell's Plot To Perform At The USATE




Featuring Michael O'Connor
 

Will be performing at the Parsippany Hilton
1 Hilton Court
Parsippany, NJ 07054

On Saturday, February 17th,  from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Prior to the 48th annual U.S. Amateur Team East chess tournament.

The concert is open to the public.

#1280 Kenilworth Championship - Round 3 Results

In round 3 of the Kenilworth Championship, I won by forfeit.


3rd round results, by board number:

1. Kernighan 1-0 Selling
2. McAuliffe 1-0 Pelican
3. Tomkovich 1-0 Benitez
4. Moldovan +- Abujawdeh
5. McCorkell 1-0 Ruales
6. Gottlieb 1-0 Dovydaitis

Standings after round 3 of 7:

1. Kernighan 3.0
2. McAuliffe 2.5
= 3-5. Moldovan, Tomkovich, McCorkell 2.0
= 6-7. Selling, Pelican 1.5
= 8-10. Benitez, Abujawdeh, Gottlieb 1.0
11. Ruales 0.5
12. Dovydaitis 0.0

No games or photos this week.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

#1279 Kenilworth Championship - Round 2 Annotations

Against Paul Gottlieb, I made a tactical error on move 13, that went unpunished, & stumbled my way to victory:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.01.11"] [Round "2"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Gottlieb, Paul"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1575"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "Moldovan, John"] [SourceDate "2018.01.19"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.01.19"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 5. G/75+5 (delay). E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense, Classical Variation (by transposition)} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Bg5 O-O {This is considered premature as the K's position usually makes breaking the pin more of an issue.[#]} (5... Bb7 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 d6 {(Hasek - Vecsey : Prague 1928), which classified as a Q's Indian, rather than a Nimzo, is the main line.}) 6. Qc2 {This avoids doubled Ps} ({but} 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Bb7 8. Bd3 {(Kalabar - Censer : London Olympiad 1927) offered the best chance of exploiting the enemy's move order & gaining an edge.}) ({If} 6. e4 h6 7. Bh4 {Black keeps the balance with} g5 $1 8. Nxg5 $1 Nxe4 $1 {(Sendinc - A. Mueller : Frankfurt 1999)}) 6... h6 7. Bh4 Bb7 8. a3 {Perhaps I should have omitted this} ({& opted for} 8. e3 d6 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O {(Gilg - Ahues : Kecskemet 1927) instead.}) 8... Bxc3+ 9. Qxc3 d6 10. Nd2 $5 {With the ambitious idea of building a big center with f3 + e4.} (10. e3 Nbd7 11. Bd3 Qe8 {(E. Khan - Eperjesi : Budapest 1993) is equal.}) 10... Nbd7 11. f3 e5 (11... c5) (11... Rc8 {favored by Karpov, Kramnik & Anand}) (11... d5) ({&} 11... Re8 {are good, too.}) 12. d5 (12. e4 $142 exd4 $140 13. Qxd4 {I . Sokolov - Luther : Politiken Cup, Copenhagen 1991}) 12... a5 {[#] With ideas of ...Nc5 & ...a4.} ({I expected} 12... c6 $146 13. dxc6 Bxc6) 13. b3 $2 $146 {This is positionally desirable but tactically flawed.} (13. e4 $142 $11 {(E. Popov - Razumichin : correspondence, Russia 2001), reinforcing d5 & keeping my Q protected,}) ({or} 13. e3 a4 14. Bd3 $11 {Fustar - Marinkov : Belgrade 2009}) 13... Nc5 $2 (13... Nxd5 $1 14. Bxd8 Nxc3 15. Bxc7 d5 {would have given Black a clear plus.}) 14. e3 g5 $2 (14... Nxd5 $142 $1 15. Bxd8 Nxc3 16. Bxc7 a4 $1 $11) 15. Bf2 {Now White has the advantage.} Ne8 $2 (15... e4 $142 $16) 16. h4 $6 (16. e4 $142) 16... Qf6 $2 (16... f5 $142 $16) ({or} 16... g4 $16) 17. Be2 $2 (17. hxg5 $142 hxg5 18. e4 $18) 17... e4 18. Qxf6 ({Not} 18. Nxe4 $4 Nxe4 $19) 18... Nxf6 {[#]} 19. hxg5 hxg5 20. O-O-O $2 (20. f4 $142 g4 (20... gxf4 21. exf4 $18) 21. Bh4 $16) 20... exf3 $4 {Giving me the g-file makes no sense.} (20... b5 $142 21. cxb5 Bxd5 $14) 21. gxf3 $18 Rfe8 22. Kc2 b5 (22... Kf8 $142) 23. e4 bxc4 24. bxc4 Ba6 $2 (24... Kf8 $142) 25. Bd4 Kg7 $2 (25... Ncd7 $142) 26. Rdg1 (26. f4 $142 $1) 26... Kg6 $2 (26... Ncd7 $142) 27. Rg2 $6 (27. f4 $142 $1) 27... Nfd7 $2 {[#]} (27... Rh8 $142 28. Rxh8 Rxh8 29. f4 Ncd7) 28. f4 $1 f6 ({If} 28... Nxe4 {then} 29. Bh5+ Kf5 (29... Kh7 30. Bxf7#) 30. Bg4+ Kxf4 (30... Kg6 31. f5#) 31. Rf1+ Nf2 $8 32. Rfxf2#) 29. Bh5+ {Black resigns. Time left - Moldovan 19:16, Gottlieb 13:13. Estimated time used - Moldovan 58:09, Gottlieb 64:12. Longest thinks: White - 9 minutes for 13.b3?. Black - 6 minutes at turns 13, 14, 15 & 16.} ({After} 29. Bh5+ Kg7 30. Bxe8 (30. fxg5 Rh8 31. gxf6+ Kf8 32. Rg7) 30... Rxe8 31. Rxg5+ {White wins an Exchange & P.}) ({ However, even} 29. Rxg5+ $142 $3 fxg5 30. Bh5+ Kh7 $8 31. Bf7#) 1-0

#1278 Kenilworth Championship - Round 2 Photos







Captions to follow.

#1277 Kenilworth Championship - Round 2 Results

Luis Ruales (697) & Sam Abujawdeh (unrated) late-joined.

Additional late-joins permitted until the start of round 3 at the TD's discretion.

2nd round results, by board number:

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

Standings after round 2 of 7:

1. Kernighan 2.0
= 2-4. Selling, Pelican, McAuliffe 1.5
= 5-9. Benitez, Moldovan, Abujawdeh, Tomkovich, McCorkell 1.0
10. Ruales 0.5
= 11-12. Gottlieb, Dovydaitis 0.0

Photos and my win will follow.

#1276 Kenilworth Championship - Round 1 Photos




Captions to follow.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

#1275 Kenilworth Championship - Round 1 Annotations

My loss to Gilberto Benitez:
[Event "27th Kenilworth Club Championship"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2018.01.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Benitez, Gilberto"] [Black "Moldovan, John"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B08"] [WhiteElo "1835"] [BlackElo "1802"] [Annotator "Moldovan,John"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2018.01.11"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "John Moldovan"] [SourceDate "2018.01.16"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.01.16"] [SourceQuality "1"] {Board 3 G/75+5 (delay) B08 Pirc Defense 2 Knights Variation Not having played a single game in 6 weeks, I was reluctant to enter the tournament but there was an odd number of sign-ups. So, at the last-minute, I stepped in. Retirement will wait yet again.} 1. e4 g6 {The French, Caro-Kann & Sicilian were all considered.} 2. d4 Bg7 (2... d6 {has little independent significance. Play usually transposes to standard orders.}) 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 {Now we have a Pirc.} (4... a6 $5 {, Tiger's Modern, is the main alternative.}) 5. h3 { This is a dual-purpose move. It stops ...B or Ng4 & prepares Be3.} (5. Be2 O-O 6. O-O {is the main line.}) 5... O-O 6. Be3 {[#]} a6 {! And. Martin} (6... d5 { , which was 1st played in D. King - McNab : London 1988,} 7. exd5 $140 ({or} 7. e5 Ne4 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. Ng5 c5 $132 {Roeder - Gutman : Mengen 1990}) 7... Nxd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 {was an option.}) 7. Bd3 (7. a4 {, restricting Black's planned Q-side expansion, is the typical reply.}) 7... Nc6 (7... b5 $142 {B. Sikora Gizynska - Fojcik : Poland 1978, /\ ...Bb7 (putting e4 under pressure) + ... Nbd7 & ...c5.}) 8. a3 b5 {This discourages 0-0-0} ({but} 8... e5 $142 9. d5 Ne7 {F. Faco Gome - Montagna : correspondence, Brazil 1993}) 9. b4 $5 {A big surprise.} ({I expected} 9. O-O {Vazquez - Bustelo : Piriapolis 1987}) ({or} 9. Qd2 {which was tried in Hammond - G. McArthur : correspondence, IECC 2001.}) 9... Nd7 ({Previously seen here was} 9... Bb7 10. Qd2 e5 $11 11. d5 $6 Ne7 12. O-O c6 13. dxc6 Bxc6 $15 {Estela - S. Rodriguez : Cali 2015.}) 10. Qd2 Bb7 { This returns to known practice.} ({I didn't care for} 10... e5 11. d5 Nd4 ( 11... Ne7 12. a4 f5 13. Bg5 bxa4 14. O-O Qe8 15. Rxa4 $14) 12. Bxd4 exd4 13. Ne2 {but} Ne5 14. Nfxd4 f5 $1 15. exf5 Nxd3+ 16. cxd3 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Qf6 18. Qc3 Bxf5 {yields compensation for the P.}) 11. Bh6 $146 {[#]} (11. Ne2 Nb6 12. O-O e5 13. d5 Ne7 {was played in Hughes - Thollin : Gibraltar 2008.}) 11... Nxd4 $1 {Offering the Exchange.} (11... e5 $143 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. d5 Ne7 (13... Nd4 $5 14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Ne2 c5 $1 (15... Re8 $6 16. a4 $14 (16. Nxd4 $2 Bxd5 $1 $15)) 16. dxc6 Bxc6 17. Nxd4 Qf6 18. c3 d5 $44) 14. O-O c6 15. dxc6 Bxc6 $11) 12. Nxd4 Bxd4 13. Bxf8 $6 {This gives Black an edge.} (13. Bxb5 $142 $1 Bg7 14. Be2 $11) 13... Qxf8 14. Rb1 Qg7 15. Ne2 Bb6 16. O-O {[#]} Nf6 (16... Qe5 $142 $1 $15 17. Ng3 $140 $4 Qxg3 $19) 17. Ng3 h5 18. Rfe1 $2 (18. Kh1 $142 h4 19. Ne2 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Bxe4 21. Nc3 Bb7 22. Nd5 Qd4 23. Nxe7+ Kf8 $44 24. Qg5) 18... Nd7 19. c4 $2 (19. Kh1 $142 $15) 19... bxc4 (19... Ne5 $142 $17) 20. Bxc4 Ne5 $2 $44 (20... e6 $142 $17) 21. Bb3 $2 (21. Bd5 $142 c6 22. Bb3) 21... Kh7 $2 ( 21... Qf6 $142 $17) 22. Kh1 (22. Qg5 $142) 22... Qf6 (22... e6 $142) 23. f4 { [#]} Nc6 $2 (23... Ng4 $142 $1 $44 24. hxg4 $140 $4 Qh4#) 24. Bd5 Qh4 $6 (24... e6 $142 25. Nxh5 $1 Qd4 $8 (25... gxh5 $4 26. e5 dxe5 27. Qc2+ $18) 26. Qxd4 Bxd4 27. Bxc6 Bxc6 28. Ng3 Bb6 $14) 25. Kh2 $2 (25. Rec1 $142 Qxg3 26. Rc3 Qf2 27. Qxf2 Bxf2 28. Bxc6 Bxc6 29. Rxc6 Bb6 30. a4 a5 31. b5 $16) 25... e6 26. Bb3 $2 (26. Bxc6 $142 Bxc6 27. Rec1 Bb7 28. a4 $14) 26... Nd4 $44 (26... a5 $142) 27. Bd1 $2 (27. Bc4 $142) 27... Rg8 {This discourages f4-f5 & my follow-up prevents it.} (27... a5 $142 $1 $17) 28. Rf1 f5 29. Rc1 $6 (29. Qe1 $142 $15) 29... Rg7 (29... fxe4 $142 30. Rxc7+ $140 $4 Bxc7 31. Qxd4 d5 {I looked this far then stupidly stopped.} 32. Ne2 (32. Qa7 $2 {is refuted by} Bxf4 $1) 32... Qe7 $19) 30. Rc4 {[#]} (30. Qe1 $142) 30... e5 $2 {After being equal or better for more than 90% of the game I fall into a trap & apart.} (30... Qf6 $142 $17) 31. fxe5 dxe5 32. exf5 gxf5 33. Nxf5 Nxf5 $4 (33... Rxg2+ $8 34. Qxg2 Bxg2 35. Nxh4 Bxf1 $16 {, with chances to hold, was required.}) 34. Rxh4 Rxg2+ 35. Qxg2 Bxg2 36. Rxf5 {Black resigns. Time left - Benitez 7:27, Moldovan 10:41 Estimated time used - Benitez 70:33, Moldovan 67:19 Longest thinks: White - 11 minutes for 18.Rfe1? Black - 10 minutes for 29...Rg8 This was my first 1... g6 loss in 34 games, covering 5 years (+28-1-5)!} 1-0

#1274 Kenilworth Championship - Round 1 Results

The 27th Kenilworth Club Championship got underway on Thursday night with a 10 player field.

Here is the full list of participants, by rating:

1. LM Mark Kernighan 2217
2. Ed Selling 1845
3. Gilberto Benitez 1835
4. John Moldovan 1802
5. Bob Pelican 1635
6. Greg Tomkovich 1648
7. Geoff McAuliffe 1612
8. Paul Gottlieb 1566
9. Jack McCorkell 1455
10. Joseph Dovydaitis ----


Opening round results, by board number:

1. Kernighan 1-0 Tomkovich
2. Dovydaitis 0-1 Selling
3. Benitez 1-0 Moldovan
4. Pelican 0-1 Gottlieb

1/2 point byes: McCorkell & McAuliffe


Standings after round 1 of 7:

= 1-4. Kenighan, Selling, Benitez, Pelican 1-0
= 5-6. McAuliffe, McCorkell 0.5
= 7-10. Moldovan, Tomkovich, Gottlieb, Dovydaitis 0.0

Photos and my interesting loss will follow.

Late-joins permitted until the start of round 3 at the TD's discretion. For event details, see post #1273.

#1273 Kenilworth Championship Format Revised

With 1 late-addition & possibility of others joining the Kenilworth Championship (which started last week), changes to the tournament's format were required.

27th Kenilworth Club Championship

Format Changes:

- The Championship will be run as a 7-round swiss, from January 11th through February 22nd.
- There will be no rest weeks.
- Players are allowed 2 half-point byes. Rounds 1-6 only. Please notify Geoff McAuliffe or John Moldovan at least 8 hours in advance.
- Players who have not used 2 byes may request a 7th round postponement.
- March 1st & 8th have been reserved as snow dates.
- Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U1700.
- Best Game &/or Biggest Upset trophies will be awarded, if warranted.

This new info has been posted on our web site & a revised Online TLA has been submitted to the USCF.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

#1272 Kenilworth Championship Starts Next Week

The 27th Kenilworth Club Championship starts next Thursday, January 11th.

Here are the events' details:

January 11 - 27th Annual Kenilworth Chess Club Championship: Round 1, 8:30 p.m.
  • NON-RATED
  • 5 to 7 rounds. 2 sections: Championship & Reserve.
  • The Championship Section will be a 6 to 8 player Round-Robin. Participants will include the top 4-6 rated players entered plus the 2016 & 2017 Kenilworth CC Champions. The 2017 Reserve Section winner may also play in this section, if he so chooses.
  • The Reserve Section will be a Swiss or RR of the same length as the Championship Section.
  • G/75 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds will commence at 8:30 p.m. on January 11, 18 & 25 + February 1 & 8. If 6th & 7th rounds are necessary, they will be played on February 22nd & March 1st.
  • Postponed games from Rounds 1-5 will be made-up on February 15th. Postponed games from rounds 6-7 would be made-up on March 8th.
  • Cost: $10 entry fee + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $30 for most players.
  • KCC membership is required. Dues for 2018 are $10 for age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • Prizes: Trophies to 1st & 2nd in each section. Additional trophies may be awarded if the number of entries warrant doing so.
  • Register with Treasurer Geoff McAuliffe during our 1/4 meeting and or before 8:25 p.m. on 1/11 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J.
  • Late-joins allowed prior to round 2, at the TD's & Club President's discretion. For example: The late-joiner would make an even number of players in a section.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make changes as are deemed necessary for the good maintenance of the tournament.
LM Mark Kernighan won last year, also in 2008 & 2015. Other past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x!!), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005, 2006, 2007), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), LM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011) and IM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014) and John Moldovan (2016).

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the Chess Coroner Blog.


Thursday, January 04, 2018

#1271 Tonight's Kenilworth CC Meeting Canceled

Tonight's Kenilworth CC meeting has been canceled, due to the winter storm.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11th.

Join us then for round 1 of our Club Championship!