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Steven Feldman vs David Moody
"Moodylicious" (game of the day May-03-2010)
Michigan Masters/Experts Championship (1986), Dearborn, MI USA, rd 3, May-25
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense Tal Line (A77)  ·  0-1

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May-03-10  RandomVisitor: Possible improvements for black:
22...c4! 23.bxc4 b3 24.Qb1 Bxc4

24...b3 25.Qc1 Rbc8 26.e5 Bxc4 27.Nxc4 Qxc4 28.Qxc4

Possible improvements for white:
26.exd6 Qc5 27.Be3 Qxd5 28.Rd2

May-03-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: That's odd--judging from your nickname, I would have thought you didn't like the Benoni.

I'm kidding, of course. Congratulations on a very fine game.

May-03-10
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  Once: <Phony Benoni> A very enjoyable game to play through, though I imagine it would have been quite tense OTB.

I appreciate your honesty about the queen sac. White's 28. Qd3 doesn't give you much choice (or you will lose the bishop), but you do get very good compensation for the sac. It's something that occasionally happens, when our opponent unwittingly forces us to make the best move.

Very well played. If I had a hat on, I would take it off to you, sir!

May-03-10  UnsoundHero: Instead of 13 f3, what if white simply plays 13 f4? Go for the gusto. What is black's best line of play after this?
May-03-10  newzild: Congrats, Phony Benoni. I completely understand your fondness for the opening. Like you, my highest rated scalp was also achieved from the black side of a Benoni (although I usually play the KID).
May-03-10  RandomVisitor: After 12...Rb8:


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Rybka 3:

[+0.26] d=19 13.a5 Ne5

[+0.29] d=18 13.h3 b6 14.Re1 Qe7 15.Nc4 Ne5 16.Na3 Ned7

May-03-10
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  Benzol: <Phony Benoni> Very well played Dave. Congratulations.

:)

May-03-10  hms123: <Phoney Benoni> Great game--congratulations!
May-03-10
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  keypusher: Exciting!
May-03-10
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  kevin86: Moody's win reminds me of the Fischer game of the century in 1956. There,Fischer surrounded the opposing king with minor pieces and rook while the opponent only had a hapless queen for defense.
May-03-10
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  playground player: David Moody, aka <Phony Benoni>--shall we call him the Jim Northrup of chess?
May-03-10  Marmot PFL: Rumor is that Dave wanted this game so bad he offered a draw a piece up the round before, just to get the pairing.
May-03-10  The Famous Chess Cat: I also agree that it was a very interesting game. I felt the knight looked a bit misplaced on h5 with black concentrating on Q-side play, but then I'm not exactly booked up on Benoni theory. Is black supposed to attack on the K-side, or is there something deeper to the knight placement? Just curious. Brilliant game!
May-03-10  mrbiggs: Anyone else reminded of Bobby Fischer with the queen sac and ending position?
May-03-10  WhiteRook48: is this shaping up like Byrne-Fischer again?
May-03-10  The Famous Chess Cat: I don't see how it was a Queen sac, since black got a rook (5), a bishop (3), and a pawn (1), for a queen (9).
May-03-10
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  WannaBe: Usually, you want 2 rooks, or 3 minors for a queen (sac) exchange...

But hey, what do I know, never came/come close to beating a 2300+ player. =)

May-03-10
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for all the good words! I'll see what I can do with a few of the questions:

<Once: I imagine it would have been quite tense OTB.>

Yeow, was it! I'm very nervous and restless when playing tournament chess, and will generally get up from the board to pace around if my opponent takes more than 10 seconds to respond. There have been many games where I've spent more time away from the board than at it.

In this game, though, I was glued to the spot for the last 15 moves or so, due to the position and the clock. When we made the time control at move 40, I exploded out of my seat and nearly knocked out a kibitzer foolish enough to get in my way.

<UnsoundHero: Instead of 13 f3, what if white simply plays 13 f4? Go for the gusto. What is black's best line of play after this?>

Don't ask me. Frankly, I don't know a lot of Benoni theory either, but that's how I play chess.

My feeling is that there are many themes and ideas for both sides, and that picking the correct one in a particular situation is as much a matter of feel as analysis. These positions need to be played.

That being said, let's look at the situation after 12...Rb8:


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Opening Explorer gives 15 games in this position, with 13.h3 the most frequent choice, no game with 13.f4, and this the only game with 13.f3.

White generally has two plans against the Benoni: the Solid Slow Smother based on elimating counterplay, and the Quick Strike with f2-f4 and e4-e5. So far, White has been using the first of these plans, playing to establish a strong knight on c4. 13.f4 does not really fit into this plan at the moment, since White has not positioned himself to play e5. Instead, the move would weaken White's e-pawn and give Black play along the a2-g1 diagonal.

However, I'm not sure about Black's best line. This might be a situation for the ...c4 pawn sacrifice, aiming to play ...Nc5 with pressure on White's e-pawn.

Finally, 13.h3 is probably the most frequent choice because it fits into the Solid Slow Smother plan; Black's play based on ...Ng4 is eliminated. 13.f3 would seem to have the same effect and provide even more protection for the e-pawn, but it opens the diagonal and allows Black to get in the irritating ...Nh5.

<The Famous Chess Cat: I felt the knight looked a bit misplaced on h5 with black concentrating on Q-side play, but then I'm not exactly booked up on Benoni theory. Is black supposed to attack on the K-side, or is there something deeper to the knight placement?>

Again, I don't know about the theory. The Nh5 was intended as sort of a feint, to distract some White pieces from the queenside. It's not like the knight was going to do much over there anyway.

May-03-10
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  Phony Benoni: <Marmot PFL: Rumor is that Dave wanted this game so bad he offered a draw a piece up the round before, just to get the pairing.>

Methinks somebody has inside information! Here's the previous game:

Moody,D (2006) - Koster,E (2148) [C56]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Nc3 dxc4 8.Rxe4+ Be7 9.Nxd4 f5 10.Bh6 0-0 11.Nxc6 Qxd1+ 12.Rxd1 fxe4 13.Nxe7+ Kf7 14.Be3 Kxe7 15.Bc5+ Kf7 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Rd8+ Ke7 18.Rh8 h6 19.Nd5+ Kf7 20.Nxc7 Rb8 21.Nb5 Ke6 22.Nxa7 Ra8 23.Nxc8 Rxa2 24.Kf1 Rxb2 25.Rd8 Rxc2 26.Rd6+ Ke5 27.Rb6 c3 28.Rxb7 Rb2 29.Rc7 c2 30.Ke1 Rb1+ 31.Kd2 Rg1 32.g3 Rf1 33.Rxc2 Rxf2+ 34.Kd1 Rf1+ 35.Ke2 Rh1 36.Ke3 Re1+ 37.Kf2 Rh1 38.Ke3 Re1+ 39.Re2 Ra1 40.Ne7 Ra3+ 41.Kd2 Ra2+ 42.Ke1 Ra6 43.Rc2 g5 44.Nc6+ Kf5 45.h3 Ra3 46.Nd4+ Ke5 47.Ne2 e3 48.Nc3 Ra1+ 49.Nd1 h5 50.Rc5+ Ke4 51.Rc3 Kf3 52.Rxe3+ Kg2 53.Re5 Kxg3 54.Rxg5+ Kxh3 -


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I think the draw is justified in the final position, though White should probably have won earlier.

<The Famous Chess Cat: I don't see how it was a Queen sac, since black got a rook (5), a bishop (3), and a pawn (1), for a queen (9).>

Sacrifice or not, the important factor here was the quality of the remaining pieces. Black had two active bishops, a rook on the 7th rank, a knight helping out and a safe king. White's knights were passive, the queen could do nothing effective alone, and his king was exposed to attack. Add in the passed b-pawn, and White was probably lost even without 36.Qb6 and 37.Nxb4.

Oct-01-11  technical draw: Are you sure this is a real game? Seems phony to me. hahahahahaha!!
Oct-01-11
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  FSR: Look at all those minor pieces for the queen! Reminds me of D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956. As for your R+N v. R ending the round before, that had indeed been thought an easy draw - until Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1996. But it's possible that your technique is a smidge worse than Kasparov's.
Oct-01-11
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  FSR: I see that mrbiggs had the same thought about the similarity to D. Byrne-Fischer.

btw, my guess is that your opponent was the one who was moody, after you felled the man.

Oct-01-11  technical draw: <felled the man.>

Haha! I get it!....

Oct-01-11
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  Phony Benoni: Go ahead guys, have your fun. I never make jokes about my own games. Too often, they wind up unspeakable tragedies which for some reason I don't find funny at all.

And, in this case, Feldman is now a medical doctor. You never know who might be performing your next surgery.

Oct-01-11  technical draw: Dr. Feldman: "Moody? Name sounds familiar. Now I remember, he was the one who beat me when I had 350 rating points over him. I think we can dispense with the anesthesia, nurse.
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