Thursday, September 23, 2010

Round 3 Malaysia draws Lithuania

 39  Lithuania (LTU)Rtg 2-2 85  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
 GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2611  0-1 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi  2422 
 GM Sulskis Sarunas  2544  0.5-0.5 IM  Mok Tze-Meng  2416 
 GM Malisauskas Vidmantas 2510  1-0  Tan Khai Boon  2160 
 IM Zagorskis Darius  2497  0.5-0.5 FM  Long Peter  2302 
 32  Austria (AUT)Rtg 3-1 72  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
 IM Moser Eva 2436  1-0  Bakri Alia Anin Azwa  1904 
 WFM Exler Veronika  2130  0.5-0.5 WCM  Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  1829 
 WFM Novkovic Julia 2134  1-0  Marmono Roslina  1933 
 WFM Newrkla Katharina  2123  0.5-0.5   Fong Mi Yen  1905 

It was a gruelling day and night for the men's team. After over five hours play, the last two games were finally done. Mas ground out a win against a very strong grandmaster and Mok missed winning a knight versus bishop ending.

Mas game is very interesting and in my mind it is typical of his style of play. Some of his moves are unfathomable like sacrificing a pawn to blunt white's initiative. He proved that his position is solid enough despite the pawn minus. And when white tries to force matters, suddenly his pieces are active and overcoming the white pieces and position. Very masterly game, one should study this. I could not see what white's mistake was, other than trying to win.

Mok missed a great chance in an ending where he was running circles with his knight around the black king and bishop.

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