Saturday, August 29, 2009

Astro Merdeka Rapid Round 1

Observed this game from the first round of the Astro Merdeka Rapid Team Championship between Irman and one Mohamed Sirajuddin. Nothing spectacular except that the player of the black pieces looked like eight or nine years old. Irman himself was a promising junior once, a long time ago.

White had about a minute left while black still had almost five. White had just played 1. Rh4 trapping the black queen and fully expecting to win the game. Out of desperation, black played 1...f6. The knight cannot move due to ..Qxf3+ so 2. Rxh5 fxg5 3. Qxg5 Bxf3+ 4. Rg2 Bxh5 5. Rg3 Rxf2 6. Qe7 Rcf8 7. Qxe6+ Kh7 8. Rh3 Rf1+ 9. Kg2 R8f2+ 10. Kg3 Rf3+ 11. Kh4 Rf4+ 12. Kg3 and White could not escape the perpetual checks.

There is an interesting winning try for black on his eigth move. 8...cxd4!

9. Kg1 Rf1+ 10. Kg2 R8f2+ 11. Kg3 d3 12. Qd7 d2 and white must lose heavy material example 13. e6 Rf3+ 14. Kg2 d1=Q

White's best plan is 9. Qd7 d3 10. Rxd3 (10. Qxd3 loses the queen after 10...Rf1+ 11. Kg2 R8f2+ 12. Kg3 Rf3+) 10... Bf3+ 11. Rxd3!

If white does not give up the rook immediately, 11. Kg1?? Rg2+ 12. Kh1 (12.Kf1 Bc6+ winning the queen) Rxb2+ 13. Kg1 Rg2+ 14. Kh1 Rxa2+ 15. Kg1 Rg2+ 16. Kh1 Rg3+ is even worse.

10...R8xf3 11. e6 Rxb2 12. Kg1 Rc3 13. Qd1

The queen is helpless against the two rooks as she must constantly guard the back rank mate.

13...Re3! 14. Qc1 (14. Qf1 to answer 14...Rxe6 with 15. Qh3+ loses to 14...Rxa2 followed by 15...Rae2 ) 14...Rbe2 15. Qc4 Rxe6 16. Qh4+ Kg8 17. Qd8+ Re8 18. Qd5+ Kh7 with a winning ending for black


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