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!

Friday, December 29, 2017

#1270 New Year's Eve Quads In Rahway

On Sunday, I will be directing the New Year's Eve Quads at Chess Mates Academy:

Dec. 31   New Year’s Eve Quads

3-RR. G/40 d5. Chess Mates Academy, 75 E. Cherry St., Suite 11, Rahway, NJ 07065. EF: $25, $20 Westfield CC members. Prizes: $60 to first in each section. Register: 12:00-12:25 p.m. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Contact: jpmoldovan@gmail.com. Note: Please bring a chess clock.

This event, which should end by 5:30 p.m., was designed to give Westfield's players a low-cost, 1-day alternative to the tournaments being run in Manhattan & Cherry Hill this week/weekend.

Parking in the lot across the street (behind The Waiting Room) is free on Sundays.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

#1269 Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays to all my chess friends, acquaintances and readers.

#1268 Ending My Ties With Chess Mates

I have decided to end my association with Chess Mates Academy, effective January 1st.

The time had come. I last directed there on July 15th. Since then I've had to abort 6 tournaments due a lack of turnout and scrap 1 after a mass player exodus.

The latter was yesterday. It was an epic, tragic-comedy. 6 kids refusing to play in the scheduled event because they didn't want to face lower-rateds or their friends and an adult showing-up 20 minutes after all the others had gone.

I am getting old. I am tired and depressed. Trying to save the country will do that to you. So will watching the Alain Vigneault-coached New York Rangers.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

#1267 Westfield CC Closed Tomorrow & On New Year's Eve


The Westfield Chess Club will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, December 24th and next Sunday, December 31st.

Its next tournament will be G/45 Quads on Sunday, January 7th, 2017, at 1 p.m.

#1266 New Kenilworth Officers & Trustees

The Kenilworth CC elected 3 new officers at its annual Business Meeting on Thursday:

 Secretary David Lazarus

 Webmaster Paul Gottlieb

 Trustee Pat Mazzillo


Those re-elected include: President John Moldovan, Vice President Greg Tomkovich, Treasurer/Tournament Director Geoff McAuliffe.

Trustees Bob Sherry and Howard Osterman round-out the list of club officials.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

#1265 Slav Exchange Miniature

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

#1264 Over 1800 Again!

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

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