North Carolina Chess Association

NCCA officers
Charles Roberson – President
John Timmel – First Vice President
Grant Oen – Scholastic Vice President
Wayne H. Spon – Secretary/Treasurer


                 North Carolina Gambit – March 2023


In this issue, you will find:

GM Elshan Moradiabadi –My Most Memorable Games
John Timmel – To Move and Win!



My Most Memorable Games – by Elshan Moradiabadi

Hi there, I am sharing 12 games that have defined my chess character to this point in my career.
I have selected twelve games of mine that left me with sweet memories.

I hope you enjoy them.
Best wishes,

link to Elshan’s memorable games on Lichess – 

My most memorable games





To Move and Win!  John Timmel

From the first of Elshan’s shared games.
White is destroyed by a powerful combination from the future Grandmaster.


2000 Artek ol U16 
Raicevic – Elshan Moradiabadi 


I was very thrilled at this point.
I was a proud 15 years old boy who had
just seen a five-move combination! –
Elshan Moradiabadi

and now after 31. Nexf3 

31….Rxf3! 32. Nxf3 Ne2+ 33. Kh1 Nxg3+! 34. Kg1 Ne2+

Qxe2 Rxe2 0-1


February 2023 CK&Q Classics – Cary, NC

Valisekkagar – Timmel

after 16. Qe6

Black to move and win!


17. Rxe6 Nfd8 18. Re2 e5 19. dxe5 fxe5 20. Bxe5 Rxf3! (the point of allowing 16. Qe6) 21.gxf3 (21. Bxg7 Rxd3 22. Bh6 Nf7) 21… Nxe5 22. Re3 Ndc6 23. f4 Nxd3 24. Rxd3 Rd8 25. Rad1 Ne7 26. Kg2 Kf7 27. Kf3 Rc8 28. R1d2 Rc4 29. Re2 Bh6 30. Rd4 Rxd4 31. cxd4 Nc6 32. Rd2 Bg7 33. Ke3 Ke6 34. Rd3 Kf5 35. Rd2 Bh6 36. Rd1 Bxf4+ 37. Kf3 Bg5 38. Rd3 Bf6 39. Ke3 h5 40. a3 g5 41. b4 h4 42. Rd1 Bxd4+ 43. Kf3 Ne5+ 44. Kg2 Ke4 45. a4 Bc3 46. b5 d4 47. Kf1 d3 48. Kg2 d2 49. Kf1 Kd3 50. a5 Kc2 51. Ke2 Nf3 52. a6 bxa6 53. bxa6 Nd4+ 54. Kf1 Kxd1 55. f3 Kc2 56. Kf2 d1=Q 57.
Ke3 Qe2# 0-1