Saturday, December 19, 2009

Malaysian Masters Finals, Game 1

IM Mas Hafizulhilmi- FM Nicholas Chan

1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Nf6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7 6.c4 e6 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.d3 0-0 9.dxe6 fxe6 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.0-0 Rae8 12.Nc3 e5

A standard position arises which I remember Mas has faced before. White gains a pawn at the cost of weaknesses on d3, d4 and e3.

This effectively gives back the pawn. White closes the e-file to avoid his weaknesses getting worse.

Nd4 14.Qd1 Nxf5 15.Bg5 Ng4

I will take black's position any day.

16. Qd2 ?! Nd4

Why not 16...h6. That is not easy to answer 17. Bh4 maybe losing to 18....e4 19. dxe4 Bxh2+ or 19. Nxe4 Nxh4 with ...Bxh2 to follow.

Nd4 17Ne4 Be7 18 Bxe7 Qxe7 19 Rae1

Position is equal, so black has solved his opening problem.

Nxf3+ 20.Rxf3 Rxf3 21.gxf3 Nh6 22.f4 exf4

Blunder or sacrifice? 23. Nf6+ wins the exchange

I had to go out for a few hours already the game is over as predicted.

23. Nf6+ Qxf6 24. Rxe8+ Kf7 25. Re4 g5 26. h4

Black will not have a chance to maintain his king-side structure

Nf5 27. hxg5 Qxg5+ 28. Qg2 Qh4 29.Re2 Kf6 30.Qxb7 Qg3+ 31.Qg2 Nd4 32. Rf2 Kg5?

33...Qe3 maintain queens is better

33. Kf1 33 Nf5 34. Qf3 h5 35. b4 Qxf3 36. Rxf3 Kg4?

Don't understand. Is cxb4 not better?

37. Rf2 Ne3+ 38. Ke2 Kg3 39. bxc5

White can win more decisively with 39. Rf3+ Kg5 40 Rxe3 fxe3 41. bxc5 as he queens on c8 with check.

39... Nf5 40. Rf3+ Kg4 41. Rf1 h4 42. Kf2 Nd4 43. Rg1+ Kf5 44. Rg7 h3 45. Rxa7 Nc6 46. Rh7 Kg4 47. Rh6 Ne5 48. c6 Nxd3+ 49. Ke2 1-0

An unfortunate blunder costs Nicholas this first game.


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