Monday, October 31, 2011

Malaysia versus Moldova (Updated)

Malaysia is fielding JianWen, Li Tian, Eng Chiam and Roshan. Strange to rest Elgin who was the only one not to lose in round nine. Even though Eng Chiam won in round nine, he was not well. Hopefully he has recovered by now.

After an hour and half of play, my quick assessment for the round.

Jian Wen and Eng Chiam position are still unclear. Li Tian might be draw. Roshan is very tactical hard to tell without an engine help at my side. I think this game can go either way - see diagram

Roshan - Procop , black to move
At first I thought Roshan is simply winning. But then 19...Bxh2+ is quite unclear. E.g 20. Kxh2 Qh4+ 21. Kg1 Qxc4 22. Nh6+ Kg7 23. Rxf8 Kxf8 24. Qf3+ Ke7 25. Qf7+ Kd6.

Roshan has won his game. From the above diagram

20. Kxh2 Qh4+ 21. Kg1 Qxc4 22. Nh6+ Kg7 23. Rxf8 Kxf8 24. Qf3+ Ke7 25. Bg5+ Kd7 26. Rd1 Kc6 27. Nf7 Kb6 (white threatened 28. Ne5+ forking king and queen)  28. a5+! Ka7 29. Rxd5 Be6 30. Rxc5 Qb4 ( 30...Qxc5 31. Be3 pins the queen ) 31. Qe3 Ka8 32. Nd8 Bf5 33. Rc7 h6 34. Nc6  mate is unavoidable 1-0

JianWen lost his game when he blundered a piece in time trouble. Eng Chiam is down a pawn in an opposite coloured bishop with rook ending. There are chances of draw but he is very short on time. Li Tian game cannot be viewed due to technical glitch, I suppose. So there are chances of a  losing 1-3 or 1.5-2.5

Latest: Eng Chiam reached an opposite colored bishop ending with one pawn down. He should draw this any time now. Malaysia has 1.5-1.5 with Li Tian's game result unknown.


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