Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Malaysia Round 2 live comments

I read First GM take on Mas game against Michael Adams. He thinks Mas had chances and should play on. I think he should stick to mind coaching and leave the chess to those who knows something about it. Does he even know who Michael Adams is? Adams did not want to waste energy chasing an extra half point which may or may not be useful in the final tie-breaks.

Malaysia actually had no chance to avoid a white wash. The draw was because this tournament is based on match points. If game points were in effect as in the old days, rest assured that Adams will continue to play to get the full point.

In the second round of the 1980 Malta Olympiad, we were paired with the former Yugoslavia. Our third board (the late Chang Hing Wah) drew with GM Kurajica. The late Yugoslavia IM Nikola Karaklajic came up to me. "It is unheard of for a Yugoslav grandmaster to draw with someone from such an unknown country. This will be in every Yugoslav newspaper tomorrow morning!". Of course, he meant it as a compliment.

Board 1 Tsang Hon Ki - Mas
Mas has positioned his pieces actively. It is only a matter of technique to bring home the point. Mas has an extra pawn so it is almost over

Board 2 Mok Tze Meng - Borigas Edgardo
Yesterday Mok could not castle, now today his opponent is facing the same problem. Black king in the middle of the board with heavy pieces all around. This one is as good as in the pocket.

Mok wins.

Board 3 Bryan Lee - Tan Khai Boon
Khai Boon is in a spot of trouble perhaps overlooking white's 11.e5 move. The pawn cannot be taken, 11...dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13. Nxa5 loses a piece. Also 11..Nxb3 12. exf6 Nxa1 13. fxg7 Kxg7. 14. Qxa1 wins material for white.

The black piecs are very awkwardly placed.

Khai Boon down an exchnage for a pawn offered a draw which is accepted.

Board 4 Julian Kuan - Peter Long
Something is wrong with the moves in this game

Conclusion: First two boards are winning, bottom two not so clear. This could be a trend for the rest of the tournament. Maybe we can win 2.5-1.5 or the unthinkable 2-2.


Raymond Siew said...

I think you are missing the point. Accepting a draw should be based on the objective conditions on the board. Not based on Adams reputation. I think thats how giant killers are born. Or maybe I'm missing something.

Jimmy Liew said...

you are indeed missing something

Rationality said...

I'd like to point out that you've admitted that you have no idea about the objective conditions on the board when you said Mark was providing the commentary for you.

To clarify the matter for you, having a position in which you could 'play on' simply implies that it's a position which is not immediately lost for you. There's a rather huge gap between that and having a winning position.

siewfai said...

I agree both of you missing something here; the late Chang Hing Wah was barely 18 years old when he drew that game that probably condemned the Yugoslavian to finish fifth instead of a higher placing.

We were young and we were team mates in 1978. Hing Wah played with an uncompromising attacking flair over the chess board and sadly left too early after leaving behind this indelible mark of an Olympiad achievement in taking half a point from GM Kurajica

Yes! First GM should stick to Mind Coaching and try to understand how a young aspiring chess player has a great life snatched away from him at his prime, and perhaps, come away realising the incompleteness of Mind Coaching techniques.


Chess 4 Life said...

For those who are curious, here is Hing Wah's famous draw against Kurajica, the highly rated Grandmaster from Yugoslavia. And if I am not wrong, the game went into 2 adjournments. I remember the draw seemed like a great victory for Malaysia!! And for the record, Yugoslavia had 5 GMs playing for their team and ended the tournament in 3rd position while Malaysia without any FIDE-rated player on the team ended up at the 49th spot!

Chang Hing Wah - GM B. Kurajica (YUG)(Elo 2525]
1980 Chess Olympaid.
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 d6 3.Bb2 e5 4.d3 g6 5.e3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Nbd2 Qe7 9.c4 Nbd7 10.e4 Ne8 11.d4 exd4 12.Bxd4 Ne5 13.Qc2 Nc7 14.Rfe1 Ne6 15.Bc3 Nf4 16.Bf1 Bd7 17.Nxe5 dxe5 18.Nf3 Bg4 19.Re3 Bxf3 20.Rxf3 a5 21.Qb2 f6 22.g3 Ne6 23.Rd1 b6 24.a3 Rfd8 25.Rfd3 Rxd3 26.Bxd3 Rd8 27.Bc2 Rxd1+ 28.Bxd1 Qd6 29.Bc2 Bh6 30.b4 axb4 31.Qxb4 Qc7 32.a4 Bf8 33.Qb3 Bc5 34.a5 bxa5 35.Qa2 Qa7 36.Qxa5 Bxf2+ 37.Kg2 Kg7 38.Qxa7+ Bxa7 39.Ba4 Bd4 40.Ba5 c5 41.Bb6 f5 42.Bc6 Kf6 43.h3 h5 44.Bd5 h4 45.Ba5 hxg3 46.Kxg3 Be3 47.Bb6 Ke7 48.Kf3 Bd4 49.Bxe6 Kxe6 50.h4 Kd6 51.Bd8 Bc3 52.Bf6 Bd2 53.Bd8 Kd7 54.Bf6 Ke6
55.Bd8 Be1 56.Bg5 Ba5 57.Ke3 Bc7 58.Kf3 Bd6 59.Be3 Be7 60.Bf2 Kf6 61.Bg3 Bd6 62.Be1 Kf7 63.Bd2 Kg7 64.Bc1 Kf6 65.Bd2 Be7 66.Kg3 fxe4 67.Kg4 Ke6 68.Be3 Kd6 69.h5 gxh5+ 70.Kxh5 Ke6 71.Kg6 Bd8 72.Bxc5 Ba5 73.Kg5 1/2-1/2

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